A Happy New Year.

Well, it’s officially 2013. As is tradition, January 1st dictates the creation of new resolutions to help guide one’s endeavors in the year ahead. Every year, I make several new resolutions, but I am notoriously bad at keeping them (despite some strong effort on my part). I saw this image this morning on one of my favorite blogs, and I think it does a fantastic job of visualizing the results of my well-intentioned resolutions:

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Doesn’t it seem to encapsulate a New Year’s Resolution? As hard as we try to keep them, a resolution never seems to go as planned. 365 days is a long time, and there just always seems to be something in the way to keep us from succeeding. With a mind-set like that, why do I even make them?

I had this very conversation with my roommate this morning. She opts to not make resolutions on January 1, instead choosing to make life changes throughout the year when she is mentally ready to do so. I, on the other hand, always create New Year’s Resolutions yet rarely seem to accomplish them. So again I ask, why even do them? As the image above shows, a new year is meant to be a fresh start, and in my opinion, it seems only fitting to have challenges and goals to help guide that start. Yes, many times those goals aren’t followed through, or executed properly, but it’s always so fun to try. Plus, isn’t the journey more important than the destination, anyway?

And so, here I am again, making well-intentioned resolutions in the hopes that this time they will stick. But this year, rather than setting 3 or 4 different goals, I’m going to continue what I started last year. I’d like to set a theme for my year by choosing a word to live by. Remember last year? I went with the word enjoy, and while I certainly did enjoy, I let other things get in the way many a time (if I were grading my resolution word success, I’d give myself a “Needs Improvement” for 2012). Fingers crossed that this year is different, and 2013 is the year of the successful New Year’s Resolution/Word.

In 2013, I’m looking to really embrace the word smile.

Now if you were to ask anyone, they’d all say that I’m a generally smiley person. But by choosing the word smile, I’m looking to achieve more than just the facial expression. I want the attitude and aura that exudes from a person who smiles. I want to be smiling both inside and out. How do I intend to do this? Well, for starters I’m really going to work to stress less and enjoy more. I’m reminded almost daily that life is just too short to do things that you don’t love or that stress you out – so why do them? I’m going try and eliminate those stresses from my life, and try new things – all with the hope that by December 31, people will be able to describe my year as a year full of smile. While it may sound silly to some, for me it works.

What’s your New Year’s Resolution? Let me know in the comments, and perhaps we can work to accomplish them together? Happy New Year Y’all – Here’s to a great 2013!

Comments

  1. YAY Rachael! Keep us updated on Smile. I think stressing less is a fantastic overall goal (for everybody), but I love the spirit ‘Smile’ captures — much more carefree, relaxed, and joyful. Git it girl.

    • Thanks, Tolly! Yes, I agree that dubbing my year “The Year of the Smile” makes a successful resolution much more attainable, as it can mean so many different things. Looking forward to seeing how it all works out, and I’m hoping you’re also successful with Creating.

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