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Resolutions to KEEP Rocking!
14. Get paid to declutter.
If clutter makes you crazy (it makes me super crazy) start chipping away at it. Make it fun by setting a goal for how much money you want to make. You bought this crap, someone else will, too! Check out our 20 Days to a Clutter-Free Home and get started. If it’s garage sale season, have a garage sale. If it isn’t, sell on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist or Ebay. Once your house is clutter-free and organized your anxiety level will be so much better. Use the money you make for something fun, like an experience or new throw pillows and candles for your clean & cozy new living room space.
15. Game night.
Resolutions that have the family’s best interests in mind are always popular. Plan a weekly or monthly game night with your kids If they are teens, do it on Sunday night so they are almost sure to be home. Family laughter is good for your heart.
16. Date night.
Schedule a recurring date night with your spouse and make it a priority. Once the kids grow up you’re on your own again. Make sure you still know each other!
17. Plan a vacation.
Resolutions that result in vacations? Sign me up! Did you know planning a vacation has proven to be as enjoyable as actually going on vacation? It is! So start planning. Set a goal to go on this vacation, too. (See #2 above for ideas to save money.) It can be a nearby weekend away, a Spring Break vacation, a couples weekend, or a Big Trip to a bucket list destination- plan it and have fun doing it. Every time you think about your upcoming vacation do you know what you will be? Happy. 🙂
18. Be a better _____.
Whatever you can be better at, be better at it. Be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Find little ways to bring a little more happiness, confidence, compliments to those around you. It will come back to you ten fold! It’s as easy as dropping a corny joke in your teenagers lunch bag, or telling your husband you appreciate how much he does for your family, or telling your friend you admire how she keeps it together with a job, three kids and a dog that poops in the house. Make brightening someone’s day a regular occurrence and it will come back to you.
19. Do what you used to love.
Resolutions that benefit you and only you are totally ok- don’t fee guilty doing things for yourself! Is there something you used to do, but then life started getting in the way? Maybe it was reading. Try to get back to reading a book a month, and if you don’t have time to read treat yourself to an Audible subscription because you definitely have time to listen to a book a month! If it was golf or tennis, schedule time in advance to do it and stick to it! If you schedule a match with a friend or co-worker you’ll be more inclined to see it through.
20. Practice RAOKs.
Like volunteering, resolutions for random acts of kindness just feel good. I really believe that doing for others makes you so much happier, so pay it forward. Drop cookies off at your fire station, shovel your neighbor’s porch because he’s old/works too much/gets home late, have your kids tuck $1 bills into toys at the Dollar Tree to make some kid’s day, pay for the coffee of the person behind you…you get the idea. Try to do something once a month knowing you’re making yourself and someone else happy.
21. Break a bad habit.
You know you have at least one. Maybe it’s biting your nails (guilty) or snapping at people when you get annoyed (guilty) or smoking (no longer guilty) or you have a bad Amazon habit (guilty again,) but whatever it is you’ll be happier when you’re no longer doing it.
22. Be kinder.
When my husband and I first started dating he (very kindly and patiently) let me in on a little secret: there’s more than one right way to do most things.
As someone who is always right, this was an interesting concept. 😉
In the same vein, be kinder when it comes to understanding people who are different from you. I see so much online and hear so much from people I come into contact with that we’re becoming too politically correct. If you start looking at it as being informed and making better choices because of it, it will do wonders for your perspective. As Maya Angelou said: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
23. Try something new.
Broaden your horizons with resolutions. If you’ve never tried Middle Eastern food, give it a try. If you take the same route to and from work every day, mix it up. You may discover a cute little neighborhood, or a thrift store, or an ethnic grocer.
24. Make a change.
If your life is bringing you down, work towards making a change. If you hate your job, update your resume and start looking. If your commute is awful, think about moving, or finding a job closer to home, or talking to your boss about working 7a-4p instead of 8a-5p. Be creative. If your kids are awful, crack down and get them on track- you’re raising future adults, right? If your house is too much to manage, outsource some tasks or downsize. Big time changes can bring big time happiness.
25. Start therapy.
If you’re just not happy, there may be more to it. Mental health is so important, and your mental health is the most important thing in your life. If you are not sure about making that first call to schedule an appointment with a therapist, give TalkSpace a try. You can TEXT with real therapist and the monthly rates are less than most insurance copays for therapy. Take care of you. (I’ve never used TalkSpace, but I’ve heard such great things about them!)
So what do you think? I’d love to hear which resolutions you’re going to rock this year! For me, I’m going to focus on 3, 5, 7, 8 and 20 and I’m excited to get started!
Here are a few more ideas for the new year!
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