25 ideas for New Year’s resolutions

by Rebecca A. Watson on December 24, 2012

in change, continuing education, goals, habits, writing

This year is ending, as it does around this time every year. It’s natural to reflect on what’s happened (Is it just me or has 2012 been a huge, long year?) and what you’d like to see happen next year.

I’ve written before about how to make New Year’s resolutions, or any resolutions for that matter, really stick. I’m a huge fan of self-improvement, so this year I thought I’d give you a few ideas if you’re looking for ways to make 2013 kick ass in big ways and small.

1. Floss every day.


Take care of your mouth. Breathing, eating, talking. It all happens here.

2. Eat a fresh fruit or veggie at every meal.

3. Take one photo a week.

4. Plant two things you can eat.

5. Cook one vegetarian meal a week.

6. Journal one page every morning. Here are 285 ideas to get you started.

Rebecca's Journal Written pages

7. Write a living will or advanced directive.

8. Take an art class.

9. Learn basic Spanish. (Or any language.)

10. Read 12 books.

reading is sexy

11. Spend an hour out doors every week.

12. Learn to make jam.

13. Start a gratitude board and add one thing every day.

14. Figure out how much water you need and drink it! Use a marked water bottle to track your progress.

15. Learn HTML or another programming language.

16. List five things you’re scared to do. Do one every other month.

17. List 10 places you’d like to declutter. Attack one a month.

Office Desk Setup

Wouldn’t it be nice if this was your desk?

18. Join a 30-Day Challenge group and participate at least 10 months of the year.

19. Learn to brew beer.

20. Start a blog. Write once a week. Here are some ideas.

21. Write one short story a month.

22. Spend $50 a week at local businesses.

23. Learn all the countries of the world.

24. Mail someone(s) you love a letter every month of the year.

25. List 10 unfinished projects. Spend the year tying up loose ends.

I’m not suggesting you start early, but it’s good to know what you want to accomplish before 2013 starts, so give it some thought. For now, enjoy the holidays. May they be filled with good music, loved ones, mouth-watering food, light and love.

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