It’s that time of year again. New Year’s Eve is upon us, which means it’s time to ring in the new year by partying hard (hopefully not too hard). It’s also that time to think about New Year’s Resolutions. Now before you say, “Oh I’ll start working out, or I’ll quit drinking/smoking,” think hard about the resolution you want to make. Of course, if these are your resolutions then go for them – just make sure you won’t fall off the wagon say after the end of January. Try and make resolutions that you’ll see through to this time next year. Remember, resolutions don’t have to be big, they can be little ones. Here are a few suggestions for resolutions for 2013:
1. Learn a new language – planning a trip somewhere where the language is totally different? Recently met someone who speaks a different language and want to impress them? Why not learn that language. Even if you don’t have time to take formal classes, you can always use Rosetta Stone or even watch kids shows in that language. Just learning the basic phrases will get the ball rolling.
2. Take up a new hobby – Ever wanted to paint? Star-gaze? Make the new year the year you pick up a new hobby, that will fill your life outside of work, and enrich your life. Think about what you would love to do and make it a part of your daily life.
3. Volunteer – Giving back to your community can be a great resolution for the new year. I’ve volunteered at the local chamber of commerce as well as a historic attraction. It was only two days a week, and I found myself more satisfied by simply donating my time to help others. Even if you can only commit to once a week, that’s still better than nothing. Any time you give will be greatly appreciated. Tis better to give than to receive.
4. Reconnect with someone from your past – Is there someone whom you’ve been distanced from? Want to reconnect with them, but not sure if it’s the right time? This could certainly be that time. With all the social media, finding people has never been easier. And when you do reconnect, take things slow especially if things ended off less than pleasant. It will help to bridge that gap and ease the transition.
My resolution is to become a better writer and to have my novel finished – something attainable, at least that’s what I think. So whatever your resolutions are for the new year, make sure you can stick with them! Don’t be like so many who make unrealistic ones and give up too soon. Happy New Year everybody and all the very best for 2013!