Practical New Years Resolutions For 2019

In Advice, Lifestyle by Mindy WhiteLeave a Comment

With each new year comes a refreshing feeling to hit the reset button and / or spend way too much on workout gear that will probably never experience one pilates class (and that’s OK). No matter if you consider 2018 as your best or worst year yet (personally, I’m like, please GTFO), the thought of a new year encourages all of us to set goals and make resolutions.

It’s no secret that a most of us struggle to keep our promise by making resolutions that are just too impractical, setting ourselves up for failure. Not to mention, it’s HARD to find time to fit in new things with crazy schedules, illnesses, injuries, forgetfulness (it me), and let’s be honest—laziness (oops!). That’s why it’s a good idea to make practical goals that still feel exciting but ones that you know you can accomplish (maybe toss in a few bucket list wishes, too)!

  1. Wake up earlier; go to bed earlier.
  2. No screens, devices, or technology use one hour before bed, and definitely not in bed.
  3. Organize, declutter, and organize more—your home, car, desk, and life.
  4. Work on genuine kindness. Spread it everywhere you go.
  5. Master new, unique skills and actually use them.
  6. Reconnect with old friends and stay on top of relationships.
  7. Re-teach yourself things you learned in school. Research things you’ve never learned.
  8. Write more letters and make more calls.
  9. Stop spending time with people who don’t appreciate or even degrade you, even if that’s family.
  10. Let your parents and friends constantly know how much you love them.
  11. Discover a new band, artist, or author every month. BUY their music, books, movies.
  12. Once a year, take a trip someplace you’ve never been before.
  13. Make more time for face-to-face interactions.
  14. Once a month, teach someone something new.
  15. RECYCLE. Call your trash service and sign up. It’s that easy and can be as cheap as $100/per year.
  16. Cut down on social media and pointless internet usage.
  17. Stop worrying and conquer your anxiety.
  18. Pick up a practical fitness routine. Start with walking or take the stairs.
  19. Meditate or just be quiet for 5 minutes every day.
  20. Get to know your neighbors, you might need them one day.
  21. Shop online less, shop local instead.
  22. Go camping without technology, besides a phone that is kept off.
  23. Let go of the past. Drop grudges and extend forgiveness to those who have hurt you.
  24. Document fun, thrilling, unique, sad, meaningful experiences in a journal.
  25. Make new friends, nearby and long-distance.
  26. Attend a workshop or class with a friend or someone you love.
  27. Save an animal by donating or adopt some fur-children… maybe two, three, five…
  28. Make plans and set dates to do (3) out-of-the-box things and go through with them.
  29. Make time for spontaneous fun, whatever that means to you.
  30. Learn how to spell the words you always butcher.
  31. If you’re in debt, get out of it asap. Start with putting back 5 dollars a week and work up.
  32. Stop trying to buy happiness. The things that give us the most fulfillment are free.
  33. Smile more often. This will make both you and the people around you happier.
  34. Donate several times a year—your time, money, advice.
  35. Make more time for fun, whatever that means to you.
  36. Watch Gilmore Girls from start to finish. Believe me, it’s crucial for your well-being.
  37. Take a kickboxing class so you’re fire-ready if an opportunity ever arrises.
  38. Stay humble. Be thankful, even during difficult times. Start a gratitude journal / happiness book.
  39. Be true to yourself—never someone you’re not. Your life will be 1,000 times better.
  40. Stop drinking so much. We both know your liver is hurting.

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