1. I don’t make resolutions either but when my friends from NC left to return home after Thanksgiving I decided to cut sugar, flour, and dairy from my diet. Went straight through Christmas and stuck to my guns, not one taste of any of those things. As long as it’s not in my house I’m safe because I don’t crave those things, but I will eat them if they’re here. Well, out of the blue my sweet friend Janet shows up out at the barn this morning to tell me she left a slice of banana bread and two turtles on my counter. What do you think I did? I had banana bread for breakfast, that’s what! I feel no remorse, it was a choice and I made it. Now back on the wagon, no harm done, nothing sweet in the house except those two turtles hiding in the bottom of the fridge. I do the best I can, but I don’t punish myself if I really want something. Like you said, too much pressure.

  2. Hello & hai Brenda.
    I’m Lina from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I’ve been reading your blog since 2010 ( i think from your house with big beautiful patio ) untill now. I loves your blog. Keep writing.

  3. The other day on Instagram someone posted that this time of year is the worst time of year to make resolutions. They suggested continuing to stay cozy until Spring when new goals make more sense as it’s a time of rebirth. Another Instagram thing that I thought you’d find as funny as I do is that people are posting about whether or not they met their book reading goals this year and setting their goals for next year. That would be like needing to make a resolution to breathe for me!

  4. The saying “how do you eat an elephant” One bite at a time” comes to mind. I think “real” change comes from baby steps leading up to a marathon. This is what I actually wrote for the New Year “Personal goal: “Do one thing a day!” and be kind and flexible with myself. No shaming allowed.’ And the one thing could simply be laundry or working on a puzzle. ANYTHING (as long as it’s away from a screen) counts.

  5. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I do a lot of journaling and reflecting instead, and think and meditate on positivity in all areas of my life. It’s also a good time to work on decluttering projects.

  6. I stopped doing resolutions yrs ago . The last few yrs I did them mine was to be a better person than I was the year before. A few yrs ago I started picking a word for the yr. This year my word is Believe . I believe I’ll go farther in my health journey, I believe Ping, my rescue dog, will put all the potty outside , ect .

  7. Happy New Year!! I believe it is different for each person. For me, I like the idea of a resolution; but not specifically on Jan 1. Also, I prefer to call them goals and not resolutions. When I am mentally “ready” to commit to a personal health goal such as more exercise, eating better, etc., I am much more likely to achieve it. That can happen on any day of the year. For me, baby steps work well. Almost everything takes practice and that is true for exercise and diets alike. If applicable, I start small and give myself lots of time and grace along the way.

  8. I agree wholeheartedly about resolutions at the beginning of every year. It is a good time to look back and consider what you want to improve or change in your life but those things need to be done thoughtfully and carefully to insure that they are what you want to do (really) and there is a possibility of success. The little steps process is a good one … you can feel a sense of achievement without the constant heaviness of a “chore” you might really not want to do. Wishes for a blessed and peaceful New Year for you and Ivy.

  9. Everything you’ve said about resolutions makes excellent sense to me.
    I don’t make resolutions because I’ve learned that I won’t be successful. I feel that I’m setting myself up for disappointment.
    Enjoy your day.

  10. Happy New Year Brenda and Ivy, like you, no resolutions this year. I’ve never followed thru, but you have a great outlook…Live your life the best you can, that’s a great resolution. Looking forward to reading your blogs…..

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