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12 Days and Counting

Well it’s mid-January (almost) …12 + days into the New Year and I wonder how everyone is doing with their New Year’s resolutions. I know mine aren’t going as well as I’d hoped.

Last week I was fresh off of some time off. I decided that this was the year to set a few goals for myself (just a few) and to work hard on attaining them. I started off very energetic and optimistic, but this week the craziness of juggling every day life of Almanac Managing Editor and mom of two children has stolen some of that energy.

But the year is still new and my goals are still within reach, so I am still resolved to change some of the ways I do things and to make 2010 the year my resolutions come true.

How are you doing? Did you make resolutions? Are you sticking to them? Share your thoughts here and check out these interesting facts about why or how making resolutions on New Year’s came to be:

Who first started setting New Years Resolutions?

  • Many date this tradition back to the Babylonians around 4000 years ago. These resolutions seem to revolve around returning borrowed farm equipment since their New Year stated around the same time as farming did.
  • Romans were also known to set goals for the New Year, most of which revolved around doing more or achieving more in the coming year.
  • The Chinese used to set house cleaning as a New Year’s resolutions. They would start their new year with a clean house. (I did clean my refrigerator out New Year’s Day!)

Whatever resolutions you chose or didn’t here’s to making 2010 the year to accomplish great things whatever they are! Good luck!

1 comment

1 Sara Steinhear { 01.13.10 at 8:33 pm }

I know that eating well has been my goal and it started off good but I need another kick to get me going. So thanks for the reminder – there’s time to change our ways.

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