happy 2009

I don’t make new year’s resolutions. I don’t believe I ever did. I have read that most of them are ignored and forgotten by Feb 1st anyhow. When you want to make a change in your life, it’s usually a simple matter of making choices. Change can happen anytime. But only when you are ready for it. And that might not necessarily be starting Jan 1st. You want to quit smoking/ biting your nails/ being stressed out/ drinking soda/ being angry?  You want to lose three pounds/ spend more quality time with loved ones/ go to accupuncture twice a month/ get organized/ take up knitting/ volunteer? Then that’s what you choose to do. I quit smoking almost five years ago. It wasn’t easy, but it was a choice I wanted to make. If I can do it, so can you.

Instead of making new year’s resolutions, think positively about the coming year and ask yourself what you would like to achieve. Think of how little things can make a difference. Remember that you pave your own way to happiness. Think about small pleasures. Stay in on a Saturday night with a glass of wine. Take a bubble bath. Ask if you can pet that cute dog. Don’t clean the baseboards today. Visit the museum. Call your grandfather and ask him to tell you a story about his life. Curl up with a good book. Hold the elevator open for someone. Do a series of sun salutations every morning.

And don’t forget your sunscreen… (seriously!)

Happy happy 2009, everyone!

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1 Response to “happy 2009”


  1. 1 Maris January 12, 2009 at 00:22

    I totally agree with you about little things being most important! The little things are what make every day good or bad and you’re so right about breaking new years resolutions by Feb 1 🙂


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I really like the phrase "always an adventure". I am a Reiki Master and work as a therapist in Manhattan, in my private practice and at a cancer center. I also freelance as a translator in the New York City area and beyond.

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