A few years ago I gave up on making New Year's resolutions. For me, they just ended in disappointment. One year, I gave up dessert. I am the sort of person who adores dessert. I can live on cake, pie, doughnuts, tarts, and anything with sugar. My resolution lasted until New Year's morning when I had a piece of cake for breakfast.
I have learned to start off my year with being thankful for what I have. Our family talks about what we did in the past year and what we enjoyed the most. We talk about our hardest moments as well, and how we got through them together. Our family spends New Years Eve talking about what we want to do in the coming year or what we did not get to do in the past year. I spend much of the day thinking about my year. Thinking about what I did right or wrong, how I handled things, as a parent and a wife. What I hope to accomplish in the next year with my children, my husband, and my business. I really use New Years as a time of reflection for myself. But we do not make resolutions, I feel like it is setting ourselves up for failure.
I may be totally wrong. I may be completely off base. It could be teaching my children to not have willpower or motivation, but I am good with that. Instead, I would rather use the time of the new year as a time of reflection and love. I don't want it to be a challenge to lose weight or save money. Those are things we can do a week into January. I think we have an entire year to make promises, to fulfill them, or to be disappointed. Why do it on a single night that should be one of celebration and reflection?
So, this year, no resolution for the family and I. Instead I will ponder the extra few pounds I want to lose in a few weeks, or maybe next year sometime. Honestly, it really doesn't bother me too much. I will think about the vacation money we want to put away next week, not tonight.
Instead, I will be happy with the choices I made in the past year and look forward to the next year with my amazing family.
Whatever your choice is, your resolution, I hope your New Year is as beautiful as mine. Happy 2015 to each of you!