I was talking with my first graders about resolutions and they decided the best resolution was just to be a nicer person. Well, I guess that is a great resolution. We can all afford to be a little nicer to each other, but it’s not very specific. How am I going to be nicer? So I decided we needed to look up the definition and post it on our vocabulary board. Here’s what we came up with–in first grader language. A resolution is when someone is determined to make a change for the better. That word DETERMINED caught my attention. I think I often have good intentions for change. I often am willing to make a change as long as I don’t have to be DETERMINED to do it. So then it begs the question: What can I be determined to do?
Here’s what I’ve decided. I am going to give myself 3 months. 3 short months. In those 3 months I am going to change my habits for the better.
- Habit change 1: I am going to have something for breakfast everyday, even if it’s just a piece of fruit.
- Habit change 2: I will do some type of exercise 3 days a week. This does not count walking my dog, which I do anyway, unless it’s an extra or longer walk.
- Habit change 3: I am going to try to look my best everyday. This means I will wear mascara, jewelry and nice clothing to work and I won’t stay in my jammies on weekends.
- Habit change 4: I will commit to updating this blog every Saturday with trials and successes and hopefully a good story or 2. 🙂
I feel like I can do all of these things for 3 months. Anyone can do something for 3 months. Right? After that I will reevaluate what to do next. Consider being determined this year as you make your resolutions. We can be determined together!