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New Year’s Resolutions for a Happier Life


1) Create a checklist at night of things you want to get done the next day. Start with the time you want to get out of bed, include housework, organizational efforts, some “me” time, and end with your goal bed time. I have found that planning my days helps me waste less time by multitasking and actually creates free time for me to enjoy a relaxing activity.

2) Go to the gym 3 days a week. Personally, I think the goal of “losing weight” is too broad. People resolve to lose weight and then don’t create a plan of action. I am guilty of doing this every year. Having a specific action in mind, and not a number goal, will help keep you mentally grounded. If I resolve to go the gym 3 days a week, I’m not focused on the number on the scale. As long as I focus on getting myself to the gym and reaching THAT goal, the weight will come off and I will be even happier with the results.

3) Set time aside to read a book 3 days a week. I used to love reading when I was a kid. I quit because getting older comes with more responsibility and less time. I just recently started reading again. I find that it is very calming and centers me. It helps me relax after a long day. When you make yourself take an hour for yourself, you realize that other things are not as important as you thought they were and they can wait.

4) Finally, don’t make too many resolutions. Putting too much on your plate can make you lose site of the big picture. Focus on a few things to improve your life, and other areas of your life will start to improve on their own. 🙂


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Ashley - Embracing Homemaking

Thursday 2nd of January 2014

Oooh, I love your resolutions. Your #1 is my favorite thing to do every night, it's so helpful the next day! I need to adopt 2-4 this year too.

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