Posted by: alittlesipoflemmonade | January 1, 2016

New Year Resolutions

Let me start off by saying that I am not a big fan of the New  Year’s holiday.  It’s an arbitrary day marked by nothing in particular.  For the Celts to celebrate the new year at the harvest festival of Samhain (pronounced Sah-wen) makes more sense.  To celebrate the new year at one of the solstices or equinoxes would make more sense.  The line between December 31st and January 1st just isn’t significant enough to me to merit the attention in gets.  Don’t get me wrong, though, a day off from work is never a bad thing.

So with my feelings about New Year’s out in the open, I’m sure it is no surprise that I’ve never been really fond of New Year’s Resolutions.  Why can’t we just start or stop things because it’s a good idea to start or stop them?  I understand that the best resolutions are also SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely) so starting at a specific date like January 1 helps with the timely component.  Then of course, with the invention of a date calendar you aren’t really tied to an arbitrary date like January 1, are you?

In conclusion, I did not celebrate the pants off of the new year and I’m not usually one for making resolutions.

That being said, I have made a few resolutions for 2016 that I plan to document with this blog and the multi-media components that I hope to post to it.

  • Blog regularly (preferably once a week)
  • Increase Spanish fluency to 75%
  • Try at least one craft, sewing project, or recipe from Pinterest once a week
  • Learn about a different president every week (should finish just before the election)
  • Finish writing business plan for my educational resources business
  • Develop my computer science skills by coding 7 hours a week
  • Write at least 1 book and submit for publication

Okay, so they’re not all SMART goals, and as resolutions they all have the generic deadline of December 31st, 2016, but it’s still stands as list of things to achieve in 2016.  There are a few goals that are not on that list – and for good reason.  There is nothing about weight loss, dieting, or exercise.  I have omitted any mention of my efforts to become a mom.  I definitely haven’t promised to keep the house cleaner than in the past.  The resolutions above reflect actions I firmly believe will help me become a better Becky.  I’ll be more knowledgeable.  I will have tried things that put me outside of my comfort zone.  Ideally, I’ll have gained new perspectives so that I approach 2017 with new eyes.

How do you feel about the changing of the wall calendar?  Are there goals you have for 2016?  Are you resolved about anything in particular?  How would you like to be different than you are today when December 31st 2017 rolls around.

It’ll be here before we know it.

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Responses

  1. Loved this post! Something about these SMART resolutions make me want to make SMART resolutions too… wishing you all the best with planned & unplanned endeavours! My main thinking on why to have the new year start on Jan 1 is that at least that way the jovial mood lasts past Christmas, but you’re right, it still doesn’t make sense. The winter solstice seems like a much more appropriate time to have the calendar jump, since it actually means something.


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