I saw a cute commercial on TV this weekend that had an adult asking four little kindergarteners if they were going to make New Year’s Resolutions. One cute, husky, little guy says yes, that he made a “revolution” to eat more candy. I laughed and then the more I thought about it, I realized that little guy was onto something bigger and better than New Year’s Resolutions! Most of us want to start the year out on the right foot so we make resolutions even though we know darn well they will be broken before Valentine’s Day, or for sure on it!
For that reason, I stopped making New Year’s Resolutions 22 pounds ago. But an Annual January Revolution just might work, or at least it’s worth a try and it sounds more doable and a LOT more fun and proactive. It’s like giving myself a gift that I can use all year! What could be better?
I’ve had some time to think about it, so for example I’ll tell you my 2014 First Annual January Revolution. I wanted my Revolution to be against the popular New Year’s Resolution I’ve made a million times, and broke a million times. Instead of making another Resolution to eat less — I made a Revolution to go out to eat more! There, how easy is that?
Here’s how it went…trying to think of something I’d really like, but that would also improve my life, I made a list of the things that I didn’t like. I thought about work, and how the crowd gathers at the door to head out to Applebee’s, Chili’s, or Olive Garden for lunch. I always say I can’t go, I have too much work to do. They go, I work, and 45 minutes later they all pile back into the office all smiley and looking like they don’t have a care in the world and plunk down at their desks and the quiet returns. That’s when I stash my candy bar wrappers and feel sorry for myself.
I wish I felt like I didn’t have a care in the world. I wish I had a good laugh or two. I wish I went to lunch with the crowd…and without delving deeper into my psyche, (we do not want to go there!) I made my 2014 Revolution! Ta-da, I’m going out to lunch to eat real food and have fun. See how that worked?
Go ahead, give it a try! Pick something that needs to change…anything you have some control over and that you would enjoy changing. My girlfriend made her Revolution to buy something for herself whenever she is out shopping, instead of always just for her kids, Grands, or hubby. She is tired of the kids poking fun at her 10 year old “Mom Jeans” and her sequined Christmas sweaters. I think her Revolution is going to raise her spirits and make her feel a little younger and she will never have to endure hot flashes in those crazy Christmas sweaters ever again!
Think about it, and if you haven’t made a New Years Resolution, or you did and well, how do I say this, it’s already smashed, I bet you can come up with your own 2014 Revolution.
Please, leave me a quick comment below, share your Revolutions and your good ideas. It could help some other gal come up with her 2014 January Revolution. Thanks!
About Ann Sandretto: With over 10 years of research behind Hormones-Beauty-Health.com., Ann created alwaysnewyou.com. Ann’s mission is to inspire women to continuously reinvent and renew themselves by providing trusted information, expert advice and a community for supportive interaction. Together with her panel of expert contributors, she shares health and beauty tips with women navigating menopause.