Every year people set them but I can guarantee (being guilty myself) not very many actually stick to them - New Years resolutions.

New Years resolutions are promises made to oneself to make an improvement in light of the coming new year. When that clock strikes midnight on the dawn of New Years morning, we turn a new page and hope for a happy, healthy and successful new year.

I have made my share of failed attempts at resolutions in the past. They lasted anywhere from a week to a month before I'd forget and let old habits take over once again. Things that could ultimately be done without the motivation of a New Years resolution.

With that, I hadn't made any serious resolutions for 2011. I had goals, I always have goals both personal and professional but I never set out to really change anything in particular. Maybe this year I should make some, just a few.

Aside from the typical ones like "be more organized", "eat better", and all that, my top 5 resolutions are:

Stop being so hard on myself. You are your own worst critic, I've been told. I tend to beat myself up about things I really shouldn't. From small unavoidable things to bigger things that maybe should have been thought through better, Im hard on myself. I am only human and we all make mistakes. Mistakes are often lessons in disguise. I need to remember this.

Call my parents more often and actually use Skype with mom. We can't visit as often as we like but we both have access to today's technology, there is no excuse. My dad calls me every other day if not everyday, I'm not much of a phone person but I at least want to make the effort for them. I thought about this as I missed my grandmother this holiday, she isn't just a phone call away anymore but my parents still are.

Take more pictures. Being a blogger I take my fair share of pictures but rarely am I in any of them. We need more candid family photos, of all of us.

Take time to enjoy the little every day things. Sometimes we get caught up in the rush and forget to slow it down once in a while. This one follows my final resolution.

Unplug more often. With new technology there are almost too many ways to connect online, it doesn't mean we have to have our devices welded to our hands 24/7. Its always nice to disconnect from the online world and reconnect with life. Our kids have limited time with devices, lets set an example and do the same more often.

Overall I think 2011 was a pretty fair year. Many  blessings in disguise. I think these are reasonably easy to follow resolutions, its reminding myself that's going to be the hard part. Here's to another amazing year!

Do you make resolutions and are you able to keep them throughout the new year?

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  1. I'm not really one for resolutions...I feel like it just sets me up for failure. My husband and I do make a 1 year plan, 5 year plan and 10 year plan though...It's fun.
    We also make a new family budget at the beginning of each year. I am so happy that this year we have only our mortgage debt. No other debt anywhere...feels like a great way to start the year :)

  2. I usually try to make one resolution. Too many and something will go by the wayside. Usually it is something I've been thinking about and a resolution gives me extra incentive. Like having an excercise buddy :)

  3. i always think that i make great resolutions, but they're never stuck to...
    This year i REALLLLY need to lose weight..praying that it'll work out for me!

  4. I need to work on your first and your last resolutions. But this year I am not making any resolutions as I did not fulfill any I made last year. It just sets me up to feel worse about myself. And let me know any tips you have for figuring out how to "unplug more often" because I so have a problem with being connected. I may even be a bit addicted. LOL!

  5. Great resolutions! I have some of the same! I wrote a post called solutions for resolutions. Check it out!

    Wishing you the best for 2012! And yes...don't be too hard on yourself! I am so guilty of that too!


  6. Great resolutions - I can relate to a lot of them! I hope you achieve your goals!


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