It’s January. The start of a new year. This is the time when many people set new goals or resolutions for themselves. I’ve read a great number of my fellow bloggers with awesome reading goals for 2018, new themes for their Instagram, doing challenges (even multiple challenges) – friends and family telling me how they are going to lose a certain amount of weight or join a gym. I’m not going to even attempt any form of New Year’s resolution. They just don’t work for me.
I’m not going to bother with reading goals or lists of things to improve, how much weight I should lose or how many blog posts I should post per week. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to have a general idea of what direction you want your life to go but I don’t want to be ball and chained by a resolution. Mostly, I don’t want to feel guilty when I realise I haven’t fulfilled my commitment.
I don’t want to point the finger at one aspect of my life and focus uniquely on that. Then, by magic, I happened upon this wonderful article from D’Ana Joi. This blog post is so beautifully written and it expressed exactly where I am right now with respect to struggling with New Year’s resolutions. Best of all, I love her alternative to resolutions.
I love the concept of a theme instead of a resolution. This works for me. I’ll have to give myself some time to figure out what theme would work for me, but the first thought that came to mind was the word MORE. More time for myself, more reading, more indulging, more time with my kids, more positivity, be more present, more vegetables, a few more minutes on the stationary bike. I love that this is not precise and can perfume every aspect of my life. Everyday can have a little bit MORE in it – whatever that “more” may be.
January is the start of a calendar year, but every morning is the start of a new day. I want to live those days, each and every one with a little something extra. Some of those days may be dull, full of normal, boring chores….but they will be mine minus the resolutions. With that subtraction I feel that a lot MORE can be added into my life’s equation.
And, I’m off to read —–> because I’ll never say no to one “more” chapter.