New Year’s Resolutions I Can Keep

by Cynthia Bogart

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I don’t know about you, but I have been making unrealistic, ego-smashing, self-deprecating New Year’s Resolutions for too many years.  This year I am going to resolve to live a happier life by NOT dwelling on being skinny, being the perfect Mom and making everyone in the world happy.  So instead, I am writing down seven realistic New Year’s Resolutions I can probably keep.

New Year’s Resolutions I Can Keep

1.  I resolve not to be so hard on myself when I go off my perpetual diet

Better yet, maybe I won’t go on a diet but stop keeping weight-loading food in the house like cheeses, cookies and bread.  Out of site out of mind.  Furthermore,  I am going to face facts.  I will never have a pre-baby, 20 year old body again.  I am going to aspire to age gracefully like  Sophia Lauren, Helen Mirran or Diane Keaton who seem to do it so very well.   I also resolve to be happy with the body I have and more importantly, to live healthy.

Dove Soap’s Real Beauty campaign was one of the first to call women of all shapes and sizes beautiful – and they are right!

 

2.  I resolve not to be a gym rat

Instead, I am going to try to reach manageable goals like:  walk the dogs more, substitute a sport I actually like versus going to a gym class I have to drag myself to get to.  If I want to do that Zumba or Spin class because I like them, I will do it, but I resolve not to waste precious time doing something physical that I don’t like. Done, finished…no more.

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3.  I resolve not to quit drinking wine.

A glass of wine at night or even just on the week-end is fine but better yet, I resolve to learn more about pairing wines with food.  If I am going to drink my calories,  I am going to enjoy every sip to the fullest.
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4. I resolve to spend more time with family but…

Spend Sunday dinner with your family. It’s the perfect time to catch up on what is going on and who knows what you’ll discover- especially from those teenagers!

I am going to be realistic.  If I spent every single free minute with my family, we might just kill each other. Space is a good thing.  So this year, I am going to take my lead from Isabel at @FamilyFoodie.    I am going to plan more Sunday Suppers.  It is a great way to catch up on what we are doing, thinking and dealing with in our everyday lives.  Nice, right?

For you new and old Tweetie birds, this is a great way to use Twitter and online websites to enrich your life.  How? Join in with  every Sunday for @FamilyFoodie’s  signature event, #SundaySupper where recipes and traditions are shared.  Then when you make something besides meatloaf and mashed potatoes, your kids might just get excited about joining in on a regular Sunday Supper.

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5. I resolve to organize my closet

It is time to attack my closet. I am going to pull out all of my clothes, accessories &  shoes and plan ‘outfits’.  I don’t know about you, but I have a few boxes of clothes in the attic I haven’t opened for years. I might re-discover something (if it is still in style) and give myself a fresh look.  I find myself saying once too often that I have nothing to wear.  I have a lot to wear.  I just have to find and organize it.  Is this you, too?
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6.  I resolve to change my spending habits

Ha Ha… we’re in a recession/depression/rotten economy.   What did our grand and great-grandparents do during the Great Depression?  They didn’t  have Chinese take-out once a week or buy that  new pair of boots because they ‘couldn’t resist!’  They didn’t get a new car every two years nor did they take one or more vacations a year. The lousy economy is not the only reason to harness household finances. Streamlining our financial lives will put more money in the bank for when we really want to do something or when really need it. Check out Oprah and Suze Orman’s  Oprah’s Debt Diet

Tips:

  • Curtail dining out/take out habit
  • Use those coupons that come in the mail  - junk mail does serve a purpose
  • Put away all but one essential credit card – It will help prevent impulse buying
  • Refinance mortgages if possible

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7.  I resolve to Volunteer more

From donating clothes to the Salvation Army or volunteering to reading at such places as The Young Parents Network in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, giving of yourself is the name of the game

 

This country is built on volunteerism.  I am a firm believer in giving to your community. It is a great way to meet people and work toward common goals. Great organizations to join are The Junior League, the local Animal Shelter or go to VolunteerMatch.org which can pair you with worthy opportunities that need you.  When I clean out my closets, I make the effort to put a  pile of clothing  together to donate to The Salvation Army or Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  It is all about doing something to help each other.

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"You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give"

— Winston Churchill

Happy New Year!  What are YOUR resolutions?

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