I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions. When I’m being really honest with myself, I know that I’ll fall off the resolution train just a couple weeks into the year. Anytime thereafter when I think of what grand hopes I had for new habits and a new me, I’ll end up feeling bad about not sticking with it, and I’ll resolve to never make a resolution again. For me, there’s some kind of mental block on making resolutions stick when they’re tied to the new year.
In 2016, I worked on making better habits outside of making New Year’s resolutions. In the summer, I decided to work more on my personal life, and got out of the house more. I even made a few new friends! In the fall, I worked on drinking more water and eating better food. When December rolled around, I tried to remember to use moisturizer and lotion every day—those winter winds will do a number on you!
Last year, I made periodic little goals, and it seemed to work for me. Even right now, I’m chatting with friends online, there’s an almost-finished glass of water on my desk next to me, and and my face and hands are nicely moisturized, thank you very much. They may seem like little things, or simple changes, but being able to make a goal and stick to it is a pretty powerful thing.
This year, I decided to forgo resolutions, and keep going with small changes as I see fit throughout the year. If I’m pressed to name a New Year’s resolution, I suppose it would be this: Make Better Choices. Whether it’s ordering the side salad instead of the fries, writing a thank you note instead of taking on an internet troll, or going out and socializing instead of holing up under a blanket and ordering in a pizza, small choices and simple changes add up to make me, and the world around me, better. I won’t always make the best decision, the bag of Hershey’s Kisses next to me says that loud and clear. But I will work to be a better me, and to make the world at least a little better.
I suppose I have a second resolution, and this is where this blog comes in. I want to make better choices about the way I document my life. I share a lot of photos on Instagram and Facebook, and a lot of musings on Twitter, but I want a better and more central place for long-form sharing. This will be a place where I can share my knitting projects, craft work (and the occasional Kraftwerk), homemaking tasks, reading recaps, and more journal-like observations and recollections throughout the year. It can be a place to share with others, and a place where I can look back on what I’ve done.
Here’s to 2017! May it be full of better decisions, and may it be well documented.