5 No-Fail New Years Resolutions

By Serena Piper

Every new year it’s the same resolutions. Lose weight, make more money, exercise more, eat better, etc. If those types of resolutions work for you, keep at it. But have you ever found yourself feeling a little defeated when, six months through the year, you realize you fell off the wagon a long time ago? You haven’t lost as much weight as you wanted, your hourly wage is still the same, and despite your best attempts at resisting those candy bars in the grocery store checkout aisles, you have given in to those Kit Kats, and have only been to the gym maybe twice a month to make up for it?

This year, make your resolutions something you’ll be able to check off easily. Here are five easy resolutions to get started with:

1. Volunteer
Volunteering is so easy to get started doing. There are so many organizations out there that need volunteers, including Big Brothers Big SistersHumane Societies, assisted living homes, beach cleanups, etc. To find volunteer opportunities in your area, check the Volunteers section of Craigslist, your local paper, or Volunteer Match.

2. Read
Admiring your friends whenever they talk about a great book they’ve just finished? Aim to read one book every one or two months. You’ll have something to talk about with friends and family, you’ll learn something new, and you’ll pick up a new hobby (if you aren’t already into reading).

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Photo credit Casey Fleser

3. Try Something New
Each month, try a new restaurant or cook a new dinner at home. If you choose to eat out, you may find parts of your city you never knew about. If you stay in, it’s a bonding opportunity and/or a great date idea.

4. Out With the Old
Go through your closet each month to see if there’s anything you could get rid of. Old blankets, CDs you can transfer to your computer, and other bulky items will free up a lot of space. Make sure to take those blankest to any animal shelters in your area, as they’re always in need.

5. Keep in Touch
Make it a point to write an email, make a phone call, or even write on the Facebook wall of a family member you haven’t caught up with in awhile. This year, make it a point to invest in family relationships.

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