FAMILY Blog: My New Year’s Work in Progress

The New Year is a time for celebrations, a time for resolutions, a time for new beginnings and of course, a time for my favorite, champagne! While many get nostalgic about the passing of another year, some can’t wait to forget about the prior year all together and hope for a better one ahead.

People tend to use the New Year as a time to reflect and commit to improving themselves in some way – whether it be to eat healthier, be more active or learn something new. Others just continue to live their lives as usual and will pass another year coasting on cruise control.

Personally, I am a believer that the New Year is a great opportunity to review how far we’ve come and plan where we hope to go next. Resolutions are fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain. It is very important that we do not set unrealistic resolutions that ultimately fail, and in turn leave us feeling like failures.

Rachel Ornstein Packer talks about this challenge in her article on page 10. She recommends a “work-in-progress” approach, with more realistic goals to keep you moving in the right direction, even if there happen to be roadblocks and detours along the way. This year, I’m trying to adapt more of this “work-in-progress” approach to making my resolutions.

Losing weight is probably the most common resolution most people make. (I know I’m guilty of this every year!) Instead of putting a number on my weight loss, I will instead commit to make better overall eating choices. That way I won’t get hung up or discouraged by the scale, but instead feel better about what I’m putting in my body to fuel my day.

Another popular resolution is telling yourself this year, “I’m going to work out more.” Instead of running out and buying a new gym membership, I will write (in Sharpie!) on my calendar the days I will commit to doing a fun activity to be more active. I like to mix things up to stay interested and motivated, so my plans might include hiking, indoor rock climbing, swimming, paddle-boarding or trying a new sport.  

Another personal goal is to be truly present in the moment and enjoy life more. As cliché as it sounds, I truly believe this would benefit so many of us. And I feel it’s pretty simple to make happen — by putting your phone down twice as much as you normally do and looking around to take in the world around you. Have more conversations with the people who surround you and spend less time in front of a device. Replace that screen time with something new, like taking a walk to explore new places and getting out of your comfort zone.

Whatever your New Year’s resolutions, it’s hard to keep up the enthusiasm months after you’ve drunk the champagne and swept up the confetti, but it’s not impossible. We all tend to get off track and stray from our goals. Life gets in the way of our best intentions. Just remember you are a “work-in-progress,” so take a deep breath and keep up the good work!

And from our FAMILY to yours, Happy New Year!

Pauline Ray

Account Executive

Washington FAMILY Magazine

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