Weekend Rewind: Choose A Theme, Not Resolutions…Again

It's a New Year, Do You Know What Your Theme Is?

Sorry guys, the New Years caught me out there!  Here’s the Weekend Rewind, finally.  A classic!  Remember this?


If you can get a head start on your new year’s plans, let me suggest one thing.  Stop telling people your New Year’s resolutions.  Besides, it weakening the energy of your new year goals when you tell everyone, just stop. If I hear someone tell me what they “want” to do for the new year “again”….

Do something different, really different this year.  Have a theme.  Yes, instead of coming up with the cutesy lose weight, make more money, spend more time with family, just think of a theme you’d like to name 2009 after.  I chose the Harvest theme.  I sowed lots of seeds in the last year or two.  2009 is destined to be my Harvest year where I reap the rewards in health, wealth, and continued love and more.  I don’t have a sporadic list. I have a simple theme that keeps me focused on the big picture.  Here’s another theme Body Image.  Just two words.  An associate of mine is using that theme to make 2009 all about getting a head to toe makeover, losing some pounds, overhauling her dress style from trendy to classic, and of course, joining a gym and hiring an image consultant.  She’s given herself 10-12 months.  Not bad.  But the fact that she has one idea, one objective, one tune in her mind allows her to choose anything that falls in line with her theme. This year may be your Sowing year.  Consider what seeds you need to sow.  When people ask what’s your resolution, you have a nice, clear answer instead of rambling off another random list with no clear objective, offers no solutions and just creates more clutter in your life.  A theme is also a great conversation piece.  It’s a very “alpha” thing to do.  Think about your theme.

You have 2 days.  If you come up with a theme, please send them to me to post for New Year’s Eve, or post below, as always.

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  1. Damalie says:

    Now, it took me some time to think what theme was all about. I have an obsession and a passion for fitness. Now, some of the goals that I have for 2010 center around that passion. Anyways, my theme is “Workin’ on My Fitness.” Now, this applies to all areas of my life including health, relationships, lifestyle, and wealth.

  2. MsKris says:

    My theme will be Manifest Destiny aka {Destiny Manifesta} 😉
    It will be my year to solely engage in things that will bring me closer to my destiny. I believe wholeheartedly that I am destined for greatness!

    Any person, place or thing that is not enhancing my life in any way or aiding me towards reaching my destination will immediately be eliminated from my life with no questions asked or explanations given!

  3. Gooddess says:

    My 1st theme for 2009 is Let Go! and Let God! and although that sounds like a cliche’ I need to understand and embrace what is in my realm of control and what is not. I have always been the “fix-it” person and now I can’t fix it.

    My 2nd theme is Family First! Leave work at 5:00 sharp! and take care of home, my poor kid been missing”paid” karate lessons because I am trying to be “The Man” at the office –Gotta let that go and if its’ meant to be…its’ meant to be.

  4. Sherryberry says:

    I just wanted to tell you Maryann, I love your blog, a lot- it’s so the truth.
    My theme this year is transformation. I have two bullet points underneath my transformation theme: Spirituality and Fitness.
    The spirituality transformation is a culmination of two years of hardship and loss but now I feel like a fiery phoenix rising from the ashes. I want to prepare myself mentally for a bold move I plan to make the Fall of 2009. I won’t let the cat out of the bag but this plan has been my childhood dream and it will be achieved this coming year.

    Fitness transformation: I’m more specific about this one. I am overweight. I am 5’6 and 243 lbs. I need to rectify this and anything mentally that has kept me overweight my whole life in order to become the person I need to be. This is a HUGE transformation for me. My goals include 20 min of cardio and 45 minutes of weight training 6 times a week with a personal trainer. By the time summer comes around, I will look fabulous.

    I look forward to achieving my goals and living my dreams in 2009.

    Happy new year to all!

  5. Kenya says:

    About my theme, I like the idea because it also takes thought and it’s real personalized (as opposed to overhearing someone’s resolution, liking the idea and then adopting as your own, with a theme, you can adopt it but you also have to adjust it to fit you).

    For me it’s Renewal, Restoration and Reconnection (all on a consistent basis). Renewing my body and mind, restoring my spirit and reconnecting with self. Thank you for helping me sum that up!

  6. Kenya says:

    Simply amazing, tis’ why I love this blog so much! Interesting, and that we are on the topic of sowing, I heard yesterday, “Stop devouring your seed…and then expecting a harvest” hmmmmmm….

  7. Noisy Girl/ Lovely... says:

    Over Indulgence in Self’ is my theme.

    In 2009, I will be a selfish- self absorbed- aloof- giving- and-taking-as-I-please while finding me. I’m letting go of the chameleon like tendencies for now. I want to take advantage of all life has to offer while being single.

  8. Pilar says:


    Thank you! Opening up my Newsweek feed to get your article this morning, then to follow the links to your various sites and end up here was destiny. Do you do speaking engagements overseas?

    Look forward to hearing from you,

  9. Loving a bottom B says:

    Good point about picking a theme and building of that theme instead of a resolution. It makes more sense. Also I agree about being tired of people talking about what they are going to do for New Years. I am all about doing and not about talking. I have to think of theme for 2009 for myself without biting yours. Therefore, I am gong to go with growth and new opportunities to reflect the changes going in my life and career.

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