2020 is finally here. A whole new year and whole new decade. Many of us tend to hope that the New Year will make all of our wildest dreams come true. But there are also those who Just. Don't. Care.
So we decided to ask around to our Bambinos family and find out where they stand on this New Year's resolution conundrum. We thought we would have fun with it because too many things are taken seriously these days.
The following are a few musings we rounded up in no particular order at our Italian restaurant in Springfield Missouri. Let's roll the dice and play the resolution game, shall we?
“My New Year's resolution is to eat enough pasta at Bambinos so I have more energy to run a marathon, or run from my last boyfriend I broke it off with. I am gluten free and their gluten free pasta actually tastes like 'real' pasta, so I plan to carb up. The Greek is my favorite.” - Renee': Bambinos customer
“My New Year's resolution? I need to cut some calories, because my brother told me my child bearing hips are starting to look like I birthed a whole football team. My problem is my friends offer me wine when we hang out, but I'm not giving that and cupcakes up! Besides, isn't wine good for you or something? And when it comes to wine, Bambinos has a great selection of wine to choose from, but I find myself swilling their house Chianti. My favorite for sure.” - Shay: Bambinos customer
“My New Year's resolution is to quit lying to myself about making lifestyle changes that I'll never keep. So I aim to eat enough baked ziti so I can start taking belly dancing classes. The marinated roast beef in The Ziti is a delicacy. You can't belly dance without a belly, right?” - Daniella: Bambinos and B2 customer
“My New Year's resolution is to stop putting my foot in my mouth. I'll make more friends and I'll stop falling down every time I take a step. It's a sure win either way.” - Scott: B2 customer
"My New Year's resolution is to have more fun and eliminate anyone in my life who is toxic. This includes those pesky telemarketers who keep asking for Samuel. I'm tired of telling them my name is Sam, not Samuel so I just don't answer. Be gone all toxic ones! That's why I get the detox 100% pure juice called “Walk in the Park” at B2 Cafe, next door to Bambinos on Battlefield, where I often dine. I detox my brain and body so I can walk at Sequiota Park while ignoring annoying phone calls.” - Sam: Bambinos and B2 customer
“My New Year's resolution? I try to improve my life every year but don't like to make specific resolutions. I try and stay healthy by drinking the Bug's Bunny freshly blended juice at B2 Cafe' and the spinach salad with from scratch Balsamic dressing. Whether it is focusing on finances, being a better mom or more physically fit, the goal is to accomplish one thing at a time.” - Whitney: Baker at B2
“This year I promise to not make numerous and hard to fulfill resolutions. I also resolve to treat myself weekly to a Bambino's panini, as I have been for the last year. It's my favorite comfort food and we all need more comfort. I have a really good feeling about this year's resolutions." - Ronnie: Bambinos customer
"I use to set New Year's resolutions, but I am content with trying to make the best choices on a day-to-day basis so I don't set unattainable goals for myself. I am grateful that Bambinos and B2 Cafe carry such a variety of fresh ingredients. I love to snack on raw veggies and fresh squeezed juices. There's so much to choose from.” - Gloria: Cook at Bambinos
"My New Year's resolution is to get rid of just enough belly fat so it doesn't wiggle when I wash the dishes.” - Carol: Bambino's customer
(We advised Carol to join Daniella at a belly dancing class).
If you want to eat healthier in 2020, we've got plenty of healthy options at our Italian restaurant. Or if you need some comfort food we've got that too. But when it's all said and done, we think the best advice is to lighten up a bit. Not just on food or wine. Not just focusing on exercising more or getting your finances in order. Those are all lofty goals, but you need to go easier on yourself.
There's nothing wrong with making New Year's resolutions, but remember that life can be short, so have some fun. Change takes time, no matter what you do. Start tiny and by repeating new behaviors you probably will reach your goals. Then those new behaviors will take on a more positive light. With less pressure, your goals might just make it past Groundhog Day.