I don’t make Ne Year’s Resolutions. Why? Because I don’t keep them. Lose weight? I like to eat. Exercise more? I start off well then I get lazy. Eat healthier? Well, I am pretty careful about what I eat although I do admit I like my sweets.

So, why make resolutions that I know I won’t keep. This year I am trying something else. I am hoping that these are resolutions I can keep. I figure if I can keep the number down I wil have a better chance of achieving my goal.

Here are my resolutions for 2021:

  1. I resolve to try to be a better person today than I was yesterday.
  2. I resolve to smile more at people even if they can’t see it behind my mask and this includes at home as well where no mask is required..
  3. I resolve to set some time aside for myself each day whether it be for reading or just sitting quietly..
  4. I resolve to be more helpful around the house even if that means just staying out of the way.
  5. I resolve to enjoy more the antics of my cats even if they sometimes drive me wild.

I feel confident that these are resolutions I can keep and will help me be a better person in 2021.


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20 responses to “Resolutions

  1. britt

    “and this includes at home as well where no mask is required..” I love this. I have often considered how much I might “fake” through the day since sometimes teaching can be a performance that when I get home…well, it can feel like I have nothing to give. I try to be purposeful and intentional in remaining energetic in order to nurture the relationship with my husband and our son!

    ALSO, I’ve never been a fan of resolutions either. Last year I decided to focus on monthly goals which worked nicely. This year I am focusing on monthly habits and keeping track of them weekly. Good luck to you – your resolutions are excellent and inspiring!

    • I like the idea of focusing on monthly goals or habits. A four week commitment seems less daunting than a 12 month one. You are so right – teaching is an act that leaves us drained of energy by the time we get home. We sometimes need to remind ourselves that we need to give as much of ourselves at home as we do to our students.

      • britt

        Exactly! I can’t remember where I heard that concept, but I remember being rocked by the idea that when we get home, we give our family “what’s left of us.” It truly changed my perspective. Of course, it’s hard to do, but we must!

        Four weeks is definitely more manageable than an entire 365 days!

  2. jumpofffindwings

    I love your first one—we should all embrace that! I watched a short video from John Spencer about maintaining what we’ve done well in this upcoming year, that we’re proud of, rather than taking on new goals. I think that’s a great way to approach 2021. I know so many, and I’m sure you’re among them, are proud of some of the ways we’ve handled the ups and downs of 2020. I’m gonna focus on that.
    Happy New Year!

    • 2020 definitely had its ups and downs and yes, we should all be proud of how we handled what was thrown at us. I like the idea of maintaining what we have done well because it can be so easy to slip back into bad habits. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  3. Terje

    Excellent resolutions. Do we really need resolutions? Cats don’t make resolutions and they seem perfectly content. Happy New Year!

  4. You have offered yourself a wonderful way to enjoy more of 2021 and be a happier person, Bob. PS: I LOVE sweets and glad that I have a partner in sweet making and of course, eating them. I got good reviews on the ricotta cookies. Some I made with chocolate frosting and chocolate chips in the dough.

  5. I love your resolutions! I am sure they are ones you can keep this year. Smiling is always a good thing to do. People can see it in your eyes when you smile! It sounds like you are working to have a happy year! We all need that after last year! Happy New Years to you and your family!

  6. Smiling behind the mask is really important. They might not see your mouth, but they can see the smile in your eyes and heart.

  7. Great possibilities for more joy in your life with these resolutions. So positive and uplifting… as well as do-able!

  8. Lainie Levin

    Funny you should mention. I gave up resolutions a while back because I feel like I kind of make them each and every day – pledges to myself to become that ideal version of myself I picture as I lay awake at night. But. What I love about your resolutions is how simple and important all of them are. They each bring some dimension of love or joy or peace, and THAT is what it’s all about. Thank you for this post!

    • Although it is important to eat healthy and live a healthier lifestyle, it is more important to bring joy and happiness to others whenever possible.

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