Old Year Resolutions

28 Dec

The New Year has become associated with new beginnings. We wipe the slate clean and give ourselves another chance. The New Year is the first day of the rest of our life. We write New Year’s Resolutions in order to take the positive with us into the New Year. Yet we often forget about leaving the negative behind.

In these last few days of 2011, think about what you do not want to take into 2012. Use these last few days to prepare yourself for a fresh start.

Here is a list of the things that I would like to do before 2012, in order to start the year with good energy and positivity:

Clean my home

Leaving behind: mess and dirt.

I would like my home to be tidy and clean for the New Year.

Bringing in: cleanliness, openness, light.


Sort out my papers

Leaving behind: mess, disorganisation and disorientation.

Paper is my weakness. Leaflets, flyers, receipts, notes, bills, lists….these are the things that stack up in all corners of my house. They create a mess in my home and a mess in my mind. I would like to sort these out, by throwing away anything I do not need and by putting the rest into folders.

Bringing in: organisation.


A new wardrobe

Leaving behind: the habit of hoarding clothes, settling for clothes that look less than great, and feeling guilty about buying new clothes.

I would like to sort out my wardrobe, in order to get rid of clothes that I no longer like or those that do not flatter me. This will give me space for new clothes and it will give me the opportunity to choose clothes that I love and those in which I feel good.

Bringing in: respect and love for self, confidence, beauty.


Friends Only

Leaving behind: unnecessary relationships

Letting go of: past ties that no longer serve me.

I would like to sort out my address book/contact list, leaving only close friends. I have telephone numbers, addresses and e-mails belonging to people who I have not contacted for years and who I am unlikely to contact in the near future. This contact information takes up space and energy in my mind, as I am always thinking about contacting the various people on my list. I would like to limit my contact list to only the people that are dear to me.

Bringing in: love, honesty, friendship, peace, time.


Give Plants Life

Leaving behind: dead energy, and the lack of care for living things.

In the past few months I have completely abandoned the plants on my balcony. There is not enough daylight or enough warmth for me to spend as much time as I used to taking care of my plants. My balcony is not looking its best, with empty pots and dead flowers. I would like to take care of the plants on my balcony, to prepare them for a year full of life.

Bringing in: responsibility, simplicity.


Inbox Clear-Out

Leaving behind: information overload, all unnecessary gadgets that make me lose time and energy, and the obsession of always having to be available for communication.

I have five email addresses. One for friends, one for work, one for subscriptions, one for official correspondence and one for my blog. Despite putting up filters and unsubscribing from every newsletter, I still receive junk mail. What’s worse, I have emails stored from years back and have to check all five email accounts regularly. My head is starting to explode from this overload of information and this waste of time.

I would like to create one email address that I use for all correspondence. I would like to sort out all of my old emails and start with a clean, fresh inbox.

Bringing in: simplicity, calm, peace.

12 Responses to “Old Year Resolutions”

  1. nrhatch 28/12/2011 at 19:25 #

    Good thoughts. Clearning out clutter creates space for what matters!

  2. pattisj 28/12/2011 at 20:53 #

    Great goals. Several of them would serve me well. I’d like to ditch some of the clothes, too, but it’s so hard to find things that fit and flatter. And to start the year with a clean house…I’d give anything for that!

    • l0ve0utl0ud 29/12/2011 at 18:23 #

      Good luck with starting the year exactly as you wish it.

  3. Savy 29/12/2011 at 11:29 #

    You have said it well… Leaving behind what holds us back and moving forward allowing for fluidity…

    • l0ve0utl0ud 29/12/2011 at 18:22 #

      Exactly. Just like autumn gets rid of the old to make space for spring, so we too need to do the same.

  4. Lisa 30/12/2011 at 21:43 #

    What an inspiring list! The photos are chosen perfectly. I can relate to everything you wrote, especially the inbox issue. What I did recently was to create a 2011 archive folder and put the 2000+ message from my inbox in that, so that each day I can now clean out my inbox by sorting new messages into specific subject folders. That’s my clean slate for 2012. I still have the “mess” in the archive folder, but I realized there was no way I would get around to sorting through them all.

    • l0ve0utl0ud 02/01/2012 at 12:50 #

      That’s an excellent idea! Putting the old into one folder in order to be able to deal with the new. I may do the same 🙂

  5. SaraPey 30/12/2011 at 22:10 #

    It’s funny, I just wrote about new resolutions as well, I guess it’s on everyone’s minds. But at least we take the time to think about our lives and to make changes. I hope you achieve all your goals this year, and wish you all the best 🙂

    • l0ve0utl0ud 02/01/2012 at 12:51 #

      Thank you very much! I hope the New Year brings you all the positive things that you wish for yourself.


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