Realistic Resolutions

Ok…it’s 2022. Everyone keep calm, keep your hands to yourselves and don’t touch anything! Just be cool b’ys…be cool.

The beginning of a new year can be an exciting time for some people. “New Year, New Me“ takes over, motivation levels are super high, you start making these crazy promises to yourself and a few weeks later…boom…you’re a failure. (Disclaimer: I know there are some people who carry through their resolutions and to those people I say – Good on ya!)

It’s time to stop putting so much pressure on yourself. Most of us can’t just turn on a switch and make major lifestyle changes just like that. In fact you don’t HAVE to make any changes at all! There’s no law requiring you to make a New Year’s resolution. It’s not like there will be this huge mob of people carrying torches and pitch forks knocking at your door chanting about how terrible you are. Nothing bad will happen if you don’t make a resolution.

If you want to make a New Year’s resolution, it doesn’t have to be this big event. You can improve your life with small, realistic goals. How about adding a little reading to your daily life or set aside five minutes each day for some soothing music and deep breathing. Why not resolve to make a 5-10 minute phone call each week to family/friends that you’ve lost touch with. A resolution doesn’t even have to be for you. You could improve your pet’s life by extending their daily walk by 10 minutes or brushing their fur more often.

Oh no! New Year’s Day was two days ago! It’s too late! Excuses, excuses! If you choose to make a resolution, it doesn’t have to start on New Year’s Day. Pick a day/time that works for you. You could start after the Christmas decorations come down or maybe a week after school starts up. There’s no hurry!

A resolution shouldn’t bring on stress or anxiety. A change should be exciting…something to look forward to. Make sure it stays that way.

Happy New Year!!

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Whaddaya at b’ys!? I hope you all had an awesome New Year’s Eve last night. My husband, Troy, and I didn’t really have any plans as such. Perhaps cook some hors d’oeuvres, watch a good movie and bring in the New Year quietly. New Year’s Eve has never been really big with us, especially since we had children. However things didn’t really turn out as we had planned…or didn’t plan rather!

Just before the kids were due to go to bed, we let them watch a TV show about Arthur (the aardvark) celebrating New Year’s Eve with his family. After it was over, Jack and Gabrielle realized that it was indeed New Year’s Eve and wanted to stay up. We didn’t stand a chance, they played the “cute card”.

We were totally unprepared! What were we going to do with a 6-year old and a 3-year old? Well, the night started off with a good game of Monopoly Junior followed by a nice drive around town to see the Christmas lights. We happened upon a fireworks display too! The kids were thrilled! Troy got really excited too and decided to purchase some fireworks of our own. After coming back home, we played Monopoly again and the did our countdown! Jack and Gabrielle were SO enthusiastic and were even more so after we set off our fireworks.

Next New Year’s Eve, I think we will plan more for the kids. Some noise makers (yes, I’m THAT crazy), more kid-friendly snacks and perhaps some of our friends too! Should make for a good time!

Happy New Year Everyone!