We all have them, whether or not we admit it. We may not do the do-or-die resolutions like many people do, but we all have reasons why we look forward to the new year, new beginnings, and a chance to do something differently in the next year. What is it for you?
This January I will be starting my diet again, to lose the last 7 pounds I didn’t lose this summer, plus the five I’ve put on during the stress (and food!) of the holiday season. But I wouldn’t call that a New Year’s resolution, as it is more of a short-term plan that I’ve had since September.
I think for me, I want my New Year’s resolution to be something creative and fun. A new hobby or habit I want to pick up–something that will challenge and inspire me. A 365 day photo project on this blog? A thought of the day from Proverbs? Maybe it is reading daily, a hobby I used to love but have lost the time for the past few years. I used to devour large books in only a few days–now I struggle to read a whole book in months. Maybe it is a nightly ‘date’ with my husband, fifteen minutes a day? We did that once, and it did our marriage a world of good!
I don’t know what it will be, but I know that I desperately need it. I’m burnt out from overworking for two years now. I need to be doing something creative and expressive to relieve that stress and bring a vibrant part of my personality back to life. I don’t know which one of those I will pick, but I know I need to do something! One of the hesitations I have is knowing that I have ADHD. While I mean well and a 365 day project sounds good–I’m not sure I will be able to follow through with it. Still, I know that it is an idea I’ve been fascinated by for a couple of years now. I know it would be good for me in so many ways–especially in challenging me to develop a long-term habit. It would stretch me in new ways!
So tell me, what are you changing in the new year? If you’re not a resolution kind of person, what about the new year offers the most hope and promise to you?