December 31st, 2012

I look at the new year as a time to reset myself and my intentions, and take a small inventory of my life so I can see what needs to stay and what needs to go. I always try to avoid resolution failures caused by unrealistic goals, so here are my personal, doable commitments for next year.

The Five Minute Break
Every single day I will take five minutes for myself, sitting completely still not doing anything.

A Solo Date
I will set aside one hour every week of personal time to be used on something FUN. I will leave my comfort zone and explore life!

Selfless Acts of Giving
At least once per week I will do something for someone else that does not benefit myself, only gives to them.

The Yes Woman
I will make an effort to say “yes” to things I would normally say “no” to, such as going to a movie, a social outing or meeting with a new friend for lunch or coffee.

Listen to Others
I will listen, uninterrupted, to a friend or a child as often as I can.

Get Back to Nature
I will make time to be present in nature, whether it’s in the park, the woods, the beach- anywhere that is unobstructed by manufactured landscapes.

I’d love to know what some of your resolutions are, and how you plan on keeping them!

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