For many people, New Year’s Day is about resolutions and setting goals, which can sometimes be a positive thing. You feel hope and a renewed sense of purpose, and view the end of the year as a reset button. We thought about writing a post about our own resolutions and suggestions for our readers, as well. But the truth is, most New Year’s resolutions are broken pretty quickly—perhaps because we hold ourselves to all-or-nothing standards.
So, this year we are suggesting a few alternatives to setting New Year’s resolutions. First, don’t decide to make major changes just because the calendar tells you it’s time to do so. Instead, ask what will make you happier and healthier and look for things that will actualize those goals. Be realistic and know that you can’t possibly be happy and healthy all of the time—and that’s okay. Secondly, give yourself time to process the past year. For many it has been an exhausting and difficult time. Acknowledge that and remind yourself that you are not helpless; you can help bring about change; you are enough.
If we are setting any true goals at Alabama Chanin, it is to make thoughtful choices, reflect and learn as we move ahead, and hold fast to our beliefs. We hope you will join us on this path. We have so much to look forward to.
The picture above is from our archives taken in 2009 by Robert Rausch for the Ceremony Collection.