End of the Year Resolutions

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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?

End of the Year Resolutions

– 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.

Whatchu think?

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  • Reply Cassie December 3, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I just want to make it through to the end of my semester without having anymore mental breakdowns or really letting a professor have it.

    • Reply Heidi December 4, 2013 at 2:14 am

      That is a totally valid, reasonable, and probably even do-able goal. You can do it!

  • Reply Karen F December 3, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Roo, I love this – thanks for the reminder that small changes add up to bigger changes!!
    p.s. I saw Catching Fire last night – go see it – so good!

  • Reply Mary December 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Hey, thanks to your Diet Bet early in the fall, I’ve gotten motivated and lost almost 25 pounds! So I’m going to call the end of 2013 a success. I keep making weight loss bets with my husband to stay motivated. We’re off to see Catching Fire this weekend since I’m a big winner over the scales.

  • Reply Jennifer December 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I wanted to make more margin in my home this year, more cleared/white space. With a new baby I didn’t achieve that as much as I would have liked but I can still follow Hannah Keeley’s Power Purge this month to gear up for next year!

  • Reply Brynn December 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Wonderful Ideas! Thanks for the gentle nudge to make mini goals. :o)

  • Reply Valerie December 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks for the reminder that small things influence big things. I like to set “mini goals” too…they’re less intimidating and so much more attainable. I needed to hear this today, thanks again.

  • Reply Sarah December 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Tip for those of us who are terrible multi-vitamin takers: try gummy vitamins for adults! The Target Up and Up brand even has prenatal gummy vitamins and they are pretty inexpensive. I’m really horrible at remembering to take vitamins but I’ve been successfully taking the gummies every day for the last several weeks. No more wasted $10+ bottle of vitamins that will be expired before I remember to take them this time!

  • Reply Sabrina December 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    You’re so right, thank you for the motivation to make whatever changes I can, no matter how small, starting today!

  • Reply Ingrid December 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Love these, and I haven’t made any of them, but I might now for the rest of the year ;)

  • Reply Amanda December 3, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Love this! I actually stopped making New Year’s resolutions because I realized that it just encouraged procrastination (which was the exact opposite of one of my top resolutions…), and started making goals along the way. I still have plenty of habits to improve, but it’s gotten a lot better!

    Plus, I’ve noticed that people tend to binge on bad habits this time of year because they’re rationalizing that they’ll stop doing it in January. Eating a horrendous about of cookies and other glorious, fattening items in December and then deciding to stop cold turkey and exercise in January – not realistic lol

  • Reply Tanya December 3, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Actually, I gave up on New Years Resolutions years ago. I do them monthly now. Way easier to manage and I find that I can adapt my resolutions to whatever craziness happens to be going on. Some of them roll over (ie, “Walk 10K steps per day on the Fitbit”) and some of them are seasonal specific and more like a to-do list (Paint the inside of the Garage Door in April! Woo Hoo!). Anyway, it works for me. :)

  • Reply Kirsten December 3, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Micro-goals, man, they’re the stuff we’re made of. Great big goals are just that – great and big. Micro-goals are way more achievable. I mean, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

    If you were so inclined to eat elephant, I suppose.

  • Reply Jacqueline December 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    This is exactly how I feel. I actually just finished a month of 4 different commitments. So much can change in 28 days, let alone 30, let alone next year if we put our mind to it. Which reminds ME…..I need to take another look at my goals. To do…to do….to do…
    Great ideas Roo :)

  • Reply Verlin December 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Are you thinking of doing a DietBet again sometime?

  • Reply Kristen Swift December 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

    This was very inspirational! It’s so easy to be down about what we didn’t accomplish, but you’re right that there’s still time to complete small goals! I’ve been trying to do that very thing instead of making resolutions for the full year. Maybe a small goal or goals each month. I know my weight loss has definitely been on track with that method of goal-setting rather than thinking about the overall goal.

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