Resolution or Improvement: You Decide

Resolution.  Definition:  a firm decision to do or not do something.

Improve.  Definition:  make or become better.

Last night (at this point, last night was 3 days ago) I wrote a few things down as resolutions for this new year, most of which I had written down at the start of 2018, and didn’t even bother with in 2019.  There’s the obvious lose weight or exercise more, be more organized, etc.  But as I was writing, I started thinking about my day to day routine and what I could do to improve my life one day at a time or maybe even help improve someone else’s day.

So many times , I get up (late most of the time) and am just blah about going to work, and then by the time I get there (late) I’m already frustrated.  One look at the piles of papers and I’m overwhelmed, which leads to more frustration.  I find myself just having a bad attitude.  Ouch!  Not what one likes to think about themselves.  It’s true though! Someone will compliment me, and instead of just receiving the compliment and being thankful, I’ll come back with “it could’ve been better”, or “well thanks, but….”  Gah!  Why do we do that?  Just say thank you!

Which leads me to one of the things I wrote down last night….pass out at least one compliment daily.  Be it at home, at work, out for lunch, wherever.  Do you know how many times I see someone wearing something I like, or I see someone do something nice, or a co-worker does a really great job on something and I just keep my mouth shut?  Why??  Maybe because I know how I react to compliments, maybe because I tend to be reserved…whatever the reason, it is my hope that this year I improve my attitude, pass out the compliments, and in doing so maybe improve someone else’s day.

So, for me, that’s what 2020 is going to look like: improving.  Rather than making resolutions that I’m bound to fail at, I’m going to work on improving one minute ( to work earlier) , one pile of papers, one workout, one blog post, one compliment at a time.

What about you?  Is there anything you hope to improve on in 2020?  Maybe you could join me in giving out daily compliments.  Imagine how many days we could improve if we all speak up when we see something we like or to recognize a job well done.

Coworker Christmas Gifts


Do you usually give presents to all your coworkers?  Or more specifically the ones that you work most closely with?  We usually do, and I struggle every year trying to figure out what to get without breaking the bank and still having it be something they will enjoy.  Here are a few things I have received over the years, and I use them all.

Spove Polka Dot Flip Flop Design Manicure Kit (Set of 6 Kits)

I carry this one in my purse every day.  I actually liked it so much I ended up buying for stocking stuffers as well.  It has come in handy a time or two….maybe even to open a mayo packet that was impossible! (Don’t worry I hadn’t used the scissors on anything else)

Coffee Mug Cozy Oatmeal

Grey and Mint Heart Cup Cozy Coffee Sleeve

I have one very similar to the oatmeal one.  I use it on weekends when I can take a little longer and enjoy my cappuccino.

RoyAroma 2PCS 30mm Car Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Stainless Steel Locket Air Freshener with Vent Clip 12 Felt Pads

I must admit I have not actually used this one yet, although I do own it and keep intending to.  I love the idea of it since I use some essential oils anyway.

Wrapables Unisex-Adults Plaid Print Infinity Scarf, red/Green, One Size

And if all else fails, who doesn’t like a scarf?

These would also work well for teachers, babysitters, neighbors.