6 New Year's Resolutions I actually kept

6 New Year’s Resolutions I Actually Kept

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I always make New Year’s resolutions but could never keep them. I had these lofty goals that I wanted to achieve but they weren’t realistic. I believe you have to set goals that are easy and reachable.

After first quarter 2021, I assessed my goals to see where I was and happy that so far I’m on track. Click here for the original post where I named my original goals. NOTE: unfortunately, I did have to change one of these due to the pandemic.

  1. Eat healthier. Instead of the slice of chocolate cake when I have sweet fetish, reach for fresh fruit. Oranges, strawberries, grapes… juicy fruits. Also, how about a homemade banana shake?! Blending bananas, milk and vanilla frozen yogurt with some ice cubes makes a nice and healthy frothy drink. Fresh fruit makes a great snack and by eating them, I’m still getting my sweets in but just in a better way. Plus, fruit is great for breakfast.
  2. Simpler exercising. I do stretching exercises as I don’t go out much anymore. I don’t sit at my office desk for hours and hours. I get up and move around, sometimes it’s jumping or running in place as long as I’m moving.
  3. Get to bed on time. Nighttime seems to be when I get my groove, I like to create, craft and write but I was up till 2, 3 and sometimes 4 AM, getting about 5 hours sleep before I have to get up to do my day job. That’s not good. My limit is now midnight so I tell myself I can’t be up past that no matter what I’m working on.
  4. Drink more water. I don’t have a natural taste for water, but I know my body needs it so in the morning, I drink plain water. Later in the day, I switch to flavored water with no sugar added or I drink sparkling water.
  5. Write more often. GUIG was on hold for a few years but has made a significant resurgence. I love the new platform this blog is on and so it encourages me to write everyday.
  6. De-clutter. This applies to clothes I’m not wearing and items I’m not using. I grab a large garbage bag, fill it up, and donate it. Or, gift it to a friend. If I haven’t worn something in at least six months, chances are I never will so why let it sit in my closet? This also applies to my crafting. Last year, I had my first Instagram giveaway and it was so successful that I’m going to do another one end of this year. I can’t wait! And besides, de-cluttering is a great way to relieve undue stress.
6 New Year's Resolutions I actually kept

Realistic goals are much easier to accomplish. I’m looking forward to see where I am at the end of the 2nd quarter. In past, I would have to re-work my resolutions because I couldn’t keep them.

Check out this post >>  Time for Tea and Cake

So, did you have any resolutions for this year? Have you been doing well keeping them? Tell me about it by leaving a comment below!

Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.

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