New Year’s Resolutions: Run for the Bunny Hills

I think the reason we often do not succeed in accomplishing our New Year’s resolutions is because we are asking ourselves to do the hard stuff. We are pushing ourselves to climb the mountain, often before we have even attempted a hill. I say let’s just go for the little bunny hills. Come along.

Why not ask yourself to do things that aren’t altogether bad for you, but might make for an all around happier and healthier you? What you need is to get in touch with your inner child. This will make it all possible. You’ll feel lighter, more playful, and less encumbered. You’ll be rolling down hills, licking lollipops, and feeling the sand between your toes in no time.

Let me demonstrate with a proper, well thought-out list:

  1. Eat and drink whatever you want, so long as you are body positive. Don’t waste your energy counting calories and performing in endless fitness classes. Why not buy a pair of roller skates and skate around your block? Don’t have a block? Just find the nearest paved open space. When you return home, demand snacks and drinks. Then just laze about.
  2. While you’re lazing about, watch movies. Let me qualify this. They need to be adult movies. No, that’s not the kind I meant. The kind that has talking in them, you know, dialogue. Although come to think on it, it is strange that we sit around and watch other people talk. Maybe you’d like some FX action. Mine would have talking, but you watch what you like.
  3. But maybe what you really crave is to talk to someone face to face. You may want to actually spend time with your friends. This is a good idea. While spending quality time with your friends, lose complete track of time. In fact, just forget how to tell time altogether. Once the time is gone, you won’t be needing it back. You’ll be creating memories.
  4. Read more books. Everyone could do this one, unless you are one of the chosen who gets to read books 24/7.Β  In fact, laze about some more, and read two books, or how about every book you want to read. Read it twice.

You don’t think you have enough time for all this? Why don’t you just do more of everything faster, and while you’re at it, do it better. Do less with more. Just do it better. And, work harder…Got it? Jump higher….Oh, I digressed. Sigh.

Not only is this bunny fast, he's a good jumper
Not only is this bunny fast, he’s a good jumper.

I bet you’re exhausted now. Why not just call it a day? Don’t you have get more sleep on your list? You might achieve something after all. Just climb into your covers.

But don’t worry. You don’t have to be a bunny to jump over a bunny hill. That bunny hill will be there tomorrow. It ain’t going anywhere.

So, will I make any resolutions for myself? No, but I may really try for the bunny hills.

Happy New Year! I hope 2013 is everything you want it to be.

photo credit: -Porsupah- via photopin cc

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61 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions: Run for the Bunny Hills

  1. This is the perfect list! I am going to start a whole day early by having a nap and picking out more books to read. I had a couple of hours to myself the other day and went to a movie too; what a treat, instead of wandering around wasting time.
    Happy New Year to you! I hope 2013 is full of amazing bunny hills.

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    1. Thanks, Jen! I just think those little things that make up the day the day. If we don’t seize the moments, they pass us by. I so happy you got a nap and are picking out more books. Yay! Happy New Year, Jen! Enjoy the bunny hills. I think they’re more satisfying.

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  2. Happy New Year, Amy! That’s a great list. Of that, I want to read more books, perhaps one a week, if I can. My resolution is to be more robotic, which is as true as you saying you want to watch more adult movies ;). What I mean is, I want to be more efficient and waste less time doing meaningless stuff. Do more with less, as you said.

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    1. Happy New Year, David! I know it’s a short list…I’m just going a few things that just maybe I can handle. Wow, a book a week would be quite an accomplishment. But anyone The Lord of the Rings in three languages (right?… it probably will be a piece of cake for you. You do meaningless stuff so long as it makes you happy. I just think we push so much to be efficient, push more, do more, that we don’t do the little things we really need to do. Just my take. Whatever you do, be happy doing it πŸ™‚

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      1. Well, you can be too efficient, but I often do meaningless things when it doesn’t make me happy. In any case, it just turned 2013 here, so I think I’m off to bed to get a good start on the year. Have a great day there!

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      2. Already?! Wow!! Really, Happy New Year, then! I guess so. How strange. This has never happened to me before where I get to wish someone a New Year so far away. Have a great one, David! Get some rest.

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  3. Aww… I love the bunny hill idea. We’re so hard on ourselves. I think there’s real value in reverting back to our inner child. Great advice, Amy. Very healthy and soul satisfying.
    I hope you have a beautiful New Year filled with sweet bunny hills and soft kind people. πŸ™‚
    Cheers!
    Lisa
    PS – that little fella is just precious.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. I know, isn’t he cute? I do wish I could run and jump like that πŸ™‚ I think my message may have confused people, but I know you got it. Yes! We are too hard on ourselves. I think we just need to get back to basics, enjoy the very small things. Have yourself a wonderful New Year, too, with sweet bunny hills. Cheers!
      Amy

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  4. I agree completely. Why do we punish and deny ourselves the lovely space of visits and reading and movies? The inner child plays to learn and raise self-esteem. They are not busy acting busy to prove their worth. Thoughtful kind caring choices like menu and blog post planning allow more time for play. That’s the good parent supporting the inner child.
    New WP theme is good Chiquita!
    Happy New Year!!!!.
    Love,
    Shalagh
    PS My past New Years resolutions have included more cooking with booze.

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    1. Happy New Year, Shalagh! I hope you can hear the calls of your inner child. I’m going for the small things this year, even though the mountains may be there staring at me. But yes, exactly. There’s no point in denying ourselves the simple things in life that may be more meaningful. I like your last year’s resolution. That sounds fun. πŸ™‚

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  5. Let this New Year be the one, where all your dreams come true, so with a joyful heart, put a start to this year anew. Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year 2013.

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  6. Oh, I like the read more books one. I may have to aspire to that. Though I read everyday, I don’t get to read for as long as I’d like.

    Love your blog’s new look! Happy New Year. πŸ™‚

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  7. Amy,
    I loved this post. The bunny hills (or in my case as an avid skier, the bunny slopes) is a great analogy. It just doesn’t always have to be hard! I’m picking out some new books to read, deciding on movies to watch and spending more time in gentle creativity this next year. Thanks for the reminders. Happy New Year to you!
    Cathy

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    1. Thanks, Cathy. Yes, the bunny slopes. I imagine you’re really good at those! I’m going to focus on the simple things. I tend to get away from that sometimes. Have fun with those books, movies, and gentle creativity (I like). Happy New Year, Cathy!
      Amy

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  8. Whoa! That’s some big-air, bunny (I think s/he is ready to star in an action movie or two)!
    Sounds like some great advice, B.F… especially the nap, part! Wait, there was a part about more sleep, right?! But seriously, I hope you and your family have a very, very happy new year!!!
    πŸ™‚

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    1. Ha ha. I know isn’t s/he flying?! S/he could star in a movie or two. Did you ever see Skyfall? I didn’t even see it! Certainly, you can add to a nap to your list. This was just my list πŸ™‚ I’m going to add napping now. Thanks, SIG. You, too! Happy, happier, and happiest New Year ever!!

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      1. You know what’s sad? I still haven’t seen Skyfall! I always tell myself I’m going to wait until a movie is available in/on Redbox, and then I spend the next year complaining about how I missed it! IS IT AVAILABLE YET?!
        πŸ™‚

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      2. Well, SIG, seeing as it’s still in the theater I’d say a big No on that. I’d like to see it in the theater. It’s supposed one of the best Bond films ever! That can be your New Year’s resolution if you don’t have one. πŸ™‚

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  9. i’d like more sleep.. what is the secret? Happy New years to you and yours as well. love the new theme. Books and lazing about ahhhh heavenly

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    1. Oh, good! Go for the bunny hills. They won’t disappoint. I forgot to mention in my last message to you that it’s cool you kept going with the blogging. It nice to have something feel so satisfying. Good for you.

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      1. Thanks I appreciate that. I’m gonna add you to the blogroll, if you’re cool with that. You’re cool, and a good writer. Definitely worth mentioning.

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  10. I’ve always been resolutionless … Happy New Year … and my 2013 bring good things to you and all your Bumbles. … PS: Woo hoo! The fact that I’m making some sounds is a sign that I’m catching up!

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      1. Agreed! A few years ago, I resolved to eat an ounce of dark chocolate daily, drink red wine weekly, and have three O’s a week… very easy to keep πŸ˜‰

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  11. You changed your blog. I was all like: This isn’t Amy’s blog. But your avatar was there. Love the new format.
    I agree, I set goals/resolutions but they are things I want to work towards and they change monthly at times even weekly.

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    1. Thanks, I took a leap of faith and changed my blog. I actually did not like my last look much at all. I’m glad you like it! I like your approach, Mari. It’s good to be flexible in our outlooks. Happy New Year!

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      1. I’m glad you took a chance it looks good. Now is the best time to do it! Right.
        I think I make new month goals…every month. Sometimes every couple of weeks. πŸ˜€

        Happy New Year to you too, Here’s to the best most blessed year yet. :CHEERS:

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  12. That’s a really wonderful list. And I like your advice about getting in touch with our inner child – best idea ever. I hope this year is wonderful for you! =]

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