Let each new year find you a better man. ~Benjamin Franklin
I love the start of a new year as it has always been a reminder to evaluate the last year and start fresh with new hope for a new year. This year as I start to look forward to the new year I am grateful for the chance to continue to improve and grow as a person. Admittedly New Year’s resolutions deserve the ridicule they often receive as we can fall short of our hopes within days. But that is partly, I believe, because people make the wrong type of resolutions. Too big, too grandiose, too daunting. I believe the new year should be a time of not making impossible goals for ourselves, but a time of evaluating, reassessing, and making adjustments in our lives. Some of us may even discover after thought that we need to simplify our lives rather than add more in!
Eating well is just one factor in our lives, but an appropriate factor to consider for New Year Resolutions. I have a yearly tradition of having my readers and fellow bloggers share their “nourishing resolutions” this time of year. I love reading through every one’s goals and thoughts and plans, but I especially love the motivation the nourishing resolutions carnival provides me personally. In the past, making plans (aka “resolutions) for the new year has helped me become a better cook, and I have been able to expand my skills in feeding good food to my family. I haven’t always accomplished everything I hoped too, but I did a lot more than I would have done without my resolutions!
This year, my goals may look slightly different with a young baby in the house. I have a lot to consider. We have recently been going through one of those life circumstances that has caused a lot of stress, work, and upheaval and because of it all, we have been eating a decent diet, but certainly not ideal. And it’s starting to effect our energy and sense of well being, especially mine. It’s been a good reminder to me why I find eating well so important! It certainly makes me feel physically so much better, so I am very much looking forward to getting back into the swing of eating well. All in all, I have a lot to carefully consider this year as I try to make realistic, helpful goals for myself.
I hope that you join me! We will be sharing our thoughts, plans, and resolutions together January 3rd, which is a Monday. Bloggers can post their resolutions on their own blogs and link in using the Mr. Linky (like we do for Pennywise Platter) and everyone else can leave their resolutions in the comment section to share.
For those considering being part of this little venture, here are a few tips.
Make Baby Step Goals
If you make just one large goal you will have a hard time seeing your progress and can easily become discouraged. Instead make smaller goals that you can more easily achieve. This is the most important tip I have to make and the one that will most help you succeed. Along the same lines…..
Make your Goals very Specific
If your goal is simply “eating a better diet”, it will be hard to evaluate and feel a sense of accomplishment. But if your goal is very specific such as “I want to make bone broth twice a month”, you can easily track your goals and how well you are meeting them.
Don’t Plan a Whole Year
Consider just making goals for a few months, and then reevaluating and making new plans and goals. I find it sometimes a little unrealistic to plan a whole year out. I find that it can be helpful to keep reevaluating throughout the year. Regardless, I find it helpful to…
Make One Goal Per Month
If you make one very specific goal per month, you can concentrate on it and conquer it. Whereas if you are trying to learn many new skills each month, you may find yourself overwhelmed. Sometimes it can be helpful to make one specific goal per month. Example: In January, make bone broths every other week. In February, add in nourishing seafood once a week, etc.
And always remember, resolutions are meant to serve you by motivating you, not condemn you!
I hope you join us! Meanwhile, I would love to hear from you all. Have you made resolutions in the past that have helped you? What advice do you have for us all?