The New Year’s Resolution Dilemma

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The New Year’s Resolution Dilemma

What’s your new year’s resolution? Did you set up specific goals such as walk 10,000 steps per day, drink 2 liters of water each day, read at least 3 books per month, or think of a way to develop more successful business? Or are your resolutions broader; like positive having attitude, spiritual growth, or better health?

This time of year, “New Year’s Resolution Ideas” type of articles are everywhere. If you are seeking for some inspirations, that’s a great way to get ideas. As the Korean old saying goes, imitation is the mother of creation. I certainly have many ideas that I built up, especially during the holiday time. Work and goals often get pushed off due to the holiday festivities and family gatherings. But I didn’t put them in the writing, yet.

It’s a quandary. The phrase “New Year’s Resolution” includes such an authority. It has the power to make us overthink. Honestly, how many New Year’s resolution lists actually have been completed? How many have not? There’s such a fine line between setting up too much or less, it intimidates us even thinking about it. Because we know it’s a powerful tool. It will push you to work hard when the list is crossed off or make you feel like a looser to see all the new and shiny entrees that are waiting to be finished. After all, the ‘list’ was what motivated me to pursue happiness instead of the life of a cubic farmer.


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I saw a new national chain gym in my neighborhood on the way to a birthday party on January 2nd. When I point out the fancy sign, Stephen said “It will be so crowded in January.” indicating those of who set up health, weight, and fitness for their new year’s resolution will be joining. We all have done it, right? I have to admit that I was one of them. When I started my new job back in 2009, I signed up at a gym thinking I could lose some weight and try to be a morning person. Like any other places, the package price for three months was a great deal. So I did it. There are many reasons I couldn’t pursue the gym. My work was a 45 minute commute from my house and the gym was another 15 minutes away. I worked late everyday it was hard to get up at 5:30am, and so on, but these were merely excuses. I just didn’t do it. That and many other goals I’ve set up over the years have not be completed. It left me a tiny scar because I simply don’t want to admit that I’m a quitter.

I don’t want to be a run-of-the-mill list maker. I don’t want to be one of those January gym-goers. We all want to be special, don’t we? I want to make a great list and achieve it. I want to create a list that I will cross off every single item at the end of the year or even earlier. End of the year was just too exciting time to think long and hard about goals, challenges, problems, plans, and such. Now I’m finally sitting down and going through all those things.

It’s like a vicious circle, isn’t it? Now we have to put ‘make a realistic new year’s resolution’ on our new year’s resolution list.

So I’m taking a little more time this year to make a realistic and achievable, but also challenging list that will push me hard.

What’s on your list this year?


#Image: Jeanee on Flickr

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for travel and storytelling. She traveled the world as an award-winning travel blogger and photographer, witnessing the everyday life of different cultures. Currently based in Anchorage, Alaska and exploring this amazing Last Frontier. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Instagram .


  1. Mary says:

    I skipped the usual New Year’s Resolutions this year and made an intention for 2016. I intend to focus on kindness: thinking about how to be kind as I go through my day. Kind to myself (hard), kind to people I meet (usually easy, except on the highways) and kind to animals (even the deer using my yard as a salad bar).

  2. Jub Bryant says:

    My resolution this year is to complete meditation for one complete calendar month sometime this year. I’m a frequent meditator but haven’t done so for a entire calendar month before. Time to give it a real go!

  3. Vanessa says:

    My resolutionr this year is to be more organized and take care of myself more.

  4. My New Year’s Resolution was to get more in touch with my feelings and my desires and I think this is enough to lead to very positive changes, so I’m excited about the year(s) ahead after that!
    Let’s all keep chasing our dreams and love one another!

  5. Arun Gunde says:

    My new years resolution last year was to quit smoking .which i did succesfully . If you have.important things to do , first you have to keep telling yourself that you can do it . Really wonderful writtings here . Got lot of inspirations !!

  6. Sagar Kole says:

    Hey Juno,
    Loved your article, but unfortunately I already ditched my resolution almost after a week 🙁
    Seriously trying hard to quit up smoking but not able to cope up with .
    Happy to hear from Arun that he has quit smoking.

  7. Will says:

    Can’t wait to save up enough money for a gym membership … can’t wait to crush it in there!

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