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Every year millions of people around the world make a New Year’s resolution on New Year’s Eve. Then, each December people reflect on the previous year and feel like a failure because they did not achieve their goal. It is not because these people are weak or unmotivated. The problem is the goals they set are out of reach. When it comes to setting goals, baby-steps are key. Here is a list of attainable New Year’s resolutions.

  1. Appreciate the time you have with your family – This one is important. I know I am guilty of not spending enough time with my family. Making a conscious decision to spend more time with your family – and be 100% committed while you’re there.  It will benefit everyone. Try to attend more holiday parties if you live far from home. Come home for your Grandmother’s birthday. Visit an Aunt you haven’t seen in a while. Call your Father more. The little things count.

  2. Travel somewhere you’ve never been – This is a great goal because it doesn’t need to be a 2,000-mile journey across the country. You can travel to the next state over. You can even go to the next town over. Just find a place you’ve never been before and spend the day exploring.

  3. Help others – Volunteer at your local homeless shelter.  Donate some of your old clothes to Goodwill. Help an elderly neighbor with some housework. Doing even one of these things will make you feel great about yourself.

  4. Read more – You do not have to read 500 page books to “read more.” Buy a few short stories and read one a week. Read the newspaper every once and a while. Read more blogs and columns. Download the Goodreads app and save some books that look interesting on your shelf. You can also try Kindle Unlimited from Amazon which allows you to read books for free with a subscription.

  5. Learn something new – This is broad, but it leaves a world of possibilities. Learn to play an instrument. Try learning a foreign language. Watch Jeopardy once a week to learn some fun new facts. Go to a museum and immerse yourself in knowledge and artifacts. Doing any of these things even once will make you feel accomplished.

  6. Walk more – You can park your car a little farther from the door to the grocery store. You can spend a little extra time doing one more lap around the mall. Go to more parks. Walk up and down the beach. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. You do not need to walk 5 miles a day to be healthier. Even adding a little more walking to your daily routine will help.

  7. Make more phone calls – In today’s world, people are a lot more disconnected to eachother. We would rather send a text or an email instead of picking up the phone and speaking to someone directly.

  8. Dedicate more time to yourself – It’s hard to put yourself first especially when you have hundreds of responsibilities. It is important for your mental well-being. Spend more time to yourself, even if it is only 15 minutes a day. Take time out to do the things you enjoy and that make you happy.

  9. Be more present – Because of cell phones and other electronic devices, it is easy to be distracted. Try putting the phone down a little more often. When you are in the middle of a conversation, make sure you listen. Try not to let social media interfere with your social life.

  10. Drink more water – Regardless of who you are, chances are you do not drink enough water. When you go out to dinner, try swapping a soda or a sweet tea for a plain water. You’ll not only save money, but you’ll feel healthier.

    Stephanie F
    FFL Cabinet Member