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New Year’s Resolutions

By Fredrica Syren:

Goodbye, 2013. You were filled with joy, and some ups and downs. Hello, 2014! I hope you will be a really good year.

calvin-hobbes-new-years-resolutionsThe new year is when many of us make resolutions — things we would like to achieve and/or to make better for ourselves. 40 to 45 percent of adults make one or more New Year’s resolutions each year. The most popular ones are to stop smoking, to lose weight and to decrease drinking. Sadly, 22 percent of these people will break their resolution after just one week. The reason for the failure might be that most people do not back their resolution with a good plan. I recommend that people get the help of friends and dear ones to keep their motivation level high.

I’m no better: I have made resolutions every year and failed, too. However, throughout the years I’ve learned to make resolutions that are easy to achieve. On New Year’s Eve, my husband and I would write in a notebook what we wanted to let go of from the previous year and what we wanted to achieve during the next. Usually, it was to practice yoga more, hike more, smile more, to travel more, and to make this happen together. I would like to call them goals instead of resolutions.

This year our daughter Bella wanted to make family and individual goals. She wrote them down on a piece of paper, then hung it on the fridge to keep reminding us.

This is the list:

  1. Bella will be nice to her brother Noah (I was blown away when she come up with this one and, so far, she has kept her promise!)
  2. We will work on yelling less Give more hugs and kisses
  3. Travel (to Paris, Spain, London, Switzerland and New York)
  4. Go out and play outside every day
  5. Buy fewer cans (again one of Bella’s brilliant ideas)
  6. See more of Sweden
  7. Dance to one song every day

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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