Why everyone should make new year resolutions

Life is short. There is no easy way to swallow that bitter truth. This came home to me last year when two close relations passed away. What surprised me was the sudden shockingly feeling of emptiness inside myself. I felt as if I have not made a real achievements in life and then the thoughts of is this it for me? Kept bugging me.

Then before I knew it New Year was coming up and I thought I would grab life with both hands and make some new year resolutions that when 2012 came to an end I could look back and hopefully some of this emptiness would subside. As I was keen to know what other people thought of new year resolutions I decided to ask some people but disappointingly kept coming across a brick wall. They all said no and when I asked why it was because they knew they wouldn’t keep them up.

I had in previous years made resolutions and failed to keep them up but the ones I made a year ago I have achieved all three of them!

My resolutions were:

  • Write in my diary everyday
  • Do some bigger sewing projects
  • Complete a piece of writing

Writing my diary I found extremely therapeutic coming to terms with my losses. I had told myself it was ok not to write all the entries on the exact day incase I wasn’t in the mood. If this occurred, which did happen a few times, then I was to write it the next day so I wouldn’t fall too far  behind. I also now have a record of my life I can look back on.

2012 diary

2012 diary

I have always been meaning to make a start on some big projects of cross stitch but I have mostly stuck to card sized ones. This year I had my room redecorated and ended up with empty walls. This forced me to get my needle out and start to fill my walls again. There are three big pictures I have finished this year. That is on top of one full-sized blanket, two lap-sized blankets and a Moses basket blanket.

The complete a piece of writing was the most challenging and I knew that when I settled on achieving it this year. What I had hoped to do was write a whole story but what happened instead was I have started two stories. One of which you can read on my page Devil’s Assassin and the other I’m still typing up. What it did lead me to do is start this blog and I found I was completing a piece of writing every time I wrote a blog post, a diary entry or book review. This one resolution I have found is all to do with matters of perception

So why should everyone make a new year resolution? Granted not all of you reading this will be in same boat I found myself in last year. But if you do make some and you achieve them, the fulfilment you feel is immense and you feel you can do anything.

But how do we get over conditioned response that if we make them we won’t manage it? The key is baby steps. We all have good intentions of getting fit and giving up smoking. There is nothing wrong with these goals but they are ones people mostly give up trying to do as the goal is too big. Instead look upon them in bite size pieces. Look at cutting back by one cigarette a day for the whole year. What we fail to remember is cigarettes are made up of drugs, which never should be attempted to quit by going cold turkey. Getting fit on the other hand is a very vague one to have. Because of this, coming back to my earlier point of matters of perception makes it possible for you to intercept it in many ways. Adding in a regular walk, trying new sports as part of the Olympic legacy or cutting back slightly on chocolate. Hard I know if you got given tons of the addictive food stuff for Christmas!!

So if there was one new year resolution I would suggest. It would be keeping a diary. Have you ever tried to remember what you had for Christmas or Birthday five years ago? Ok so it won’t help with that now, but by keeping one you have a record of your life which your grandchildren would want to read, You never know you could be next Samuel Pepys or Robert Shields. It may even give you an idea for a novel to write. But diaries don’t have to be just pages of writing. You could do a sketch a day if you are artistically inclined.

My new year resolutions for 2013 are:

Not to buy anymore paperbacks. I have a Kindle and I am running out of space for anymore paperbacks. They usually end up at some point cheaper on Kindle anyway so I will be saving some money

Fill one wall of pictures in my room. After doing the three big pictures this year, I am half way to filling my biggest bedroom wall. I know what pictures I want to add in so now I’ve just got to knuckle down and do them

Write my diary everyday. I will be keeping this resolution every year. I have at some points this year looked back to the start to see how far I’ve come in a short space of time. I know I will end up looking at parts of it in 2013 and beyond.

I hope this has inspired at least one person out there. I know I can feel the buzz of possibilities being born from every view this post receives.

Until my next update… Happy New Year!!

I hope I have inspired at least one person with this post.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kanundra
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 10:59:44

    Wishing you all the best and I agree maybe we should make resolutions. I’m just inclined to break too many, so I tend to make attainable goals instead. I will think about it before I post 🙂 onwards to a great 2013.


  2. Oh Sew Tempting
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 12:06:03

    It is great that you made resolutions and stuck to them, especially the diary writing as that is so easy to give up. I don’t make resolutions as I don’t want to make myself do something just because I promised I would. If I start a project I always finish it, usually before I start something new so I am pretty disciplined that way. I don’t feel the need to resolve to do things at the moment. I’m sure, for some, making a resolution kicks them into some sort of action. There’s enough action going on around here already he-he! Have a wonderful new year 😀 Avis x


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