Many of us make them at the turn of each new year.  Yet very few seem to accomplish what they set out to do in each new year.  I’m in the “very few” group, having committed to resolutions year after year only to throw them away shortly after the new year begins.   Yet I also seem to grip the old adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.”

So here I sit on Day 2 of 2017 thinking of all the accomplishments I would like to make in 2017.

Resolutions are the firm decision to do or not do something.  I think the problem I’ve had in the past is that my decisions are not firm.  Without a deep resolve to accomplish what one sets out to do, resolutions are unattainable.  So whatever I decide to do, I need to have that deep, unwavering commitment to get it done.

So what can I do in 2017?  I certainly have a long list of things I should try to accomplish in 2017.

What commitment(s) can I make to myself that will bring about positive change?  I have some ideas.

Is there any resolution I can make that will be attainable?  Good question.

Am I able to tackle any resolution with unwavering commitment?  Another good question, but I think there is.

Since I’m not a quitter, here are my resolutions for 2017.

#1 – Lose weight

#2 – Make healthier food choices

#3 – Less screen time

#4 – Finish painting the interior of the house

#5 – Cruise more

#6 – Read more books on my ever-growing reading list

#7 – Organize cupboards

#8 – Set aside more time for family activities

#9 – Go on more cruises

#10 – Create a small space vegetable garden

#11 – Find and prepare at least two new meals per month

#12 – Spend more time cruising

#13 – Organize closets

#14 – Schedule more cruises

#15 – Clean and organize the garage

#16 – Put more physical activity into my life

#17 – Cruise

Putting resolutions in print can certainly give a person some clarity.


I think cruising could really help me accomplish my New Year’s Resolutions for 2017.

Now hear me out, because I think I just might be on to something.

When we cruise, we don’t spend the extra money to connect to the internet.  This means I’m spending less time sitting in front of a computer screen.  That takes care of Resolution #3.

While sitting on deck in complete relaxation, – warm sun on my face, sounds of the ocean, feel of the warm breeze, smell of the salty sea and the sights of the beautiful ocean spreading out for miles – I will have the time needed to do more reading.  Resolution #6 accomplished.

Obviously, I would take hubby and the girls with me which means more family activity time.  Resolution #8 accomplished.

Walking around the ship and at each port means I’ve added more physical activity in my life.  Resolution #16 done.

As I’m packing for our cruises, it will force me to clean and organize the closets.  I could cross Resolution #13 off my list.

Cruising also means I can accomplish Resolution #’s 5, 9, 12, 14 & 17.

I would like to think that cruising will also help me accomplish Resolutions #1 & 2.  Afterall, the additional physical activity would help me shed some extra pounds and cruise ships offer plenty of healthy food choices.

Because I’ll be so rested from cruising, I’ll have the energy needed to accomplish Resolution #’s 4, 7, 10, 11 & 15.

Yes, I think I may have finally figured out how to set and accomplish all my New Year’s resolutions.

Happy 2017 to me!!!!



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