8 Simple New Year’s Resolutions you can keep

Dec 31, 2016 | Turning 60 and Beyond | 0 comments

New Year’s Resolutions—hate them or love them!! Each to their own. There are those who make them religiously every year and those who have forsaken them for years. I myself am one of the latter.

Did you know, according to Forbes statistics, that only eight percent of people actually accomplish their New Year’s Resolutions? One of the top ten resolutions is to get fit. Take a look at your local gym—January 1 every machine in the place is in use, every class is full—but by the middle of February, you will only find die hard fitness people there.

So I’ve decided to take a different approach to New Year’s Resolutions. Let’s call them goals. I am a very strong believer that everyone needs goals in their life, a purpose. You need something to keep you stimulated, happy in your day to day life. So here are a few goals to set for the coming year.

  1. Stay Healthy—get moving and move with purpose. Be active, and stay active, whether it be walking, yoga, going to the gym or participating in different sports or activities.
  2. Be Social—get out there with friends; don’t isolate yourself. Loneliness and social isolation are taboo subjects for many women over 60. It’s almost as if, deep down, we blame ourselves for not having more people in our lives. Or, perhaps we fear that this is how others will see us if we share our feelings.
  3. Have an attitude of gratitude—be thankful you are alive, be thankful for the little things in your life. When I watch the news and see the terrible atrocities happening in Syria and Aleppo and all over the world I am so grateful to have a warm, safe place to call home.
  4. Take a risk—don’t be afraid to start something new. Dream. You can keep on dreaming of new adventures or learning something new at any age.
  5. Find beauty in the ordinary. Find beauty in yourself, accept yourself just the way you are. You can’t compare yourself to anyone else. You haven’t lived in their shoes, they haven’t lived in yours.
  6. Don’t let outside influences control you. It’s a sure way to worry yourself into a bad day or worse yet, a depression. …Accept the things you cannot change, have the courage to accept the things you can and the wisdom to know the difference…
  7. Be kind to others but mostly be kind to yourself. Don’t beat yourself up when you feel like you have failed at something. You only really fail, when you quit.
  8. Take a look at your financial plan. For me, this is my last year of working for someone else, so I have set some goals for myself. I am going to spend less. Every time I go to buy something I am going to ask myself “do I REALLY need that.”

So, in the end, you can call them New Year’s Resolutions if you want, or in my case, I am calling them my goals for the next year and beyond.

Whatever they are to you, to all my friends and family I wish you have a year full of the best of everything. May you have a smile on your face and may all your dreams and goals come true.