I don’t like resolutions. To me, resolutions imply that there’s something wrong with you that needs fixing or improving. And well yeah… there’s always things that I want to improve upon and better about myself, but I don’t like the metric at the end of the year telling you if you kept your resolution or not. If I don’t, does that mean I’m not a good person? Or I didn’t better myself?

Some people do goals instead of resolutions… but are they any different? It’s a less harsh connotation than resolution, but really in my opinion they’re the same thing.

So this year I’ve decided to just have a to-do list. A list of things I want to do in 2016 – and not things that are one and done, but things for me to continuously do throughout the year. I guess naysayers could debate that these would be the same as goals but whatever. I’ll call them what I want!

I want to write more. Whether it’s here, or in my journal (which hasn’t been touched in well over a year), or in my The Grass is Green Enough journal which has prompts. I need to get the thoughts and feelings out and express creativity that way.

I’d like to keep my house cleaner. I find that if I take a few minutes to clean up my kitchen at night, wipe down surfaces or fold laundry I feel so much better than when I leave it all piled up and have to tackle on a weekend or when company is coming over. But I do this sporadically and I want it to become more of a habit than an exception.

Start bringing breakfast and lunch to work again. The money saved is a big part of it but I also eat healthier and make less impulse choices when I bring from home. We also have a Keurig at work and all contribute to bring in k-cups so I need to stop the Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts consumption and roll with my office brewed coffee.

Read more new books. I’m trading in my old kindle for a newer model thanks to Amazon’s trade-in program and I already have a bunch of books waiting for me on my account. Reading is never a problem for me but reading new books is – I tend to read the same favorites over and over and over again. I want to make sure I dedicate time to reading something new vs just rereading an oldie. Although I’m rereading the Harry Potter series for probably the 5th time and I have no qualms about that whatsoever.

Do you have anything on your to-do list? Goals? Resolutions? Weekly? Monthly? For the year?



  1. I’d like to do Amazon’s trade-in program, too, namely because my Kindle is so old that it doesn’t accept wifi downloads, which means I can’t read library books on it. I think I’m going to need to get on this!
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  2. I have yearly resolutions, but I also have (unpublished) monthly goals for work, health, projects, and marriage stuff. I love both, actually. 🙂



  1. […] is how I started off my first post of the new year on January 2, 2016. And while I still don’t really care for resolutions per say, I did make myself a to-do list […]


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