Nine New Year's Resolutions

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Every January, I make the same two resolutions: Quit biting my nails, and stop eating so much cheese FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS HOLY. And they’ve never worked. All year, I keep biting those nails and eating that delicious cheese. (Side note: For six glorious months, I actually quit biting my nails this year, but then started up again on election night. It could not be helped.)

Well, the other day, I came across a post by London-based writer Dolly Alderton, in which she shared nine everyday changes you might actually want to make. Here are a few favorites:

* Always carry a book in your bag. Trains will be delayed, post office queues will be long; you’ll be able to rattle through a book a week if you fill dead time with reading rather than scrolling through Instagram.

* If you hate the gym, give up your membership. Download a podcast, forgo buses and walk for 13,000 steps a day. It’s the same amount of time you’d spend in the gym, but it’s a method of transportation! And free!

* Invest in a good, easy-to-empty bin for your kitchen. A bad bin makes life difficult at least three times a week. And life is too short to be muttering and spluttering to yourself in anger three times a week. [Ed note: Yes to solving random problems at home! Like this.]

* Switch from black to navy. Black is chic, but navy is soft.

* Send your best friend a bunch of flowers to celebrate her achievements, from as big as getting a promotion to as small as standing up to a difficult boss. We owe moments of excitement and surprise to our dearest and oldest friends as much as we do to our partners and lovers.

* Continue to do as much good as you can.

Nine New Year's Resolutions

Thoughts? What large or small changes will you be making in 2017? What are you looking forward to?

P.S. Wise words, and five exercise classes I tried.

(Photo by Peter Stackpole in 1958 for Life Magazine, via Messy Nessy Chic. Illustration by Oliver Jeffers.)