2020 New Year Resolutions

It’s officially 2020, and that not only means a new year, it also marks the beginning of a brand-new decade. So much change is in the air and now is as good a time as any to make some good decisions for change.

While we may have our own individual goals (i.e. to fit back into that favorite old pair of jeans) In our crazy, fast-paced whirlwind we live, sometimes we lose perspective on what’s really important.

Let’s learn life lessons from honeybees.

Since the beginning of time, bees live their entire lives as a superorganism in a purpose-driven life. They are born to do one job their entire life until they die. They don’t get signing bonuses when they join the hive. If they don’t perform, they die. Chances are good they don’t know anything other than the role in life that they were born to live.

Can we take a moment to acknowledge how lucky we are to be alive and well living during this time in history? We can be anything we decide to be, provided we work hard. Let’s take a minute and be grateful for good health, and for friends, family, and colleagues that we have to thank every day for our role in our own hive.

While we are on the subject of gratitude, did you know that Americans consume about 285 million pounds of honey per year? To make only one pound of this honey, bees must visit 2 million flowers, fly more than 55,000 miles, and involve more than 750 bees.

Let’s thank bees for honey.

We can all make a few simple changes in our lives thanks to bees by refusing to use pesticides, by growing a pollinator garden and by supporting our local beekeepers.

Bee on flowers

Get stung with a smile

Few people can actually say they enjoy being stung by a bee. However, bee sting venom may help reduce the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. It’s easy to overlook the positives in our lives and dwell on the stings that we get: the highs and lows are all part of life, and every experience will make us stronger.

Let’s Bee Productive.

Honeybees fly at fifteen miles per hour. Compared to their body weight, that’s a miracle. Whatever it is you do, push the limit this year. Go beyond where you thought you could go.

In addition, the queen bee of the hive may produce enough daily eggs to equal her own body weight. Now, I’m not suggesting we all go and pop out this many children, but I do think that we can learn from the queen herself. Her commitment to her hive, her focus, and her drive.

Bees work tirelessly in their role for the hive to function properly. Because of this, the rearing of the family is one of the queen’s main roles. This year, while working, we should strive to work as hard as possible – as if a whole hive was depending on us.


Bee fun-loving!

Honeybees actually communicate via dancing and pheromones.  Next time you have something important to share, try a new and unique way of sharing your thoughts. If you’re creative enough, you may just get the attention that you are looking for. The bees utilize a specific groove officially known as “The Waggle Dance”. Put on your favorite song, and figure out your next important steps this new year!

While we are all getting 2020 into focus, let’s decide it’s going to be the year to remember. If we decide to bee grateful, productive, fun-loving, and creative we’re sure to have an amazing year ahead!

Lastly, honey never spoils. NEVER. So, whenever you’re having a subpar day, go for the honey because it will always be there to brighten your mood. 

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About the Author


Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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