Toss up metallic confetti, wear festive top hats and blow crazy horns, because it’s time for celebrating! It’s a new year filled with goals and wishes waiting for you to make them come true. Every year, we are all guilty of making some of those ordinary resolutions that you see slapped across ads, such as “lose 10 lbs.,” “drink less caffeine,” “save more money,” “eat healthier,” etc. Although those are all fine ideas, this year why not try something different and craft resolutions that will make you a better version of yourself. Here are some New Year’s resolution ideas to get you started!
1. Be Connected
It’s too easy to lose touch with friends and family. Make a commitment to connect with them throughout the year. Don’t just send a text (even tough we are all guilty of it). Actually take a few minutes to write a personal note and stick it in the mail. Or make that extra effort to meet up. Why not host a get-together with distant friends? Take the initiative to rekindle those relationships.
2. Be Giving
It’s not always about giving money (although, that’s generous too), but about giving your time to help others. This year, rather than just writing a check, go through all of your closets and donate clothes, volunteer at the humane society or send care packages overseas. If you’re crafty, make blankets or hats for those in need, and if you’re sporty, organize a basketball tournament to collect donations. Give back by using your own special talents. Make a difference in people’s lives by giving.
3. Be Joyful
Every year has those moments we shed tears and those moments we celebrate. As you embark on this new year, choose to be joyful, choose to celebrate and choose to laugh. We all need reminders sometimes, so try hanging up one those short quotes that says, “Live. Laugh. Love.” Then start everyday with a laugh, and end every day with a smile.
4. Be Healthy
The word healthy is broad, but being healthy is important. Make this a year that you simply “be healthy.” You take care of you. We’re all busy running kids to soccer practice, picking kids up from school, packing lunches and the list goes on. Make it a priority to take some time for yourself every day. Be active and plan healthy meals. Even better, involve the whole family. Being healthy doesn’t just mean you’ve lost 10 lbs. and look fabulous, it also means you’re mentally healthy. Set aside at least 15 minutes a day without interruptions to truly relax, journal, or simply just lay down. After all, you can’t take care of others if you can’t take care of yourself.
5. Be Adventurous
Most of us have a normal routine and tend to stick to it. Try breaking that routine or add something new to it (even if it’s something a little bit crazy). Book a camping trip, join a book club, sign up for a yoga class, take the family to an amusement park, plan a neighborhood grill out, sign up for dance lessons, take a pottery class or travel somewhere new. Breaking out of your comfort zone can help you discover new hidden talents, or create memories that you’ll be talking about for years to come.
Whether you choose one of these New Year’s resolution ideas or have some of your own, we hope you celebrate all of those special moments life gives you, and create new moments you’ll remember for years to come. Now, what will your resolutions be?