Despise might be a strong word for how I feel about New Year's resolutions. Every year I feel such pressure to make a huge impact on my life with one vow that I make on New Year's Eve.
Some of my previous vows that I have broken almost immediately are:
- Writing in my journal everyday. This lasted about 4 days.
- Work out 6 days a week every week. This lasted until I caught a horrible cold and couldn't keep up the commitment.
- Maintain balance in my life. What??
I'm exhausted just thinking about it.
People I trust say that resolutions should be specific and doable. So I've decided to run with that and this year my New Year's resolution is to use hand lotion. Everyday. Yes, it's specific and doable. Of course as soon as I chose it I started down the road of "maybe I should also vow to stop biting my nails and what about committing to giving myself a manicure every week?"
And then I said to myself, like I say to my clients: "settle down!"
Specific and doable.
That's the goal. I have enough guilt in my day and maybe you do too. Putting on hand lotion everyday is so doable and so, so relaxing. In a way, it's a gift to myself.
Some of you are laughing by now and that's ok. For me, having something I can do everyday that I feel good about will hopefully make me feel better about a lot of things. I can't tell you the last time I kept a resolution past the first few days. But this year, I'm 100% so far.
My hope for your New Year's resolution is that you also find something specific and doable to commit to.
I think 2016 should be the year to feel really good about yourself and your look. For me, no better place to start than with a little self care.
Happy 2016! May the best be yet to come...