On Resolutions

Everyone's saying it - all of the things they plan to do with the year 2017.

I told myself I wasn't going to make any promises this year, or fall into the trap that is the end of the year. There is this overwhelming sense of obligation when New Year's Eve rolls around. I feel it each year - that need to promise yourself that you'll do better with something. I hate promises because they're so definite and hard to keep, particularly when you make them to yourself. You're the only one who completely understands what you've promised yourself, and when you don't meet that promise wholly, you feel nothing but sheer disappointment.

It wasn't until my grandmom shared what she was going to do with her New Year's Eve that I even had the desire to make personal plans. Her New Year's Eve won't consist of a raging party or paying out the ass for overpriced drinks, nor will it include chasing a wildly drunk friend down a city block; instead, she's going to enjoy a bottle of champagne, meditate on the year, and watch her Bayberry candle burn (a tradition that dates back to the settlers - "This bayberry candle comes from a friend so on New Year's Eve burn it down to the end. For a bayberry candle burned to the socket, will bring joy to the heart and gold to the pocket").

I thought her plans were admirable, and it sparked some sort of good-will feeling within me. And so this year I'm not going to make any promises. Instead, I'll call them goals.

  • Finish decorating my office, including adding wall art, curtains, an accent chair, and bookshelf. 
  • Try 3-4 new workout routines (one per "quarter," since they usually take 2-3 months to complete. 
  • Snack just as often, but with healthier options. 
  • Read at least 1 hour every day, whether it's another blog, a magazine, or a book. 
  • Make writing part of my routine. 
  • (Attempt to) stress less. 
  • Save more money. 
  • Plan a wedding! 
Here's hoping 2017 brings all of us even more than 2016 did. 

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