Ring Out the Old, Ring in the New!

Happy New Year, everyone!

I love the rejuvenation that can come with a new year! I also love New Year’s Resolutions.

I think New Year’s Resolutions can be wonderful things. Of course, our resolutions are only as wonderful as we make them. Sometimes we make our resolutions a success, and sometimes we don’t. Some people forgo New Year’s Resolutions altogether. And considering my track record, you would think I would do the same. To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I really stuck with my New Year’s Resolutions.

But even so, I love the tradition of compiling a list of things I want to do to make myself more of the person I want to be. However, it would be silly if I continued to go about it the same way year after year without results. So this year I am going to try something a little different. Usually I write a list of things I want to do without any real plan to accomplish them (I know, silly of me, isn’t it?), and I tend to get a little overzealous and end up choosing way too many resolutions.

This year I wrote a list of every goal I could think of and chose just 3 resolutions out of the bunch to focus on. The goals that were left over will be saved for a later date. I am going to set myself up for success by writing out a plan for each goal. And, last but not least, this year instead of “trying” to follow through, I am going to stop “trying” and start doing.

My Resolutions

1. Read at least 12 books this year. I love books, but I haven’t been doing very much reading lately, so I thought I would aim to read 1 book a month this year at the very least.

2. Cook at least 1 savory recipe a week and at least 1 new dessert a month. I want to improve my culinary skills, so I am going to choose 4 savory recipes to cook at the beginning of each month. I already have lots of baking experience, but there are still so many things I haven’t tried yet, so this year I’m going to be bold and try some of the recipes I’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t because I find them intimidating. There are also things that I haven’t mastered, like cupcakes for example, that I would like to get better at baking.

3. Exercise 2 times a week. A voice has been telling me for months now that I should be exercising. The voice keeps saying how much stronger I’ll be, how much better I’ll feel about myself, how much more confidence I’ll have, and how much slimmer I’ll look once my posture has gotten better. And you know, it’s funny, the voice sounds an awful lot like my mom.

What resolutions have you chosen this year?

How are you planning to stick with them?

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12 thoughts on “Ring Out the Old, Ring in the New!

  1. wao! it sounds nice to have a New Year Resolution! 😀
    One of thing i want to accomplish in this year is to keep taking at least one photo each day and posting it on my blog until the end of the year!

  2. I have the same reading goal! I’m working on Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See currently. I really want to keep this resolution too. Do you have a goodreads.com account? It’s free and it lets you track all the books you’ve read and are currently reading. It lets you post the date you completed reading it and I started using it this year to track my resolution status. Good luck! Send book recommends my way! 🙂

    • I’m reading a Harry Potter book this month; thought it would be fun since the last movie will be coming out this summer. I hadn’t heard of that site before, but I just opened an account. I really like it. Thanks for letting me know about it! Good luck to you, too! I will, I’d love recommendations from you as well! 🙂

  3. I read your about page and this post. Both impressed me, and I liked what I read in both places.

    I didn’t make resolutions; I made a list of intentions. What’s the difference? If there is one, I haven’t found it yet. My list is too long and vague, but I do read it from time to time to see how I’m doing. I think your progress will be better than mine. You’ve done a good job of limiting the number, and you seem to be focused on making your goals happen. I need to get serious! Thank you for inspiring me. Blessings to you…

    • Thank you so much! I also read your about page and some of your posts and liked what I read, too!

      I think that’s a lovely idea to make a list of intentions. A character in a TV show I love called “Lark Rise to Candleford” once said that her mother always told her to “work with intention.” I try to keep it in mind sometimes to motivate myself. I hope your intentions are a success. Blessing to you as well.

  4. I love your resolutions! I have committed myself to cooking at least one new recipe per week. So far, I’m having so much fun with it!

    Thank you for visiting and subscribing to my blog! It’s always a pleasure to “meet” new people! 🙂

  5. Thanks! I’m enjoying trying new recipes, too!

    You’re welcome, and thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. I read your about page and I really like the goal of your blog and how you chose it’s title. It’s a pleasure “meeting” you as well! 🙂

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