Wednesday, December 30, 2020

New Years Resolutions I've Kept (And Ones I Hope to Keep)

I know every year around this time we're all thinking about what goals we want to accomplish in the next year. Then, almost immediately after thinking about said goals, we think about all the jokes we hear about those resolutions dying before January ends. However, I have actually kept some of my resolutions for years and they've become habits! I am proof it can be done!

Paying off Debt

Last year at this time, my resolution was to pay down debt. While we're not completely paid down, we have paid off our car and a few credit cards. It's amazing! And we're continuing to roll into the new year by paying off the last few smaller debts and then starting to work on our student loans.

Taking vitamins

The year before last, my resolution was to take vitamins every day. Up until that point, I had only taken them sporadically. However, for the last 2 years, I have taken my vitamins nearly every single day (I may have only missed 3 days in that whole time frame). I take a daily prenatal (which they suggest to all women of child-bearing age), fish oil, probiotic, and then we added in some vitamin D because of Covid. I plan to set up a doctor's appointment and have some blood tests done after the beginning of the year to see if they've made any difference in comparison to the last time I had a blood test. I'll keep you posted!

This pillbox was a find from Dollar Tree. Each day comes out so I can throw it in my purse if I need to! It keeps me on track!

Not spending my hard-earned money on Starbucks

I literally used to go to Starbucks every day when I worked in an office. I cringe when I think of how much money I wasted during that period of my life. After I started working from home, I went several times a week, but not every day. Then one year I decided to try to go a whole year without purchasing Starbucks with my own money. I started using rewards apps like Shopkick, I got Starbuck's prepaid debit card and used it to pay all my bills and relied on generous friends and family to gift me over the course of the year. With the app and the debit card, I earned points to use on free coffee and then used the gift cards in between the free coffee. I've kept this going and have maybe only spent $30 of my own money there in the last 3 years. I still go maybe once a week (and more often when I'm on vacation). But I've stuck to it and I no longer feel guilty about having a latte.

So what about this year?

Given all that success the last 3 years, I've really been contemplating what to focus on coming into 2021. My goals mostly all have to do with my overall health. With the lockdowns this year, I stopped going to the gym. And, through no fault but my own, fell out of yoga practice (which I had been doing several times a week). I'm pretty health-conscious when I'm eating at home, but I do feel like I need to significantly cut down on processed foods (especially ones processed with sugar) and make better choices when eating out. So this year, those are my goals; work out 3-5 times per week, cut back on added sugars and eat more real food. I want 2021 to be the healthiest year yet (which would really take some work because I had quite a few healthy years before I moved to the land where meat and potatoes were a regular thing).

Me...when going to the gym was not a dangerous thing to do.

What resolutions have you kept? Do you know what resolutions you'd like to target yet for 2021?


  1. I feel like this are great goals and very reasonable. I bought myself a Nespresso this year so I wouldn't go to the coffee shop daily anymore. It has definitely helped! I am back at the gym (wearing a mask) and it feels really good. I needed it. When ours were closed, I slacked off too.

    1. I do pour over most mornings, but I've really been interested in an aeropress! I really think making a great cup of coffee at home helps a ton! I've been tempted to try the gym with a mask, but I already get massive headaches when I wear them out at the store. I'm a heavy mouth-breather. lol! I do think I may focus on creating a great home-gym this year, though. We have the space in the basement and I would invest in the equipment. Maybe I'd be likely to use it more? Ha!