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  • Writer's pictureLynn Cukaj

It's Time to Make a New Year's Resolution

Updated: Aug 7, 2023

By Lynn Cukaj, ATR-BC, MHC-LP

Art Therapy for Children, Teenagers and Adults

As we bid farewell to the past year and welcome new beginnings, the concept of New Year's resolutions lingers in our thoughts like the lingering magic of unwrapped gifts. But what does making a resolution truly mean to you? Does it evoke certain feelings or aspirations?

A resolution signifies a firm decision to act, to create positive change in our lives, particularly when it comes to health and wellness. Yet, all too often, these resolutions lack concrete goals and remain fleeting hopes. Accountability becomes essential for turning these resolutions into reality.

Decisiveness plays a pivotal role in making resolutions stick. While some people effortlessly make firm choices, others struggle with indecision, influenced by their personalities and levels of self-esteem. This observation highlights the importance of self-awareness and understanding oneself in the process of transformation.

When we resolve to change, we must address existing problems and take responsibility for our actions. Making resolutions means embracing the existential truth of responsibility. We become accountable for ourselves and the decisions we make, empowering us to take charge of our lives.

To create successful resolutions, we must approach them with a clear, focused mind and set realistic goals. Setting smaller, attainable milestones paves the way for long-term change and growth.

I am responsible for myself and for the decisions that I make. If I recognize that a change is needed, I need to make a firm decision to do or not do something about it. I can therefore make a resolution.

Advertisements often bombard us with quick fixes and external motivators, but true transformation comes from intrinsic motivation. We must harness our inner drive and freedom of choice to sustain lasting change. By taking control of our motivation, we embark on a journey of self-efficacy and self-pride.

Embracing Change: A Reflective Art Therapy Activity for the New Year

As a powerful art therapy activity, let's take a moment to reflect on the past year and envision the future. Discover your proudest achievements and cherished memories. Look forward to the upcoming year and set your sights on the things that bring excitement and the knowledge you want to gain.

Download and print the attachment below.

New Year's Resolution Activity - Creative Expressions Consulting - Art Therapy by Lynn Cuk
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In this activity you will relflect on the past year and answer the following questions:

  1. What are you most proud of?

  2. What are your favorite memories?

Then, look forward to the next year and answer the following questions:

  1. What are some things you are looking forward to?

  2. What is something you would like to learn?

In the space provided, write down a motto, affirmation, or quote that inspires you. Refer to this blog for ideas.

As we embrace the beauty of imperfection and navigate life's complexities, let this activity be your compass, guiding you towards a year filled with intention, growth, and self-esteem. Embrace change with open arms, and let your creativity and reflection pave the way for a fulfilling and transformative year ahead.


For more therapeutic activities and resources on how to incorporate Art Therapy into your life, read more from Lynn's Creative Expressions Blog.

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