New Year’s Resolution Ideas

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Are we all in the midst of the holiday scramble or what? Gift shopping, wrapping, and shipping. Or hiding of gifts. Card signing and sending and ordering. The parties, the weather, the school performances. It’s a lot, isn’t it?

Here’s one more item to think about. In one short month, we’ll begin another year. A new year means resolutions. New Year’s Resolutions don’t have to be big to be life changing. Mine are always small – but that’s how I stick to them.

Grab a cup of something warm and get your notebook. I’m sharing 5 easy New Year’s Resolutions that are attitude adjustments rather than sacrificing and depriving.

  1. Limit :: Say no. Saying no allows you to NOT over commit and gives you time to do what’s really important. I keep my calendar at home so I can say, “Let me check my calendar.” This allows me time to think long and hard about adding another commitment.
  2. Health :: Put exercise and healthy eating FIRST on your daily to do list. Don’t skip either of those. If I have a choice, I always opt for early morning meetings on days I’m not working out. If that doesn’t work, I get up very early in the morning to fit it all in. Yes, early bedtime that night!
  3. Plan :: Get ready the night before…Prep workout clothes the night before so you’re ready to go. Get the smoothie ready the night before so it’s quick to eat in the morning. Soak beans the night before so you’re ready to cook them in your slow cooker in the morning.
  4. Cook :: Meal plan and cook…I always make a meal plan and this keeps me from running to the grocery store every day – which is a huge time saver! I have a ‘cooking day’ (sometimes 2) where I’m making food that feeds us for the rest of the week. Busy weeknights are easier with a plan + we eat healthier at home.
  5. Budget :: Never sexy but always needed. Track spending to start the process of setting up a household budget. What are your financial goals? Set those and work towards them. A big trip? Adding to your savings account? College? Whatever your goals are, set them – with your spouse or partner – and then chart your progress. Don’t let another year go by without finding ways to spend less and enjoy more.

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Easy to tackle and accomplish changes are ones that stick and stay around – for the entire year – and don’t end in a month. Use the New Year to make healthy, easy, good for you changes. In 12-months, we can hi-five about how we stuck to our resolutions. And, then we can make some more.

 Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Do you keep them?

Go Gingham related links:

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Sara

Sara, creator of Go Gingham, is passionate about cooking and feeding her family healthy, real food. She's a green enthusiast, too, who loves to grow food organically. Sara loves to travel - especially by trading houses. An avid runner, she can also be found chasing after her chickens in the backyard.

5 Comments


  1. Thanks for the reminder, Sara! We can all use this during thsi time of the year when things start to spin out of control.
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  2. I like #1 the best. I am a people pleaser, but am learning. A friend of mine told me “No is a complete sentence”. So I feel better about saying it now, lol. Isn’t that funny? Thanks for sharing your life with all of us!


    1. Bobbi, you’re so welcome!
      What’s funny is that your friend is right – it is a complete sentence. For some reason, we don’t feel right just saying no. It’s taken me years to get used to the idea….of saying no to something that just doesn’t quite work for my calendar/family. 🙂


  3. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I do try to stay on-track in the areas you mentioned. I love Bobbi’s comment–I am guilty of trying to explain or rationalize why I am saying no–but I don’t need to do that–I can just say “no” and leave it at that.


    1. What is it with us gals? It doesn’t seem like the male species does that we women folk do.
      Staying on track is the same…it’s really just calling it something different 😉
      Thanks, Kris!

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