Happy Resolution-less New Year!

I don’t often give out advice, that’s worthy of following; however there is the odd time when I feel compelled to share a life strategy that may or may not be helpful to others. You can consider this a belated holiday gift. You’re welcome.

I have decided to not make any more New Year’s resolutions….(dramatic pause in lieu of fortuitous organ music).

Over the years I have sat down on the last day of December and tried to convince myself that next year I will change. I make a list of things I feel I should start or stop doing in an effort to become the best possible me. This is both empowering and soul sucking and thankfully usually only lasts for about 60 seconds after the ink dries. Then, as if by magic, I feel the strength of my convictions slip away and take with it about half a bottle of wine and a dozen or so sugar cookies. Not sure if the two are related?


The top 7 reasons I will no longer be making New Year’s resolutions are as follows:

1.  I have no discernable follow through; excluding the one about not making resolutions because I fully intend to follow through on this. So I guess I have selective follow through, like my children have selective hearing. 

2.  I am already perfect, with the exception of all of my flaws which I consider necessary and rather endearing.  There are those that might disagree but that's maybe something they can resolve to live with.  

3.  I refuse to change.  I'll make change...like if you need some quarters for the meter or the laundromat, but “the change” sounds quite horrific.  Hot sweats, irritability, hair loss, why would I want to make those changes? 

4.  I’m really busy right now.  If I take on one more thing I might have to give up something I actually like to do like sleeping or practicing sarcasm on my cats.

5.  I have a fear of failure.  I don't really.  I'm actually quite good at it and have recently decided that while some might see failure as a flaw, I see it as a well-honed skill.  I wish I could get paid to fail at stuff...I’d probably be able to buy a small country by now.

6.  I have been known in the past to set unrealistic goals.  Like being the first wife to not fake orgasm.  I really tried...but there was this show I really wanted to watch and I heard the toast pop....so yeah.

7.  I'm not a fan of pressure; unless it is applied by the skillful hands of a licensed masseuse.  


Now don’t misunderstand, I'm not opposed to setting goals and striving to achieve them. I just like to set the bar in my life on the low side. So I set small goals for myself like don’t forget to certainly, in these instances, worthy of pursuing. 

So if you are out there today pondering how to be the best you in 2015 remember this: You are already the sum total of all the mistakes, missteps, missed trains, misfortunes and missed goals of your past and all of these perceived fails and falters have defined the human you were meant to be right now in this moment.  My life will no longer be about creating some better version of me in the future it's going to be all about loving the epic disaster I am today.

Happy almost New Year everyone!  

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Janyce Resh is a working mother of eight children, four being of the furry variety. She and her family have called the Okanagan home for the past seven years. In her free time she writes a blog on janyceresh.wordpress.com. She firmly believes that if you haven't found the funny in life, you're probably not the one looking through her window.

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