The Mayans were wrong.
You've got just about one week to settle on a New Year's resolution.
And, of course, if you're like the majority of Americans, you have about three weeks to fanatically pursue your resolution, and about four weeks before you give up on it entirely.
Studies show that a measly 12 percent of us resolution-makers achieve our goals. Sadly, I fall into the 88-percent giver-uppers group. If only I would resolve to gain weight, eat way too many sweets, lose my temper, waste more time on Facebook, and turn this column in late nearly every week, I might actually be able to be proud of myself by the time Dec. 31, 2013, rolls around.
But this year I'm resolving to be in the 12-percent category. And, luckily, Park City is crawling with organizations, businesses and people that can help us stay on track and give our resolutions for 2013 a fighting chance.
If you resolve to achieve any of the goals below, here are some tips for success:
Probably the most common resolution known to man, the idea of getting in shape always seems like a great idea, particularly right after the holiday treats. And no doubt, regular exercise is good for you, reduces the risk of cancer, lowers your blood pressure, improves arthritis and, most importantly, helps you fit into your skinny jeans. But the problem with this resolution is that it's often far too nebulous. After all, if you want to "get in shape," it can be argued that round is a shape.
Experts agree that specific and quantifiable resolutions are more likely to be kept. So set a goal to go the gym four days a week, sign up for morning classes at one of the many Crossfit gyms in town, or pledge to practice yoga at lunchtime. If you'd rather be outdoors, resolve to skate ski or snowshoe a certain number of nights each week. The recreational opportunities in Park City are limitless, but to help get you started visit: www.ParkCity.org and click on the recreation tab.
Don't yell at the kids (or at least yell less)
Throughout the year I do plenty of yelling (or as I often say, I'm just cursing really loudly). I can scream and drop the "F" bomb as often as I want because I don't have kids who will overhear me. But many of my friends do have children, and most of them are resolving to not lose their cool with the kids so much in 2013.
Any parenting guru will tell you one of the best ways to cope with the stress of parenting is to know you're not alone. Groups like Park City Moms connect mothers in the area by offering social activities for the kids and a chance for moms to connect. This network helps women meet other women with similar interests and challenges and offers ideas on how to cope with the stress of being a parent. For the dads, well, just do what your wife tells you to. To connect with Park City Moms, visit www.parkcitymoms.groupsite.com
Help others more
One of the best things about the holidays is how many of us take time to reflect on how lucky we really are. And counting our blessings often makes us more aware of those who are less fortunate. If you vow to help out more in 2013, there's no shortage of charities in town looking for volunteers. Whether you love dogs, kids, books, the arts, sports, wildlife or the environment, there's a nonprofit you can donate some time to. For a partial listing of charities that are looking for volunteers, look on page B7 of this newspaper. For a complete list of Park City area charities, visit: http://www.theparkcityfoundation.org/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/2012.5.21%20Nonprofit%20Directory%20.pdf
Being low on cash and high on credit-card bills is one of the highest sources of stress, and one of the largest contributors to relationship problems. If you're resolving to spend less and save more this year but don't know where to start, visit www.UtahSaves.org . Certified financial counselors are available as well as a host of saving tools and strategies.
So far, I haven't really found a local self-help group for pack rats and hoarders. But getting organized and de-cluttering your life is often at the top of the list each Jan. 1.
Local places that can help you de-clutter include the Christian Center of Park City (www.ccofpc.org ), St. Lawrence Thrift Store, run by St Mary's Church (www.stmarysparkcity.com ) and the Recycle Center (www.recycleutah.org ).
Each of these organizations happily accepts your unwanted and unneeded items and gets them to people in need. Cleaning out closets and cupboards and organizing your life is a little less burdensome knowing your trash will soon be someone else's treasure.
Amy Roberts is a longtime Park City resident, freelance writer and the proud owner of two ill-behaved rescue dogs, Boston and Stanley. If you have a story idea, please e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.