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Gabriella van Rij, writing her New Year thoughts
Dec 30, 2018

My New Year Thoughts

Are we putting too much expectations on the New Year and what it can bring us?

Yes, we do, as often our habits do not change just because the calendar moves forward…

If we tell our family and friends our New Year’s resolutions, we will be held accountable, for example, the common ones; losing weight, more exercise, etc. However, according to U.S. News, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February, so the odds are still against us.

My friends usually tell me that they have broken their resolution by the end of the 1st week of the New Year. Funny enough, I have never set New Year’s resolutions as I believe you first need to change your own habits and need to want it enough to be able to sustain your resolution. To me, it is as silly as saying you will be better at cleaning once you have a new house.

So, what to do during these last few days of the Year?

We all reflect and look back at our journeys with a sigh, a smile, or both. My best advice is to continue to dream and hope for whatever you want to accomplish. It is your dream and nobody can take that from you, especially when you keep it close to your chest.

Whether it takes you several years or 1 month to accomplish it, have fun while in the process. I, as an author, love to write on the first day of the New Year as I see the New Year as a blank piece of paper in a book where you write down your own path, dreams, and hopes.

At all times, you are in the driver’s seat, and don’t forget the moment you turn the page, whatever happened is over and a new blank one awaits…