I know I’m a few days late here, but I’m finally going to write about my New Year’s Resolution. I know that New Year’s Resolutions get a lot of negative press, but I personally think that they are fantastic. Each year, I try to think of a goal that is small and achievable and will make my life just a little less better, stress-free and well-rounded.
I constantly want to lose weight, eat more mindfully, sleep more and stress less… so I won’t be listing any of those things as my resolution for 2013. What I have chosen to focus on really isn’t a big deal at all, but it’s something that I’ve been wanting to commit to and have been too lazy to do. I bet you’re all on pins and needles right now wondering what that is! My resolution for 2013 is to read more books.
Yeah, I know. It sounds kind of silly. But, it’s a pretty big deal to me! I tend to get really lazy after dinner and sit in front of the tv (usually with either my iPhone and/or iPad in hand as well). It’s a bad habit that Greg and I have together. I got better about it for a little while, but then slipped back into my old ways last month. So, I’m swapping some of the digital entertainment in my life (tv, phone, computer, etc.) for good old-fashioned books.
You see, I grew up a voracious reader. I would stay up all night to finish a book. I couldn’t get enough! I never had a television or phone in my room when I was growing up, so books were my entertainment. After college, I got my own place and put a tv in my bedroom. And the reading of books slowly became fewer and farther between. Pretty soon, I wasn’t reading at all.
I got a few books for Christmas from my mom and bought one for myself as well.
I’m not ashamed to admit- I love reading weight loss books. Not because I want to try every diet out there, but I just find the content interesting. And if I can learn just one useful fact to apply to my own life from a book, it’s well worth it. I’ve been wanting to read The Skinny Rules for quite some time now, and well, you know that Bob and I are basically BFF’s anyway.
Weight Loss Boss was written by the founder/CEO of Weight Watchers. I hadn’t heard of it before, but my mom raves about it. Bossypants and Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea are written by two of my favorite funny ladies. A few friends recommended these books since I loved Mindy Kalig’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me so much.
However, Terra is the book that I’m most excited about!
I arrived at my house (via Amazon.com) on Wednesday, and I dug into it that night. I’m already several chapters in and have a hard time putting it down! And, one other minor detail I should mention: it’s written by my very talented and lovely friend Gretchen.
I’m off to a great start with my resolution- and am determined to not get lazy about it!
Another New Year’s Resolution-related idea that I am partaking in sparked from a friend’s post on Facebook via this blog. I couldn’t find the original post about it, but I’m going to call it my Happy Things Jar.
The idea is to (starting January 1st) write down any happy thoughts/good things that happen on a piece of paper and place them in a jar. On December 31st, open up all the notes and look back at all of the wonderful things that happened throughout the year.
My happy thought for yesterday:
That thought was something small that just made my morning a little happier. I love the idea of collecting little happy thoughts because it’s so simple and will be fun to reflect upon at the end of the year.
Have a great weekend!
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution this year?