New Year's Resolutions

“Ring out the old, ring in the new. Ring happy bells across the snow. The year is going, let him go. Ring out the false and ring in the true.” -Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The practice of New Year's Resolutions dates back to early Roman times when Janus, a mythical king was situated at the head of the calendar. The primary month of the year was named after Janus, known as the god of beginnings and also the guardian of entryways. Janus was always portrayed with two faces, on the front of his head and also on the back. Therefore, he was able to look backward and forward at the same time. At midnight on December 31, the Romans imagined Janus looking back at the old year and forward to the new. It was around this time that New Year’s Resolutions began, mostly made in moral regard to be good to others.

To this day, the end of the old year and the start of the New Year is a time for reflection and oftentimes thinking about what might come in the New Year and what we could do to improve our lifestyle. ‘Tis a time for dreaming; of possibilities and hopes for the New Year and for making resolutions. Some of the more popular resolutions include:


  • Limiting Alcohol Intake

  • Quitting Smoking

  • Losing Weight

  • Making Healthier Food Choices

  • Working Fitness Into Your Lifestyle

  • Getting More Sleep

  • Saving Money

  • Managing Debt

  • Volunteering or Helping Others

  • Getting Organized

  • Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling

  • Learning Something New

  • Getting a Better Education

  • Finding a Better Job

  • Spending More Time With Loved Ones

  • Enjoying Life More

  • Taking a Trip

  • Managing Stress

My personal goal for the last several years has been to become more organized! With technological advancements, it is easier to lose the paper trail, which has always been an issue for me! Now instead of a filing a page from a magazine, I pin the idea on my Pinterest board! I can manage my finances via online bills and banking rather than receiving paper bills. These are all steps in the right direction. Since my daughter moved out this year, I was able to fulfill a dream and have my own home office, an oasis to create jewelry and store treasures for my Ruby Lane shop. It has been a process to effectively arrange everything and it is wonderful to have it all in one place!

The list of resolutions provides some excellent goals. I find writing down an objective is a great way to keep my goals visible. With the plethora of smart phone apps available, it’s easier to keep track of success and target goals. Most of us could eat healthier and yes, exercise is important. These are areas I strive to improve. Personally, I’m an advocate of learning new things and really enjoy doing so and plan to pour over the jewelry collectibles book I received for Christmas. And since I use vintage jewels in my designs, I’m already doing my part to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Since my day job as well as my Ruby Lane shop are both fulfilling those are areas of contentment in my life. However, as a shop owner, I’ll continually strive for excellent customer service and to offer quality and reasonably priced merchandise.

My ultimate aim, however, is to travel! This year, in addition to several trips back and forth to Baltimore with my college student, I will be visiting NY City for a college graduation. But the highlight will be a trip to Austin, Texas for my birthday celebration in spring! It promises to be an exciting year. I can wholeheartedly say l savor life, my family and friends as much as possible and look forward to enjoyable times this year!

Blessings for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Karen Soldwisch

Synergy Jewelry and Collectibles

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