So, here we find ourselves in that awkward dead space between Christmas and new year. No-one knows what day of the week it is. Everyone over ate, drank too much, spent all their money etc. It’s a place where diets and moderation came to die, but it’s a place where resolutions THRIVE. We look at ourselves in our post-Christmas slump and frump and think, “surely, this could be improved upon”? Or is that just me?
You may not have realised, because in my writing I come across as totally cool and sophisticated, but I’m a huge nerd. I’m big into new years resolutions and I mean literally writing and saving lists. I had a good chuckle looking back at some of my resolutions from years past.
Some are pretty standard; “Achieve goal weight” has basically featured every year since I was a 16 year-old girl, so that’s obviously going very well.
Some are very ambitious, “Learn to speak zulu fluently” and “Teach myself to read sheet music”
And some are rather embarrassing things that come pretty naturally to most people, “Moisturize daily” and “Improve my knowledge of geography” (you do NOT want me on your 30 seconds team when it comes to these questions).
Looking back on these lists I notice a trend of falling short of the “new me” fairly consistently. Ok, basically 90% of the time if I’m being honest. On the odd occasion I knock it out of the park. In 2010 I resolved to take up cycling and to date I have completed the Cape Argus, Amashova, 94.7 and Tour Durban.
I don’t think the fact that new years resolutions are rarely achieved means we should stop making them. I’m an eternal optimist and still believe it’s healthy to be on a constant journey of self-improvement. However, my goal for this year is to be a bit kinder to myself and “let myself off the hook” a bit more. I like to think of myself as a kind person, but damn I can be a real b*tch when it comes to self talk! Isn’t it crazy that we expect and often demand infinitely more of ourselves than we do of other people? The moral of the story is “just chill, you can’t do everything, you are not coconut oil”! In fact my mantra for this coming year is,
“You can do
, but you can’t do
I still have an idea of the things I want to change or improve upon. I'm not going to list those here though and put pressure on myself to achieve the (often ridiculously) high standard we tend to hold ourselves to. This year I have decided to kick back with a glass of wine and enjoy some of the best resolutions that twitter has to offer instead, enjoy!
Wishing you happiness, good health and an all round epic 2019
Mama on the Run
“My new years resolution is to be more assertive, if that’s ok with you guys?” - @megankcomedy
“My new years resolution is to give up alcohol. Oops, I meant: My news years resolution is to give up. Alcohol!” -
“My resolution is to work on my low self esteem, but I don’t think I can do it” – @craydrienne
“Should my new years resolution be to grow my hair out again? That’s easier than getting my life together.” – @jmacNcheesewiz
“This year my new years resolution is to learn the difference between being bored and being hungry” - @emschroeds
“Next year I promise to lose weight, work out more, eat healthier, settle down, stop drinking, and most importantly, stop lying to myself” - @LifeOfGuy
“I’d love to say, ‘New year, new me’, but I’m only 2 stamps away from a free meal with my KFC loyalty card. Would be silly to ruin that now… - @SiLennon
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