Making resolutions is easy to do in the moment. The hard part is sticking with them long term. I think introspection is something to be applauded. I think examining what you want out of life is always a good idea. I also think that if we’re being honest with ourselves, most of us just want to be happy. Dumbledore said, “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Two things come to mind when I read this quote. It’s one of my favorites so I reflect on it fairly often. Happiness can be found but you have to know what your version of happiness entails. Maybe being healthier would make you happy or maybe it’s getting more organized. You know yourself best. Secondly, turning on the light is much harder for some than others. I wish you only best with the part about light. I have good days and bad days myself. I can, however, give you some tips to help you hit those resolutions hard and get you one step closer to your happy place.
Resolutions About Health
Meal prep/ Pack your lunch
Find a gym buddy
Get creative with exercise. One workout does not fit all people.
Wear workout clothes that make you feel confident
Buy a reusable water bottle that will remind you to stay hydrated
Cut down on caffeine because it dehydrates you
Consider meditation for spiritual health. Health isn’t just about your body! You can get apps for your phone like “Calm” and “Headspace: Meditation”.
Love your body now. Don’t tell yourself that you’ll love it if you lose 10 pounds. Love yourself now. Exactly the way you are.
Other weight loss tips here
Resolutions About Organization
Buy a colorful planner. Some studies suggest that writing in color helps you remember details better. I feel lost without my planner. Much like the American Express, I don’t leave home without it.
Go through your closet. There’s always something you haven’t worn that could benefit someone less fortunate. Simplicity is peace.
My pantry can look like a disaster area so I bought bins and baskets to separate baking supplies, snacks, and kitchen gadgets. I also have clear air-tight containers for many items like sugar and flour so I can see when it’s time to restock. Amazon is my go-to store for containers. True life: I’m addicted to Prime and 2 day shipping.
Resolutions About Reading More
One of my favorite resources to help me read more is Goodreads. They have an app and a website. You can go through tons of titles and make “shelves” like “Want to Read”, “Read”, or “Currently Reading”.
I’ve also been making a list of books to listen to on “Audible” which is owned by (who else?) Amazon. Audible has tons of books that you can listen to on your commute or in your down time when you’d otherwise be mindlessly browsing. My favorite thing about Audible is that lots of books are recorded by the author. Yes, please!
Resolutions About Traveling More
Make a list of places you want to travel and look up prices for flights and hotels so you can set a realistic budget for your trips
Consider getting a travel credit card to earn points/miles
Cut down on luxuries like manicures, monthly memberships, eating out, etc. to save money for travel
If larger trips are not feasible, going on an adventure closer to home is not the end of the world. Time spent with loved ones is time well spent no matter where you go.
I hope you enjoyed these tips! No one is perfect so give yourself lots of grace. I have to remember that if I wouldn’t say something incredibly harsh to someone else then I shouldn’t say it to myself. Every day is a new chance to get back on track with your goal. Good luck! Let me know in the comments if you have any other great tips for keeping resolutions.