Jan 23, 2013 · 3 minute read

By: Colleen Valles

I bet you’re all wondering how it went. While a houseguest, did I manage to make time over vacation to indulge in a few of the things I love? Which option did I go with?

The suspense is palpable, isn’t it?

Well, dear reader, I’m afraid you’re going to have to wait to find out.

In the meantime, let’s talk about resolving to commit time to the things we love. I’ve got an idea to go about that resolution a little differently this year, so we can actually stick to it.

Four weeks into 2013, we’ve all had enough time — if we’re going to stick with our resolutions, we’ll still be doing them. If not, well, it’s back to the old ways already.

Did you make any resolutions? Have you stuck to them so far?

I haven’t.

But in my defense, I haven’t stuck to any because I didn’t make any. I was kind of waiting to see what would move me. I wrote down a list:

  • Learn a new language
  • Sign up for Judo classes
  • Reconnect with old friends
  • Be a better friend
  • Weave more
  • Don’t buy unnecessary stuff
  • Exercise more
  • Take on more clients
  • Raise chickens
  • Grow my own herbs and vegetables
  • Be more patient
  • Read all the unread books I own (15, plus two in Spanish)
  • Learn to meditate
  • Knit more
  • Learn guitar

I know, right?

Some of these aren’t even possible: I live in a condo with a dog; chickens wouldn’t stand a chance. And I’d have better luck at levitating than meditating.

Others are ongoing resolutions that I re-resolve to do every few weeks: exercise more, don’t buy stuff. Then I fall off the wagon (or onto the couch), and I don’t exercise, and I spend too much money.

So finally, well into January, it struck me: A big ceremonious decision to do these things isn’t really necessary, since for a lot of us, our resolutions won’t be accomplished in big, ceremonious commitments of time. Rather, they’ll get done in snatches of minutes here and there — while waiting in line, talking on the phone or doing dishes.

For instance, while stuck in traffic, I can call my friends and catch up.
Be a better friend: check!

While at the doctor’s office, I can knit or read.
Knitting more and tackling that stack of books: check, check!

While walking the dog, I can run through the exercises on the podcasts from my foreign-language software.
Learn a new language: check!
Get exercise, too: bonus check!

I’m curious to hear what hidden moments you would use in your life. There are a lot of these moments each day where we spend time on social media sites or waiting in line or worrying about not having enough time to do the things we love. These wasted minutes are perfect for doing the things that engage our minds and our hearts.

Sure, it’s not a lot of time, but each little bit of progress builds on the last little bit, and often, what you accomplish in these “wasted” moments turns out to be more than what you’d get done if you were still waiting around for that big block of time that just isn’t coming.

These minutes are stolen from us, and my resolution is to steal them back.

How do you spend your time in these moments?


And now, it’s time to let you in on how successful I was this vacation in getting in what I love to do.

Drum roll, please.

I got to knit while chatting with our hosts, whom we invited along on hikes. I got to do a couple things I enjoyed while spending quality time getting to know some very cool people: a definite win.


Colleen Valles
I'm Colleen, a writer, mother, knitter, pet mama and tiny house enthusiast who truly believes that everybody should slow down and simplify to make room for the things that are most important in their lives. I'm on a journey to do just that, to be able to spend more time with family and friends, riding my bike and working in the garden. Sign up to get awesome content right in your inbox, or follow me on social media.