A New Year, Not Just Another Resolution
Happy holidays ya’ll! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a soon to be happy New Year! I have a confession to make, new years has never quite been my cup of tea. I’ve always thought it was an overrated and (not to mention) over-expensive holiday. That is why I have had a tendency to stick to house parties in the past, which I have always been just content with. Otherwise, I know I’d find myself paying upwards of $150 for a night of braving the multitudes on some crowded dance floor. Only until the ball drops and then, before I know it, it’s time to hit the road to avoid yet another crowd.
Regardless of how I feel about the aesthetic of the holiday, I will admit that I can appreciate the meaning behind it, which is essentially a time for rebirth and starting a new. This I firmly believe in. Why not use this as an excuse to change your life for the better, right? If we can embrace all that comes with the other holidays we’ve been celebrating, we should surely be able to stick to one resolution.
If you’re like me and are deciding to make the effort to stick to a resolution this year, way to go! You’re already ahead of the game. Based on data collected by The Statistic Brain, only 45% of Americans make new years resolutions. The real struggle now becomes whether or not you are going to keep these resolutions. So, I decided to come up with a way to enforce them on a daily basis, so that one is constantly reminded of why they started the resolution in the first place. This, my friend, is your motivation. Your initial driving force.
For instance, I want to stop my late night snack habit. So a good idea might be to stick a picture of Kendal Jenner on my refrigerator. That should do it. Okay, so maybe you and your family had a different idea in mind. Nevertheless, it is always better together because you can hold one another accountable for each other. One way to do this is to create a board, with a section for each family member. Every. Single. Day, everybody has to write down one thing they did to work towards their resolution. At the end of the day, everyone can review the board together and have an open discussion about hard or easy it was to do. Every week, the board starts over to represent a new start to the resolution. So that if you slip up every so often, nobody needs to feel discouraged. For there are never ending second chances! Just don’t let it fall by the wayside. This can be the most difficult part of all.
Instead of thinking of your resolution as an unrealistic and unattainable goal, think of it as a way to create a family bonding experience during dinnertime. From there, change will come more naturally and effortlessly. You can even create a single resolution that you would like the whole family to achieve together! It’s your family, your foundation, your call! I hope everyone is enjoying their time off and embracing their best self. Don’t forget to remember people!