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#MicroblogMondays 18: Resolution

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Someone (not Albert Einstein) said the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  So we all must be insane because every year about this time, we reflect on our life and make up resolutions; goals for the new year.

And then not fulfill those goals over the next 365 days.

So I’m proposing something else.  State your resolution below.  But also peruse the list and see if there are any resolutions you can help someone else reach.  Know what they want to learn?  Give them some tips to get started.  Have a great piece of advice that helped you reach the same resolution in the past?  Pass it their way.  Consider it crowdsourcing the springboard to get your resolution going.

My resolutions are to become a professional game-maker by the end of 2015, and to restart eating well and get back to my target weight.

What about you? What are your resolutions?


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1. Waiting for Baby 15. Nimue 29. torthú il
2. Mali (A Separate Life) 16. Northern Star 30. Stacie
3. Mali (No Kidding) 17. A. 31. Solo Mama
4. Just Heather 18. Tara 32. Laurel Regan @ Alphabet Salad
5. Anks 19. Gil (The Hardest Quest) 33. Sharon
6. Uma S 20. Unpregnant Chicken 34. gradualchanges
7. earthandink 21. Isabelle 35. Miss Conception
8. Vidya Sury Collecting Smiles 22. Amber 36. Withlove, Tania
9. Jeanna B 23. Conceptionally challenged 37. createdfamily
10. Eryn (A Glimpse Into Eryns World) 24. Junebug 38. Jamie
11. Shailaja 25. Emma (Muddy Boots & Diamonds) 39. deathstar
12. Corinne Rodrigues 26. Geochick 40. Ke Anne
13. Infertile Girl 27. Gypsy Mama 41. Kasey
14. Persnickety 28. Cristy


1 Jennifer { 12.29.14 at 5:33 am }

My resolution is to go gluten free for January and see what effect (if any) it has on my body. I’ve been reading over the last month or so that people with thyroid issues benefit from a gluten free diet but it seems so daunting. I’ve spent the last month perusing recipes on Pinterest so it’s now or never I guess.
And no offense but “restart eating well”? That’s really vague. What does that mean to you? For some that could be resisting the urge to eat a whole pint of ice cream/bag of chips in one sitting and for others it could mean going Paleo.

2 Mali { 12.29.14 at 6:21 am }

My resolution (aside from the perennial lose weight one) is to really do something concrete with my writing this year. If I could get work writing, I would be a happy woman.

3 JustHeather { 12.29.14 at 6:36 am }

I stopped making proper resolutions years ago. Instead, I have a “cookie cutter” resolution that I do now: Cook/Bake new recipes during the year. So far, I’ve managed to complete my resolution each year! (If anyone has any easy and yummy recipes that you love, I’d love to receive them to try them out.)

Jennifer, I tried going gluten free for a month and didn’t notice anything. I wonder if you need to try it a bit longer for the effects to be really felt/noticed.

4 anks { 12.29.14 at 6:39 am }

I am done with year end resolutions. I never stick to them anyway. I now make them when I feel the need to bring about a change in my life… the flavour of the week is drinking more than 3 litres of water everyday!

5 UmaS { 12.29.14 at 6:53 am }

I stopped making resolutions for New Year long time back. If I have to change to something better, it has to happen immediately and not wait for some New Year to happen.
All the very best for your resolutions to work out great ! And Happy New Year Mel 🙂

6 earthandink { 12.29.14 at 7:16 am }

My resolutions are to get back to my target weight as well. 🙂 Although, I won a peppermint cake pop this morning so I’m glad it isn’t New Year’s Day.
Second: to really get a blog going with some direction, rather than the completely seat-of-my-pants blogging I currently do.
And to write a book. (But that probably won’t start until early to mid-spring. I have a lot going on between now and then. So maybe it’s my spring solstice resolution!)

7 earthandink { 12.29.14 at 7:17 am }

spring equinox, rather. yeesh, me.

8 Vidya Sury { 12.29.14 at 7:22 am }

My resolutions – I make some every year and actually get pass marks. This year, my goal is to keep my blood sugar levels in normal range which means sticking to my healthy diet, exercising every day and getting enough sleep. That last thing is the challenge.

I also plan to build my blogs with more focus this year and stay off social media as much as possible, because I’ve got plans I intend to act on.

2015 also may be the year when I actually turn my drafts into published books.

We have a ritual, Mel, a rather laughter-filled one in our house – where the three of us sit with pen and paper and write our goals and resolutions for the coming year. Such fun.

Imagine, the next MM will be next year!

9 charan { 12.29.14 at 7:33 am }

This year is very important for me.. lot of list will achieve all without failure .. health (quit smoking), work out every day atleast for 1hr and make money..

10 Shailaja V { 12.29.14 at 7:59 am }

Interesting that I wrote about something related to Resolutions today and then came here to see the same theme on Microblog Mondays 🙂 Talk about coincidence. Good luck to you, Mel, for the gaming and weight loss goals.

As for myself, my only resolution is to hope for a happier 2015. 2014 was definitely not my year. Well, it was, in parts, but not as a whole.

11 Corinne Rodrigues { 12.29.14 at 8:20 am }

Good luck with your goals, Mel. As for me, I’m daring to commit to writing and walking every day! 🙂

12 andy { 12.29.14 at 9:33 am }

My resolution is to continue my journey to a healthy me. That may look different at different times, but the end goal is the same.

And I can’t wait for you to be professional game-maker!!

13 Persnickety { 12.29.14 at 9:52 am }

I find it is easier to keep the resolutions when they are broken down- small bits broken down. This year- eat more veggies, walk more and maybe find a new team sport.

14 Persnickety { 12.29.14 at 9:54 am }

And declutter. Endlessly

15 Working mom of 2 { 12.29.14 at 10:36 am }

For me it’s more a continual goal: be more patient with kids and husband and yell less.

For the person who posted about gluten: there’s a good article in a recent consumer reports about how actually a very very small portion of the population is gluten sensitive snd an even smaller subset has celiac and how many gf foods aren’t that healthy–more sugar fat etc. worth checking out.

16 Ana { 12.29.14 at 11:19 am }

My goal for this year is to stick to a (very limited) shopping-for-myself budget (I was going to do an all-out ban, but honestly didn’t think I could do it). Also to cook 1 new recipe/month (we’ve basically been eating the same 5 things for the past 5 years).

I agree that you need to be more specific about your “eating well” goal. Its easier for yourself but also easier for others to help you when you set out from the beginning what exactly you plan to eat (or not eat, though I prefer the positive version).

17 Amber { 12.29.14 at 1:00 pm }

I’ve never really been into making New Years Resolutions. I suppose if I were to have one, it would be the totally cliche get back in shape and lose weight.

18 Junebug { 12.29.14 at 2:05 pm }

I want to do MicroblogMonday every Monday for 2015. I started posting a few weeks ago, and I love having the goal of posting every week on time.

Also, I want to get on track with my lifestyle. I want to prioritize myself by feeding myself healthy food and moving in my life. Hopefully, it will lead to reduced medical intervention required & extra endorphins!

Happy New Year, y’all!

19 emma { 12.29.14 at 2:34 pm }

Mine are in my Microblog Monday submission above 🙂 But my big one is losing the last 10lbs of baby weight from my last pregnancy.

20 Valery Valentina { 12.29.14 at 2:50 pm }

Mhm, I’m considering taking up a job as a tester again. usually I test series of complicated computer programs, but I wouldn’t mind testing your games! it will be good for me to think of different test cases and acceptance criteria. Different from telecom and billing that is…
Resolution: update my CV and look around for other job.
and I’ll try to do my tax early this year!

21 Brid { 12.29.14 at 3:13 pm }

In the line of the gluten free discussion… My sister’s girls are celiac and she has a gluten free bakery… however, the trick is to not necessarily eat gluten free, but only eat real foods that don’t have gluten… Does that make sense? So, don’t go out and get the gluten free products, but instead focus on proteins and veggies/fruits, etc… Think about cutting out processed carbs like breads, cookies, crackers, etc… probably more success.

22 Cristy { 12.29.14 at 4:28 pm }

You need to write about becoming a professional game-maker. I’m very curious about what this is and the path towards this endeavor.

I also stopped with resolutions because I found I always fell flat with them. But I do have a goal to drop the last of the infertility weight I accrued over the last 3 yrs, so I’m more than happy to support you and others are you strive for your target weights.

23 torthuil { 12.29.14 at 5:27 pm }

I posted a blog entry about the many things I want or have to do: I never thought of them as resolutions but I guess they are! however I think one resolution that I didn’t mention, but that is extremely important, is to avoid thinking “this time last year…..” A lot of good stuff happened last year, but also a lot of traumatic stuff and I would like to stop reliving it.

24 Laurel Regan { 12.29.14 at 8:27 pm }

I’m really not great with resolutions. I do love my new tradition of choosing a word of the year, though – feels much more manageable, somehow.

25 Lindsay { 12.29.14 at 8:43 pm }

I tend not to make yearly resolutions. Instead, I write out my intentions/wishes/desires on the New Moon of each month. It makes the goals a bit more attainable. It’s easier for me to say “I want to lose 2 pounds by eating healthier this month” than it is for me to say “I want to be healthier this year.” I guess it makes the goals more attainable for me somehow.

26 Claire { 12.29.14 at 10:52 pm }

What is a professional game maker? Do tell!!!

27 Sharon { 12.29.14 at 10:54 pm }

I gave up making New Year’s resolutions after my sons were born. For years before that, I made them but rarely kept them, but somehow once the twins arrived, I realized the futility of even attempting to. . . .

28 Jamie { 12.29.14 at 11:31 pm }

After taking a break, I would like to renew my exercise routine. I had to take a break due to injury, but I’m ready to get back at it. What may help refresh my routine would be maybe throwing in some biking into the mix. I’d prefer to join a gym with classes, but I am only working part-time right now. I really need to get back into yoga.

Mel, have you been to Gen Con before? I believe it is the largest table top gaming convention in the US. All sorts of companies and independent groups showcase or test out their games there. It is a lot of fun because you get to check out a bunch of new games. I bet there would be some good people to meet there to get you going in the right direction.


29 gradualchanges { 12.29.14 at 11:31 pm }

After my last failed cycle I drafted a whole post of resolutions and about how I wasn’t going to wait for the new year to start them… hmmm that never happened and the draft is still sitting there. That tells you how good I am at resolutions. I don’t usually do them but this year I’m going to. I’m actually going to try the Desire Map process to target feelings instead of goals per-se. We’ll see how that goes. I also really want to complete a Whole30 or some type of diet re-set program. And, I want to create a routine that includes self-care like meditation and yoga. Oh boy, I guess I really need to revisit that resolutions post.

30 createdfamily { 12.30.14 at 12:28 am }

My resolution is to read at least one book per month. This feels super lazy as I know many people resolve to read one book per week but I’m trying to keep in mind I work full time, am on the board of a non-profit, have a toddler, need to take my exam for my clinical license, etc. etc. 😉

31 StacieT { 12.30.14 at 2:08 am }

I think this year my goal is to follow one of those 52 week saving plans with the boys. They have recently developed a strong interest in all things money, so this would be a neat idea for all of us. 🙂

A professional gamer, huh? That’s a pretty neat goal for 2015!

32 Ann Z { 12.30.14 at 11:37 am }

I love Lindsay’s method of stating goals each month, though I think there are probably goals that work better as an all-year sort of thing.

I have a few goals for the year: I want to get my brown belt in Aikido — currently planning to test for that in June. I want to have an awesome 40th birthday party, probably involving driving heavy equipment in a huge sandbox. I want to start my new blogging research project and hopefully either present or publish a paper on it (that’s likely something a lot of people here could help with, once I get the parameters fully fleshed out).

33 Tara { 12.30.14 at 11:40 am }

I have a few things that I want to accomplish in the new year but one of my resolutions is to try some new yoga classes. I took up yoga in the latter part of 2014 but I have pretty much stayed with the same class and the same teacher for months. I’m comfortable and have been improving my practice with these particular classes. So I decided that I should really try to branch out and experiment with some other classes/teachers/styles and see where that takes me!

34 Tara { 12.30.14 at 11:47 am }

@gradualchanges – I have done 3 Whole30’s and have documented a lot of it on my blog under the “whole30” tag. For 2 of them I also took photos of everything I ate and posted on a separate page on my blog. There are lots of great resources and support if you decide to do one, please feel free to contact me if I can be of any help. It can be very life changing. On another note I have had the Desire Map on my bedside table for some time but have been afraid to read it because I’m afraid of what I will discover about myself /my life. Maybe getting into that should also be one of my resolutions!

35 Lori Lavender Luz { 12.30.14 at 2:50 pm }

I wish I had the skills to help you in your game-making efforts!

I’m continuing an effort to put at least as much into loving/accepting myself as I do into improving myself. It’s not measurable, but I know I am making progress because I am more at peace.

36 It Is What It Is { 01.02.15 at 10:35 pm }

I did not write a reflective post nor a resolution post. However, I have been thinking a lot about turning 50 in 16 mos and that a focus on some of the things that I’ve neglected for raising young children that I hope will bring more satisfaction and contentment to my life.

You can read my 50 before 50 here –> http://itiswhatitisorisit.net/?p=5541

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