Happy New Year to our readers! And Happy Resolution Making! We have lots of exciting things coming up this year; including, a new magazine theme, new bold, experienced contributors, Women’s Life Link events, reviews, and giveaways! I would like to introduce one of our new writers, Karin-Rochelle. She will be joining the writing team with the launch of the magazine but wanted to share an important post with you for the new year. Please give her a warm welcome by leaving some feedback and the end of the article or by sharing it via social media.
Snippet Resolutions for the New Year
I know. You were going to toss out the clutter to make space for new things. You were going to make a change by ditching the past to make room for a better future. And, you were going to challenge yourself to lose weight and walk an extra 15 minutes. You were going take up yoga, stop doing things that hinder your progress, but here we are in a brand new year and all of your broken promises sit behind you.
Why didn’t they work?
New Year’s resolutions seem to be high on everyone’s mind each year. Maybe it is part of the “I need something to talk about now that everything is over” or a conversation starter when you have nothing better to say. But no matter what, we have all made resolutions to make better resolutions the next year. Truth be told, we are all resolution breakers. We all want to make our lives better, but life takes over. We toss resolutions aside, as we work hard, pay attention to family, bills, friends, church, etc.
What can we do to actually start the New Year right?
What if our resolution was not so much a promise of doing so many things better? What if it was a resolution to just DO?
Instead of doing a better job at something, start with the action of just DOING. And before you know it, your resolution will be DONE. I am not about killing the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions. I am about making them count. And the best way you can make one count is to ACT on it. If you are going to make them, then make them short, achievable goals. Don’t make a resolution that’s so daunting it becomes a chore. Don’t set a goal to lose 100 lbs. Set a goal to lose 20. When you lose 20 lbs, set a new goal. These “Snippet Resolutions” can be accomplished, because we work better when we see our miniature successes. Victories keep us focused. A BIG resolution, falling by the wayside, frustrates, overwhelms, and discourages.
Here’s an example of what I’m doing for the New Year. And while I have the BIG idea of walking more, I made the ‘snippet resolution’ of taking the shopping cart back into the shopping center after using it. While this ensures I’m walking more, it is just a small focus, so I keep doing other things as well. I want to write more. My snippet resolution is to write 100 words a day. I made this snippet knowing that most days I will end up writing more. After thinking up 100 words my mind usually keeps going. But on the days I don’t do more than 100 words, I’m pleased.
So… What will your first “snippet resolution” be?
Karin-Rochelle lives in rural Kentucky and is a published author of the paranormal romance, Echoes of Emilee. Her latest book, Nothing, is due out this spring. Karin is also a vocalist, guitarist, and song writer. A natural creative, she also loves making jewelry, scrap booking and photography. Karin keeps a cup of coffee, family, her three cats, two dogs, and friends close.