My ‘reachable’ New Year’s resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

It’s 6 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and I’m already trying to make good on one of my resolutions for 2013:

Work on my blog.

And it’s actually not just about blogging more, it’s about blogging better, it’s about figuring out how to improve it, make it more interesting, make it more fun. And that’s no easy task! (I’m partly convinced blogging is on its way out.) But for starters, I just need to get back on track and make this blog a priority.

It hasn’t been easy this year, what with several issues that shut down my blog for days, sometimes weeks. But isn’t that the whole point of a resolution, that it has to be tough?

About half of all Americans say they are at least somewhat likely to make a New Year’s resolution, most commonly vowing to lose weight, quit smoking and exercise more, according to a story in Time Magazine.

And while 65 percent of people who made a resolution kept it for at least part of the year, about a third never even made good on the first day.

calvin-hobbes-new-years-resolutions-572x433It’s not easy to make big changes. I’ve read somewhere that in order to make something a habit, you have to do it every day for a month. So if you want to eat more veggies or start knitting — and those things aren’t already a part of your daily life — you’ll have to work doubly hard to make sure the habit sticks.

So why do we make grand resolutions we’re only likely going to ditch by March?

I’m all for change, but change has to be manageable and attainable. Deciding to run a marathon in 2013, for example, is a great goal, but you can’t do it on Jan. 2. You have to set smaller goals — like running shorter distances and maybe eating healthier — before you can tackle those 26.1 miles.

So maybe it’s more about setting reasonable, attainable — and, let’s face it, fun — goals in 2013. Maybe you’ll be more likely to stick to them.

According to the U.S. Government, here are the most popular resolutions every year:

• Drink less alcohol
• Eat healthy food
• Get a better education
• Get a better job
• Get fit
• Lose weight
• Manage debt
• Manage stress
• Quit smoking
• Reduce, reuse and recycle
• Save money
• Take a trip
• Volunteer to help others

While this list sounds pretty standard, read Time’s story on the Top 10 most commonly broken resolutions and maybe you’ll change your mind. Some of these are on that list! (It’s kind of depressing.)

So here are my five reachable resolutions. Let’s hope I can actually keep them by March!

• Work on my blog
• Write more
• Travel as much as humanly possible
• Learn a new language (and maybe knitting)
• Relax more and not feel guilty about it

So what are your New Year’s resolutions?

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7 Responses to “My ‘reachable’ New Year’s resolutions”

  1. eddyo December 31, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    Happy New Year’s!

    Long ago I resolved not to make any New Year resolution & lo and behold I’ve kept it!

    With all that’s been going on these days, perhaps it should be good enough to treat anyone you come into contact with civility & an open mind. This past year may urge us to reflect on the fragility of life, so that we should remember to cherish everyday we have with loved ones.

    Over my life, I’ve had my share of being on the road, but at the end of any trip, Cat, isn’t so good to return to Hawaii? I count my blessings everyday…

  2. M December 31, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Happy New Year Cat!

    2013 I’m going to paddle more often
    Lose more weight
    Travel more
    Eat more healthier
    Be a great husband and father

  3. Annoddah Dave December 31, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    CAT: Wwwhhhaaattt? Blogging is becoming pass’e? I’m too old to go through another techno thing…please keep the blog. I promise to read it everyday. Without Fuud Pix and travel photos I will just be an old, fat, guy sitting at the computer all day!

  4. WildeOscar December 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Happy New Year!

    I’m 51, finally an orphan, and after distributing my father’s estate according to his wishes and the responsibility I accepted, I’m going to embark on a new life. A continuation, yes, but not the life I have been living. Renewal, rebirth, and all the major changes and challenges I’ve been putting off as I hoped to coast to a comfortable retirement.

  5. rayboyjr December 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    * * * Happy New Year!!! * * *

    Hey Cat I hope I can still find you somewhere … even in a blog-less world …

    … following your lead … reachable resolutions form me are:

    1. Read and post on your blog more … this is an easy one …
    2. Writing more … haha, I’m pretty sure I’m going to be helping a friend with an English course …
    3. Travel at least once … haven’t been off the island in a few years … but no way I can travel like you do … maybe Seattle??? …
    4. Study a new language too … annyong haseyo …
    5. Do more and not relax as much … this is the only one I’ll do opposite from you …

    … and a hard resolution … but one I’d like to do …

    1. Lower my body fat. I want a beach body … or something close to it …

  6. David Jackson December 31, 2012 at 3:18 pm #


    1) Continue planning my return to HNL
    2) Continue to work hard but do it smarter… trick is how
    3) Lose 20 pounds of fat
    4) Add 20 pounds of muscle
    5) Become a better golfer
    6) And last but not least… continue to work towards being the best dad ever.

    PS. Continue to support this blog.

  7. Amy1 January 1, 2013 at 3:44 am #

    I see you great as you are no extra muscle for my sister did special to get it looked like a guy and stop it for a year now better. As for smoking I use to also at age 14 stop due to voice people say sound like old lady and looked old at age 30 . That scare me to quit.

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