Sunday Inspiration: New Year’s Resolutions

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“New Year’s Resolutions are a bit like babies: They’re fun to make but really difficult to maintain.” Anonymous

I confess that I’m skeptical about making new year’s resolutions because they are so much easier to make than to maintain. But I do believe that setting realistic goals, whether it’s at the new year or any other time, can be helpful.

My favorite resolutions this year come from Parade Magazine because they’re a bit unique and funny and many of them are actually doable. I also like that there are 55, which means I can make them multiple choice, choosing those that I think will be the most fun and have the best chance of accomplishing.

Some of my favorite — do check out the entire list — are the following:

2. Work out to feel good, not be thinner.

Instead of obsessing over the scale, obsess over how amazing you feel since you started being more active. Numbers don’t mean much.

3. Stop gossiping.

Don’t be that person. Spread positivity. (Emilie’s note: And even if that puts you in a minority, luxuriate in being different.)

4. Give one compliment a day.

You never know—it just might make that person feel a whole lot better.

7. Read a book a month. {This is my favorite, though I suggest at the very least doubling it}

Haven’t you heard? Reading is good for your brain, it can reduce stress, and it can improve your memory and concentration.

8. Go someplace you’ve never been.

Step outside of your comfort zone and do something daring. It’s good for the soul and forces you to learn new things.

11. Reduce your waste.

Some research says that the average American produces over 2,000 pounds of trash every year. Gross. Reduce your waste by ditching paper towels in favor of rags you cut up from old towels and clothes. Another easy switch is reusable grocery bags. It makes a difference!

14. Write down one thing you’re grateful for every night.

End the night with gratitude and you’ll feel better when you lay your head down on your pillow. (Emilie’s note: I got a new desktop planner for Christmas and plan to put this in the commodious notes section. Committing to that is a resolution, too.)

17. Stop multi-tasking.

Multi-tasking can lead to memory problems, it reduces our brains’ grey matter, it hurts productivity and efficiency, and it can even increase stress, anxiety, and depression. Focus on one thing at a time.

18. Talk to yourself with kindness.

We aim to be nice to others but then criticize ourselves relentlessly. Stop! Think nicer things about yourself.

May your resolutions be realistic and enjoyable to accomplish during 2020.


  1. Nancy Lepri on December 29, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Love these!!!! Happy New Year to you and tell Proman!

  2. Terry Guerra on January 2, 2020 at 3:46 am

    Oh Emilie, these are great! And very doable! Happy New Year to you and Proman!

  3. Judy Zell on January 5, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    My goal is to read two books every week! Looking forward to your next book. I visited Tarpon Springs last week.

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