My Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions


I think most of us do it. 2014 is the year we finally fit working out, blogging, and crafting into our daily routines. It’s the year we really stick to our resolutions. Just like last year, and the year before.

This year, I’m taking a different angle on resolutions. I’m looking into the future at December 31st, 2014, and imagining my ideal self. My journey this year is to become that self.

I suppose what makes this different is that I’m putting the pressure on the whole year rather than just the beginning. I’m allowing for missteps, alternate routes, and leaving room for the possibility that my ideal self now might not be my ideal self in six months.

My challenge for myself this week is to sit down quietly and outline exactly what I want to see myself doing a year from now. Then, I’ll work backwards (like creating an outline before writing a paper). I already have some ideas about where I’d like to see myself, but I’m planning on keeping many of my goals to myself and close friends – lest I announce it on social media and begin to feel that I’ve already accomplished it.

For those of us that are resolution-challenged like me, I think viewing the whole idea of change through this lens is going to be helpful. Now, instead of berating myself for losing grip on my resolutions from January 1, I can simply realign myself to the values I began seeking. I now have questions to ask myself – would my ideal self do this? Would my ideal self prefer that I beat myself up over this, or that I stand up and move forward?

Stand up and move forward this year. Hold yourself accountable to future you, not past you.

This blog will continue to be an examination of my progress as well as hold a strong focus on simple living, and I’m so excited about what this year is going to bring. I hope your 2014 is off to a beautiful start, and cheers to a creative, productive new year.


2 thoughts on “My Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions

  1. you have put into words an idea I have been spinning in my mind for about a month now leading up to the new year! I bought a poster board to write out the year ahead time line to get stuff accomplished πŸ™‚ Every summer we go to a kite festival and I always say we should stay overnight but by the time the festival rolls around all the hotels are already booked…so this week I already booked a hotel for August for the kite festival yaaaa for accomplishments from some planning ahead πŸ™‚

    • Oh that’s awesome! Being well-prepared for things like that always feels really nice. I’m getting married this year, and the plans are coming along quite slowly – but lists help! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

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