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Did you already break your New Years Resolution?

Did you already break your New Year’s Resolution? Do you think you have to wait until January first, 2017 to try again?

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Every day, or any day, has the potential to be the day we act differently. The day we finally stop eating potato chips and bacon because our total cholesterol is 239 mg/dL, border line high risk,  and it should really be below 200 mg/dL.

But, the day the world  focuses on to be different only comes around every 364 days; that’s right we put a lot of pressure on one day. The first day of the year. January first is the day we start again. January first is the day we start the new diet, stop drinking caffeine, quit saying the f word and the day we read our Bible first thing in the morning, even before we pee.

If you don’t start a new habit on January first, you may think you have to wait another 364 days to start trying again to be different. So if you said the f word or drank coffee on January second, you might be tempted to keep cussing and drinking coffee for the rest of the year and then try to make a new habit the next time January first rolls around again.

If you made a firm decision to do or not to do something starting on January first, and you have already messed up, don’t despair.

Every day has the potential to be the day we act differently

You don’t have to wait until next January first to resolve to do or not do something again.

Every day is a new day. Keep working on your new habit. If you did something you didn’t want to do, don’t quit trying. Start again tomorrow.

Today is day two of my new habit to write every day, and clean the seven litter boxes every day.

I did write today, but I haven’t cleaned the litter boxes yet. (I still have three hours and fifteen minutes to clean them.) Maybe, I should just wait until January 1st, 2017 to try again. No, no, no. I will clean them today. But, if I forget one day to clean the seven litter boxes, I will give myself grace and clean them the next day.

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? How is it going? Did you break any resolutions yet?

Please tell me how you are doing in the comments. I always love to hear from you.

xo
Pamela

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My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • La McCoy

    I am easing into mine slowly. so nothing broken yet!!!

  • Claudia

    Hi Pamela,

    I enjoyed your post on New Year’s resolutions but I don’t make or break New Year’s resolutions anymore.

    The onus is on me to take stock periodically to determine what’s working, what isn’t, where I want to be and what I want to be doing with the rest of my life.

    I keep diaries on an irregular basis and they are available to anyone in my immediate family should they wish to read them, but they don’t. These diaries keep me grounded in the sense that I am able to write about life as it is and not as it should be or how I would like it to be. I re-read them from time to time because it’s important to remember the
    past and to remember those who contributed to who I am today.

    I learned to write in my youth, Pamela, and I learned by doing exactly what
    you’re doing which is to write daily. That commitment to writing helped me get a job in journalism at a small-town daily many years ago. That was the best job ever. I loved it. We had a managing editor who gave us so much freedom to try just about anything. I
    was so fortunate to have that learning experience. Many years later, I moved on to a major daily and I enjoyed that as well.

    I’ve been retired for some time and I’ve had great intentions of actually writing again but so far I’m all talk and no action. Quelle surprise.

    • Hi Claudia,
      I like your idea to take stock periodically. To find our what is or isn’t working, and what you want to do with the rest of your life.
      Yes, life as it is, and not how it should be or how I want it to be. If life was as I wanted it to be, (before I met Nick), I would have married an Australian banker or an investment banker eleven years older than me with a bad heart. Thankfully I met Nick and married him.

      I didn’t know how you began your writing career. How interesting that it started as a daily habit. Getting words on paper does help create a voice.

      Maybe your words now will not be journalistic, but memoir? You have lived an interesting life. And you are very smart. Maybe a book to share your brilliant brain.
      xo
      Pamela

  • Berdeane Bodley

    I never make New Years resolutions. Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday & all is well………I love you……….Mom

    • Hi Mom,
      I love you too.
      xo
      Pamela (I will be making your gingerbread cookies soon.)

  • Hi Pamela- I don’t make resolutions so much as evaluate my habits and goals for the new year. But I love your advice. Because we’ve all been there. When we let ourselves down and missed a goal or new habit. Being able to forgive ourselves and start anew another day is so important. Here’s to a great year, Pamela. Continued success to you!

    • Good Morning John,
      I haven’t make any resolutions in years either, my cat Harper asked if I would clean the litter boxes every day, so I am going to work on that.
      I hope you have a great year John, creating more beautiful nature paintings and sharing your wisdom and humor with your writing and cartoons.
      I wish you continued success as well.
      xo
      Pamela