Editor’s Note: Resolutions vs. Intentions – See you later 2018.

“New Year’s Day… now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” 

— Mark Twain,
American Author & Humorist

As we close out 2018, and frankly good riddance, it’s the time to reflect on the events of the past and prepare for the future. Perhaps it’s a diet, less booze, saving money or simply enjoying life more – or all of the above.  Personal resolutions are a lesson in reminding ourselves we can do better. If we actually do it, well that’s another story. Lord knows I’ve been keeping the extra weight around for years now. So, rather than place undue pressures on an already stressful time  – how about we put some global intentions out there and see what 2019 brings.  

My global intentions for 2019 

For the Bay of Banderas to wholeheartedly embrace the upcoming restrictions on single-use plastic. I would love to see businesses and consumers rally behind Mother Earth and take bold steps in protecting our paradise by rejecting styrofoam, straws, plastic bags and excessive over packaging. Imagine a recycling program that collects paper, plastic , aluminum and glass. 

Positive social and political change. The new federal government has made some bold promises that will affect the citizens of Mexico. I hope the outcomes are as great as the potential. A new healthcare system that cares for all. A decent raise in the minimum wage. Better access to education. A more just legal system. Legalization of cannabis. Protection of indigenous cultures. Protecting the rights of women, children, LGBTQ. Protecting animals. A crack down on corruption. 

Peace and stability for the people around the world but specifically for those who are migrating across often unwelcoming countries in search of better lives for their families.  

Strong collective action that recognizes the potentially devastating effects of global climate change and works to provide sustainable and affordable energy to the people of Mexico and beyond. 

If you’re going to set intentions – you may as well solve the world’s problems, right? 

There are dozens of New Year’s Eve dinners, parties and events around the bay. If you haven’t made reservations there is a small selection included on the Events pages. Or like most of us, grab a bottle or two of your favourite beverage, a couple of blankets and head to any of the beaches around the bay to watch the spectacular fireworks shows put on by the various resorts and municipalities.   

I hope your 2018 goes out with a laughter-filled bang, and 2019 brings you all you need.  

Safe travels,  

Madeline