Real talk: I love celebrating the New Year. Not just the party on NYE (but I DO love that - never met a champagne cocktail I didn't like), but all the possibility that awaits in the New Year. Even though nothing really changes from 12/31 to 1/1, it feels like it does.
Every year, I make resolutions. They don't always stick. But usually the ones that don't stick are ones that are outside the lines of things REALLY important to me. One of my infamous ones was to stop eating sugar. And I did, for about 6 weeks. Honestly, I felt great. But the lure of sweets and cocktails was too much, and I went down in a flaming spiral. And you know why? Sure, it was hard, but I can do hard things. It was because when you got down to it, it wasn't really all that important to me. Yeah, I wanted to lose weight and be healthier. But a smaller number on the tag of my jeans didn't really add anything to my life. Not like the joy I have when baking something sweet or laughing with girlfriends over a brightly colored drink.
So I changed the way I think about resolutions. Instead of picking random things, I start with a central theme. Just one word. Or two. And then I build from there. The result? Results. Things I tend to stick with. Why? Because they all go back to that theme, that one thing I have decided is most important for the new year.
I'm a big believer in writing goals and plans in actual ink on actual paper (shocking, I know!), so I've created a pretty little page for me to make my plans to hang up in my studio as a daily reminder. And you can have one, too! Just click the link below to get your free resolution planner printable, and make this year you stick with your resolutions... beyond March.
What is your word of the year? Share in the comments below or share your filled out planner on Instagram and tag @MNYKcalligraphy. I'll be sharing mine on New Year's Day - truth is, I'm still working on it!