I’m Not Going To Make Any New Year’s ResolutionsBy Veronica Smith – 15 Comments
Rachel has written a compelling piece called 2012 New Year’s Crochet Resolutions and many of you have responded with enthusiasm – I am jealous of you all being able to make New Years resolutions. I wish I could.
I don’t cope well with New Year’s resolutions. Many people I know do really well with them and they get all motivated and have great success during the year. Not me, they never seem to quite work for me and then I get all upset with myself – way to much pressure.
Instead, I am going to work backwards. December 31, 2011 I made a list of all the things that I HAVE done that were new and exceptional. I can feel good about myself at what I have achieved instead of what I failed to do. I am going to add to it on December 31, 2012.
For instance in 2011:
- I finally got around to helping out and started fostering for the RSPCA (animal rescue place). I did it years ago and always meant to go back to it. I feel good about myself.
- I sorted my craft room out that had been neglected for so very long.
- I kept up with the bills and tax which I struggled with every previous year and ignored it hoping it might go away (we have a business so it is really regular).
- I managed to walk past balls of yarn on sale many times instead of never. I did have lapses in judgment and strength though.
- I got my Christmas, birthday, mothers and fathers day presents all crocheted and finished on time (yet another thing I never managed to do).
- Looked after my health better instead of knowing what I should do but not quite sticking to it as I did in the past.
- Got some sewing done – I hadn’t sewn in a long time and it felt really good.
- Rescued some pre-loved crochet.
- I kept mostly on top of the housework in the latter part of the year.
- I gave more crochet presents than before as gifts because i managed to make more simple things for those I would normally purchase a gift for.
I know my list is short but I am happy with the few things that I did get done. Sure, there were things that I would have liked to get done but I am trying not to beat myself up about it all. I am not going to make a list of what exactly I want to achieve in case I don’t do it. Instead I am going to work on how many things I can put on the list in 12 months time.
I am going to look at new things in a new light. When I see something that I have always wanted to do maybe this will give me a shove knowing that I can add it to the magic list.
I suppose if you want to get all pedantic about it the fact that I have decided to do this is in actual fact a resolution in itself, however I did make the decision at the end of December so technically it is not a New Year one.
I have put my list with my Christmas decorations so I don’t forget to do it, after all a lot can happen in 12 months.
As is said, I truly envy all of you who are strong enough to make a plan and stick to it, however for me it is not happening.
How did you go with your last year’s resolutions? Were you successful? What are some things that you’ve accomplished?