Monday, December 27, 2010

New Year's Resolutions from Outside the Box

Dear Delilah,

Each year, as the calendar turns from December to January, greeting a new year and leaving one behind, millions of people make "New Year's Resolutions". Typically, they resolve to improve themselves or their lives in some fashion. Popular themes for resolutions include health (losing weight, exercising more, drinking less, quitting smoking), finances (spending less, saving more, developing and/or sticking to a budget, changing careers), and organization (better time management, minimizing clutter, devising a filing system).

These are all worthy endeavors, and I could stand to commit to a few of them myself. Some of my own goals include losing the rest of what I can hardly continue to refer to as "baby weight" now that you are looking more and more like a toddler with each passing day, improving my horrible posture, and wasting less time on the Internet. (Note to self: Exercising more has the potential to contribute to achieving success in all three, while appeasing the multi-tasker in me!)

I got to thinking about how every January, I make a resolution or two, and how by every February, I've forgotten what exactly it was I set out to accomplish or why. I got to thinking about how my resolutions are almost always selfish, benefiting only me and doing little for the world around me. I got to thinking that I should do something about that, and wondered if I might be able to encourage others to due the same.

I'm still going to work on getting to a healthier weight, standing up straighter, and frittering away fewer hours on facebook. I can do more. And if you're reading this, so can you. Will you?

Go ahead and quit smoking, count calories, save your pennies, do whatever you feel compelled to do to become a better version of yourself. But don't stop there. Can you resolve to do one thing, even a small thing, to benefit the world around you? Something that helps the environment, or your community, or a group of people, or an important cause?

Readers, can you join me in spreading this challenge, and talking about it, and making it a topic of conversation in your little corner of the Internet? Let's do this together. Do you smell a blogshare?

Here's how it works:

  1. Spread the word. Point your friends, fans, and followers to this post, and let them know that you plan on participating. Encourage them to join you. The more, the merrier!
  2. Write a Blog Post between now and Sunday January 2, 2011 about a resolution you plan to make that makes the world (even just a small part of it!) a better place. The point is to "think outside the box". Maybe you'll resolve to compost, mentor an at-risk teen, adopt a pet from a rescue, volunteer at a homeless shelter, or organize a protest. The sky is the limit!
  3. Publish (or schedule to be published) your post on Sunday January 2, 2011. Please include a link to this post.
  4. Return to this post and comment with a link to your...let's call it..."The Better World Resolution Blogshare" post.
  5. On Monday January 3, 2011, I will share my own "Better World Resolution" post. I will also share the links to all of the blogshare posts you comment with here. The post that moves me the most will be featured, and I will donate $10 to the charity or cause of the writer's choice. I will contribute an additional $10 to the charity or cause of a randomly selected (from links posted in comments to this blog entry) writer's choice.
Have fun, make a difference, and make 2011 a year for both a better you and a better world!

Now back to you, dear daughter of mine. One important aspect of my parenting philosophy is to lead by example. I will not be a "Do I say, not as I do" parent. Since before you were born, I have made it my mission to be someone you could be proud of. That is one resolution that will not fall by the wayside. I hope that this small act on my part is a step along the path of being the mother you deserve.



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  1. Great idea-will definitely be participating!

  2. Great idea! This wiill tie in with my newest blog spot. Focused on researching for ways to make a chage in the cycle of unemployment. Sharing ideas and opportunities with all interested.

  3. I will get on writing a post now for tomorrow and would love to participate. Thanks for the invite and I will start spreading the word. This is a great post!!

  4. I may be a little ate in joining in but I will do this as wel as I know I can stand to help others more than I do.

  5. I just found your blog and this blog post, but coincidentally wrote about my resolutions (such as they are) today. I just added in a link to this post. Enjoy!


    Thanx for inviting me over here today and here is my New year post ...
    Happy New Year!



  9. Great idea. Let me add it to my to-do list for tomorrow. Hope it's not too late.

  10. Hi Joella, I'm in the process of writing my post now and wanted to include your "Here's how it works..." but you must have your page protected (smart girl) and I can't copy & paste it into my post. could you do me a favor and copy & paste it into an email for and send it to ? I want to encourage my followers to join in as well. Thanks Tish from Lots of fun with my FaMiLy


  12. I will get on writing a post now for tomorrow and would love to participate. Thanks for the invite and I will start spreading the word. This is a great post!!
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