Most Common News Year’s Resolutions
Wow this year has flown by but then don’t we say that every year. As I sit and reflect on my past year I have things I am proud to have accomplished and some that I think I have wasted another year. This time each year we make our New Year’s resolutions. It’s time to pick our next diet plan to try or make a financial budget and stick with it. So what are your new year resolutions?
This is always my goal and a goal that I commonly break. Every December I vow to make the next year the year I make my health and fitness goal. The one thing I can say is don’t make this goal unless you are 100% committed to giving it your all, and I don’t just mean in the month of January. Commit yourself, even if it’s just for 16 weeks, do something because once you start I bet you will continue.
I used to make this goal as well but thankfully I have kicked the habit. My father died of lung cancer so this is such an important goal to make. My brother at the age of 44 had triple bypass because of smoking so much. Don’t take the attitude of it won’t happen to me because it just might. Are you willing to risk it? There are plenty of resources to help you quit smoking or see your doctor.
Try Something New
By now most of us have a bucket list of things we want to do in life before we die. They can be as simple as jump out of an airplane to travel around Europe. Pick a couple things on your bucket list and make a plan and goal to do them this year. What a great accomplishment that will be.
Get Out of Debt
While this is such a hard one for me. My goal this year is to at least get rid of 1 credit card debt. It’s hard because things come up like car repairs or the new electronic gadget that just came out. There are simple ways to save money and reduce your debt. Try taking your lunch instead of eating out. Pick only one night a week to eat out and commit to eating at home the other nights. Budget grocery shop. While it might be a pain to do, it can save mega bucks that can be used to pay off that debt.
This is another one that is going on my list. Family time is so important especially if you have little ones. Again, there are simple things you can do to make more time for family. Pick one night a week and make it family night and take turns picking what to do that night. Eat together. While this one might sound simple there are many that don’t do it. It’s a rule in my house that we eat at the table together no matter what. It’s a great time to talk about your day.
It’s great when we can commit some of our time to serve our community. It’s time to give back by helping build a house or serve food to the hungry. I work in a nursing home and volunteers are always welcome to chat with our residents or do a craft with them. Think about helping tutor a student or become a Big Brother Big Sister..
Sounds simple right? Try not to over commit yourself to too many things that might make you feel stressed. Maybe consider taking up a meditation class or getting a massage once a month. These are great ways to reduce the stress. Try not to dwell on the things you can’t change. Focus on the hear and now and make every minute a positive experience.
What is your New Year’s Resolution? Would love to hear your stories on what you have accomplished.