Top Five New Year’s Resolutions for a Dynamic 2012


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The New Year is almost here!  Have you thought about your New Year’s resolutions yet?

The great thing about the New Year is that it gives us the opportunity to make a fresh start.

You can make broad, sweeping resolutions like EAT HEALTHIER or you can make more specific resolutions such as I WILL AVOID EATING FAST FOOD.

“To insure good health, eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness and maintain an interest in life.” William Londen

Based on William London’s practical advice, here are five resolutions that will result in a happier, healthier, more dynamic 2012.

1.      Eat Lightly: many of us eat too much of the wrong things…nutritionists recommend eating six small meals a day instead of three big ones.  In addition, make every meal count by using more fresh foods instead of highly processed ones. 

2.      Breathe Deeply: It’s definitely hard to find the time to exercise, especially when you work, take care of a home and family and have lots of other things that take your time and energy.  However, moving at least 30 minutes a day will provide great health benefits…and make you feel more positive.  Dance while you clean the house or take a walk while listening to great music.  Get together with a friend and exercise together with a new tape in your living room if you don’t have the time or money to go to a gym.  In addition, take time every day to meditate and be still…even if it is just for 5 minutes.  It will refresh and renew your spirit.

3.      Live Moderately: This rule applies to all aspects of our lives…eating, drinking, sleeping, surfing the Internet.  If people would get enough rest…and eat, drink, exercise and pursue all other activities in moderation, the soaring medical costs in this country would decline.  The cells in our bodies repair themselves during restful sleep…and people tend to gain weight if they are sleep deprived.

4.      Cultivate Cheerfulness:  Doesn’t it lift your spirits when someone greets you cheerfully, in a store, on the street or on the phone?  Thinking and acting cheerfully does have a positive effect…on EVERYONE!  Cultivating cheerfulness does not mean ignoring problems or pretending that everything is rosy when it is not.  If something is troubling you, please share it with someone who cares about you.  Set in motion steps that will change the situation.  If it is a situation that can’t be changed, join a support group or ask for help.

5.      Maintain An Interest In Life:  Isn’t it amazing to see elderly people who get college degrees after they have retired from a life-long career?  Or middle-school children who raise money for other children in a village that is situated thousands of miles from where they live? How can you maintain an interest in life?  Read a book about something you always wanted to find out about; volunteer in a local school or hospital; reach outside your normal routine to help someone.

Are these goals on your list?  Do you have others?  Do share!

If you are a parent of a young child, please add another goal for 2012.  Strong reading readiness skills and a positive self-image will help your child succeed in school. 


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11 thoughts on “Top Five New Year’s Resolutions for a Dynamic 2012

    • You are a very goal-oriented person, Nancy…and I think you strive to realize your dreams…that’s just part of who you are. 🙂 When I make New Year’s Resolutions, it helps me to review what I’ve done and plan for what I want to do.
      BTW…have a happy and healthy New Year…the ball will be dropping before we know it!


    • Bob…what an absolutely awesome resolution! When my kids were small and wanted to give me a present, but didn’t have the money…I always encourage them to write a love letter to me…and I wrote my share of those to them as well. 🙂 But I love the idea of sharing our past experiences with our children…on many levels! Thank you for stopping by and commenting…I will head over to your blog.


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  2. I usually don’t contemplate resolutions until after Christmas, but one that I definitely plan to tackle in 2012 is arranging for my family to sit down and have dinner every single night – no small task with a full-time job, four busy boys and a working spouse. RIght now, we’re lucky if we can swing it one night a week! I’ll be logging our progress on my blog (, so stay tuned. In the meantime, wishing you a blessed New Year!


    • Barb…
      Greaet goal…family meals are a perfect time to enjoy each other’s company and share what happened during the day…but they are definitely difficult to organize with the busy lives we all lead. The older they get, the harder it beocmes to “corral” all of them to sit down to dinner at the same time. Aim high, but don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t happen every night.:) Have a beautiful holiday and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
      I’ll check back periodically to read about your family meals. 🙂


  3. Your resolutions for the New Year mirror mine. I carry these goals over not only year, after year, but try to my best ability to live these simple steps each day. One thing I definitely need more of is sleep. I need at least 8-hours every night, but Mon-Fri I usually get just 6-hours per night. On the weekends we all try to make up for that loss, but usually that throws me into a wierd funk.

    I haven’t begun to think about what I would like to achieve yet, but I really should. One thing certainly will be on my list of expectations is finish two of my children’s books which have been in the work-in-progress stage for too long. Another thing I’d like to do is organize my blog posts and not allow myself to get absorbed with online activities for hours. I need to pick up other interests with the same zeal. Finally, thinking off the cuff I need to MAKE a point to be more social – pick up the phone to call family/friends more frequently and resume my passion for penpalling.

    These are just a few starters for me to implement for the New Year. I’m sure I’ll have at least a dozen more things to add to my list before my 2012 to-dos list is completed.

    BTW…no worries with getting lost in the translation of life. That happens to all of us. It’s always a joy to reconnect whenever a friend resurfaces. =D

    Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, & prosperious New Year!


    • Cathy,
      I look forward to reading your next books…I loved The Tale of Ole Green Eyes!
      I also want to work on writing the next in the Show Me How series…as well as following through on some picture books I had written many years ago but never had published….we just need 36 hours every day, right?

      Happy Holidays to you and your family…my goal for 2012 is to stay in touch with special people like you!


  4. Excellent tips and I observed them. i mad e a lot of changes nutritionally in 2011 and I’m the better for it. Of course, I’m still battling colds but that has been the lot of many people this year. Happy Holidays! 🙂


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