I have not made a New Year’s Resolution in probably 12 years. Mostly because as we age, the resolutions get less exciting and optimistic and more about trying to lose weight and save money. #depressing When I was younger, I actually looked forward to making a commitment for the new year that would somehow enhance my life. So, instead of making a resolution to work out, eat better, get a new job, save money, be more organized or some other boring, grown-up resolution, I suggest some more fun-loving and good-for-the-soul resolutions. Resolutions that will make you feel young again. Here’s hoping these inspire you to make some awesome resolutions of your own in 2018 that bring back memories of your childhood.
Learn a different skillset
As kids, we are constantly learning new things in school, while playing video games, at church, with our friends… the opportunities to expand our knowledge is never-ending. Remember the feeling of getting excited about something and diving in head-first? Learning everything possible about it? I don’t know what it is as an adult, but I feel like I only ever learn new things out of necessity and not out of pleasure. So lame! For example, I know a LOT about how much sunlight certain plants need. Not because I am particularly interested in gardening, but because we needed a shrub for our shady backyard. For 2018, wouldn’t it be great to choose something you’re passionate about and learn as much as possible about it? For me, I am thinking watercolor, cooking and calligraphy… How about you all?
Read a book
It probably sounds like I am setting the bar pretty low with this one. Read one book for the entire 12 months of 2018? Honestly, though, we really barely have time to choose a book to read, let alone actually read it. As a kid, I was SO excited to go to the library each week to pick out books to read. I literally couldn’t read them fast enough! About the time you get assigned book reports is about the time reading becomes less fun. But what happens after that? We are grown-ups now and we can choose whatever we want to read. Biography, young adult novel, self-help, whatever you feel like reading. Anyone have any great book recommendations? Drop them in the comments at the bottom.
Sleep in later
Twist your arm, right? I never could have imagined there would be a time when I could not sleep-in past 8 a.m. Lately, my to-do list for the weekends is longer than anything I have during the week and sleeping in late just isn’t an option. Friday afternoons used to be the time when my brain clicked off and any thoughts about school or sports or chores moved to the back of my mind. I was instantly able to relax, kick-back with a juice box and enjoy a classic Disney Channel Original Movie. I felt so carefree. Now, when I leave work on Friday, I have a running list of laundry and cleaning and yardwork and errands and emails and it just never ends. For 2018, let’s try to limit those to-do lists on the weekends. Not that we will be sleeping in until 11 a.m., but 9 a.m. would be nice, too.
Make a new friend
No, not a new social media friend. A real-life, in-person new friend. Think back to being in the lunch room, sitting at an open seat next to a person you did not know and instantly striking up a conversation? If it went well, it carried over into recess and BOOM, you got a new friend. #didwejustbecomebestfriends? Nowadays, I am lucky if I can get someone to smile at me when I share an elevator with them. For the new year, let’s try to be a little kinder and connect with someone new. Who couldn’t use more friends?
Call people on the phone
Who knew how big texting would have become? Did you have any idea when you were typing along using T9Word that texting would be the preferred method of communication in just a few short years? I didn’t get my first cell phone until I was 16 years old. I received my first text when I was 17. My parents were NOT willing to fork over any extra money on our calling plan so I could send messages back and forth. Heck, I had to wait until after 9 p.m. sometimes just to make any calls to my friends. Remember nights and weekends plans? Now, texting is a way of life. I use it to contact just about everyone. For 2018, though, my hope is to dial phone numbers and actually talk to my friends and family when I need to catch up. I promise I won’t leave any voicemails, though. #annoying
Eat ice cream for dinner
If I had a nickel for every time I asked to have ice cream for dinner as a kid, I would have a lot of nickels. Not one time did they ever say yes. Now, I know resolutions are usually about getting healthy for the new year and being more fit and blah, blah, blah, but I think we should flip the script in 2018. Let’s have dessert for dinner! It may not be great for your waistline, but it sure it good for the soul. Add extra sprinkles while you’re at it – go crazy!
Enjoy your birthday
Few days in a young child’s life are more anticipated than their birthday. Do you remember being so excited the night before that you could barely sleep? For that one day, everything was about you. Cake, singing, a party if you were lucky. The best part was that you didn’t do anything you didn’t want to do on your special day. Now, I am not sure about you, but at some point that feeling of excitement on your birthday disappeared. Now, its filled with high expectations, obligations and dread about getting older. For this year, the only thing we should try to do is enjoy it and do exactly what we want to do to celebrate the latest trip around the sun.
Happy New Year to you all! I hope 2018 is full of simple joys and wonderful memories for each of us. Do you have any other resolutions you are planning on making? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Also, if you want all the insider info for Miss Reminisce plus some extras, you MUST subscribe to our email list. You won’t miss a thing!