Why I Don’t Do New Year’s Resolutions

Lose weight? Quit drinking? Give up sugar? Not it!
Lose weight? Quit drinking? Give up sugar? Not it!

It’s not that I’m against New Year’s resolutions.

I just don’t do them.

I love personal challenges and growth. I like consciously deciding to make my life better. Living healthier? Count me in.

What I don’t like is feeling like I have to do it on the same specific day every year.

I don’t know about you, but after the holidays I am normally spent. My mind is foggy, my body blubbery and my skin dull. My tummy hurts. The house is dirty and the fridge has nothing but dried out cookies and leftovers bits from cheese platters and (I sometimes save cheese that’s been out for 12 hours… I know, gross).

It’s all-around pathetic.

So yeah, I am in a frame of mind that craves a cleanse of some sort. A healthy eating resolution or something would sounds pretty good about now. Precisely why I started my healthy eating “resolution” yesterday. Not on New Year’s Day.

I resolve things year-round.

Last March, I started the Whole30. On March 11, to be exact. Why? Because in the month or so leading up to it, I decided I wanted to figure out which foods affected my body in a bad way. I didn’t give two craps about that on January 1, or at least not in a serious way.

I started this blog on October 1, 2013. February of 2014 marked my decision to get rid of 1,000 things in my house (more on that soon!). In September of 2011, I vowed to wear heels more often. November of 2009, I started drinking 100 ounces of water a day. Sometime in 2007, I committed to flossing my teeth more days that not.

I didn’t wait until a nice, round date to kick things off. I started when I was ready and committed. I began when I realized there was something I truly, genuinely wanted to change in my life.

If New Year’s Day is that day for you, go for it!

But if you’re scrambling to come up with a way to better your life because that’s what you do on New Year’s, then maybe don’t. Wait until you’re really committed.

That’s when resolutions stick.

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And after all that, I still want to ask: Are you doing a New Year’s resolution this year?

PS If you’re looking for ways to make your life better– not necessarily on NYD, just whenever–, here’s a bit on challenging yourself to face the world without makeup, why you might want to try a new, scary sport and what it’s like to face your biggest fear.

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Comments (5)

  • Meg 3 years ago Reply

    I discovered your blog recently and I just love it! It really speaks to where I am in my life right now and I aspire to approach challenges with as much enthusiasm as I can muster with a healthy dose of grace thrown in. Thanks for writing and keep it up!

    I sort of do resolutions. In the past I’ve undertaken no more than one thing that I felt would improve my life but generally they’ve been pretty small commitments. One year it was to read all the un-read books in my apartment so by the end of the year I’d either read them and decided to keep them or didn’t start/like them and donated them. It was a year long clean out. Another year I resolved to give myself a pedicure once a month. A little something nice to make me feel pretty.

    Recently, my boyfriend and I have started having "state of the union" meetings every 4 months where we take a look at the finances and write down personal, professional, and house goals for the next 4 months. They’re kind of like resolutions, but with a shorter attention span which works out nicely for us. On my list for the next 4 months is a Whole30. Eep!

    molly mogren katt 3 years ago Reply

    That book one is SO good! And if you don’t like the book, who cares, don’t finish it and move on. 🙂

    Love your 4 month state of the union meetings. So important. Let me know how your Whole30 goes. It’s worth it and I am totally doing one when I get back from my honeymoon.

  • Erik 3 years ago Reply

    Correct! I doesn’t matter which DAY you start with a change in your life, It just matters that you do.

  • Norma Maxwell 3 years ago Reply

    LOVE. I recently heard someone say they make new year solutions not resolutions–I liked that too. I feel much like you, Molly in that I make adjustments to things that just are not working all year long–it’s a continual process.

    molly mogren katt 3 years ago Reply

    I like new year’s solutions!

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