I’m running through a snowy wood. It’s 32 degrees outside but sunny, and I feel free because it’s winter and I’m outside. Running outdoors in winter is one of my New Year’s Resolutions from 2013, but it took me an entire year to get moving. Now that I’m doing it, I feel the best I’ve ever felt in any December I can remember.
Trying something new is reinvigorating. A friend of mine learned how to ride a bicycle a couple of years ago — she’d never owned a bike growing up. The mother of another friend went back to college at the age of 50 to finish her degree. I know someone else, a mother, who quit her high power finance job to start her own marketing business — and she’s thriving.
It’s human nature to resist change. Many of us get comfortable in our little worlds — Am I the only one that buys the same vegetables at the grocery store every week? (I recently forced myself to buy rainbow chard. After sautéing it in garlic and olive oil, I’ve got a new favorite leafy green.) So rather than thinking about New Years Resolutions as things you want to do differently, think of new things you want to try or make or do. Make a list, and then spend the year ticking them off. Because taking risks and doing new things is what makes life interesting, and worth living. Here are three things I want to try in 2014. Don’t laugh.
My husband and I love to go hiking in winter when the trees are covered in snow, but often the trails are too icy. I want to rent a pair of snowshoes from REI in Yonkers in advance of the next snowstorm and explore the winter woods.
2. Learn how to reupholster a chair.
I love the idea of being able to sew new covers or cushions for tired old pieces of furniture. It would enable me to give so much of my old furniture a face lift. I haven’t found a local place that offers classes, so I may have to watch some videos and give it a try.
3. Plant a butterfly garden.
I love the purply delicate blooms of the butterfly bush. I’m determined to find a sunny enough place in my yard to grow a big one. The smell is incredibly fragrant, and it attracts butterflies — love!
What new thing do you want to try this year?