Goodbye 2012 (Hello 2013)


Over the years I have coached many people though various resolutions. If you haven’t set a New Year’s resolution there is still time, and if you have no desire to set a resolution, well that’s alright too because New Year’s resolutions aren’t for everyone. I believe a lot of people think resolutions have to be huge and life changing. Here’s a tip: change little things about your way of being and big changes will come more naturally.

When I think back on my resolutions, I see how they really did change the way I live. To humor you, here’s what I have done over the years:

  • Pledge to use only reusable bags at the grocery store. This was several years ago before the trend caught on and I confused the cashiers who typically tried to charge me for my own bags. Doing this has made me more aware of other ways to protect the environment.
  • Vow to never purchase commercial bread again. Let me tell you, this was one successful resolution. Once you start eating fresh bread from local bakeries the commercial stuff seems fake. Switching to local bread was just the start and now I am a member of a food co-op where I purchase meat and produce.
  • Listen to 94.1 The Dog every Sunday for the top Latin hits. I’ve always enjoyed music and one day decided that I should listen to music in other languages at least once a week. Every Sunday 94.1 plays Latin music which puts me in a good mood to fold laundry and clean the kitchen. How does this impact my well-being? There’s less stress during the work week when I get chores done on Sunday!
  • Stop using disposable utensils at work. This was a resolution I set a couple of years ago and while I occasionally forget to leave a fork at work or bring my bamboo utensils, I use far less plastic than I did prior to setting this goal.

So what outlandish resolution is up for 2013? I’m eliminating a lot of plastics around the kitchen and pledging to recycle more paper products like receipts, shredded junk mail, etc.

Whether you’re looking to lose weight, become a vegetarian, or learn a new language, here are my suggestions:

  1. First, pick something that holds significance or that you’re passionate about.
  2. Whatever that something is, write it down.
  3. Share your plan with someone who will hold you accountable.
  4. Work on your resolution by changing the easiest or smallest things first.
  5. Make sure you are still enjoying life because you only get one and you must make the most of it.
Happy New Year!