A month ago now, I set a New Year’s resolution to do something different every day. The purpose has been to enrich the level of enjoyment in my life.
Most of the advice out there about resolutions involves not making them. Now that I’ve stuck to mine, I know why.
This is hard!
Put yourself in my shoes. Wake up every day with a plan to do something you’ve never done before. Even though it is simple, it can be daunting.
Some days, I didn’t have a plan at all. Those days were the hardest. When you’re surrounded with same old, same old, finding some crack to explore aint easy.
Now thirty-one days into this I can see that the cracks I’ve been exploring are things that are easily achievable in the amount of time I have every day. Here are some of the themes:
Being a foodie, you would think it would be easy for me to achieve my goals simply by trying new restaurants BUT, here’s the thing. One, you can eat out only so many times per week before food is no longer appetizing or exciting, and two, we’re having to go a further distance from home just to find places we’ve never eaten at before and that can be time-consuming. I have had to categorize a “new restaurant” as a place John and I have never been to before together. Also, when the restaurant is licensed to sell liquor, I’ve added a hitch that the dinner has to involve a drink so that it is a complete experience. The restaurant thing has been great, but I’m going to have to cut down on them next month or I’m not going to fit into my Spring clothing!
I got the Jaguar of blenders for Christmas. I actually sat down and read the enormous instructions booklet one day, and then made a full-day of meals using it on another. Today I’m going to make homemade peanut butter for the first time. By this time next year, I probably will have tried dozens of new recipes, many designed to cut down on fat and increase nutrient levels. To quote Martha Stewart, “It’s a good thing”.
I am not a big book reader, generally 1-2 a year, but I see new books as a way of tackling 12-14 of the 365 days. I only count the “something new” when I’ve completed it. So far I’ve read One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson and am part-way through his book At Home: A Short History of Private Life.
I’ve watched videos on dog walking, on building a business plan, on improving engagement, and even on how to play Just Can’t Get Enough by Depeche Mode on the piano. There are loads of tips and ideas and fun things to learn simply by exploring the internet.
I tried a new colourist, and even went to work one day without washing my hair. First time ever! I’ve also developed a routine to take better care of my feet and one day tried a new form of eye drops that are sort of like a gel. We even bought snowshoes over the holidays, and I considered it a recordable achievement the day I figured out how to get them on AND off all by myself.
This month we watched Breaking Bad from beginning to end. We finished the whole thing in just under 3 weeks. I’ve never watched a series successively. I once tried to watch 24 from beginning to end but I quit after 3 episodes. Although I liked Breaking Bad I may not do another marathon for a month or two because it is a lot of TV.
What will February bring? Well, likely more activities in the same categories, with some new twists. For example, we bought tickets to Classic Albums Live’s, Abbey Road at the Milton Centre for the Performing Arts. Although I’ve seen Classic Albums Live before, I’ve never heard Abbey Road from front to back, and I’ve never been to the Milton Centre. I didn’t even know the Milton Centre existed!
I may write blogs for different sites. I may call up people who I never have before. Hopefully by the end of the month we’ll have finished putting together the Coca Cola Bears puzzle which we started on New Year’s Day.
Am I enjoying this process? Certainly, it has made my life more interesting, and each day I’ve gone to bed feeling like I’ve accomplished some small thing. I’m sure after a year of this I will be able to say my life is richer.
Are you sticking to your resolutions? How have you stayed focused? I’d love to hear about it.
Meanwhile, on my resolution, I’m really up for suggestions.