Life Writing

A New Year, A New Resolve

Resolutions. People either love them or hate them. I’m not going to bother looking for research on the stats of what percentage of people keep the resolutions they set for a new year. Most, by now, seem to skip making resolutions and say “I don’t make them because I never keep them” or “I don’t make them because you shouldn’t wait until a specific day, you should just do it now!”

The first reason I’m not a fan of at all. You don’t bother making resolutions because you haven’t successfully kept them in the past? You failed repeatedly, so you’re not going to try and set goals at this time of the year? Why? I say get back on the horse, even if you’ve never kept a resolution. Maybe this year you will. Maybe this year I will.

The second reason is very valid. Why wait until New Year’s? There’s no need to do so. On the other hand, if someone just likes to do it, better they go with setting some goals for themselves than not doing it at all.

All that said, I’ll list two resolutions I have for 2011, knowing this will add a little bit of accountability and hoping that by December 31, 2011 I’m not wishing I hadn’t made these resolutions. I shouldn’t, really. I’m going to aim for success, knowing that if I somehow fail, at least I really tried.


To become more healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally.

To write daily, even if it’s only a few minutes. It could be here on the blog, or not.

That’s it. It’s out there. Wish me luck with my resolve.

By J. Parrish Lewis

J. Parrish Lewis was born and raised in Maryland. In his youth there, he and his brother had many adventures in the dogwood forests near his home. His nostalgia for these adventures has strongly influenced his characters, their relationships, and their perspective on the world they inhabit. He moved to California’s coast to earn his degree in communications and now lives with his family in the San Joaquin Valley. Lewis is profoundly deaf and uses American Sign Language to communicate. He enjoys hazelnut coffee, captioned movies, and walking his dog.

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