Why I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

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Why I Don't Make New Years Resolutions

I understood New Year’s resolutions a little better when I was younger. Growing up, a year seemed like an eternity! Getting an entire year behind me felt like a huge accomplishment, and looking forward to a new year was like standing at the bottom of a mountain. Now that I’m older, and especially a mom, time goes by much faster.

Of course, things can change drastically over the course of a year, but a year doesn’t feel as long as it once did to me. And, if there’s something you really want to change about your life, waiting for January seems like an awfully good way to set yourself up for disappointment for an entire year if you aren’t able to stick with it.

I’m not saying goal setting is altogether ridiculous. I’m very goal-oriented, and having something to look forward to or accomplish is what gets me out of bed in the morning. But why wait until the beginning of the year? Why not start today? If you want to start losing weight, examine your diet now. If you want to finish college, apply tonight. I’ve found there’s no perfect time for most things in life, and that won’t change just because the calendar is on a different year.

Being a mom is hard, and it’s a job riddled with guilt. I’m not a self-deprecating person by nature, but motherhood is a role that shakes my self-confidence on a daily basis. My daughter is two, so the way we start out 2016 is going to be 100 percent different that how we end it, no matter what resolutions I do or don’t make. That being said, I also know many people who have made great strides from New Year’s resolutions, and I tip my hat to those who have.

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Have you stuck to any for an entire year, or even longer?

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Sara was born in Colorado Springs, and lived here her entire life until she attended college at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. There, she earned her degree in Journalism and Political Science. Sara met her husband, Luke, in the summer of 2008 while working at Wag N Wash Healthy Pet Center, although they didn't start dating until 2011 - after Sara had graduated from college and Luke had joined the Air Force. They married in 2012, when Luke was stationed in a small town in West Texas. Shortly after moving to the Lone Star State, Sara started her career in local television. She did everything from running the cameras, to producing the five o'clock news, to creating marketing campaigns for local businesses. Sara's daughter Cora was born in 2013, and Sara got her first taste of being a full-time working mom while living over 600 miles from her own parents. Luke's Air Force enlistment ended in the summer of 2015, so they high-tailed it back to Colorado Springs. Now, Sara lives near Old Colorado City and works in the marketing department of a law firm in Downtown Colorado Springs. She loves spending time with her family, cooking, biking, photography and playing with makeup (that’ll happen after working in television in Texas).