Taking Stock an Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions


It’s January, and I refuse to consider this a bleak time of year. Instead, I prefer to see this as a time of clean slates, fresh starts and new beginnings. I, for one, choose to feel upbeat about all the things this time of year has to offer.

If, like me, you’re not the resolutions type, I encourage you to create a personal inventory. Are you happy with how things are going in your career? If not, what would you change? What about your education? Your health? Your relationships? What is working in each of those areas and what would you like to be different? If money is an obstacle in the path toward bettering yourself, what solutions might there be in the form of grants, loans or other funding? Break your ideas down into lists and sublists like a merry elf who gets busy in January while Team Santa crashes and naps.

I once had a friend who did this every February, but I say the sooner the better. January can be the perfect time for self-assessments because it’s a month where we begin to itch for something better, but we’re not as winter-weary as we might feel come February.

Here’s part of my current list. If you’re new to this kind of thing, maybe it can help get you started:

Lose 20 pounds

  • Drink 10 glasses of water every day.
  • Go for a half-hour walk four times a week or a 15-minute walk every day.
  • Learn ways for giving cookies and chips the stink-eye.
  • Investigate healthy rewards to give yourself.

Read 10 biographies this year or five biographies and five self-help books

  • Identify 10 famous people you’d like to know more about and some books that have been written about them.
  • Research books on nutrition for dummies, finance for dummies and –when you’re thinking it might be nice to start dating again – dummies for dummies.

I know what you’re thinking: Teece has been losing those same 20 pounds for years. But here’s the good news: January gives us all a chance to start again, including me. And you don’t have to lose my 20 pounds, you only have to strive toward your own personal gains.

Good luck and Happy New Year


Teece Aronin

Teece Aronin is a blogger and columnist. Teece writes a humor/health and wellness column for the Oakland Press and is the Featured Writer for October at TrueHumor.com. Her artwork is available at the Redbubble.com store, phylliswalter, and Teece seriously considers any request for workshops, coaching, and speaking engagements. Read her blog at ChippedDemitasse.BlogSpot.com, contact her at paronin1@gmail.com and follow her on Twitter @taronin

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