Looking back, looking forward: the same resolution (Jennifer R. Hubbard)

For the past few years, I’ve made the same New Year’s resolution: To do less. To hurry less and worry less, to stop rushing and overcrowding my schedule.

And this year, I actually managed to do that, although I didn’t cut back to the point where I feel that I’m getting enough rest, enough alone time, enough leisure time.

So it will be the same resolution for 2013. This is the kind of resolution it’s a pleasure to make. I look toward the new year not with the dread of having a thousand commitments, but the anticipation of having more time to do right by the commitments I’ve already made.

It’s the kind of resolution that requires me to say “no” a lot. Which is not always easy to say.

I don’t say “no” to everything, though. I’m not entering a hermit cave. Some of what I drop is replaced by newer things: opportunities I’ve worked for, things I’ve always wanted to try. Like almost everyone else I know, I’m seeking that ever-elusive balance.

Happy New Year.


  1. I'm with you on seeking balance! I'm now making myself turn my computers off each evening so that I can keep up on my READING at night. (Even writing my own work and reading what's out there requires balance...)

  2. I am totally with you on this as well. Balance is the ever elusive dream that I'm chasing! Here's hoping we find more of it in 2013!

    1. I don't know that we ever achieve it, because life keeps changing on us, but I do know I was less frazzled in 2012 than in 2011. So that's something. :-) Happy Balance Quest!

  3. Learning to say NO. That really has to be my one and only resolution this year.


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