KatieKatie Katie Parsons is the creator of Mumbling Mommy and is a freelance writer, editor and communications specialist. She works from her home office on the east coast of Florida. Most often she writes about life in a combined family of five children and what it's like being a work-from- home parent. You can contact her by emailing katie@mumblingmommy.com.
As the year comes to an end, I’m reminded of the age old
tradition of setting resolutions. Have you made one? Some of the most popular
examples are losing weight, quitting smoking, joining a gym, saving more money,
etc. 

A few years ago, rather than making a resolution, I began
participating in 101 Goals in 1001 Days.
I really liked the concept and I accomplished almost half my goals in the first
year. The problem though is that 1001 days is almost three years long. A lot
changes in three years. (Heck, in three years, I had two pregnancies, three
kids, quit my career of almost 10 years, completely changed job industries, and
now work from home!) 

A lot of the goals were simple or even silly things:
taking the girls to go strawberry picking for the first time, touring new parts
of our city, visiting family close by more often, etc. Then there were big
“resolution” type goals like saving up an emergency fund, paying off debt, and
remodeling things in the home.

So why can’t we make resolutions mid-year? Why do we wait
for the New Year? It’s easy to use this “fresh start,” especially when making a
major change and while I think it’s a noble idea to make a resolution, it
really only matters if you truly stick with it. A common belief is that it
takes 21 days to build or break a habit. Research now proves that this concept
was developed by self-help style therapies for simple, repetitive tasks. Major
lifestyle changes will take more than three weeks to make common for you. 
So before you jump on the New Year’s Resolution bandwagon,
think about the change you are really going to make. Make sure you have all the
necessary support, materials, time, energy, dedication, motivation, etc. If you
aren’t ready on January 1st, do not pressure yourself. Take the
fresh New Year, to wrap your mind around your wishes and resolve to change on
February 1st or March 1st or even April 13th
if that suits you better. As soon as you are committed to your change, do it! 
Over the next year, I’m going to blog about some major
changes I’ve been making and more to come using Day Zero Project’s 7 Things x 2013
and I’ll bring you along for my journey. Expect honesty (because when you make
a big change, some lapses are expected) and tips and tricks. 
Are you making a resolution? What kind of things are you
trying to change? I’d love to hear about them so we can go on this journey
together!
You can contact Heather by emailing her at heatherc@mumblingmommy.com.
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