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I want to know who started it. I want to travel back in time, pinch them, give them a talking to and leave them a better person. Why oh why did someone decide that we needed to make new resolutions each and every year?
I am all about change, reflection and setting goals. I have a lengthy playlist in my head of what I want to accomplish. But to set a list of somewhat unattainable goals you may never achieve is akin to holding your hand over a flame. Don’t do that- it doesn’t feel good!
How many of you decide THIS will be the year you start running, lose 10 pounds or learn a new language? Did you ever stop to think that maybe just maybe you are setting yourself up for failure? That success comes in baby steps and not blind leaps and bounds?
If you knew me in real life you would know I am a risk taker. A calculated gambler. A free thinker. What I don’t do is sit down and plan out a list of pipe dream goals. If I want to lose a few pounds, then I set a goal of moving more and sitting less. Drinking one less glass of wine a week, and investing in a great set of foundation undergarments for those days I am just not feeling it.
Every day I know there is something out there that I can learn. A new recipe, a new technique to giving my hair that fresh from the beach curl that you see in magazines, even a new tip or trick on how to look my best with minimal effort. One thing that keeps me motivated is the feeling I get when I check completed items off of my list.
The satisfaction of meeting a goal, no matter how small, is worth way more to me than a lifetime of resolutions ever could. What do you want to accomplish in 2014?
Heather Tallman is an Indiana-based food writer, blogger and creator of Basilmomma.com a cooking and family life website.