Resolving Not to Make a Resolution

In 2011, everything in my life changed. I moved from West Virginia to Hawaii with a man that I love. My health took a turn for the worse, and then rallied back. I decided to pursue freelance writing full time. I still wake up and look around sometimes wondering, how did all of this happen? “How did I get here?”

I’m still not sure. The only thing I’m positive of is when I graduated high school, and reflecting on my 30s, I had no idea what was going to happen. And as I sit here thinking about what 2012 will bring, I still don’t. I’m not going to make resolutions to change my life is huge ways. I’ve already done that.


I’m going to try to keep up the momentum. I want to be open to what life has in store for me. I’d like to be able to learn about my community and be more involved. I want to feel like I live here, and am not just an extended-stay visitor.  I want to become fixtures in the writing community and learn more about being a social media “guru.”

To be clear, these aren’t resolutions. I don’t make resolutions. Resolutions are those on the whim promises you make to yourself at the end of the year. You may keep it going even into January, but when February rolls around, that resolve has dissipated. The year is no longer new, and the promises have grown old. I honestly don’t know anyone who has kept one. If you have, please tell us about it in my comments. I’d love to hear about it!

I don’t want to say I’ll lose X amount of weight, or I’ll scale the top of Diamond Head. I just want to learn how to make this place a home, and to be the best person I can. Simple goals, simple living.

Happy New Year to you all! I hope your 2012 is filled with happiness, good health and wealth.



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2 Responses to Resolving Not to Make a Resolution

  1. Cathy

    I don’t like resolutions either, I never keep them, such as losing weight, not biting my nails, keeping my place neat, ect. But I guess my big goal is to be the best mother I can be. Not a resolution really, because I don’t have the option of failing.

    • A.Woods

      Cathy having the goal to rock out motherhood is awesome. I think any child would be lucky to have you as a Mom. Maybe instead of calling them “resolutions,” people should just set some realistic important things. Instead of, “I’m going to lose 55 pounds by April,” it could be,”I’m going to make sure to eat healthy and take more walks.” The difference feels like a quality of life change v/s a cosmetic one to me.

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