5 New Year’s Resolutions Worth Keeping in 2017

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Need ideas for resolutions?

With 2017 just around the corner, why not make a few New Year’s Resolutions you can actually keep?

I’m the worst at keeping them-I try to become more organized, and it’s a fail. I try to keep myself from buying more shoes, when I have PLENTY of shoes, and that’s ruined in the first month. Stop drinking wine? Forget it.

So with that in mind, I’ve compiled 5 resolutions; focusing on health, happiness, and success, for the New Year. These are totally worth making…and keeping!

2017 New Year’s Resolutions

1: Practice Mindfulness (by Keeping a Journal)

When we think “mindfulness,” thoughts of consideration towards others is usually what comes to mind. But in all actuality, it’s really about considering oneself-in the moment.  It’s about forgetting the stresses and troubles, and focusing through breathing and meditation, on exactly what we are thinking and feeling right now. Granted, this can be hard to do when you’re super busy – but the benefits are astounding! Stress reduction is exactly what everyone needs in their life. So to start my own mindfulness journey, I’ve planned on incorporating a journal in 2017.

Keeping a mindfulness journal is just one of a few New Year's Resolutions worth making and keeping
This journal can help you simplify the process, if you aren’t used to practicing mindfulness. Each entry has a guiding tip that can help you focus on the moment you are writing in. And if you just can’t commit every day, it’s ok to just pick up where you left off. The most important part is to stop, and breathe. Writing can still be a form of creative meditation, and this is a great way to get those juices flowing.

2: Stop sweating the small stuff

This New Year’s Resolution can help you remember the real goals in life, and stop focusing on the minor details. Easier said than done, but something worth working towards. All too often, we become wrapped up in the little things that cause a lot more stress than what it’s worth. Negative comments and judgements other people make. Goals that aren’t met quite as soon as you intended. Unless it’s a matter of life or death, nothing trivial is worth causing more stress in your life. Once you can brush off anything that isn’t of a benefit to your life, your health and mind will thank you.

3:Maintain an active lifestyle

Yes, exercising every day can be hard to work into an already busy routine. But, this New Year’s Resolution isn’t just about exercising. An active lifestyle really only needs one thing-activity. And that can be cardio…or yoga…or even just walking. The point is to get moving! If I found I haven’t had time for a run in a few days, or I just haven’t dedicated yoga time, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve. Like purposefully parking the car as far away from the grocery store as possible. It’s my opportunity to get a few extra steps in. If I’m pushing a giant cart a few minutes later, it’s even better! It’s a workout I never would have had otherwise. 

You don’t have to adopt a new workout routine, to make a few adjustments that requires a little more activity in your lifestyle.

The Fitbit-a useful tool when making New Year's Resolutions to begin exercising and staying active
Which brings us to the Fitbit – these things are seriously awesome! It can record workouts you already do, and keep track of your heart rate and burned calories. There’s an all day and auto-sleep tracker, so even if you don’t have a dedicated routine, every step you take can still count. And there’s a reminder to get you moving more when you’ve been resting on your laurels too long! This Fitbit even comes with a guided breathing session, which totally helps with practicing your mindfulness!  It works with both Apple and Android products, so you don’t have to worry about compatibility. The call,text, and calendar features can help keep your phone out of your hands, and your body moving, as well.

4: Stick to your goals

Keeping your eye on the prize can sometimes be difficult to maintain. The stresses of life can hinder us from reaching our goal, if we allow them to set us back. Of course, there’s always a few pitfalls along the way;but nothing worthwhile is ever easy.

One of your New Year’s Resolutions, should be to always keep your focus on your goals, no matter how many fails, setbacks, and detours. Once you succeed, all the headache endured will be worth it. But first, you must not allow yourself to lose sight of that goal.

5:  Get Happy

Out of all these New Year’s Resolutions, this is probably both the easiest, and hardest, to incorporate. But be it a career, or a goal, or a passion, or a connection – find out what truly makes you Happy. And don’t give it up.

You might find true happiness in your family, your job, a hobby, or a future achievement.But whatever you find your personal joy within, is worth investing everything in.

We tend to leave behind some of the things we once found happiness in, when the demands of Life take over. But take the time to invest in what really makes you happy – because your health, mental well-being, and success, all stem from that. Only after giving up Happiness, do we succumb to Anger, Guilt, Negativity, Stress, and Sadness. As long as you don’t give up what really brings you joy, you’ll succeed in everything! And that’s worth carrying into a brand new year.

So these are just my ideas for making New Year’s Resolutions worth making and keeping, even for a few year’s to come. Have you made any yet?

5 New Year's Resolutions Worth Making and Keeping

Jealousy: The Good & Bad

Everyone’s Journey in the Pursuit of Happiness, is different; with varying pitfalls, highs, and obstacles. I can say with confidence that after 28 years, I’m a pretty happy person. I can’t say that for others I know, but at least I can about my journey.

It’s an unfortunate fact, but some people will always be jealous of you. Maybe their journey is a rockier road. Or it’s not turning out as well as they thought. But some people are always looking in someone else’s lane.

Now, there’s good jealousy and bad jealousy. The Good kind of jealousy can motivate you. Push you to be a better person. It can inspire you to reach your goals. And then there’s the Bad kind. This is the type of jealousy that can occur at any time, over any little thing; and usually it’s within the person least expected to be jealous of someone else. But that’s because things aren’t always what they seem.

I used to envy some of my girlfriends, For their husbands, families, houses, wardrobe…you know, the basic stuff one can be envious over. Until I really started working on my own journey. Once I met my husband, all that melted away. Now I had a goal worth investing in; our family, our house (my own wardrobe, but you get the picture). That’s the Good kind of jealousy. And there’s nothing really wrong with that if you can use it as a motivator.

But sadly, there’s some people that will look at your success as not only their failure, but a personal curse. I think everyone has an idea of this type of person: They can’t stand for anyone to be on top, but them. Always quick to remind you of setbacks, harsh realities, and even your past. Whatever it takes to steal the spotlight. I’m genuinely happy for people I know that are doing well in their life. Sadly, not everyone is like this.

So what can you do about it?

I try to be as understanding as possible with someone who is like that. It’s the only way I can not only tolerate their feelings, but try to inadvertently help them at the same time. For instance: my friend’s who poke at me for being skinny. Well, none of them are my size-actually, quite heavier. Yes, it’s childish to comment on someone’s weight, no matter what it is. And that’s what I remind myself-along with the possibility that maybe they just make rude jokes because they are struggling with their own issues, and that’s how they deal. It’s easier to attempt an understanding and shrug it off, rather than to get angry about it.

There’s really nothing you can do about it but shrug it off. Keep doing you. Like I said before, some use jealously as a healthy motivator. It’s not your fault that it’s turned into something bad. And it shouldn’t keep you from completing your journey to happiness. And maybe one day, after seeing you still happy and content with your life goals, whomever is exuding that negative jealousy towards you, can turn it into a motivator instead. By continuing on your journey without allowing them to slow you down, you are giving them the best inspiration possible, to change their lives.

The worst thing you can do, is let the inevitable (jealous people) stop you from achieving.

mexico