It’s the time of year when many of us take a moment after the delightful chaos of the holidays, and before the new year begins to reflect and resolve to do new things in coming year. Yes, it’s time to make the resolutions. Most people tend to make resolutions within the same few categories: health, wealth, relationships, career and happiness. But have you ever thought about making hospitality resolutions?
What Exactly is Hospitality?
Hospitality is the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way. That’s a pretty broad definition which means there are innumerable ways to be hospitable.
Examples of Hospitality Resolutions
So what does a hospitality resolution even look or sound like? It could be as simple or as elaborate as you would like and totally depends on your comfort level. Some examples could include:
- Host a dinner for family and friends in my home at least two times this year.
- Prepare for drop-in guests (look for an upcoming post on this topic here in January)
- Assist (or even host) with an upcoming bridal or baby shower
- Organize a neighborhood cookout
- Plan a birthday bash for your child or spouse (or yourself)
- Treat your coworkers to a simple breakfast unexpectedly
- Gift your local police or firemen with homemade (or semi-homemade) goodies
- Practice and model gratitude by writing thank you notes
- Take flowers to a nursing home or assisted living facility and visit with the residents
- Sign up to serve a meal at shelter
5 Tips for Keeping Resolutions
Resolutions – hospitality-related or otherwise are not always the easiest to keep. Here are a few tips that may make it simpler:
Make your goals specific
Using the first example from above – you could add details such as: who you will invite, what month the dinner will occur, what you will likely serve, etc.
Post your written goals in a place where you will see them often
As with any resolution, you need to see them on a regular basis so you do not forget them allow yourself to drift away from the plan. I also believe that putting things in your own handwriting is more powerful than typing them out and leaving in a computer file somewhere. I created a downloadable printable for you to fill in your resolutions and post where you can see them daily. Download it here.
Develop an action plan for every goal
Again using that first example, you may want to practice the dish you want to serve – your family surely won’t mind. Or maybe you want to make a list of the steps you need to take and develop a simple timeline so you don’t get overwhelmed (look for an upcoming post on this topic here in January).
Create a motivational collage
This is the most fun aspect for me. I love gathering ideas and inspiration for upcoming events. You could create a physical collage, but if you are scissor- and glue-challenged like me, Pinterest will work just fine.
Don’t expect perfection
Your house doesn’t have to be spotless, your children do not have to be perfect angels, the meal doesn’t have to be gourmet (I have served frozen lasagna on many an occasion.) The important thing is that you open up your heart or home and show people how special they are to you.
I hope you will consider making a hospitality resolution for 2018. Please let me know if you do.
Stay humble, work hard, be kind.
P.S. Not ready to make resolutions just yet? Pin this image for future reference: