Editor’s Note: No Resolutions, Just Positive Observations


Coming into a new year has always been a great way to recharge and set our best intentions in motion.

It could also be an underlying downer as we begin making resolutions for the things we deem as life failures or missteps from the previous year. The most ironic part of setting resolutions is the fact that many of us know they typically fall by the wayside.  It’s been proven that very few people who make resolutions actually keep them and succeed.  In fact, one study found that a whopping 25% of resolution makers abandon those promises after a mere seven days!

I believe that happens because resolutions are often set with the idea of failure in mind. How you ask? Typically, the start of a new year conjures up feelings of dreams unrealized from the previous year. At the stroke of midnight, January 1st, the excitement to sort of wipe the slate clean begins to seep in–this year, I’ll be better, I’ll look better, I’ll do better.  But by the time spring rolls around, the average person begins to fall off their resolution plan.

In short, I think it’s great to make resolutions, but there should be some sort of guideline on how to remain motivated enough to keep them.  I might have cracked the code with the help of Oprah (of course).  While I was reading the January issue of O Magazine, I came across an article about how we should begin to consider all the things we’ve done right the previous year, and then build upon that for the New Year instead of making typical resolutions. It’s the perfect way to give yourself a much-needed pat on the back for all of your “amazing-ness.”  Sure there will be the not-so-great things that happen.  But aren’t we used to beating ourselves up about the negative already?  Think about it: after enduring 365 days of uncertainty and mixed emotions, you owe it to yourself to acknowledge all of the good that’s happening in your life.

So here’s a challenge that doesn’t involve setting a traditional New Years resolution: Begin to write down every positive thing (big and small) that happens to you starting today. Maybe you finally reached your goal to save a certain amount of money for the first week of the New Year; or maybe you began taking steps towards a project that’s important to you; did you help someone else in need?  If you’re not the journaling type, keep it simple and write it down as bullet points. Maintain the list in a safe place and maybe tell a friend where you have it stored so they can be a witness to your greatness. Instead of looking to “wipe your slate clean,” at the end of the year, read your list of all your positive observations, give thanks, then set the bar higher for 2017.

I have a few career related things on top of my list already. One of the first is my ability to wake up and recognize how blessed I am to be motivated to run this website. I’m also patting myself on the back for finding a few more amazing women to feature on this platform.  It doesn’t end there.  Just a second ago I jotted down how we are getting closer to launching a few new projects for Beyond Classically Beautiful–baby steps that will add up to positive movement in my life.

I’m confident that 2016 is off to a great start because my positive observations are being written down and stored.  Join me by starting your very own list of Beyond Classically Beautiful moments in 2016.  Share you thoughts with me in the comment section or tag your photos, quotes, and affirmations #BCB2016 on social media.  We can’t wait to hear how your year is coming together.

Keep Shining,


Abi Ishola
Abi Ishola


Abi Ishola is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Beyond Classically Beautiful, the acclaimed photo series turned multimedia platform. On any given day, you can find her tucked away in a perfectly lit Brooklyn coffee shop working for several hours. Then she dashes off to pick up her daughter from daycare. Abi is also a TV Producer, a proud FIT Alum, Nigerian-American, and a soul searcher.

1 Comment
  1. Dear Abi
    I believe this is a great idea. I only came across your post today but better late than never
    I will start this morning. Recalling yesterday, and try to stay focused, positive and follow through (my biggest challenge with any intentions stsrted in my life).
    Thank you
    PS- not web savvy

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