The ball’s dropped, the kids are asleep, and we’ve welcomed a brand new year.
The start of a new year means we get the chance to start fresh, set big goals, and finally follow through on the promises we made ourselves last January. “This is it,” we say. “This year is my year!” we tell ourselves. The “New year, new me” memes start popping up on Instagram. We pledge to get in shape, eat healthier, keep the house clean–and we do! At least, for those first few weeks of January.
Almost 50% of us make new year’s resolutions at midnight, with weight loss, exercise, and money management at the top of the list, but studies show that by MLK Day, a lot of us have already given up.
Let’s stop setting ourselves up for failure with unrealistic goals and make this year the year we follow through. Make this new year the one that counts with 3 resolutions you can actually keep!
Just say no. After all, it is a complete sentence.
Moms are guilty of saying yes to a lot of things, and most of them aren’t even things we really want to do. Sure, we’ll bring homemade, nut free, gluten free, dairy free, spelt flour cookies to tomorrow’s bake sale! Absolutely, we’ll grab drinks after work when we really, really, just want to go home to curl up on the couch and re-watch the last episode of Insecure. We overcommit, over promise,and overwhelm ourselves trying to please everyone else. Stop doing that. You don’t have to say yes to everything. And, it’s okay to simply say, “No.” You don’t have to justify it with a reason or a lame made up excuse. No is a complete sentence. Auntie Oprah says so.
Try something new.
Like quinoa. Live a little! Take a different route to the grocery store. See what the hype is about meditation. Try *gasp* kale. Getting out of your comfort zone helps to inspire your creativity–one study found that even listening to new music helps to stimulate our brains. In order to grow, we need to challenge ourselves to different experiences. Try a new podcast or give “This Is Us” a try.
Make time for the things that really matter. Like yourself.
You can’t pour from an empty cup. Whether it’s brunch with the girls, date night with your guy, or even a lunchtime yoga class, make time to honor you. Moms are usually taking care of everyone else, too busy for a quick manicure, and full of coffee. This year, take time to enjoy the little things. Savor that venti chai latte. Write in your journal. Take a spa day.
Make this year one that counts. Let me know how you’re doing with your resolutions!