The holiday hustle makes December go by super quickly, and just like that, we’re at the beginning of a new year. The last few days of the year I think about the resolutions I made on January 1st. Had I met them? (The answer is usually no.)
It is – just a little bit – demoralizing. While I love the start of a new year (and a new month!), I think it’s important to realize that new beginnings do not have to coincide with a calendar. They can happen right now, as you are, in the middle of the day on a Tuesday or late at night before slipping into bed. The end goal – whatever that is – is lovely, but what about the actual process of toiling to get to that point? The stretching and the growing and the resolve to do something a little bit differently. Maybe aiming for progress instead of perfection.
Can 2014 be your best year yet? Absolutely! New year, new you? Sure, why not. But there are still 28 days left in 2013, and that’s 28 days of possibilities and new beginnings. No need to write them off because the date doesn’t end in a shiny 2014.
What about setting one tiny micro-resolution for the rest of the year?
– If your goal was to pay off a credit card in 2013, what about resolving to stick to a small Christmas budget this year and not overdoing the holidays?
– If your goal was to lose thirty pounds, what about trying to lose three pounds?
– Did you want to start running in 2013? You totally still can. Google Couch to 5K – it’s a fantastic program that many people recommend, and you’ll roll up to 2014 being able to run a 1/2 mile without stopping.
– If you wanted to eat healthier, you still can. Declare December Healthy Salad Lunch Month (nooo, don’t call it that; that’s awful), but still enjoy the Christmas ham or the mulled wine or whipped cream out of the can or whatever at nighttime.
– Was your goal to hang out with your spouse more? Pull out the calendar and schedule a date night. (Jack if you’re reading this, which you’re not, but if you are, can we go see Catching Fire, please? Thank you.)
– Were you hoping for more balance in your life in 2013? Vow to unplug after 8p (or whatever time works for you) for the rest of the month. Or take a few minutes to write out a work schedule for December (freelancers, holla at a girl) and stick to it.
– How about budgeting? Were you planning on sticking to one of those in 2013?
Other teeny goals totally worth reaching:
– Doing ten push-ups in a row w/o stopping by the end of 2013.
– Making appointments for all the appointments you forgot to make. (with your dentist, general practitioner, OB/GYN –> hey girl, did you get a pelvic exam this year? that action is important, homey <–, eye doctor, dermatologist)
– Starting a multivitamin a day habit.
– Unwinding once a week (I like my anti-cold bath).
– Going out once a month with a friend and not talking about children.
– Actually developing the photos you take in December.
– Eating the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.
– Something else.
Be advised: none of this is meant to stress you out in a season that’s already stressful, but I think it’s a nice, gentle way to close out a year and welcome a new one. A more natural progression than these bold resolutions we make come January 1st and cry about come January 21st.