Why do we make New Year’s Resolutions?


Happy New Year! We have reached the first weekend of January 2019 and I think I’ve fallen in love with New Year Resolutions, as in I love reading and hearing about other peoples but don’t have any of my own. I love hearing about what people are planning for their year ahead, goals they’ve set and things they want to achieve. I feel like it’s so personal and a new year gives people renewed energy and hope. A lot can happen in a year.

As I’m so hopeless with New Year Resolutions (and if you go back to my previous 2018 New Year blog post), I can tell you that I actually achieved/sustained absolutely none of last year’s plans. This does not surprise me as 2018 was a but of a rollercoaster ride with lots of twists and turns. Yet I still believe in goal setting, I think it’s such a useful and a healthy tool to keep us moving forward or even help us change direction if that’s what needs to happen. So for me, I have a different approach this year. Words. I’ve written several words on a post-it note and put it next to my bed. I’ve also written the same set of words on my calendar, sporadically, throughout the whole year. These are purposeful words that are going to remind me and keep my thoughts aligned and focused with a few things I set out to do in the year ahead. No pressure, just gentle reminders.

I’ll share two of them with you now. One is organisation. Pretty self explanatory. With Amelie recently starting school, I feel inundated with stuff (as any parent with a child at school knows). There’s requests, tasks, help, homework, reading journals, bringing in this and that from home, uniforms, parent mornings/afternoons/evenings, money for this and that, consent slips, school trips, school plays, costumes, a growing amount of party invites, presents, cards, parent mail! I’m sure I’ve left stuff out. And what with working full time, I’m trying to be more organised. Really trying, like I’m planning to actually use my calendar this year!


The other word I’ll share with you is gratitude. Reflecting back on 2018 I could potentially feel like it was a bit of a disastrous year for me, and at times, I let that feeling pull my thoughts and energy down. But actually, in reality, I had a lot to be grateful for. That’s the joy of reflection and hindsight. I am truly grateful, for many things. And it’s so important not to lose sight of that. When things are tough, there’s always light with the shade. I definitely need to remind myself from time to time that there is a lot to be grateful for.

So I hope your 2019 has got off to a cracking start. Hopefully everyone is using this New Year energy in a positive way, it’s a lovely feeling of renewal and restoring. So if resolutions don’t serve you well then don’t set them. Do what works for you. Just look and reach for all the positives as we move through each month. Maybe set yourself a mini challenge? I know someone that is doing Veganuary and someone else that never reads wants to read at least 6 new books by the end of the year. Before you know it I’ll be back here writing my 2020 post. Wow, wrting that date seemed a bit scary!!!

Thanks for reading, I haven’t answered the question in the title but would love to know your thoughts?

Love

Lea xx