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220 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 i gaze at the smooth brown stone with beige stripes that has been sitting on my kitchen windowsill since last summer. It is my talisman. Throughout the year it reminds me to fulfill the promise I have made to myself. As the calendar turns to June, I wonder what next year's stone will look like and, more impor- tantly, what it will represent. Twenty years ago, I decided to stop making New Year's resolutions on January 1st, and instead use my summer vacation to mark a new beginning. My reasons for this change were two-fold. First, who can think clearly in the cold and dark of January after the intensity of the holiday season? On New Year's Eve I toasted having made it to December 31st in one piece. Sitting there, glass raised, I couldn't think creatively about the coming months. Resolutions usually involve change, and change requires energy. At that point I had none. I think better at the beach, and that is the second reason I make my New Year's resolutions in the summer. Love of the beach is central to our family. When my husband and I were dating, our first vacation was to Martha's Vineyard. For more than thirty years we have set foot on the beaches of the Vineyard every summer. Shifting New Year's resolutions to the summer has changed the content and success rate of my resolutions. Previous reso- lutions fell into traditional categories, e.g., exercising more often and getting more sleep. While on the Vineyard, I bike, take long walks, and gaze at the summer sky — activities that encourage expansion and open me to new ideas. From this more relaxed vantage point I am able to reconsider unfulfilled dreams, like learning a new language. I use the energy of the sun and the rest vacation offers to help set my intentions for the coming year. One year I resolved to walk around Lake Waban every week. Having seen the lake in all seasons and weather conditions it is forever changed for me. One of my favorite beaches on the Vineyard has a rocky shoreline. As I walk the beach I collect rocks, often heart- shaped ones. Before heading to the ferry I select one rock from my collection to represent the year's resolution. When I get home, I exchange the old stone on my windowsill with the new one, energized and resolved to keep this year's commitment even in the dead of winter. MAGGIE MULQUEEN is a psychologist residing in Wellesley. narrative capturing a moment suburban sketches creative expressions your voice painting a portrait reflections New Year's Resolutions M A G G I E M U L Q U E E N writer last but not least Be Creative This page is designed to give our readers the opportunity to express themselves creatively. If you have a short piece of fiction (300-500 words), a poem, illustration, or photo- graph depicting life in Wellesley and Weston, we would love to hear from you. Please email your submissions to jill@wellesley- westonmagazine.com.

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