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7 Rewarding Resolutions to Make This Year

Set Positive Resolutions for Positive Results

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Every year, thousands of people set New Year’s resolutions to stop doing things: Stop eating fried foods. Stop watching TV. Stop drinking so much beer. But, really, how long do they stick? When your resolutions aren’t enjoyable and only focus on what you can’t do (diet is a four-letter word, after all), they might not last very long at all.

But don’t let that stop you from changing your life! Instead of making negative resolutions that probably won’t stick, commit to making positive and uplifting changes that will improve your life immediately—changes that you’ll want to make! Read on for seven resolutions that are guaranteed to inspire success and help you to be your best self!

1. Renew a Childhood Passion
Remember when you were a kid and couldn’t wait to run and play during recess? Or maybe you loved art class and couldn’t give your mom enough crayon drawings. Perhaps you adored music class, so you spent hours practicing the lyrics and notes. No matter what it was, all of us did something as a child that we just adored. Take this new year to renew that childhood passion and fall in love with it all over again. Don’t limit yourself to elementary school activities—if you loved photography class or English composition in high school, start snapping photos or dust off your journal!

Where to begin: Buy a book on the subject or hobby you love and/or sign up for a class at a local community college or community center to reignite your childhood passion!

2. Get Organized
You know how you feel when your house is freshly cleaned. Everything is put away in its place, the dishes are done, the laundry is neatly folded—it feels great, right? Commit to making organization a priority in the new year, so you have that great organized feeling more often than not. Whether it’s going through the basement, a closet or a junk drawer, having a home that is organized can make you feel lighter and less anxious.

Where to begin: Mark specific organization days on your calendar where you tackle a larger project such as a closet or room, or set a 15-minute timer a few times a week for smaller projects such as a cabinet or drawer. Be sure to give yourself a reward like a hot bath, a new house decoration, a fun magazine or some other “me time” activity once you have a new area organized.
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About The Author

Jennipher Walters Jennipher Walters
Jenn is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomeGirls.com, FitBottomedMamas.com and FitBottomedEats.com. A certified personal trainer, health coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and is the author of The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet book (Random House, 2014).

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Member Comments

  • This sounds a lot more fun than "I shalt not...."

    I'm going to volunteer at a food pantry this afternoon (my second time - just started last week), and will be donating blood afterwards (only have one afternoon off work and the last couple weeks were busy.)

    I have no definite plans for the weekend - might do some organizing around my desk, or try again to learn to cross-country ski. :) We've got plenty of snow on the ground. - 12/27/2012 10:44:09 AM
  • Thank you for this positive article- it's much appreciated! - 12/26/2012 12:09:05 PM
  • Love this article! Get Organized and Dream again.... ;-)
    Thank you! - 12/26/2012 7:49:00 AM
  • I like it. The first one to be used by me is organization followed by making vision boards and art work, exercise (big time), creative cooking and music. - 12/26/2012 4:12:01 AM
  • Some really good ideas, and everything was so positive. Thanks. - 1/28/2012 7:46:08 AM
  • Such an inspiring article! I'd like to add another resolution -- update your resume! Even if you have a job, it's always good to look back at your resume and add things that you've done in the last few years. I have to get mine in order because I'm applying for a job (that's my first new year's resolution), but I'm surprised at how old my resume is! It's nice to sit down and think about all the things you've accomplished in the past and to make note of it. Besides, if you're going to change jobs or looking for a job, it's wise to prepare! - 12/30/2011 10:29:47 PM
  • Really enjoyed the positive focus of this article...plus it had some great ideas to start the NY off right! - 12/30/2011 9:16:05 PM
  • Great and timely advice! Thanks! - 12/30/2011 8:42:37 PM
  • Loved this. Mmmm..... Dream again. It seems that the more we "know", the more it limits our dreams. Thank you. - 12/30/2011 8:24:46 PM
  • BEANSKIROO
    Great article! I especially like that each idea has suggestions for how to get started. Great comments too! - 12/30/2011 12:09:27 PM
  • Great article! Thanks for specific how-tos. - 12/30/2011 12:08:21 PM
  • Love this article! I've actually started doing a couple of those suggestions this year, and look forward to next year. - 12/30/2011 10:32:31 AM
  • Some great ideas. I've already started organizing the house and dumping quite a few of the NG foods. Joined a group class that starts next week. I'm cleaning the office New Years Day so I can start the year fresh with a new attitude and some pumped up goals. - 12/30/2011 9:50:41 AM
  • BUSY_BEE68
    For years I've had the same resolution with no outcome, "Lose weight, be healthier." I finally gave up on resolution making on New Years. This year, I'm inspired and this article really got it kickin' this morning. I can't wait to explore the possibilities and put them into action! - 12/30/2011 8:53:45 AM
  • This is a great article to read this day; it just gives you so many options other than your weight...I am going to focus on organiation of my home and that will take my mind off food - 12/30/2011 6:49:34 AM

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