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Are You Making New Year’s Resolutions?

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.)

  1. Yes I am getting older, thankfully. I have the same old husband , almost 49 years. Boring but I married my best friend when I was eighteen. During this life I have had some horrible things happen to me , ones I have never discussed not even with my best friend. I keep them hidden away but as I get older and older , I find those mememories (nightmares ) popping up . Maybe it is because as you get older your choices get fewer and you have way too much time on your hands. This has been my year of facing great health problems which keep me from riding my bike and going on long walks with my new puppy. I never thought I would become chubby or unhealthy..Things wear out , I think that is the worst part of getting old .
    Now for the best…I have time to get out and dig in my gardens , prune my shrubs and play with my grandchildren. Boy do they grow fast! The shrubs and the grandchildren…One day you are snuggling your first grand baby and the next he is a fourteen year old teenager. But as I get older I have time. Time to watch them grow which I did not have with my own. that is the blessing of getting really older..❤️

  2. I posted my resolutions this year, they are essentially the same as last year (and the year before) – run, read, and yoga more. I love the keeping a book on me tip, I definitely try to do that. And I’m trying to be better about picking up a book vs. flipping on Netflix at the end of the day.

  3. I reset the step goal on my FitBit to 13,000 because of this post.

    • I’m doing the same right now. I barely make 6K a day so I’ve got to step it up :)