New Year’s Resolutions

Hope you all had a great start to 2018! As the year begins to pick up and the kids begin to return to school, it’s often easy to move past the festivities and relaxation of the holiday season into the hustle and daily grind of work and school. However, one way you can take advantage of the new year is by using it as a time to start over and refresh, especially by making a New Year’s resolution!

But why are New Year’s resolutions so hard to keep, and is there a trick to making goals we can keep? According to sources like Huffington Post, broad goals like “get more exercise” or “eat healthy” are much more difficult to keep than specific goals like “run once a week” or “limit eating junk food to once a week.” In fact, a better method to creating better goals is checking if your goals are “SMART” goals. That means they should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound. Saying “I wish I made more time for reading” doesn’t leave you with any real, actionable steps. But reframing that as “I’m going to read four books by the end of January” provides a starting point from which you can create a plan. For more advice on how to create a SMART New Year’s resolution, check out https://alifeofproductivity.com/resolutions/chapter4/

But whether your New Year’s resolution contains exercising, be sure not to miss out on the chance to get outside and experience nature in the winter! As time passes, be sure to keep an eye out for changes; it’s beautiful watching the leaves slowly reappear on the barren branches and watching the transition from winter to spring. Also, although winters in California do not get too chilly, make sure to check out https://americanhiking.org/resources/cold-weather-hiking/ for tips on hiking in cold weather so you or your children avoid catching a cold! Hope you all have a wonderful start to 2018 and happy hiking!

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