As far as New Year's Resolutions go, I think that there are two kinds: the kinds we feel like we should make and the ones that we aren't really sure that we should make.
The should resolutions are ones that we hope will reverse the bad habits that we've gotten into: loose the ten pounds that we gained between the time Halloween candy entered our house and our final New Year's toast and then the ten more from the year before, organize all of the stuff that got jumbled into a chaotic mess during the chaos of the holidays, stop spending money on little things so we can save more for the important things, and the list goes on.
Funny thing is, these are the resolutions that often fail. The weeks get busy again and we fall into habits. We always know what we should do, the problem is that a new year really isn't that much different from the old year. So why not put that should off until next year.
The resolutions that we at we aren't really sure that we should make are the ones that seems bit extravagant or even self-indulgent. Last year, I decided to learn to paint so I asked for a paint set, small desk easel, and a how to book for Christmas. Once we got through the holidays and the dust settled, I began working through a lesson a day. After several years where I had given up all of my time to care for a baby and a toddler while spending my spare moments figuring out homeschooling for my oldest it really felt unnatural to reclaim that time for something other than giving of myself to my family. After all, if I had any extra time it felt like I should be spending it catching up on laundry or organizing a drawer.
Despite what I should have been doing, I decided to paint every day during my youngest's nap time. It is interesting that one of the key steps in painting is to wait for the paint to dry before moving on to the next step. While I waited for paint to dry, laundry got done, drawers were dumped out and organized, and the occasional push up and plank happened. The resolutions that I should have made happened without any "resolution making" on my part.
As far as resolutions go, I didn't learn everything about the art of painting, not by a long shot, but I started the process and I learned so much more after this year than from my previous 37 years combined. If I want to take the next step, I know where to go next. I call that a resolution achieved.
This year, I decided to make another resolution that reflected more of what I could do, and less of what I should do and so, in an effort to work on my writing skills, I have started a blog.