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2017 New Year’s Resolutions That Actually Can Work

January 6, 2017


It’s nothing like the new year to rethink life in general. I have to admit that 2016 was not the best year for many. But going forward, it’s time to be focused on having the best life one can possibly have.

Making resolutions have always been something that I tried in the past. This year, I want to focus on one resolution each month because it seems like an easy way to attack all those New Year’s resolutions. If you’re looking for some new year’s resolutions ideas, here are 12 simple goals to make the new year an amazing one.


Find a routine. 

Having a “routine” life might sound a little mundane especially when living in the city. But it’s a good thing to try when balancing multiple responsibilities. Try to keep it simple by having a morning and before bed routine to ease in and out of your busy life.


Set a budget. 

Living in a new city requires one to spend a lot of money. I want to set a budget so I can avoid flushing all my income down the toilet. Cutting back on eating out or spending less time in stores can personally help me. With keeping a budget, I also hope it will help me gain experience to share advice on the blog.


Design a new portfolio site. 

I think the most important thing to have in your career is a portfolio site. It’s the place where potential employers can learn more about you and your career goals. As a journalist, I also found it is the best to have all my clips in one digital place. Now this year, I want to redesign a portfolio site that’s easy to update with new projects.


Get a long term job. 

This is the year where I finally make the final push to adulthood by finding my first real job. I have to admit that job searching is very stressful. It took me awhile to find the temporary gig I am taking at the moment (and it’s a great one!). But this is the year where I am going to work hard to find the right long-term job that will help bring me closer to my career dreams.


Read 30 books. 

Here is a goal from last year that I definitely never thought I would complete. Reading has always been a favorite hobby of mine. And it’s a hobby that I lost as soon as I began high school. Last year was the first time I was able to complete my New Year’s resolution of reading 25 books! It’s all because of Good Reads (not a sponsor) because their reading challenge feature helped me keep track of all the books I was reading in 2016. Now I want to try it again for the new year!


Go to the gym first thing in the morning. 

Who doesn’t have exercise on their New Year’s resolutions? I know it’s a cliché goal to have in the new year. It’s why the gym is so crowded on New Year’s Day. This year is going to be a little different though. I am going to try to exercise in the morning. As an early bird, I have the most energy during that time and I want to take advantage of that by working out.


Drink more water. 

I have never been the type of person to drink enough water in my life. It doesn’t help that I have this terrible habit of drinking soda for almost every meal. Now I want to try to cut sugary drinks for my life (and saving cash) by drinking only water with my meals. It doesn’t mean that I can’t have a Diet Coke every now and then. I just want to make sure my water intake is back to normal.


Stop comparing myself to others. 

It’s nothing like being in your twenties and seeing people achieve their dreams on their own timelines. Whether it’s seeing another engagement or a distant high school friend getting a promotion, I want to stop feeling like I’m behind in life. Everyone’s success works on their own path. This statement is something I want to truly believe this year with good vibes.


Be forgiving of myself when making mistakes.

Life can never be perfect. Not everything can go your way and it’s okay. This goal is something I have tried to accomplish my whole life. It’s not easy to forgive yourself when mistakes are made. But it’s the only way to move on and learn how you can never make that mistake again.


Volunteer more.

You do not just have to think about yourself in the new year. I want to find a way to give back and volunteering might be the answer. Volunteering in a city can be a wonderful experience since you’re usually living with a diverse group of people. I want to focus more on what I can do good for the communities in need near me.


Travel to a new place. 

It’s an understatement to say that traveling is a passion of mine. Every year I try to plan a trip to a new place (even if it’s close by). Not to mention, a little vacation never hurts. Here’s to hoping that I can knock another big city visited off my bucket list.


Have a little more faith.

2016 might have been the year where I lost a lot of faith. Regardless if you follow an organized religion, you still need some faith in your life. I knew the best moments happened to me last year when I thought good things were to come. Now this year I want to bring more faith in my life and I will try not to forget to believe in myself too.

What kind of New Year’s Resolutions have you planned for 2017? I would love to hear all about them in the comments below!

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