New Year’s Resolutions by Angela Rieck


It is that time again, time to make resolutions and be disappointed with how quickly I break them.  As I reflect on my past New Year’s resolutions, the themes are consistent: losing weight, adopting a healthier lifestyle and being more social.

This year’s New Year’s resolutions are (wait for it): lose weight, exercise more, and go out more frequently.  So, while the specific resolution may change, the gist is pretty much the same.

If past history is the best predictor of future performance (and it is!), I will break them in less than a month. (The only resolution that I ever kept for a whole year was the resolution to say “yes” to every social invitation.  I couldn’t wait for that year to end!)

But, believe it or not, I find making New Year’s resolutions an inspirational exercise.  Why? Because it means that I am looking forward, that change is still possible, and that I have a vision for a better “me”.  When setting my New Year’s resolutions I take the time to reflect on the many things that are going right.

So I see only upside to New Year’s resolutions. First, there is the hope, the promise of better things to come and second to be grateful for the things that are going right.  

And I would love to hear your resolutions, maybe it would help me be more creative next year.

Angela Rieck was born and raised on a farm in Caroline County. After receiving her PhD in Mathematical Psychology from the University of Maryland, she worked as a scientist at Bell Laboratories and held management jobs at AT&T, HP, and Medco. Angela is also a wife, mother and an active volunteer serving on the Morris County School Board for 13 years and fostering and rehabilitating over 200 dogs. After the death of her husband, Dr. Rieck returned to the Eastern Shore to be with her siblings. With a daughter living and working in New York City, she and her dogs now split their time between Talbot County and Key West, FL.


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