Do you make New Year’s resolutions?
That seems to be all that I’m reading about on Facebook and blogs these days – New Year’s resolutions. So I’m jumping in and adding my thoughts too.
So – do you make them?
Do you keep them?
What are some of your favorites or craziest resolutions?
What are your tips for keeping them longer than noon on the 1st?
A couple of year ago….
…I changed my perspective on New Year’s resolutions. I had what Oprah’s likes to call an “ah ha moment” and realized that I was making New Year’s resolutions in thought only. I made the obligatory “lose weight”, “get in shape”, “be nicer” resolutions. But with no real intention of making any changes in my life, they didn’t last and by the evening of the 1st, they were long forgotten.
But then in the end of 2010, I changed my methods. Instead of making a blanket statement like most resolutions are, I decided to pick one thing that I didn’t like about my habits and change that.
For 2011 – I vowed to return the grocery carts to the corral or return it to the front of the store
For 2012 – I vowed to put away all of the clean clothes after the laundry was completed and stop living out of piles.
This year, 2013 – I vowed to not eat any food that came through a fast food window.
For the first two, I did really, really well and made the new resolutions part of my life forever – not just that year. I’m happy to report that no grocery cart is ever left out of place by me any longer and I’ve successfully trained everyone in my house to put their clean clothes away.
This year, I started strong, forgot about it for awhile and then remembered later in the year. That fast food one is a tough one but it is not going away, that’s one I’ll keep working on.
So I’ll ask again – what are your resolutions for 2014.
For next year, I’m going with two new ones. One is easy and one is going to be a personal challenge. Both make me feel bad when I do it, both are things I really want to stand against and not be a part of my life.
For 2014 I’m going to:
Quit shopping at Wal-Mart.
Quit yelling at my kids.
The Wal-Mart one is going to be easy. I can shop other places, even if it is a little bit out of my way. But every time I shop at Wal-Mart I cringe and just feel yucky. I don’t like the company’s principles of how they pay their employees, I don’t like buying the cheapest thing with the thought of it not lasting very long to only have to buy another one soon after the first wears out. I don’t think the sales associates are all that friendly or helpful.
But you know what I really hate about Wal-Mart? Is the fact that I have to walk all the way across the store if I am only buying tampons and milk. I know this is their whole marketing scheme – I know this! They want us to see things along the way from the tampons to the milk, remember something I’ve forgotten or discover something I can’t live without and add it to our purchase for the day. I know this – and I hate it. Sometimes all I want to buy are tampons and milk!
Yelling at my kids is hard for me to admit. I’d love for everyone to believe that I am a loving, patient mom – all the time. The truth of the matter is – I am a yeller. And I hate myself for it. And not only do I yell to get their attention, but I tend to lecture in a yelling voice. I’m so embarrassed to share this and I’m so ashamed that it has become such a part of my patenting style. I don’t want to be that mom. Yelling stops today! (Why wait, right? )
No Wal-Mart is going to be easy. No yelling is going to be tough. I need to be able to remind myself when I get into a situation where I would normally explode , instead to keep my cool – – all the time. Not just once or twice or sometimes – – all.the.time. I’m going to have a talk with my boys about it and ask for their help. I’m sure my older son will be more than happy to point out when I’m slipping.
So, I shared – and I’ll ask again – what are you setting for your resolutions?