New Year’s Resolutions

Author: Alecia Pirulis

I’m already looking forward to January 17. Why? Because January 17 is Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions Day.

Don’t get me wrong – I don’t make New Year’s resolutions with the intent to ditch them, but I do tend to get a little carried away and make resolutions I can’t possibly keep. Let’s face it – it is easy to make a proclamation in a giddy haze of champagne to do something drastic in the coming year, whether it be to lose an ridiculous amount of weight, stop smoking cold-turkey, become a super-saver, or promise to go to the gym six days a week.

While there’s nothing wrong with these time-honored resolutions, perhaps it is time to try something a little different this year — make resolutions you won’t ditch on January 17.

Here are some ideas to substitute for the usual suspects:

Champion a charity. Whether it’s the ASPCA (and those tear-inducing commercials with Sarah McLachlan) or something else that moves you, consider giving a little to the cause.

Take up yoga. Yes, it is the resolution to exercise more in disguise, but choosing a smaller, more obtainable goal may be the key to keeping this resolution. Whether it is martial arts, Zumba, or boxing, find something you consider fun and give it a try.

Do some redecorating. If your apartment is looking a little forlorn, resolve to spruce it up a little! Get inspired with online design tools such as this one.

Try something new. It is a little vague, but definitely a resolution that’s easy to keep. It could be adventurous – for example, snow skiing or rock climbing. Maybe take a trip to a place you’ve always wanted to visit but never had the time. Resolve to take a class in something that interests you, such as pottery or furniture reupholstering.

Make the move. If you’ve been putting off a career change or a major move to another state, make this the year you follow through! So, you want to move to Bethesda or Houston? Or perhaps you want to go back to school or enter a new field? Figure out what’s stopping you and take the necessary steps to remove the obstacles and start the process.