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Resolutions: How to Make the Most of Them

Updated on January 12, 2012

As this year comes to a close it is natural for people to reflect upon the past year's events and to consider how to make the coming year even better. I have never really been one to make New Year's Resolutions. I have always felt that to resolve at a certain time of the year to become a better person can be limiting and cause anxiety and pressure if you fall off the wagon. I live by the thought that each day is a day of renewal and if you don't succeed at your life improvements, tommorrow is a new day. In my opinion, any time is a good time to decide to improve ones life. Instead I like to think about the past year and consider all of the blessings that I have been given in my life and how I can continue to improve.


What are the blessings that have been bestowed upon you this year? As I reflect upon the year that has past, I consider all that I have to be grateful for. My family and I have had good health this year, I have been blessed with a job even if there are many things about my job that I would love to be different, I am surrounded by wonderful and loving friends and family who are both supportive and encouraging. So as you reflect upon the blessings in your life, make a list and think about how your life has improved this past year, even if in just the smallest way.

Charge for the Coming Year

As I think about what life changes I want to make, my first thought goes to my children. I think about what example I can set for them to become better people. One area that I would like to work on is giving to others. I have always donated and done some volunteer work when asked but this is an area that I would like to develop more. So one of my charges for this year is to become more active within my community and making volunteerism a family activity. So as the picture above asks, "How can I be a blessing to others today?" I will try to live my life this year thinking about how I can make an impact on the world around me, no matter how small that gesture may be. So what is your plan for this year?


There are many ways in which you can volunteer.

  • Ask your church and ask about opportunities through their organization.
  • Contact your local school and ask if you can read to a class or help out a teacher in some way.
  • Spend some time serving meals at a local soup kitchen.
  • Find out about delivering meals to the elderly and shut ins.

Don't forget to get your kids involved. Teaching children at a young age to participate in volunteerism is an important attribute that will take them far in their lives.


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    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      LOL no apologizes needed. It was an honest mistake and she is a great mom and I wouldn't mind having her as my sister either!

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      Taleb AlDris 

      7 years ago

      Sorry for the mistake. have a good day.

      Take care of your mom, I am sure that she is a great mom.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Taleb80, thank you for the very kind comments. I appreciate you reading my hubs and giving feedback. Actually Denise is my mom but I'm sure she'd love to hear that someone thinks that we are sisters! :)

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      Taleb AlDris 

      7 years ago

      Mrs. Cardelean

      Thank you for this great Hub.

      I agree with you every minute is an opportunity to succeed.

      I come to know you through your sister Mrs. Denise's Hub (A Circle Of Women).

      Be always together, hope a great days for all of you.

      I voted "Awesome" which you worth.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Michigan

      Danette: You are right, it can lead to job opportunities, something to definately keep in mind.

      Denise: Thanks for the welcome.

      Thanks for the feedback!

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Cardelean-I'm following you now. I voted this hub up for its positive message. Welcome to hubpages!

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      Danette Watt 

      7 years ago

      Cara, I enjoyed reading your hub and your reflections on 2010 as well as the example you want to set for your children in 2011.

      Volunteering is one of the best ways we can better our community and America as a whole. Volunteering can also lead to job opportunities as well.


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