Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. ~Benjamin Franklin
A new year equals new resolutions. It is a time to kick bad habits and start anew. According to the Internet (so you know it must be true), the top resolutions usually involve promises to exercise more (37%), increasing the time devoted to study or work (23%), losing weight, stop smoking or drinking (alcohol and/or coffee), and eat healthier. Well, not me. Here are mine:
1 - Gratitude journal - which I started in November
2 - Live with less
Gratitude Journal. You can read about my gratitude journal here. I am still writing a few things in it every night that I am thankful for and I resolve to continue this through the new year. I try to remember things that happened throughout the day and list those. However, if I can't think of anything, I can always list the good ol' standbys - mine and the family's health, having a great job, etc. The journal helps me focus on the positive things that happen in my life everyday. And I hope the gratitude journal will help me to notice the little things in life that might normally go unnoticed.
Live with less. I plan to accomplish this by organizing and decluttering my house, donating my time and items to a good cause, and being more "green - basically editing out the unessential. I want to make more room in my life for what is most important, my family, and I want my focus to be on what’s essential.
For example, my over-stuffed closet:
The plan is to be a better person by the end of next year by completing my two resolutions.