It’s that time once again–the time to make false promises to yourself about what you will accomplish or pursue for this fresh, brand-new year. Spoiler alert–you’re probably not going to do it (the majority of people don’t). Which begs the question–why the heck do we do this to ourselves? Is there any merit to setting up these grand plans? Lauren and Maayan share their hits and misses with their own grand plans, and ponder how to make the whole resolution thing actually WORK for you and your life.
Listen to this : Resolutions
According to USA.Gov (yes, they apparently keep track of these kinds of things), the most common New Year’s resolution for Americans is…drum roll please….losing weight. No big shock there. The following top resolutions are:
- Volunteer to Help Others
- Quit Smoking
- Get a Better Education
- Get a Better Job
- Save Money
- Get Fit
- Eat Healthy Food
- Manage Stress
- Manage Debt
- Take a Trip
- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
- Drink Less Alcohol
Any of these sound familiar? We’re betting they do. But how did you do in terms of keeping to that resolution? If you’re like the rest of America, chances are…you slipped up.
According to the site Statistics Brain, a site devoted to “bringing you accurate and timely statistics”, which seemed fairly legit when we perused it–only 8% of people are successful in achieving their resolutions.
Luckily, roughly half of us have success SOMETIMES, and then there’s the sad 24% of us who never, ever succeed at all…failing at those self-promises each and every year. Way to go, losers. (I know, I know…that was way harsh, Tai. But NEVER succeed? Ever? Listen up to our advice below, then!)
As for us, Maayan isn’t a fan of the concept in general–the idea of a big, formal RESOLUTION doesn’t fit her personality–but she’s all for setting smaller goals.
Lauren, on the other hand, loves to try to shoot for the moon with these things…almost always, she fails (meditate more was one goal. Being less negative was another. Let’s just say she’s doing very little of one and a lot of the other). BUT she does have her one resolution-triumph, which was to write a goddamned novel within a year’s time. And she did it. Was it good? No. It’s a YA fantasy story about two sisters who shapeshift into birds. With some romance and mystery thrown in. Sigh. It was fun while it was being written, but a second draft was impossible once she realized how bad it was.
At any rate–all this discussion begs the question–should we even bother to try for New Year’s resolutions? And if so, how can we actually achieve them? We’re all about achievable goals…and ones that are ENJOYABLE to achieve. Losing weight, in the moment, is a tough, not fun thing to do. It makes sense that many people fail at doing it, over a full year’s time. But what if you picked something that was actually FUN to stick to? For Lauren, writing that book was actually pleasurable…thus, she was able to do it. So, if you can, pick a goal that would be fun to shoot for…make it actually achievable, and see what happens. Maybe growing a garden? Learning how to bake the perfect cake? Something small, sweet and soulful. That’s our advice…take it or leave it.
Lauren has a #RANT: Oh dear. This one won’t go over smoothly. But…she’s kind of had it with over-sharing teachers on Facebook. Seriously, can you stop rubbing it in our face that you get all that time off? Or at least stop acting like you have the worst/hardest/most stressful job in the world? The two do not mix logically make sense in her brain.
Maayan is #RAVING: About eucalyptus and how it finally got the smell of mothballs AND ashy firewood out of her apartment.