New Year’s Resolutions – filling in the blanks

Happy new year!


I saw this little meme over at Just Flourishing (who saw it at Non-Society, and it’s originally from the Chicago Tribune ).

The author says:

"To help us pursue our better life, I’ve devised the following resolutions form. It’s based on the premise that the most successful resolutions are specific. Each entry asks for one, and only one, answer. If you accomplish all of these you will be entitled forevermore to let yourself be."

One thing I will learn: I want to learn Spanish. I also want to brush up on my Italian, German, and French.

One place I will go: I want to go to Hawaii (honeymoon?), Japan, or somewhere in the Caribbean. If I get to one of those places I’ll be very pleased.

One habit I will break: Snapping at people. Sometimes when I get very comfortable with someone (my family, Bobby, etc…) I get snappy when I’m annoyed. Have to work on this.

One habit I will cultivate: Patience.

One work habit I will change: Procrastination.

One thing I’ll eat more often: Healthy fried rice. I think this is my new favorite food.

One thing I’ll eat less: Meat.

One thing I’ll drink more: Kombucha.

One thing I’ll drink less: Diet soda in general.

One resentment I’ll get over: Yup yup, this one is secret.

One person I’ll treat more respectfully: Secret too. But I know exactly who this is.

One thing I’ll spend less money on: Things I don’t need/clutter/things that I buy just because they are on sale.

One thing I’ll spend less time doing: Ruminating.

And a thing I’ll spend more time doing: Hanging out with Bobby AND yoga.

One resolution I’ve made before but will honor this time because I really do believe that with a little effort life can be better: I know this one – but it’s personal! I hope it works.

What are YOURS?

16 Replies to “New Year’s Resolutions – filling in the blanks”

  1. Happy New Year! Healthy fried rice is my new favorite food too. 🙂 You will die if you try Wild Ginger’s & Qi Asian Eatery’s… even my non-veggie friend couldn’t believe how good it was!

  2. Good resolutions! I should fill this thing out. I do the same thing with being really snappy and impatient with the people I care about most. Everyone usually thinks I’m really quiet and easy going, unless they’re my family- they know all about my temper :X
    I can help you with Spanish! I need to work on my higher level Spanish like legal and medical terms to get my interpreting license but I also want to work on something like French or Portuguese.
    I can never have too much yoga!
    Hope you had a great New Year’s celebration!

  3. Less procrastination, can I get an amen?

    I am DEFINITELY with you on that one!

    I wish you good luck with your resolutions 🙂

  4. Hi! I just found your blog recently and love it. It was such a relief for me to find someone who cut back on exercise, and is proud of it. I feel like there’s so much pressure in the blog world to overdo it. Anyway, I love this New Year’s post. I might do it on my own blog. I went to Japan this year, by the way (for my honeymoon). It was AMAZING!
    Happy 2010!

  5. great resolutions Maggie, I have several similar to yours, thanks for reminding me! 😀 I might do a similar post just to have them out there to remind myself along 2010! 😉

  6. Looks like you’re planning on a fantabulous year, Maggie! 😀

    I’ve decided not to post “resolutions” but am just going to focus on being kind to myself, accepting compliments, making time for more yoga this year, and tightening the reins on just how many things I multi-task at once.

    Happy New Year!


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