Advice You Didn’t Ask For: How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

When I first started Sometimes I Eat Cake for Lunch, my original intent was to write a blog with my own personal advice for being successful. Unfortunately, I got busy with leaving France and summer and grad school, so if you’ve been reading up to now, you’ll know that all of my previous posts have merely been updates of my day-to-day life, and while I plan on continuing to update you all on my lesson planning, baking, etc, it’s time that I started using this blog for what it’s really for. Therefore, allow me to present SIECFL‘s first ever Advice You Didn’t Ask For post!

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions are things that we talk about every December and January, but that I find we stop talking about pretty soon after. It’s a shame, too, because the New Year is a perfect time to change behavior in yourself that you aren’t perfectly happy with. I’m not saying it’s easy, though, but it is doable if you make the right kind of resolutions.

I’m happy to say that we’re only one week into 2013, and I’ve already started actively working on accomplishing two of my three goals this year. The first goal was to start turning this blog into the kind of blog I actually want it to be (check!). The second (so far unaccomplished) goal is to get my friend Rachael (whom I met on the airplane to Paris and whom I shared many European adventures with) to move from Tennessee to California. And the third is to eat more pizza, which I started accomplishing two days ago thanks to my dad.

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Homemade pizza Chez Merwin, January 4 2013

See? Simple, really. All I had to do was realize that I wasn’t eating enough pizza, and then try my hardest to just eat a little bit more! (Note: this type of goal is easier to accomplish if you’ve spent the previous 10 months in a country where they eat even their vegetables with butter, because when you come home and have an unexplained weight loss, you realize you need something to fill that void).

If you want to be as successful as I’ve been at keeping most of my New Year’s Resolutions, you might just have to rethink what you want to accomplish this year. Sure, you could aim to exercise more and eat less (or something along those lines), but I guarantee that you will have a harder time accomplishing your goals than I’ve had.

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