As a general rule, I don’t do the whole New Years Resolution thing because, let’s face it, it’s usually a waste of breath. You promise yourself you’ll lose weight, get out of debt, stop smoking, or whatever. You’re all fired up about meeting your goal for the first few weeks, then you eventually lose steam and fall off the bandwagon.
It’s hard to stay committed to the resolution when the results are not instantaneous, which is what we all want. Waiting for change sucks. And, to be honest, that’s why I’ve never actually followed through with any of my resolutions. Thankfully, I found a blog takes a different approach to the typical New Year’s Resolution.
The basic premise is this: Instead of coming up with one or two nearly impossible goals that may (or may not be achieved within the course of the year), create 52 smaller, more personal, more manageable goals, and complete one goal each week of the year. Write them on index cards, shuffle them up, and draw one card every Sunday and complete the task by the end of the week. This sounded perfect…and best if of all…it was realistic. I was hooked as soon as I read the post and quickly began making my own list of resolutions for 2014. So here they are (in no particular order):
1. Clean out my closet and donate the stuff I don’t wear.
2. Print and display new pictures.
3. Upload something to TeachersPayTeachers and make some money off of it.
4. Bake something from scratch.
5. Buy someone’s breakfast. (Drive-Thru Difference)
6. Write a letter to a veteran thanking them for their service.
7. Learn the alphabet in American Sign Language.
8. Put extra money into my savings account.
9. Sponsor children through Hopegivers International Children’s Hope Fund.
10. Don’t text and drive.
11. Read a new book.
12. Participate in Meatless Mondays for a month.
13. Try a new food.
14. Watch the news daily.
15. Learn a new word every day.
16. Give up Facebook for the week.
17. Do yoga every night.
18. Donate to Relay for Life in memory of my Poppie.
19. Cook something different every night.
20. Give up caffeine for 7 days.
21. Buy fresh flowers for my dining room table.
22. Cook an authentic Sicilian meal.
23. Get a new piercing.
24. Deep clean both bathrooms by following the 7-Step Plan.
25. Send a random “thinking of you” card to a family member.
26. Organize the hall closet.
27. Clean out the refrigerator and freezer.
28. Write a letter to a public official.
29. Contact an old friend.
30. Buy 3 early Christmas gifts.
31. Cross something off of my bucket list.
32. Buy a plant (and not kill it).
33. Vacuum under my furniture.
34. Complete a Pinterest project.
35. Watch a movie from my childhood.
36. Cook dinner for someone.
37. Turn off all electronics by 8:00 pm.
38. List 5 things I’m grateful for each night before bed.
39. Paint on a canvas.
40. Complete a sewing project.
41. Read a biography.
42. Eat fresh fruit every day.
43. Drink 8 glasses of water each day.
44. Create a family tree.
45. Don’t bring work home.
46. Take flowers to someone’s grave.
47. Pay for someone’s movie ticket.
48. Go to a lake.
49. Make copies for the next day before I leave work.
50. Upcycle a piece of thrift store furniture.
51. Donate to a local charity.
52. Get another new piercing (because it has to be an even number, ya know?).
Cheers to 52 resolutions in 2014. Resolutions that I know I’ll keep by taking this new year one week at a time.