Saturday, December 28, 2019

New Year Resolutions

Good morning! Today I'd like to talk about creating New Year resolutions. As a writer, I'm always setting goals, it's a good way to keep myself on track. But I tend to shy away from the idea of making New Year resolutions.

Most of these resolutions are related to being more healthy such as: I'm going to start going to the gym  three times a week. Or I'm going to lose ten pounds by March. 

Some are all about being productive.  I'm going to write three more books next year. 

Some are about eating better. I'm going to eat veggies at dinner every night.

Am I the only one who thinks this sets us up for failure? I mean if you don't meet your goals relatively quickly I feel like it's far too easy to give up. Say for example I only get to the gym twice in one week, I'm already a failure even though I may not have been to the gym in months. Going twice is better than never going at all, right?

The same thing could be said for any of the other New Year resolutions.

What if instead we focused on trying to find ways to do things that are more important. Here in our household we are hoping to rejuvenate family game night. It won't be easy because everyone works different schedules, so coordinating will be a challenge. But if we even have one family game night, I'm going to view it as a success.

What about other ways to stay connected with family? I love going to the theater to see musicals. My hope is that I can attend one musical next year with my daughter and my mother-in-law. Should be able to make that happen, right? In Milwaukee we have Miss Saigon and The Lion King playing. Decisions decisions.

Starting off a new year often brings a sense of anticipation. Of hope. Of yes, maybe making some changes in our lives. But maybe these don't really have to be detailed resolutions, but more overall goals. If my one overall goal is to spend more time with my family, then there are a variety of ways I can do that. And if for some reason, I don't get to the theater, but we are able to have a family game night, and maybe host a party along the way, I'll still be spending time with my family.

So this is NOT a New Year resolution but an overall goal. I'd like to spend quality time with my family next year.

Anyone else? I'd love to hear your thoughts. And if you do make New Year resolutions that you've been successful with in the past, let me know. I'm always happy to be proven wrong.

I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed 2020!

Laura Scott


  1. Wonderful goal, Laura, to spend more time with family. Happy New Year!

  2. Thanks Josie! Happy New Year to you too!

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