Are you tired of making New Year’s Resolutions in January only to give up by mid-February? Me too. This year I’ve decided to change my approach. I am going to be a little easier on myself. I am going to make resolutions that will be a pleasure to keep. Nothing says you can’t resolve to do more of things you love, right? So, I’ve compiled a list of New Year’s Resolutions you’ll want to continue all though the year. Choose one, or a number of resolutions because these won’t challenge your will power or your bank account.
Say No More Often
I know, you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings and you are trying to be a great friend but if you’re like many, you are saying ‘Yes’ far too much. You attend parties when you’d rather be in bed. You volunteer at the school when you should probably be getting groceries. The list of obligations never ends and learning to say ‘No’ will help you in more ways than one.
Read More Books
Carve out some time every day to sneak in a chapter or two. You know you love it, and you’ll get further ahead on your reading list. I know you have books piled on your nightstand because we all do. Take some of that time you save from saying ‘No’ more and get back to reading.
Take More Naps
Easier said than done, right? This is where I might stop reading an article like this. I might think: “Obviously, this lady is unrealistic and must not have any children.” While, I will cop to being unrealistic at times, I do have two children and they would prefer if I never slept, at all. It won’t be easy, I’ll admit, but I will talk with my husband about my resolution and remind him that more naps for Mama means a happier Mama and who wouldn’t want that?
More of the time you spend cleaning, could be spent napping or reading or binge-watching House of Cards. Either way, clean less and relax more. You know your kids are going to destroy your living room just minutes after you have it ‘company-ready’, so make a conscious effort to let it go once in awhile.
Get a Dog
Yes, you read that right. This is a list of things that will make you happier and more relaxed, so I would be remiss if I didn’t add the idea of getting a dog. I can tell you from personal experience that a dog will help you complete the rest of the resolutions on this list.
You should be able to complete a couple of these resolutions with ease. Go easy on yourself, and choose one or two to start. Who knows, maybe you’ll be napping regularly by Valentine’s Day. Okay, even I know that is unlikely. You will, however, find success in your New Year’s Resolutions this year. Won’t it feel nice to be reading on the couch while your new pup snuggles at your feet? It beats the gym, anyway.