Happy New Year!
Whether you rang in 2015 with a crazy night out, a nice dinner, or a low-key night at home in your sweats, I hope you had a great time and were able to live in the moment.
A lot of people use the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day to reflect on the year past and review their goals for 2015. Along the same lines, a lot of bloggers use this time to post their “best of recipes/workouts/etc.” posts and give a rundown of both blog and life highlights.
I typically like to let the holiday hustle die down a bit before I do any reflecting or commitment making of my own. I don’t think there’s any magic rule that says all of that needs to be done by January 1st.
One thing I do want to do today is point out how I used the phrase “commitment making.” I didn’t say anything about New Year’s resolutions.
When I hear the word resolution, it makes me think of the result of something that was once broken or a situation that needed fixing. Every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, and this has a very rear-view mirror way of looking at things, don’t you think? By making New Year’s resolutions, we essentially acknowledge all the baggage and crap we’ve carried around. We dwell on the things we’ve done incorrectly in some way, and then through our New Year’s resolutions, we resolve to fix them.
When we resolve to fix something, it implies that something was broken in the first place.
That seems like a pretty negative way of looking at things, if you ask me. Not exactly the way I would want to start fresh and anew.
My advice to you this year? Forget all the crap!
If we kick off 2015 focused on what we CAN’T eat anymore or what behaviors we WON’T do anymore, then we will immediately start our year with a deprivation mindset. It will make us feel like these items are off-limits, and that’s typically when we’ll feel MORE compelled to eat the junk or indulge in the “bad” behaviors.
So let’s make a little shift this year. Let’s make POSITIVE commitments for ourselves instead by looking ahead. Let’s ask ourselves:
- What WILL I do this year?
- What foods will I eat MORE of?
- What behaviors will I START doing?
To commit to something means to make a pledge or promise. Today, or when it feels right for you, set yourself up for success and make a commitment that is meaningful to YOU.
Pledge to take positive action.
Promise yourself you will add choices and behaviors that add purpose, health, and happiness to your life.
Isn’t this a much more positive way to start the year than looking back on the could have, should have, and would have?
Readers, let’s chat! I’m wondering, what do you think of this concept? Have you made any personal commitments yet for 2015?
Wishing everyone a fresh start and a wonderful first weekend of the new year. <3
“When we resolve to fix something, it implies that something was broken in the first place.” Couldn’t agree more! Here’s to commitments and not resolutions 🙂
P.S. I shared this link in my Twitter account cause I find the ideas and presentation of ideas really really good 🙂
Thanks so much for sharing and for the nice words! Happy New Year, Christine!
I commit to working out more with YOU in 2015! #misstwoaday
I can get down with that, Liz! 🙂 Miss you!
Such a great idea 🙂 Happy New Year!
Happy New Year, Kate!
I think this is awesome, I hope you don’t mind that I’m sharing it on my facebook
Hi Elaine, thank you! Of course I don’t mind. Thank you so much for sharing it. Happy New Year!
Totally agree! I am committed to continuing my healthy lifestyle including food, fitness and wellness. I look forward to including some recent recent inspirations on staying hydrated, improving my sleep habits, adding more relaxation time into my life. Happy New Year!
Sound like good commitments to me. Happy New Year!
Love this, and definitely agree! I set goals instead, for things that I want to achieve or work on to become an ever better version of myself 🙂
Awesome! Good luck with your goals for 2015.
I love this!! My main commitment right now is spending more time with my sisters and nieces. I dont see them enough and theyre growing up so darn fast! I hope you had a great New Year!
Thanks, Steph! Sounds like a great commitment to me. I definitely know what you mean about the little ones growing up so fast. Seems like just yesterday my goddaughter was born, and now she’s almost 6!
As someone who doesn’t make “resolutions”, either, I love this idea… this year, I’m going to commit to saying “no” more often and to not try and do everything- it’s exhausting!
That was something I worked on last year, but with 8 weddings it was really hard, so I’m continuing that into 2015. This is the year we get married, so I HAVE to put myself first!
Great post and outlook! Happy New Year!
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Thanks, Chloe! Happy New Year!
I love not looking back and dwelling on (bad) decisions . I like to look forward, ahead, into the future and think about (good) decisions that I can make!
Love this, Dawn!