5 Resolutions Worth Making in the New Year

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I love the New Year.

I love how the excitement carries over from Christmas and how everyone seems so focused on making this their best year yet (even if they said the same thing about last year :)). I love feeling challenged to reevaluate my goals and priorities, and I love looking back at last year's goals and seeing how they played out over the course of the last twelve months.

But, for every person that loves the New Year, I know there's someone who hates it. Someone disappointed by their lack of progress, and all of the weary souls who think why even bother if I'm only going to keep it up for a week?

No matter where you fall on that spectrum, I believe now is the time for you to think about how you want to grow in 2018. Because, if we're being honest, we all have habits we wish weren't a part of our lives, and we all want to be proud of the ways we spend our time. So whether you love setting goals or hate it, these are the five things that I encourage you to reevaluate as we look forward to 2018.

Work on your digital boundaries.

You know the feeling: the I haven't checked Instagram in a few hours; what if I'm missing something!? panic. I think all of us suffer from this to some degree, but often times it's subtle and it's easy to ignore. This year, I encourage you to pay attention to much time you spend consuming content from social media and television, and how it makes you feel. If you're not happy with it, now is the time to consider what needs to change.

Focus on health, not losing weight.

New Years is the perfect time to decide to drop those extra pounds, but I think the reason that so many people fail is because they're focused on weight loss as a short term goal with no long term motivation. Looking better is not a great motivation, because let's be real - in the heat of the moment, that brownie is going to feel a lot more important than how your clothes fit in six months. Instead, as you're making your fitness goals, I encourage you to think about health. About taking care of your body so that it's strong and healthy when you're 60.  So that, someday, you'll be healthy enough to play with your grandchildren. This is the type of motivation that will help you make good decisions day after day for years to come, and really, these are the things that matter most anyway.

Read more quality books.

Reading challenges you and shapes your mind in a way that nothing else can. There are very few people who would say that reading isn't important, but most of us neglect it because it takes time and it requires us to focus on one thing for long periods of time. And sometimes, that's really hard. But it's also incredibly rewarding, and it makes you a better, more well-rounded human. This year, I encourage you to read quality books. Even if it's just one or two.

Make more time for the people who matter most.

I believe two of the most important things in life are the people you love and the memories you make. I know it's so easy for life to get busy and for time to slip by, but this year, let's try not to neglect nurturing relationships with the people we love most. Our close friends and family enrich our lives, but more importantly - we need them. We weren't made to live life alone, and we need community to really thrive.

Make memories you'll cherish for a lifetime.

And honestly, they don't have to be big crazy memories. Lavish vacations and extravagant adventures are fun, but I believe the memories that are going to mean the most to you ten years from now are the simple, every day ones. The moments that you take for granted, and your ordinary every day adventures. I believe these are the memories that someday you'll look back one with a smile and think, you know what? I really did live an extraordinary life.

In 2018, let's make more time for that.