Some Resolutions You Can (Probably) Keep

Nicole Doliner

There’s always a joke I see on Facebook this time of year (and I’m paraphrasing here) of someone who’s going to open a gym called Resolutions and then turn it into a bar on February 1st. I think we’re all guilty of wanting to really embody the ‘new year, new me’ mantra, but then our new habits slip and our old habits come creeping back. Here are some resolutions you can actually keep -- probably.

Keep a gratitude journal.

This is one I’ve been able to keep for a few years now. I take a few minutes at the end of the day and jot down a handful of things that are good about that day. Some days, the best thing about my day is I actually take the 5 minutes to sit down and do it.  It really helps me to put it all in perspective. (And if I skip a day or two -- I try not to beat myself up over it!)

Reduce your plastic bag usage.

A friend suggested this one to me, and I’ll be honest, I’ve been trying to remember my reusable bags. However, when I have a 7-month old in tow while I do my shopping, it is HARD to do! Luckily many stores in our area offer paper bags as an alternative to plastic. Many towns are even banning plastic bags all together. If you’re like me and can’t remember your reusable bags on top of all the other stuff you need to remember (like your entire Target run list), at least try to get more than one more use out of those bags. Clean up dog poop, use them to sort laundry on trips, or use them as small trash can liners. Better yet, if you’re only buying an item or two, skip the bag altogether!

Stop saying ‘sorry.’

This one is tricky -- I don’t mean that you shouldn’t apologize when you mess up. I mean that as a woman, I feel like I say sorry WAY TOO MUCH for things I shouldn’t be sorry for. My kid is screaming in Target? (“Sorry, he might be.” [He’s a 7 month old. Babies cry.]) You’re standing in the way of the cereal I need at the grocery store for more than 30 seconds? (“Sorry, can you excuse me?”) Asking a colleague if they read your e-mail? (“Sorry, but did you have time to read the email I sent you a week ago that you still haven’t responded to?”) Not things you should apologize for. Try seeing how many times a day you say ‘sorry’ for these things that are just minor inconveniences -- and then try NOT saying it. Stop apologizing for your existence!

Be kinder.

This one should be self-explanatory. I often have to remind my husband that “everyone’s got their shit going on” when we get cut off in traffic. It’s remembering things like this that can slowly but surely make the world a better place.

What are some of your resolutions this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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