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Novel ideas for New Year’s resolutions

Wednesday, 03 January 2018. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Novel ideas for New Year’s resolutions
Novel ideas for New Year’s resolutions

By Auralea Boldt

For many of us, December is a go-wild month where we are handed a get-out-of-jail-free card.

It is perfectly acceptable to have a Baileys and coffee — and a handful of Ferrero Roche — for breakfast.

On Jan. 1, the axe falls and we are back to planning and enacting our goals for the upcoming year.

Our attitudes vary towards this time of the year, when we must invariably return to our normal routines.

After enjoying the delights of the holiday season, Paula Szaroz, Crossfit owner and fitness professional, looks forward to a return to her training.

“I feel excited to start working on next year’s goals, because it’s so rewarding when you achieve a goal,” she says.

Paula enjoys rehashing the failures and successes of the previous year’s goals, in order to effectively plan her resolutions for the new year.

While some make lists of meticulously recorded resolutions, others take a different approach.

Restaurant consultant Thom McCann sees resolutions as an opportunity to unburden himself. He chooses three to five behaviours or attitudes he no longer wants to “carry forward.”

“I write them on separate pieces of paper and have a little burn ceremony on New Year’s Eve,” he says.

He might make some self-commitments, with no particular timeline in mind — “just moving forward on my journey.”

Alanda Burke, Castle Mountain Resort’s ticket office manager, says self-care always comes before resolutions.

Self-care, or engaging in healthy behaviors and habits that nurture the self, is historically a medical term that has recently come back into vogue.

The idea is that making time daily for simple activities, such as going for a walk or listening to relaxing music, helps you recharge from stress — so you can be the best version of yourself.

Alanda believes resolutions can follow, once a person is whole.

“I have pressured myself through a lot of my life,” she says. “The best thing for you is to come from a place of peace, which leads to healthy intuition and good decisions.”

She says she was able to quit smoking following this simple self-care philosophy.

“Simple schedule, routines that are grounding, easy pace of life, solid dose of time outside every day, minimal clutter” is self-care for Page Murphy, mom and co-ordinator of the Pincher Creek and Area Early Childhood Coalition.

Karla Breeze — yoga teacher, Shanti Hollow owner and mom — feels that nature is an especially poignant component of self-care.

“Outside every day!” she says. “Nature grounds me and I see miracles and perspective everywhere.”

While she doesn’t take it to the extreme, Erin Grujic — occupational therapist, health coach and entrepreneur — is definitely a fan of what she calls New Year’s resolutions.

She makes a list of intentions each year: “How I want to show up!”

“The best year was when I made a bucket list of things I wanted to do,” she says. “Watch a sunrise, try one new recipe each month, walk to work three times per week.”

Last year she checked off almost every item on her list.

This year she plans to delve back into what she calls her “morning miracle,” a practice at the start of each day that includes meditation, reading and affirmations.

Carina Carlier-Sissons, a mom and First Student bus driver, says she usually doesn’t bother with resolutions.

“I feel that life takes you different places and it doesn’t always work out,” she says.

If she sets a resolution, and then doesn’t follow through, it makes her feel like a failure.

This year she has a new idea: make just one resolution.“I’m going to try and buy as much local as I can,” she says. “With all the great stores, artists in our area, I feel like this is a resolution I can keep.”