resolutions (plural noun)
- a firm decision to do or not to do something
- the quality of being determined or resolute
- the action of solving a problem or contentious matter
- the process of reducing or separating something into constituent parts or components
- the smallest interval measurable by a telescope or other scientific instrument; the resolving power
- the conversion of something abstract into another form
A theme for most New Year Eve celebrations, whether revelling with significant others, family members or friends is the subject matter of resolutions. With the New Year and opportunity for new beginnings on the horizon it’s a poignant topic for consideration at any dinner table or gathering.
A New Year’s resolution is often considered a tradition in which a person resolves to change a specific behaviour or achieve a personal objective. There are of course other meanings but in the context of this post, it is the act of change or act of accomplishment whereby one is determined to succeed in their goal.
I for one, am a firm believer in making declarations but have fallen short on many occasions. For many, setting unrealistic goals or not keeping track of progress may be at fault. Perhaps too many goals have been set and forgotten about in the goings on of day to day life or maybe, the objective has been worded in such a way that you are already setting yourself up to fail.
Personally, I have a recurring resolution each year; this will be the year that I lose those extra pounds; not only the ones I’ve put on over the Christmas indulgence but also the ones that have crept on and have kept on over the last several years.
I tend to find myself going into each January ever so slightly bigger than the year before and several sizes greater than what I’m actually happy with. This year I am of course going to be setting some old and new goals but 2019 is the year I am going to set myself realistic objectives (well – try to at least).
My first resolution is to run a 5k race. I’m not talking about entering a 5k walk/run event here where the goal is to get across the finish line. I’m talking effort and putting the time in; going from couch potato to Usain Bolt wanabee having run from the start to the end.
Not only will this mean I have set myself a realistic objective, I am also hoping this will deliver two benefits:
- I will become fitter and healthier because I am having to work out to succeed in my goal
- I am hoping that by working out I will see some weight loss
Numero Deux is to spend at least x1 hour per evening (more on weekends) actively engaging and spending time with my family and the anti-Christ’s children
This should in theory do a number of things:
- Allow me to spend quality time focusing on being creative and actually listening to their whining needs
- Reduce the time I spend on social media; rather than scrolling on FB and Insta whilst watching the latest drivel on television (a family pastime) and actively engage my brain and converse
Three is doing something for others. I want to be a more charitable person next year and whilst I do good deeds often, I really want to do something more substantial for others. Whether this means giving up my time to help at a soup kitchen or raise some money for a charity close to my heart. I do need to think about how I can succeed in this goal as doing something for others sounds pretty woolly, so I’ll give this one some more thought and come back to this later.
Finally, I want to set myself the challenge of writing one blog post per week. This year my writing has taken a bit of a back seat especially with starting a new job, so I want to focus on writing one quality post per week.
This should allow me to :
- Spend time focused on an activity that I enjoy and means I make time for myself to complete this task
- Develop my skills as a writer to ultimately fulfil my ambition of becoming an author (baby steps and all that)
With this final resolution in mind, I have decided to start afresh on WordPress and set up a new blog page to fulfil this goal. I am also going to standardise my posts so that readers (if any) will come to expect the layout and content of my humble offerings.
So, what is your New Years resolution(s) and what dreams will you be aiming for in 2019? I’d love to hear them.
If you are stuck for an idea please check out some of the more common ones below:
- Be healthier: lose weight, exercise, eat better
- Quit bad habits: alcohol, smoking, toxic relationships
- Improve oneself and well-being: become better educated, develop career, thinking positively, laughing more
- Improve finances: reduce debt, save money
- Help charities: raise money, give time, donate unwanted goods
- Environmental Responsibility: reduce waste
- Build Relationships: Spend time with friends and family, make new friends, forgive
Moto for 2019:
P.S. Please don’t forget to join at me over at Swerve Strikes Again for my first blog post of 2019 (coming shortly to the Internet near you).
TinTins aka Swerve signing off for 2018!
See you on the other side kids…