9 Simple and Unique New Year's Resolutions
Happy New Year?
The first day of the new year has just passed, and another will be here quicker than we would like to believe. You find yourself asking the question, “What will my resolution be this year?” If we're honest with ourselves, we'd ask “What will I start and not stick with this year?” If you scour the internet for the most popular New Year's resolutions, you'll discover the same things over and over again. Typically, the leading resolutions are to lose weight, save money, quit smoking, and anything else that we can't seem to commit to longer than the first week of February. Why, you ask? I tend to think it's simply because, often, our resolutions are too broad and not specific enough to make them something we can succeed at. We want to lose weight, but the pressure of dropping a ton of weight or never eating junk food ever again has us doomed to fail and saving money without a point of focus has us saying “forget about it!”
I've put together a list of resolutions that have been successful for me because they've been small steps that can yield big results. When we don't feel defeated, it's amazing what we can succeed at! And here's a secret, you don't have to wait until January 1st to start. On any day of the week, month, or year, any of these would be great to start and I've found the effect to be contagious.
Have you ever stuck to your resolution for an entire year?
1. Change One Meal a Day to Something Healthy
In the past, you've made big plans to not consume anything that doesn't grow directly from the earth for the rest of your existence. That's not only ambitious, but it's also impossible. How many times have we tried this and failed? It's just too hard. So consider this, try to re-vamp just one of your meals a day to something healthier. It's certainly a more attainable goal; therefore, success is much more likely. Even though it's not a “perfect diet”, at least you'll be making one healthy change every day. Who knows, maybe it'll trickle into better eating habits overall. One small diet change can make such a difference in how you feel, and it's just as much (if not more) a matter of mind as it is waistline.
2. Constitute a No-Buy or Low-Buy for Something You Have in Excess
So you want to save more money this coming year? It's easy to say and so much harder to do. Instead of just aimlessly saying that you'll save more money, without having a plan or goal in place, try a low-buy or no-buy. What that means is taking something that you have an excess of (makeup, perfume, video games, etc.) and just simply using what you have until you need more or simply buying less of those things. The beauty of this idea is that it can be your rules and no matter what you choose if you do it at all, you should end up with some money saved at the end of the year. Below is a link to an article where I talk specifically about a makeup low-buy.
3. Take More (Or Fewer) Photos
There are two kinds of people—people who take too many photos and those who don't take enough (that's me!) Either way, there's room to get better. If you're someone who takes too many photos, you often find yourself behind your camera and never really experiencing the moment. When you return home, you wish you were more present in the moment. Not to mention, you never even actually look at all those photos you've spent so much time taking.
There's nothing wrong with taking pictures because, someday, you'll be glad to have that family picture, but do you really need to take a picture of every single building or item you see? You do know there are a million photos of that popular vacation destination on Google, right? A picture of you standing in front of something is much more valuable and you only need one (or two) good ones to look back on and reminiscence.
Then there's the other camp; people who don't take enough photos (I only have one picture from the day my husband and I eloped). We get home and pictures from Google is all we have. Not to mention, someday I will wish I had taken more pictures of me and my sweetheart during some of best times together. I could benefit from spending just a tad more time behind the camera to capture a memory and then return to just enjoying the moment. Whichever side you're on, aim to just be a little more mindful and you're memories (or phone storage) will thank you.
4. Commit 30 Minutes a Day (Every Day) to a Hobby
This seems to work whether you're wanting to find more time to do something you already love or if you're unsure about a new hobby. If you're feeling half-hearted, it gives you a window of time to devote to something so you can decide on how you feel without it being too much. If it's meant to be something you'll love, you'll know because thirty minutes will inevitably turn to more. If there's already something that you love to do, but you just can't seem to find the time, 30 minutes is such a great place to start. Who doesn't have 30 minutes? Either way, if you promise yourself that you will commit some time, you will either do what you love more or find something that brings you joy.
5. Avoid Social Media Every Other Day
Almost all of us would say that we'd like to spend more time away from social media but it is kryptonite for the human race. It's so hard to think we'll never go onto it ever again, it would be difficult, if not impossible, and not practical in our world today. Why does it need to be that drastic anyways? I thought "There has got to be a happy medium." So something I did a lot of last year was just simply doing an every other day break from it and it's exactly what it sounds like. You can make your own rules but just follow some self-control. What I did was not allow myself to go onto social media every other day. I allowed myself to use the internet, just not Facebook (i don't have Twitter or Instagram). The off days from that, I allowed myself to use Facebook and this system worked wonders for me. What I found was it made me feel good to go without it for a day, then it allowed me to enjoy it with less guilt on the other days. I feel like it's a win-win.
6. Do Something Different Every Day
If you're human, you've probably gotten in a rut at some point in your life, or perhaps, as we speak. You can tell when comfortable suddenly feels uncomfortable. We can feel stuck with when it comes to our looks, health, lifestyle, surroundings, or finances. We can get to a point sometimes when we know we want something different; we just don't know what we do want or where to start. If that's the case for you, start with one thing. It's so painfully simple, yet we often don't just do it because we want to fix everything all at once.
Want to change your look? Start with your hair cut, color, or choose with an outfit that is a departure from your normal style or color palette. Are you bored with the food you eat? Try a new recipe, an unfamiliar restaurant, or a new type of food. The great thing about trying to do just one thing different a day is that it can be anything and it can be a tiny thing, just make it different. Who knows how taking a different route to work can maybe change your outlook.
7. Use Your Slow-Cooker More Often
Imagine if there were a world where you could afford the luxury of your dinner being cooked for you while you were spending your day doing things for everybody else. Wait, there is? What and where is this magical place and how do I get there asap? It's called earth, and you're already here! It's also home to the slow-cooker! Use it more! Find recipes online or try some old favorites you've long forgotten about. With so many resolutions (including most on this list) being things that'll require some of your time to implement, this is one that gives it back.
8. Take Better Care of Your Teeth
You hear it all of the time, and you just don't get what the big deal is, after all, your teeth are fine. There's no pain, and they are oh so white and look pretty! However, you shouldn't wait until any of your teeth or gum health goes down the bathroom sink (literally!) to make sure everything is alright underneath the surface. The truth is, unless we get x-rays and a good eye looking closely at what's going on, we don't really know what's going on under our gums.
And then there's flossing. Most of us put off doing this for years; I know I did. I found that when I committed to going to the dentist every six months to get cleanings, I had a cavity every time for the first few visits. When I started flossing more (almost every day), my next two visits were cavity free. Coincidence? Maybe, but at least I know my teeth are healthy, and I'll catch any problem before it gets too big. It's not too hard to get into the habit, and you may find once you get started, it feels really good. That's definitely what happened to me.
9. Finish One Thing You Have Started
We all have something that we've started and haven' t finished. It might be a crochet project sitting in a basket in the corner, a guest bedroom that's half painted, or a semi-organized closet that every day you swear you'll organize tomorrow. Resolve this year, today, to finish that project finally. At the very least, if you can't finish it, decide in confidence to let it go. It'll be one less thing on your mental rotation every day.