New Year’s Resolutions you WANT to keep!

So it’s that time of year…when we all start analyzing the past year and how we can make 2014 even greater. Yes the stats are out there that not many people will keep their resolutions…but what if it’s the resolution that’s the problem and not us?

This article about resolutions had some great ideas on how we can improve our lives in 2014 in some creative ways…these resolutions  are unique yet attainable, and WORTH keeping!

Not that losing weight (the healthy way) and organization are bad things…they are great and really can be kept with the right amount of motivation. But I know I sometimes feel pressure to have a resolution…and I feel guilty when I don’t.

It’s that or I just don’t want to clean out my closet. :)

Here are some of my favorite resolutions from this article. Click HERE if you want the full list. (I’ve edited some of these FYI)

**. Leave the country. If you don’t have money, look into doing charity work abroad. Some programs will sponsor you.

**. If you hate your job, quit your job. Repeat after me: THE MONEY IS NOT WORTH IT. Food and shelter are important however, so make sure you have another job lined up.

**. Stop beating yourself up for skipping the gym on days you truly didn’t have time. But also, stop skipping the gym on days you had plenty of time to go.

**. Rid yourself of enemies. Apologize for what you did wrong and forgive those who have wronged you.

**. Rid yourself of “frenemies.” Don’t spend 2014 surrounded by people you secretly despise.

**. Cross something off your bucket list. Sky dive, bungee jump, scuba dive, etc. Don’t make excuses as to why you can’t accomplish something, and check out

**. Stop hating yourself for eating dessert. A piece of birthday cake is a right, not a privilege.

**. Strengthen relationships with family members. Blood is thicker than water.

**. Help strangers. “Pay it forward,” do good things for the world — and don’t post a Facebook status about it.

**. Conquer a fear. 

**. Turn off your smartphone at dinner.

**. Try a fashion trend you never thought you could pull off. And, do it with confidence. Floppy hats, snap backs, Harem pants; you can do it!

**. Shop locally, eat locally and recognize where your money is going. Consumers control the economy, so visit the mom-and-pop coffee shop down the street instead of Starbucks. Shop at boutiques rather than chains.

**. Cry. When you’re happy and when you’re sad; embrace your emotions as they come.

SEE? You CAN keep resolutions when they look like this.  And the best thing is you have a year to do it… 

The main thing is that YOU have to want it.

So I hope you have a wonderful 2014 and it’s full of new experiences that help you grow as a person of character.

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