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Family New Year’s Resolutions: What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions?

virtual-family-momSo what, if any, are your New Year’s Resolutions?

This new year, I’m really going to stick with my resolutions. I’m going to get up early, at least five days a week, to exercise before work. I’m going to stick with a diet, really! I’ll stop watching so much TV at night, so I can start writing that book I always wanted to write. I’m going to be more careful drive – no speeding, and no cell phone calls. I’ll eat healthier, less grease, more vegetables, less red meat. I’m going to be a better husband – more patient, and less irritable (even when I know she’s wrong!)

I wonder if I can make it past January 5th this year. I’m already really tired. Let’s see what’s on TV. I wonder if we still have potato chips in the cabinet. Damn it!! Where did she put that remote!!!

New Year’s resolutions never last very long with me. I don’t know if that means I am weak, but I have just learned it’s better to just have small goals throughout the year, not one big goal that’s doomed to fail. Currently, my goal is to spend as much time as I can with my friends and family until I have to go back to school.

To me, New Year’s resolutions are somewhat pointless. It is always good to aim to lose 10 pounds, or work late a couple nights a week, or even just to be nice to everyone you see. But, let’s be honest, how long do resolutions even last? Not many people can even last the month of January without bending or breaking the rules of his or her resolution. I don’t make a resolution for the new year. I know I won’t be able to keep to it throughout the whole year. Why make a resolution that probably won’t be kept?

I have great difficulty following through with a resolution for the entire year, so I’ve kept my New Year’s resolution simple – to be good to myself. Instead of nit-picking at all the little specifics like being nice to so-and-so or trying harder at a certain subject, I’m going to work entirely within myself. If I strive to lead the healthiest lifestyle I can, then I know good will come out of it for others around me. That’s it!

Mindy Gallagher is the Social Media Manager for Your Teen Magazine. She is the assistant coach for the girls’ lacrosse team for Solon High School in Ohio.

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