Res-o-lutes // ˈrezəˌlo͞ot // Admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering
MAUI, Hawaii // My least favorite time of the year is January in the gym. All classes are impossible to get into. Treadmills have wait-lists and the people look too shiny in their new workout jazz. Then a miracle occurs, lets call it “February”, and everyone magically disappears (except for that one body builder who grunts when he does his one rep of 250 lbs whom we all wish would disappear but never does). Now I am not saying that I don’t like it when people resolute to lose weight, I just like it better when they follow it throughout the entire year.
Why? Why do we make resolutions that we never see to fruition. I think it’s because we go into it with the idea that we are going to change our bad habits. Habits by definition are especially hard to give up and are often unconscious patterns of behavior that evolve through years of frequent repitition, so I am not sure why we think we can overcome them at the drop of a NYE ball in Time Square. I think we should look at our resolutes as a way to enhance our lives, add new habits, find the opportunities that are available to learn and add new skills to our personal or professional resume. I also think making seasonal resolutes is extremely practical as well because you want to tackle different pieces throughout the year. An example would be: grow cucumbers (summer), take 3 ski lessons (winter), learn to play 5 songs on the ukulele (indoors when its rainy or cold), take one scuba advanced diving course (warmer weather and outdoors).
Below are our 2016 resolutes that are taped to the inside of our journal. (You may be asking why I call them resolutes, okay I am a bit off my rocker and call lots of things by funny names – ask my husband or friends – but resolutes sound more powerful in my mind since resolute (defined above, yes I did Google it) means determined and unwavering.
Where We Joy 2016 Resolutes //
- Journal and Meditate for 5 minutes each day
- Blog Weekly
- Create one Travel Video per Month
- Volunteer on 2 farms
- Take a permaculture class
- Master 10 go to dinner dishes / Recipe book
- Stick to the daily budget ($100/day)
- Climb Lord of the Thais 1st Pitch in Railay, Thailand
- Lead a 5.9 climb in Thailand
- Identify 100 birds on our life list
- Spear, clean, and cook fish
- Hula 4 times
- Learn to Surf and surf in 3 different countries
- Learn 2 man beach volleyball
- Hike in Nepal
- Stay at an Ashram in India