What Will You Do Differently in 2010?
Let other Real Simple readers’ resolutions inspire you to have a saner new year.
Wantagh, New York
Sleep in more with my husband. That always promises a good day.
This year I will make wellness my top priority. This past year, I spent so much time on other people’s problems and trying to keep up with extracurricular obligations that I almost collapsed from exhaustion. I now know that personal wellness is not a selfish luxury but a selfless act for the benefit of my children and husband. If I am going to be around to nurture my 3-year-old and 1-year-old to adulthood, I must give them the gift of a spiritually, emotionally, and physically well mom.
Tracey W. Brame
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Smile more. Pray more. Complain less.
Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
Try something new, such as learning Spanish or Italian, and revisit something old, like Jane Austen’s novels.
Ashville, North Carolina
Instead of arranging for lawn, tree, and plant services next summer, my family is going to learn about and take care of the living things in our yard. The cold winter months will be the perfect time to research the needs and cycles of each species. It’s going to be challenging, but we’ll save money, spend time working together, and enjoy watching things thrive.
I will find time each day to reach out to a family member, a friend, or a colleague whom I don’t see or talk to regularly, whether by a phone call, an e-mail, or a simple handwritten note. The art of personal communication with others who have touched our lives is fast disappearing. Facebook and Twitter don’t count.