New Year’s Resolutions: Everybody’s Doing It (But You Don’t Have To)

If you're feeling stressed about New Year's resolutions, let yourself off the hook. Perhaps the new year isn't the best time to make resolutions. Make and implement your resolutions when it makes the most sense for you. 

Writing New Year's Resolutions

Resolutions are valuable. They are powerful commitments to ourselves to live better lives. For some of us, the New Year works as a time to implement these life changes. But here’s an idea for those of us who are caught scrambling to make or keep our resolutions: Perhaps the new year isn’t the best time to make resolutions. 

There’s a lot of pressure around resolutions, following a time that’s often super busy and stressful. Stuffed full of cookies and too many hours of holiday movies, tired from parties and illnesses and the stress of trying to do it all, we’re not always at our best as the year draws to a close. This means we might not even be in the right frame of mind to choose resolutions that are proactive instead of reactive. 

So, if you’re feeling stressed about New Year’s resolutions, let yourself off the hook. What if you don’t try to implement a major life change right now? What if you just take a deep breath, eat the last of the holiday cookies, and try to get a few extra hours of sleep. 

The calendar says a new year starts on January 1, but ask yourself when your new year starts? Perhaps it’s your birthday, the first day of Spring, or halfway through the year on July 1? Perhaps it’s an arbitrary date in the next couple months? 

I’m not suggesting to skip resolutions altogether (though that is totally okay, too), but simply to rethink your timeline. Make and implement your resolutions when it makes the most sense for you

Whenever and whatever you resolve, I wish you the best as you find ways to live your best life in your year ahead!


Have you shifted your resolution-making to another time of year? Have ideas for positive, affirming resolutions? Share in the comments!

Amelia Cook Fontella is a writer, teacher, designer, and entrepreneur. She lives in a cozy little house on Madison’s east side with her husband Rob, kiddos Frankie and Luisa, and a puggle named Starla. Amelia has an MFA in creative writing and regularly teaches in the Madison area, including her own Get Inspired Workshop classes. Amelia and Rob own Green Table Media where they help small businesses and community organizations tell their stories. Amelia adores traveling the world, exploring things in her own backyard, going swimming, and just about anything to do with creativity, writing, and the arts. She’s good at finding other people’s lost things and makes a mean brandy slush.


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