It’s that time of year again - the time of year when you set ridiculous standards for yourself for the next year. These always seem to be great goals for the next year, but many would make better wishes than goals. Don’t feel bad, I’ve done the same thing for years, but this year, I’ve decided to do my resolutions a little differently.

I figure that if I can gradually change the things I want, eventually I will get to where I want to be. This seems to be a better idea than what I’ve tried before, because every year nothing seems to change. This way, at least a little will change.

Save a little more, and spend a little less.

Be a little more positive, and a little less negative.

Exercise a little more, and sit around a little less.

Eat health food a little more, and junk food a little less.

Do a little more giving, and a little less taking.

Watch a little less TV, and read a little more.

Do a little less complaining, and a little more being thankful.

Be a little more patient, and a little less anxious.

Joy Larson is a mother of four boys, graduate of The University of Montana, animal lover and writer.