5 REALISTIC NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS AND HOW TO KEEP THEM! found at “Caitlyn from ThisFleetingLife.com”

5 REALISTIC NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS AND HOW TO KEEP THEM! found at “Caitlyn from ThisFleetingLife.com”

This is a guest post and from Caitlyn, and she can be found at ThisFleetingLife.com.

5 REALISTIC NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS AND HOW TO KEEP THEM!

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Every year we do this, and basically every year it’s the same thing: think about your resolutions, tell everyone what you’re going to do differently next year, and then by the time February 15th comes around, it’s all over.

I’m tired of flaking out on my resolutions and feeling badly about myself because of it.  Turns out a HUGE amount of Americans are just like me – about 80% of Americans lose track and drop their New Year’s resolutions by the second week in February, according to this Business Insider article from early this year.

Since I’ve decided that part of getting myself through the holidays is that I will start thinking about my resolutions early this year, here are 5 Realistic New Year’s Resolutions and How to Keep Them.

RESOLUTION #1: LIVE A BETTER LIFE

Living a better, more present life is on everyone’s radar, especially around New Years.  New Year, new you, am I right?  In order to put this into practice, there are a few things you could do outside of the typical remedy of reading yet another self-help book.

MEDITATION

I have recently started to enjoy meditating.  Now, I know this sounds a little hokey to some, but bare with me – it does really make a difference.  Meditating doesn’t have to be a huge multi-hour long session in which you fall asleep and/or get bored.  I love using Headspace*, an app that walks you through meditation and clearing your mind.  It’s great when you just need a moment to get away from the overwhelming world.  I also use it as a way to get ready to go to bed.  The basic level is free and has various timed meditations, usually 3, 5, or 7 minute options.

MOTIVATION BOARD

You can also create a motivation board or a vision board.  I like to put mine on Pinterest, because it’s easy and I don’t have to get my hands all gluey.  It can be really motivating to peer through all the things you want in life and hone in on the items you’d like to prioritize most.  Check out mine here!

JOURNAL

Journaling has been a love of mine since I was very small.  However, I’m the person who has like 50 journals and most of them are half filled out.  Seriously, it’s a bad habit and I’d love to break myself of this.  In the coming new year, in order to get myself out of that habit and into a better life, I plan on writing in a journal every day.  Even if I only write that I don’t know what to write about that day, I want to do it.

Writing helps you work through your thoughts, emotions, and plans.  It helps you understand yourself and your priorities.  You can absolutely work on your new you in the new year with the help of a journal.  I really love this Greenroom notebook to journal in from Target.  There’s something about the size and shape of it that lends itself so seamlessly to writing. I seriously hoard them whenever I find them.  I also love this Moleskine Notebook* for its supreme bendy-ness and grid paper.  Something about grid paper just makes writing more fun.

RESOLUTION #2: LEARN NEW HOBBIES

As I have stated before, having something to look forward to can make a WORLD of difference!  In the new year, many like to learn new hobbies and I think this is a GREAT idea.  Below I have listed a few suggestions that you might not have thought of yet.

HOBBIES YOU MAY NOT HAVE THOUGHT OF…

  1. ZUMBA

  2. GLAM PLANNING (BASICALLY TRICKING OUT YOUR PLANNER)

  3. FISHING

  4. BEER TASTING

  5. WINE TASTING

  6. COFFEE TASTING

  7. BOOK CLUB

  8. DANCING CLUB

  9. BAKING CLUB

  10. COOKING CLUB

  11. DINNER PARTY CLUB

  12. 20 SOMETHING’S CLUB

  13. PET-LOVER’S GROUP

  14. BLOGGING

  15. BLOGGER’S GROUP

  16. WALKING/ HIKING

  17. WORKING OUT

  18. TV SHOW COMMENTARY BLOG OR CLUB

  19. FAN CLUB

  20. SEWING

  21. KNITTING

  22. YOUNG ADULT CHRISTIANS CLUB

  23. MODEL MAKING

  24. LITERATURE CLUB

  25. CONCERT REVIEW BLOG OR CLUB

  26. LOCAL DESTINATION ADVENTURERS CLUB

  27. CLOTHING SWAP

  28. SELL YOUR OWN CLOTHING ONLINE

  29. CHARITIES/ VOLUNTEERING

  30. YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS

You can either find a club like any of these in your area or you could make starting the club and running it your hobby.  Or if you are an introvert like me, you could just do these things by yourself as a personal hobby and join a club online or just have fun on your own.  Either way, there are plenty of things we can do to help ourselves into new hobbies in the new year.

RESOLUTION #3: SPEND LESS/SAVE MORE

Its seems like everyone wants to know how to save money for the future lately.  I think it’s fantastic! Spending less and saving more helps us feel like we have a little control over how our future is going to turn out.  It makes us more secure in what we do and gives us guideline to act within. If this is one of your resolutions, more power to you! It’s a great thing to want to save money and be fiscally responsible.

One thing you could do to make it easier on yourself to achieve the kind of saving you want, is to make a timeline by which you would like to earn a certain amount of money. This helps you to really be able to visualize the goal.  You can also give yourself particular increments and then a reward of some type to be able to have something achievable that you can see. Motivation gets lost when it feels like we are not making any real progress.   You can also check out my post on How to Budget…like a Grownup to help you out in this department.

RESOLUTION #4: GET HEALTHY

Getting healthy is probably the top-most New Year’s resolution of all time.  It’s the thing that people feel like they should do, even when they don’t really want to.  Here are some things you could do in order to get healthier in 2018 (I either have already done or plan on doing most of these).

I feel a little repetitious, but seriously you guys – join a gym!  It is seriously so worth it, especially since a ton of gyms have memberships for only about $10 a month at this point. If you do plan on joining a gym, the way to really make it stick is to go with a friend.  Plan out particular days each week that you will go, and then make yourself accountable by an outside source.  This way you will have someone else reminding you about it, and you have a motivational buddy built in.

You can also meal plan and meal prep in the new year.  These things are ridiculously helpful for maintaining a healthy and nutritious menu.  You can get super motivated by reviewing Pinterest and Youtube.  You could also make it fun by finding a clean eating cooking class in your area.  Yelp! always has some really cool things to offer, and if you go with a friend, you can sometimes get a discount.  Plus that accountability thing works here, too. You can also check out my post on Getting Healthy…like a Grownup.

RESOLUTION #5: GET ORGANIZED

Getting organized is always on the top of everyone’s list.  For getting your tangible things organized, my number one place to go is Alejandra from AlejandraTV.  She is so precise and articulate, and seems so down-to-earth.  She adheres to the “a home for everything and everything in its home” philosophy when it comes to organization.

If you’re super messy, but you like the idea of moving toward a more minimalist way of life, I definitely recommend heading over to the Messy Minimalist.  Rachel is super sweet and very real with her audience.  Her channel follows her journey as a messy person striving for a minimalist lifestyle.  She not only gives some really great tips about actually cleaning up your life, but also emphasizes a new and cleaner way to think about all the stuff that you own. So have a declutter sesh and binge watch all of Rachel’s videos – FYI, it’s super motivating to watch someone else get rid of a whole bunch of stuff.

If you feel like you’re closets are a particular hazard, you might want to consider hosting a clothing swap party (I mentioned this before as a potential hobby).  I had a friend who used to do this regularly, and she always said it was super fun.  Basically, you go through all of your clothes and find the pieces that have lost their luster for you, but are still in good shape.  You then ask a few of your closest (and maybe even some of your not-so-close, but nicely dressed) friends to do the same and come over.

There are rules that you can set about how you should go through the clothes and who should get what if both parties have an eye for one piece of clothing.  You can look at those here.  This is a great way to not only freshen up your closet without spending a penny, but you can also always take less than you put in.  At the end, the host takes the leftover clothes to Goodwill for donation.

You can also check out my post on Getting organized…like a Grownup if you want to see some other suggestions about how to get more organized.

READY, SET, GO!

There is a huge theme that you can see consistently through each of these items: goals.  Goals are the biggest motivators I have come across yet in my life. Having a tangible goal and seeing yourself getting closer and closer to it can make all the difference between success and failure. So, who’s ready to kick their New Year’s resolution in the butt?! I’m not completely ready for it yet, but I certainly plan on being so by the end of the year!

Let me know in the comments below what your resolutions are for 2018!  Are any of them listed above? If not, what are they and how do you plan on keeping them?

 

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