Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions, Denver-Style

New Year's resolutions Denver styleI am a list-maker. I’m one of those weird creatures who feels compelled to constantly write things down. I have notepads, both hard copy and electronic, filled with to-do lists, dinner plans, life goals, travel destinations, packing lists, personal mantras, gift ideas, and seemingly random thoughts and notions organized just so. I get really excited about things like a brand spanking new planner just waiting for me to fill it up with my scribblings. I have finally stopped leaving post-it notes all over the house (you’re welcome, Husband), but I still fill up notebooks and my phone with my constant list-making.

Yet I’ve never actually made a New Year’s resolution list. I’m not sure why exactly, but I think it has something to do with the fact that, outside of my daily to-do lists, most of my lists are aspirational—more thought than action. I like the dreamy woolgathering aspect; not so much the hard work of the implementation phase.

According to Statistic Brain Research Institute, only 8% of people successfully achieve their resolution, and about one-third of resolution-makers will have given up by the two-week mark, basically by now. I get that. Personally, without a little accountability I tend to have a harder time following through on my intentions. And, I do have intentions. I might not make an annual resolution list, but I do have an ongoing list that could be entitled something like “Life Resolutions.” It’s basically a bucket list, filled with all of those things I hope to accomplish one day, or to finally incorporate into my regular routine: learn to sew, visit Buenos Aires, go to yoga twice a week, start a blog (hey, I finally got one!).

A funny thing about my Life Resolutions list…turns out I’m not so original. Many of my goals align quite well with some of the more common New Year’s resolutions. That’s why I was glad to discover that there are a number of great local Denver resources that can help you (or, rather, me) stick it out and meet our collective goals…whether it be this month or, you know, sometime later this year.

Aspirations, meet action…

Resolution #1: Get in shape

I’ve never aimed to be a gym rat or one of those hard-core runners who is out in all manners of weather. I admire them, but I know that I will never join their ranks. Yoga has always been my exercise of choice. I like that you are not supposed to compete in yoga. I don’t even try to graduate to the more strenuous yoga classes. I’ve happily attended level 1 intro classes off and on for about two decades now. And, sure I could practice at home, but I enjoy the accountability that comes with going to a class. But these days the unpredictability of my kids, especially the littlest guy, means I can’t count on attending a class with any regularity. That’s why I was very intrigued to learn about Class Pass. For $99/month, you get unlimited access to more than 50 studios in the metro Denver area, including yoga, barre, pilates, spin and bootcamp. For me, more options means a better chance of actually getting to a class.

Resolution #2: Get organized

Sometimes I feel like I am constantly organizing my house, my family, my life then my house again. No matter the amount of purging I do, it seems there is always so much more to do. I’m guessing that’s because I am too close to the situation, too emotionally invested, to ever make much progress. In these cases it makes a lot of sense to call in an outsider. Denver has a number of local professionals who offer organization and personal assistance services to help you get ahead: Call Kate, HandyGirl Concierge, and Just Be Assistants are all highly rated by their clients, and offer everything from professional organizing and party-planning to errand-running and gardening. (Check each site for their individual menus of service.)

Resolution #3: Learn something new

For years I’ve been saying that I want to learn to sew. I even have a sewing machine and have spent an afternoon or two feeling inspired by the fun fabrics and textiles at Fancy Tiger. Alas, I have yet to learn how to work that sewing machine. And when a button falls off my clothes, it pretty much stays that way. I have toyed with taking a class, even picking up schedules from time to time, but, again, that time commitment can be tough. But I’ve recently discovered some local resources that can quell the “I-don’t-have-time” objections of even the busiest mama.

Craftsy, a Colorado-based company offers online classes that you can download and watch at your own pace and at any time you want. Classes range from sewing, paper crafts, and yarn arts to photography, cooking, and woodworking.

Another fantastic option for those of us who are pressed for time is the Art Students League of Denver’s Moxie U and Moxie Mobile. Billed as “brief, low-cost lectures, seminars and hands-on art experiences led by experts,” Moxie’s selection of classes is vast and varied, ranging from the more traditional drawing, painting, and pottery to the slightly more tantalizing: How Sh*t Gets Made creative tours and Quick and Dirty Sewing for the Newbie.

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Are you keeping up your New Year’s resolutions?

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