New Years Resolutions

With a new year comes new beginnings, new goals, and new memories. New Years resolutions were created, and soon became a tradition, to help us reevaluate our lives and to create opportunities out of failures or just all around lifestyle changes. Whether it be become more active, be more social, get out of debt, or to spend less money. We all have those things we want to get better at and bad habits we need to get rid of.  
Here are my tips to help you stay on track for some of the most popular resolutions:

Lose Weight/Become Healthier
If this is one thing that you've tried again and again to get better at I suggest downloading an app or two to help. For example 5k Runner is an app that's designed for the "couch potato" to be able to run a 5k within a matter of 8 weeks. It helps keep you on track and  provides the work outs for you or as Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton once said "write down a mentally challenging fitness goal on a piece of paper, give it and $1,000 to a friend, and if you don't do what you said you would then they get to keep" but whatever motivates you! If thats too much for you lol keep it simple, take it day by day it only takes 20 minutes to make a change.

Become More Organized/Procrastinate Less
This is something I am constantly trying to become better at. For me the thing that helps me the most is to constantly use a calendar. Every morning when I get into work I start my day off by writing down what it is that needs to get done for the day from the most pressing to least. This helps me stay organized. If you are big one this "tech world" use that phone of yours. Set alarms, reminders, but nothing works as good as Pen and paper to be honest!

Spend Less, Save More
There's a couple different things that you can do to help you spend less money. The first being every check or second check of the month take $10 or $20 dollars out and set it aside in a safe place. You can even try to cook at home more. By cooking at home more you'll be combining two resolutions, saving money and eating healthier! One of my tricks to save money was to find a large empty container and overtime i would break a bill (20,10, even 5's) i would throw the change into the jar, at least 5 dollars a day. 

Learn Something New/ Pick up a New Hobby
This is a goal I decided to accomplish every year to become a more well-rounded person. Whether it be a workout class, cooking classes, or evening learning how to write a business plan, I pick something that I have never done or haven't in quite a while. Two years ago I decided to take a Crossfit class, last year I decided to take up boxing, and this year I am going to learn a new language. I have found this great app called Duolingo, it's free, and in stages it will teach you how to speak the language of your choice! Just ten minutes a day, you can practice in the morning while eating breakfast, on your break at work, or right before bed and before you know it you'll be able to hold a conversation in a new language! 

Travel More
"I've always wanted to go to carnival in Brazil, swim in the hot springs of Iceland, party in Ibiza, and go scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef". We all have bucket list dreams of traveling to a foreign county and seeing the sites we've only seen in movies or on the internet but something always stops us. Whether it be money, family or work obligations or maybe it's just as simple as you are just unsure on how to book a trip like that. I suggest doing some research, pick your top three places to visit, the pick a time of year you'd most likely be able to go, and start by visiting the least expensive place. Or if you only have one place in mind but its just too expensive, look up its off season and price out how much the flight will be, hotel, food, excursions, and start putting aside money every pay check. Watch the flights, the best time and cheapest time to buy is 4-6 months in advance AND JUST GO! stop hold back and see the world with your own eyes! 

Remember the key to staying on track and keeping these goals is to make them realistic.