you don't need a New Years resolution

Revisiting New Years Resolutions

 [Happy New Year! This post was one of the most read from last year.  I assume that it means some of the readers found it useful.  I am running it again for all those who are looking for a change or a personal renaissance for the new year and for whom resolutions have not worked in the pas.t]

Now is the accepted time to make your annual good resolutions.  Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.    – Mark Twain

I have never been a fan of the New Year’s resolutions.

They seem like societal peer pressure.  We do it because all the cool kids are doing it.  And 88% fail anyway.  While that is a statistic that means nothing unless it’s about your resolutions, who wants to start a brand new year with the overwhelming odds of failure.  It’s kind of sadistic.

What I am a fan of is new beginnings. Continue reading

New starts, clean slates, letting go

Hello Clean Slate

There is nothing more exciting to me than a brand new spiral notebook.  It is just so beautiful.  So pristine.  So ready for the possibilities.  It is a clean slate. I love it because I can do whatever I want.  It could be a to-do list, a journal, a sketchbook, or I can fill it with notes about any subject I want.  What is there not to like about that?

Many times a clean slate is harder to come by than a new notebook:  Moving, ending relationships, starting new jobs, apologizing.  However, we get that magic time that our cultural tradition gives us every year…New Years! Continue reading

Bucket list, accomplishments, goals

An Update on My Fabulous (Bucket) List

A while back I wrote about my opinions on rebranding the bucket list.  I rebranded mine “The Fabulous List”.  

One thing I have learned is that the list is fluid.  What may have been on the list 10, 5, or even one year ago might not be as attractive as it once was.  There are also things that get added to the list and there are opportunities that come along that we didn’t even identify as a want until it was presented to us. Continue reading

Examining a Wonderful Life

Call me old school.

I love the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life.

As an adult it is my holiday must see every year.  I own the disc.  I schedule a viewing on my calendar so that it doesn’t get lost in the holiday shuffle.

I am eternally grateful to Frank Capra for bringing Philip Van Doren Stern’s story to life.  It can seem like a simple movie but if you watch it enough (ahem…about 30 plus times like me) there are a whole lot of layers, a whole lot of metaphors, and a bunch of life lessons. Continue reading