10 New Year’s Resolutions (To Actually Keep!)
With the beginning of a new year comes the idea of a fresh start. We all create a specific resolution to keep, but we often find ourselves giving up within the first week. Instead of creating one giant, overwhelming New Year’s Resolution, why not make a few mini NYRs to enhance and enrich our lives?
- Organize your Finances –We’re all guilty of creating a “plan” that never sees any action, but with a new year comes a new dose of reality. So, fess up to your financial difficulties and create a solution. Whether it’s paying off a student loan, getting out of credit card debt, or simply creating a monthly budget and sticking to it, make 2016 the year to get your finances together.
- Add a Ten Minute Work-Out to your Everyday Routine – Losing weight is by far the most popular New Year’s Resolution, but for good reason. Physical fitness is a major factor when it comes to your health. While exercising can be a pain (sometimes literally), the benefits including better moods, an increase in energy, and even a longer life are far more advantageous than scrolling through Facebook an extra ten minutes.
- Cook More at Home – Let’s face it, with the never-ending supply of quick and easy recipes found on Pinterest, we’re out of excuses. Find the recipe for your favorite cuisine and try it out at home for your friends and family! Not only will you be making great food, you’ll also be creating fun memories.
- Reach Out to Family – Take the initiative and call a family member. Whether it’s your parents, a sibling, or your second cousin twice removed, chances are, they want to hear from you. Take an interest in their day, thank them for all that they’ve done, and remind them just how much you love them.
- Put Down the Phone – It’s time to strip away the filters, do away with the hashtags, and stop the scrolling. Join the real world and make real memories and real connections that don’t require a status update!
- Be Kinder – In a world where only negativity and violence seems to be highlighted in the media, help make the world a better place by simply making it your mission to do one small act of kindness each week. Donate your time at a local soup kitchen, pay for a cup of coffee for the next person in line, or simply give someone a genuine compliment. Sometimes it’s the small things that mean the most.
- Say Goodbye to Enemies– Learn to apologize to those that you’ve wronged, and forgive those who have wronged you. Life is far too short to cling to bitterness or to hold on to resentment.
- Learn to say “No” – While being a multi-tasker is a great trait, it doesn’t give you license to try to take everything on all at once. It will only result in a very stressed, very frazzled version of yourself. Instead of filling your plate completely full, save room for some R&R. You’ll be able to dedicate more time and put forth more effort with a smaller amount of projects, plus the very relaxed, very refreshed version of yourself will thank you later.
- Learn to say “Yes” – Try new activities, eat new foods, and travel to new places. Instead of hiding away in your comfort zone, open yourself up to new adventures.
- Forgive Yourself – It’s easy to be your own worst critic, but it’s time to recognize that you cannot be perfect. You’re going to make mistakes. But that’s okay, let go of the past and move on towards your bright future in 2016!
Written by: Angel Lewis