Why I still write my New Year’s resolutions

Surprisingly, I still write my New Year’s resolutions every single year. But if you ask me how many of them I already achieved? Still on the process.  So how come I still write them?

You see every year, I write down my New Year’s resolutions so I have something to look forward to. I want it clear in my head what I want to achieve in life at least for that particular year.

“Resolution” as Google defines it “is a firm decision to do or not to do something”. But instead of resolutions, sometimes I’d like to call them my “wish lists” because I’m still wishing I will achieve them, and writing them every year gives me hope that this year will be different and that I can finally achieve even just one, two or three of them.

Who knows that would be this year? Anyhow, here are my six resolutions for this year:

Run three times a week. Honestly, I cannot really commit to a daily exercise due to my work so I want to commit to at least thrice a week. On days when I don’t run, I actually do household chores like doing the laundry, washing the car, or cleaning. When my father underwent triple heart bypass surgery last December, I was deeply alarmed. I decided to take my health seriously or else I’ll suffer the consequences in the future. 

Healthline.com said that a regular exercise is known to reduce risk of chronic diseases (type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and early death). That is why a daily physical activity is highly recommended.

But compared to other exercises, I like running more. For one, I don’t need to go to a gym, use a machine or equipment to run. I don’t need to attend classes or run with a group. I can run anywhere as long as it’s safe.

I prefer running solo because I use it as my time to think and reflect. I run in our nearby sports center because there are no vehicles passing by. A friend suggested I try other running trails or routes to challenge myself. And for a change, I’ll try them this year.

Eat healthier and drink more water. I don’t like the thought of depriving myself. But while I eat everything I do it in moderation. In fact, I already cut back on sweets, sodas, and junk foods because we have a family history of diabetes. I used to eat one pack of Chips Ahoy in one sitting before, but not anymore.

As for drinking more water, I actually started drinking hot lemon water late last year to treat my severe coughs and colds and it was really effective. I continued doing that (twice a day) for a month now and the effects are tremendous. Not only it treated my severe coughs and colds, I also noticed a little weight loss, clearing of my skin, and good digestion.

Read more books. Every year, I challenge myself to read books based on my age. Unfortunately last year, I have only read five out of 37 books I committed to read. What a shame! And partly to blame was my addiction Facebook, Youtube, and chatting. Now I’m turning 38 this year, my goal is to read 38 books – that would be three to four books in a month. Good luck to me! 

Write more. If you’d notice, I have a new header image (yey!) courtesy of a very good friend whom I really admire for her creativity and talent. I’ll feature her in my next entry. Anyways, I want to write more this year because that’s what I am supposed to be doing – writing. I’ll be wasting my website and “cartoonish” layout if I don’t write and update my blog regularly. Some committed to writing every day. As for me, I want to be more realistic so I can only commit to four articles in a month or weekly due to my busy schedule. And I think it’s manageable. 

Pray more. My family and I went through a lot for the past two years, which started in October 2015 when my then seven-year-old niece suffered a devastating illness. After her 10-month hospital confinement, she was discharged in August 2015. We took her under our care for close than a year, hoping for her full recovery but she became weaker and weaker. She never made it and died in August 12, 2017.

It’s been five months (as of this writing) since she joined our Creator, but we still miss her so bad every day. But what I learned about everything we’ve been through was that no matter how much we plan our lives, God has a hand in everything. He is in control and I’d like to think His plans are the best even though how much t hurts. We may not understand His ways right now, but I know someday everything will make sense. We can only pray more that this year will be happier and more blessed.

Be (more) patient in love. I’m turning 38 years old this year – still single and unmarried. Don’t you think it doesn’t piss me off when you always ask the obvious, “Still single?” Don’t you think I don’t worry that my age is already crucial for bearing a child? But what can I do? I cannot just marry someone just for the heck of marriage or just to satisfy your curiosity. I can’t even have a kid just for the pleasure of seeing my “mini-me’s”. It will happen when it happens in God’s perfect time, or even if it doesn’t, I trust God’s plan and purpose in my life. After all, He knows what’s best for us no matter how much it hurts.

“Being single doesn’t mean you’re weak. It means you’re strong enough to wait for what you deserve.”

C.S. Lewis once said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” Every year is an opportunity to start anew, live our lives, dream, love some more, and be grateful for whatever life may bring us.

It’s never too late to write down those New Year’s resolutions. What are you waiting for? Go on, write them down!

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get things right. I wish everyone happiness, good health, and more blessings this year. Good bye 2017, hello 2018!

This is a monthly blog collaboration and our theme this month is “New Year resolutions: What we plan to do or what and how we think to do this year.”

For more stories, check out these amazing and truly inspiring writers who participated in this blog collaboration. Happy reading and hope we inspired you:

Barb Caffrey: Welcome, 2018! New Year’s Resolutions, Anyone? (A Collaboration with a Purpose Post

Ipuna Black: Keep Focus with New Year’s Resolutions

Jane Love: New Year, New Me

Nicolle K: Collaboration with a Purpose: New Year’s Resolution – 2018 Goals

Sadaf Siddiqi: New Year’s Resolutions

Sonyo Estavillo: Finding Hope: A New Year’s Resolution





Published by Mylene Orillo

Mylene Orillo is a contributing writer at My Pope Philippines. Prior to that, she contributed to the Health & Lifestyle magazine.  She's a former correspondent at The Manila Times; former editor-in-chief of TravelPlus magazine; and former assistant editor of Health & Lifestyle, Zen Health, and DiabetEASE magazines by FAME Publishing, Inc., a company owned by cardiologist Dr. Rafael Castillo who has given her the much-needed break and opportunity in the health industry and medical field.  Her previous job as a Media Consultant at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Writer-Researcher at the Headquarters Philippine Army ignited her passions for charity, volunteering, selfless service, and love of country. As a young girl, she loved reading her mom's collection of Mills & Boons pocketbooks, which started her passion to write romance stories.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Sto. Tomas in España, Manila. She is now working towards earning her master's degree hopefully this year. She loves traveling, long-distance running, reading romance and non-fiction books, watching Korean Drama series, feel-good rom coms, military movies, and documentaries during her spare time. Someday, she wants to meet Prince William and Pope Francis, settle down with the love of her life and have a family and kids of her own; and become a bestselling romance author.

12 thoughts on “Why I still write my New Year’s resolutions

  1. I love your goals. I run with a friend, but I like to run alone too because I get to think, reflect, meditate, and pray. Your niece was a fighter. I think about her often. Encephalitis is no joke. The brain is powerful. You have such a big heart! Keep sharing your light. Some man will be lucky to be with you!
    LOVE the header for your blog!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Ipuna. Every time I see Jy, I really miss Rianna. But I’m happy with how things are going with Jy. I am praying for his continuous recovery. I look forward to meeting him in person someday, of course, your whole family. Happy New Year!

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      1. I completely understand. Rianna reminded me of Jy. Such a tough thing they both went through with different outcomes. Rianna’s situation makes me sad. You will be reunited with your precious niece again.

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  2. Really liked the positive message behind this post. It’s a great post, with each passing year people turn wise and Ms. Mylene is turning the wisest. I agree with the quote of C.S. Lewis, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

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  3. Nice post, Mylene, and I think it’s great you’re still writing your new year’s resolution every year! I agree it’s something to look forward to, and I like to think of them as goals rather than resolutions. Good luck with yours this year! 😀

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