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5 New Year’s Resolutions Worth Keeping

Two dogs dressed up for New Year\'s Eve.

Dogs celebrating New Year's.

Well it’s almost that time.  The time to say good-bye to 2015 and a great big HELLO to the New Year.  I am looking forward to 2016 and all the good things it has to bring.  I know people always say that, but I mean it.  I have some great things planned for the New Year.

I know that sometimes people make New Year’s resolutions and then they’re disappointed when everything they planned doesn’t happen.  Well that’s probably because they didn’t make it happen.  Unfortunately the powers at be aren’t just going to hand us a perfect little life wrapped in a pretty little box and drop it right into our lap.  We need to make things happen.  What better time to do that than right now, the New Year.

Here are some New Year’s resolutions that are worth the work:


Pennies in savings jar.

Saving more money

It’s always nice to have more money, I mean can we really ever have enough?  I personally don’t think so.  More money means more freedom to do whatever we want whether that be buy a home, take a vacation or saving for a rainy day.

However saving money isn’t easy.  It takes discipline.  If your income doesn’t increase and you don’t want to find a second job you’ll need to cut your spending in order to save more.  So start with the easy stuff, like extras such as an extended cable package and trips to Starbucks.


Sunset bike ride

Making travel plans

As you know travelling is always on my list of things to do every year.  In 2015 I went to NYC four times and loved each and every moment.  The key to travelling to the same place is to make every trip different.

This year Washington D.C. and Orlando, Florida are on my list. I will brown paper bag my lunch for an entire three months (and I don’t cook) if it means saving money for travels.  Can you think of a better New Year’s resolution than gaining life experiences and exploring new places? I can’t.

Apples at the grocery store

Getting healthy

This doesn’t necessarily mean getting skinny.  It can mean changing your eating habits to cut out sugar or increase your physical activity to strengthen your heart.  My mother started lifting weights to help increase her bone strength, she’s going to be 60 this year and the doctor said it’s important to stay strong.

The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of cardio each week to help improve your heart’s health.  When we have a healthy heart we will hopefully live longer, now that’s a goal worth working towards.

Kids playing together

Starting a family

If you’re like me you’re a 30-something who is realizing that her window of opportunity to start a family is quickly closing.  I don’t think that BF and I want to have children, but I would like to get a dog.  I would love a Wheaten Terrier/Poodle mix.  Google them, aren’t they cute.

Keyboard and computer

Climbing the corporate ladder

Career ambition isn’t for everyone.  Some of us are happy going to work at 9 collecting a paycheck and leaving at 5 pm – and that’s O.K.  Some others are always looking for the next way to build their career, get a promotion and collect a bigger paycheck.  If you’re one of those people then do what it takes to make that happen.

Learn what skills you need for your dream job then go out and get them.  This may mean going back to school, taking an online course or taking night courses.  Don’t forget to let your boss know what you’re up to.

What’s your goal for 2016?


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