Hi kids! I know it’s a little early to be talking about New Year’s Resolutions. I mean at this point, I am just resolving to, please God, make it to the next year without dying or committing a homicide. But I am bringing up New Year’s resolutions at this time for a few important reasons:
1. I wish to forestall panic. One problem about waiting until New Year’s day to start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions is that the self-help marketing machine fires up in full force around midnight on December 25. And this “self-help” marketing machine is fueled completely by post-holiday panic. Your Yule dinner won’t even be digested before tons of advertising hits trying to convince you that you are a BAD PERSON for having eaten it in the first place, and that you should start to feel massive amounts of panic this very second! I say forewarned is forearmed. (Wow, forearmed is a really weird word when you see it written down. Does it mean you are prepared with weaponry or simply that you have body parts between your elbows and your wrists? But I digress…) So I want you to think ahead of time about how you are going to cope with this marketing onslaught. I don’t want you to be caught unprepared.
2. You might want to plan a media diet. By and large I don’t believe in diets. But from time to time I do recommend a “media diet”. I don’t usually consume a lot of television or magazines, but I am especially careful to avoid TV or glossy magazines any time between December 25 and January 31. It seems that during this time, all any magazines and TV shows can talk about is your need to lose weight in the coming year. I mean it’s ALL they can talk about. It makes me crazy. And internet ads can be equally crazy-making (although usually a little easier to ignore). So for the month of January, I drastically cut down on my media consumption, and am careful to spit out any media that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
3. Let there be peace on earth and let it begin in me. With apologies to the songs about St. Francis, I think that peace on earth begins within our hearts and between our own ears. I think that a more peaceful world is an awesome plan for 2014. But I think peace on earth becomes a lot easier when we feel peace in our own skins. So, I’d like to suggest that we approach 2014 with a plan to take care of ourselves from a place of love not hurt and a place of peace without panic. Which leads me to the fact that:
4. I’ve got a cool project idea, and I’d like your help. Last year, I posted a New Year’s resolutions video. Here it is:
THIS year, I’d like to post a resolutions video with YOUR resolutions. But in order to do this, I need your help. I need you to send photos of yourself along with a resolution that I can put into this year’s video. I’d like to post the video by January 1, so I’ll need a little lead time. So I’m asking you to email your photo along with a very short answer (like 1 to 5 words) to fill in this blank:
“This year I resolve to _____________________________”
Send your photos and resolutions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s to a 2014 filled with light, laughter and body love for all.
Love, Jeanette DePatie, AKA The Fat Chick