Writing about New Year’s resolutions is so yesterday.
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I bet it WAS just yesterday when you resolved to lose the 5, 10, or 20 pounds you’ve gained over the last year. Maybe you are promising to go to the gym three times a week; then you’ll run three miles a day. Quit swearing. Start learning a new language. Book the trip to Paris you’ve been wanting to take. The list is endless and differs from person to person. They all seem easy enough. Just one little hitch: you have to START. BEGIN. COMMENCE, just like the new year. As Nike says: “Just do it.”
Personally, I know what I’m going have to do. I’m going to change it up and focus on resolving to simplify and abound.
I am going to start by de-cluttering my office. Touch a piece of paper once, and dispose or file. Better yet, try to lose the paper and use the cloud.
When I have a dinner party, I am not going to prepare my signature 5 course Bobby Flay meal, which requires shopping at 4 designer food stores and many hours of prep. I love doing it, but isn’t a Tex Mex party featuring Ina Garten’s 30 minute chili just as fun for getting people together?
Lastly, I am going to just say no more often to technology: to opening up my Facebook page whenever I want to sneak a peek, to answering my emails like an internet ninja, to texting like a banshee the moment I hear the ding of my smartphone. I know that those distractions will simplfy my life. For sure.
As for abounding (root word for abundance), Merriam Webster defines abound as: to be present in large numbers or in great quantity; to be prevalent. Yeah, that’s what I want. I want to have an abundance of love, hope, family, friends, clients and good will. I’ve decided that if I simplify my business and my life, then I will prevail and 2015 will be abundant.
Happy New Year!