Joanna Anastasia

New Year

Resolutions and reflections for a mindful start of the year

resolutions and reflections for a mindful start of the year

The New Year, a magical time when we make our resolutions – aka we indulge in a lot of wishful thinking! We plan to diametrically change our habits and our lives, only to feel defeated and down after two weeks- when all of our resolutions fade and the real life, with our old habits kicks in.

There’s also a way of trying to change everything magically, by choosing one world and sticking to it – my only concern is that it’s a bit vague, and in the end doesn’t indicate a plan and might not be very helpful in mindful retrospection.

That’s why I was looking for something better, not necessary a 300 page long self-help book, but rather a set of mental exercises to sit and think and reflect on the life that we live. As in: is this where I really want it to be? What can I really change? How can I do it? What am I thankful for?

So I made these printable worksheets, 8 pages of 16 questions to reflect in total – with the goal of a mindful start of the year. Without the unrealistic resolutions and without guilt. Rather, with the sense of guidance and a meaning.

I have printed mine, for me, and for my hubby, and I hope that they can help you start your year better, as they did help us.

resolutions and reflections for a mindful start of the year

resolutions and reflections for a mindful start of the year

And since I believe in letting go of some things to let in the new, these worksheets are also about that: the change, the realistic change and the baby steps.

You can upload them here.

And once you’ll print them, give yourself a calm moment to fill them in. Don’t over think the questions, as it’s usually the first spontaneous answer that are true to what you really feel and think.

8 pages of free printable resolutions and reflections for a mindful start of the year

And remember, every change you wish to see in your life, even the biggest one, starts with a though. You need to let yourself imagine and dream. So be intentional, and make things happen! But also, it’s fine to be content and happy in the calm simple life. You don’t need to change the world to be happy. Just do you. 


8 pages of free printable resolutions and reflections for a mindful start of the year

Realistic New Years resolutions

Realistic New Years resolutions

I don’t know how about you, but every year I have this impressing list of New Years resolutions. And usually I ditch them all after a week or so. Last year I was pregnant and still naive. I hoped that being a grown-up that I was then (expecting my second baby here!) I’ll be able to fix my life for good.

On top of my list was eating really healthy, like quinoa twice a week and no frozen pizza. Ever. And I was supposed to feed my new baby exclusively with fresh and organic hand made baby food. Actually I was supposed to start a vegetable garden !

I was also supposed to start exercising. I think my plan was to prepare myself for the summer marathon, with a baby in a stroller ( hahaha!) because you know, if you really want it, you can do it, right?

Also, I was supposed to find time and place, and paint huge paintings. At home, with babies. Yes, take out all my painting gear and finally become the artist I was supposed to be. I was also supposed to read as much as I used to before kids ( haha!).

There where other unrealistic resolutions on my list, but as I said, after a week I ditched my list, so I can’t even remember them now.

And at this point, I realize that I just need to make realistic New Years resolutions. Not even half, but like 10% of what I used to. Here it is :

1. Stop with the mommy guilt.
That wasn’t on my last years resolution list, but it should have been. There is always something that I feel I could do better for my kids, but actually I’m already doing the best I can. So adding guilt on top of it doesn’t make any sense.

2. Eat healthier once a week.
Next to my vegetarian Fridays, I’m adding healthy and new recipe Wednesday. We’ll see how it goes.

3. Plant one tomato plant.
That should be a good start of our vegetable garden.

4. Do yoga with YouTube twice a week.
Or once. At home, in my pyjamas. That seems realistic enough :).

5. Find time for yourself. Once a month.
Let’s say, every fourth Saturday morning for an hour or two. And when you’re a SAHM , than it means no kids around. And maybe, just maybe I’ll be able to paint one or two tiny watercolours this year. That’s sounds realistic, doesn’t it ?

6. Go to sleep earlier.
And read before falling a sleep, like I used to. Maybe one book a season ? Ok, two a year ?

7. Follow my own parenting advice, and read one book a day to my kids.
It may be difficult on Wednesdays when I’m supposed to cook a new healthy meal, so maybe I’ll read one book a day except for Wednesdays..

8. Have more fun with kids, lough and be silly.
It may be the most important one!

9. Say: I’m grateful.
If we verbalize it, we realize it, so instead of saying what I need I’ll try to acknowledge more what I already have.

10. Live in the present.
Instead of photographing my kids playing in the snow, I promise to myself, to be playing with them ( see number 8).

This is it, I think it’s realistic enough :). I’ll revise it in a month or two. I can always ditch healthy Wednesdays ;).

And you, would you relate with any of these ?