After New Years’ Eve is over, keeping up with your New Year’s resolution can seem daunting, if not impossible. If you’re feeling like skipping out on setting a goal for the year, let these women inspire you. Big or small, tangible or ideological, they are sharing how they made and stuck with their goals and aspirations — and we’re loving these ideas!
“I’ve always been very fearful of rejection when it comes to my poetry and art, so last year I made a resolution to share more of my work on my social media channels and with friends. I feel more artistic and creative than I ever have before and I truly feel it’s because I’ve decided to express myself without letting my fear hold me back.” —Hannah
“I started small with ending relationships that were toxic and unfollowing certain people on social media. Then I held myself accountable with friendships that are extremely meaningful, even with little things like responding to a text within a normal time limit. For my job, I continuously stood up for myself and found new strategies to overcome hardships, rather than go with the flow or quit.” —Erica
“I aimed to play more with my son, and not being such a ‘parent‘ all the time. I made a point to try to take time out of my day (just a few minutes here and there) to laugh with him.” —Keri
“I resolved to stop looking at my phone during meals and forced myself to fix my habit of keeping my phone at the table when I was eating. I think the key is to pick something really specific and achievable that you can realistically turn into a habit without turning your life upside down.” —Hayley
“My resolution was to do more things that felt exhilarating. I just tried to say yes to more activities that sounded exciting or scary or fun, but were maybe financially or logistically impractical. I went on a last-minute trip to Colombia with friends, and pushed back going to the grocery store to head to the beach one Sunday.” —Annabel
“I found a running buddy, picked a plan that worked best with my schedule, made a giant wall calendar to check off workouts, learned to say no to late nights (for the most part), and listened to my body. I also got injured a month before my race, so I had to learn to stop pushing myself as hard as I wanted to, but still got to the finish line.” —Kate
“Every year, I commit myself to make it through another year sober. No more using alcohol to numb anxiety, stress, pain, or disappointment. I don’t take my sobriety for granted and I have to take intentional measures to maintain other outlets of coping: I journal, meditate, and exercise, protect myself from toxic relationships, and find sober activities to engage in.” —Kelli