5 Reasons I Still Haven’t Made My New Year’s Resolutions

5 Reasons I Still Haven’t Made My New Year’s Resolutions

Haven’t set any lofty goals for the year yet? Me neither – and here’s why.


By Heather Chaet

One day just after the holidays in December, I found myself having a rare moment of quiet while my daughter and husband napped. I sat at the table and thought to myself, “Hey self, this is when you need to grab a pad of paper and jot down those New Year’s resolutions you’ve been thinking about.” I nodded, thinking that I had told myself a good idea.

Yeah, but I didn’t do that. Instead, I got distracted by the pile of magazines and catalogs I needed to take to the recycling bin, and then by a desperate need to eat my fifth iced snowman-shaped cookie.

Fast forward to today. I still haven’t made those resolutions. I’m not going to make excuses, but I can offer a list of totally valid reasons why I haven’t made any big changes yet.

1. My daughter’s school decided to hold a month-long bake sale. In January. Picture it: Every Wednesday and Friday at drop-off and pick-up, tables of brownies, cookies, and lemon squares greet me. No way, even with the strongest of willpower, would my “eat healthier” resolution survive.

2. I’m totally over this weather. That gratitude journal I should be writing in every morning and night will have to wait until the sunnier, warmer days, when I’m not yearning to take a nap every three hours.

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3. I can’t find my running shoes. I stashed them before houseguests descended upon us during the holidays. I stashed them so well, I don’t remember where they are. Ergo, I can’t “exercise at least four times a week” as I would have liked to do starting Jan. 1.

4. I’m totally behind on my shows. I have 53 hours worth of TV shows I need to watch (and yes, I’m saying need not want as my shows are important, people!). I can barely surf the Internet for fear of seeing spoilers. I can’t start “getting more sleep” or “reading more books” until I’ve caught up.

5. The stomach flu hit us on Jan. 5. What a way to kick off the New Year, eh? It’s been making its way through the household, one person at a time, for a few weeks now. Face it: Laundry and cleaning and disinfecting is all I’m really doing. That whole “eat dinner together as a family every night” resolution is the last thing on my mind.

OK, I’m done making excuses. Who’s to say these ever-popular resolutions must last for exactly 365 days? Who’s to say resolutions need to be mega shifts in diet or routine? Right: no one. So, I’m just going to do it. I’m going to start small and kick off a resolution right now.

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What am I going to do? Something simple, something that really isn’t affected by stomach flus or yummy temptations or lost articles of clothing or lack of time.

I’m going learn a new word every day.

That’s it.

One new word.

Today’s word? Vicissitude. Its meaning? A change or variation occurring in the course of something.

Hmmm, seems appropriate.


Heather Chaet documents her mini parenting successes, epic mommy fails, and everything in between for a plethora (love that word!) of publications and websites such as CafeMom, New York Family, and AdWeek. While her online persona is found at heatherchaet.com, Heather lives in New York City with her film director husband and one insanely curious, cat-obsessed daughter.

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