December; New Year Resolutions 101

Note to my lovely readers; sorry but not sorry for the lengthy post but I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it! 

December is here and its that time of the year where everyone is engulfed in Christmas preparations and New Year’s eve plans. It is that time of the year, where families are planning get togethers, relatives abroad are coming back home for the holidays and kids are excited and awaiting the sound of the school bell releasing them to the much awaited two week vacations. More importantly, it is that time of the year where everyone lets himself go for one month (only!) and indulge in the no-nos set the previous months.

We all anticipate December yet dread it at the same time. We can’t wait for the festivities to kick in, the joyful spirit and not to forget the beautiful creative decorations spreading around us. However, some of us dread the end of another year and the beginning of a new one; whether because we are growing a year, or because time is passing by quickly with little to finish off the plans that we set on New year’s day.


I know I love to have my new year’s resolution written the old fashion way in my diary and up to action from the first of January. However I am going to admit to you that most of the time, 1/2 of the points I have listed are not tackled nor ticked off by the end of the year. Lazy? you think?? More of lost of focus and unexpected events emerging throughout the new year. But some of you would insist, No Time. This year my new year’s resolutions have started a month early. Yes you read that right! I have decided, why wait one month and engulf in every December gluttony when I am mature enough to set my priorities straight and implement them (early on).


I have compiled in a few bullet points the ‘things’ I believe each and every one of us can start doing as of this month, instead of waiting the new year resolution list to be complied and left aside in the drawer till the first of January.

  • Be grateful for waking up everyday alive and healthy; I know this sounds very cliche but it is the truth. This year we witnessed numerous tragedies occurring worldwide and the uncertainty of the events are sparing no one. I believe that for God granting me another day to live is a blessing in itself and seizing the day should not be taken lightly.
  • The most sought out resolution is starting the new year at the gym; losing the extra pounds gained during the holidays and reshaping your body as the summer countdown starts for many. Why waste one precious month adding up calories when you can start going to the gym as of tomorrow and balance the intake of your consumption by shredding some sweat on the treadmill?
  • New project/idea? Start brainstorming and setting the actions to be done so as to implement your plan whether its a new collaboration or a new job hunt, maybe a writing project. Anything you have set your mind in doing is not too far away from making it a reality.
  • Holiday season does not mean cheating your diet plan a whole month. One might cheat on Christmas eve and ok, the next day, however that does not permit you to extend your gluttony for the rest of the week. Why are you willing to sacrifice a year of healthy habits in a couple of weeks time? Honestly, thats plain stupid and irresponsible and only sets to prove the kind of person you are; easily surrendering to temptation.
  • Anticipate your action plan by already setting the motions; write down your resignation letter already, the message you are going to send to your long lost friends, the application you are preparing for your study program abroad.

Start rolling your sleeves up and unravel your December pre- resolution plan. Start the new year a month ahead and you will notice that by the time 2016 starts you will have already accustomed your self to the changes that you were pre-destined to do as of the first of January.

On that note, do not forget to leave me some turkey leftovers the next day!!!

Happy Holidays everyone!!! 😉



Author: Patyl-Astrid

"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the common place, the slaves of the ordinary." Cecile Beaton

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