Unique New Years Resolution Ideas for 2023

Unique New Years Resolution Ideas for 2023

Every year there’s an ungodly number of people who say they are going to “get back to the gym” for the New Years Resolution. So much so, that gyms heavily market this time of year to potential new members because it is such an opportunity to gain business! Business that means money in their pockets and no gym use, resolutions are known to only last 1 month, if that, in the gym!

Part of coming up with a New Years Resolution that sticks and is successful, is putting in effort to be creative and make one that fits exactly what you are looking for. The generic “get back to the gym” doesn’t really motivate you to actually get to the gym… Let’s break down some common New Years Resolutions into some more actionable Resolutions that may help you stick to your goals in 2023.

Unique New Years Resolution Ideas for 2023

Instead of Get Back to The Gym Try…

  1. Train at the gym 3x a week in January, and work up to 5x a week by March
  2. Add Cardio workouts at the end of every weight training workout
  3. Start every Monday morning with a workout regardless of how I am feeling
  4. Earn the Wellness Reimbursement from work by attending the gym 12x a month
  5. Learn proper form for squats and deadlifts
  6. Add weight training to my workout
  7. Try one new workout class every month

Instead of Be Better With My Money Try…

  1. Save $100 per work in a savings account
  2. I will max out my 401k this year
  3. Not spend more than $XXX on clothing in a month
  4. Pay all credit cards off in full every month
  5. Pay off my car loan by December
  6. Save $ XX,XXX this year for a downpayment on a house
  7. Limit spending by dining out once per week and going to the bar once a weekend
  8. When paying in cash, whenever a $5 is received in change, save it do not spend it.

Instead of Be Healthier Try…

  1. Will commit to ________ diet for the entire year
  2. Moving my body more by walking 10,000 steps per day
  3. Incorporating vegetables or fruit with every meal
  4. Drink 1 gallon of water every day
  5. Limit junk food and soda
  6. Cut or Limit alcohol consumption
  7. Commit to 8+ hours of sleep every night

Instead of Practice Mindfulness Try…

  1. Meditate for 10 minutes every day
  2. Attend a yoga class every week
  3. Begin a daily gratitude journal and stick to it for the entire year
  4. Will remove myself from situations that overwhelm me before they get out of control

Instead of Being More Organized Try…

  1. Keeping up with laundry and putting away immediate after it comes out of the dryer
  2. Vacuum every morning
  3. Clean bedroom weekly and make sure everything has a place
  4. Organize your car and not leaving things in the back seat or trunk

Instead of Be More Social Try…

  1. I will go out to dinner with friends once a week
  2. I will host a wine night with my friends once a month
  3. I will try to go on 3 dates a month
  4. Commit to trying 1 new restaurant every month
  5. Have at least 1 conversation with a stranger every day
  6. Compliment a different person you see every day
  7. Suggest plans to your friend group monthly
  8. Every Friday I will go to the local Starbucks to work in public

Giving yourself a clear goal and action item as a New Years Resolution is much more motivating than just a general blanket statement. You can even mix and match ideas to create the ultimate New Years Resolution that is perfect for you. For example you want to be healthier, workout more, and by more social – You could try “I will go to the gym 3x a week and add 15 minutes of cardio to every workout. I will have 1 conversation with a stranger at the gym every time I go. I will not let my new workout schedule effect my 8 hour per night sleep routine.” That’s a pretty powerful sentiment if you ask me!

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5 Reasons Why December is the Best Month of the Year

Before getting into this, I need to preface that I am a born-again winter lover. I grew up despising the cold weather. Every time the weather would drop and get colder, I instantly dreamed of leaving the Northeast and going to a tropical location to lay on the beach. The cold wind, snow, and frost bite were my worst enemies.

But let’s be real, December gets a really bad rap.. It’s the end of the year, work gets busy then it gets slow, stress levels go through the roof, it’s quite possibly the highest spending month for a lot of people. That’s just naming a few reasons. You’re probably thinking there’s no way December is the best month of the year, but I truly believe it is.

Flash forward to today, I get a sick sense of enjoyment when December comes around! Keep reading and I’ll tell you more about the 5 reasons why December is the Best Month of the Year.

5 Reasons Why December is the Best Month of the Year

It Marks the End of a Cycle.

December draw conclusion to the past 11 months that come before it. It’s a time for reflection and also a time for action. December is the ultimately planning month – What do you want your New Year to look like? Anything like the year before? Or maybe even something totally different? The beautiful thing, you get to choose what you do. December is the best month of the year because you get to create change during this month, the anticipation is building for the New Year and all the goals you want to accomplish are planned out during this time.

New Years Resolutions aren’t decided in January, they’re decided in December with the actionable start date in January. New Years Resolutions are part of what makes reflecting on the end of the past year so valuable. You can leave things behind in December and be very selective with what you take into January. December being an end of a cycle means it’s a time for change, welcoming change, embracing change, and not be afraid of change. It really is a powerful time!

Winter Sports are in Full Swing.

By December, most mountains are open in some capacity and working towards 100% trail availability. That means dusting off the skis, snowboards, snowshoes, toboggans, whatever winter sport of your choosing and getting outside and to the mountains. Although most mountains declare opening dates in November, early season riding is typical pretty shot… There’s very limited trails open. It tends to be very crowded because everyone is trying to get their early season fix. Theres ice at least in the North East everywhere. Riding really isn’t that enjoyable in November, it’s more about saying you went than it is really enjoying yourself.

But in comes December, the best month of the year – More trails are open, snow accumulation and snow blowing are at their peak. The cold temperatures are finally starting to settle in. You’re finally able to enjoy a few hours of riding before the trails ultimately become unrideable. In December, you finally get to start to enjoy winter sports for the year.

The Holidays are the Most Cheerful Time of Year.

Claiming their stake in December are some of the best holidays of the year. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Years Eve all typically take place during the best month of the year. This is a time to embrace family and celebrate your beliefs. The holidays are a great excuse to spend a little extra time with those you love the most. Whether it’s a meal, a holiday tradition, or just a quick meet up for dessert, any and all holiday get togethers are great for the soul. The lights, the music, the movies all come together to create the most cheerful loving atmosphere you could ever imagine. Love and happiness really fill the air – from malls, to neighborhoods, to schools holiday decorations and cheer can be seen and can instantly change you mood for the better.

The holidays are not always about gift giving, even though there is typically a lot of focus on that. During December, it’s easy to get lost in the giving and receiving aspect of the holidays, but the real reason is so much more than the face value. Gifting presents to our loved ones is about showing how much you appreciate them and love having them around. It’s not to show off how much money you have or brag about gifts you received. It’s one big “Thank You for being a part of my life.” December serves as the reminder every year to spend time with those you love the most and to not be afraid to share how you feel.

It’s the Best Weather to Stay Indoors.

Yes, it’s important to stay active and move around but December is a time to sit back and relax. As much as I personally would love to be out snowboarding every day in the winter, there’s something special about sitting inside, starting a fire, and watching the cheesiest Christmas Movie ever created. Lighting a fire, drinking hot chocolate, and cuddling up with your dog or cat is always a perfect December night.

With it being the end of the year, it’s okay to relax a bit. December marks the end of a 12-month cycle and it’s ok to give back some time to yourself. The past 11 months were likely filled with hard work, a little bit of stress, maybe an event that shifting life as you know it. Taking some time to hide from the cold weather that’s brewing inside is literally what the month of December is made more. It’s really a perfect time to start journaling, meditating, and embracing any practice of self-love. While the sun rises later and sets earlier, there’s a lot more time in the day where you can sit back, enjoy the great outdoors and prioritize you time over anything else. That’s on science from this one, the timing of the sun rise and sunset (although slightly depressing) makes December a pretty unique month.

Cold Weather Means More Layers.

Maybe this is a personal one, but I love jackets. I have way too many for my own good and honestly forget how many I have every year when I take them out for the season, and yet I still buy more every year. It’s a problem but I’m admitting it. I think a jacket adds so much to an outfit and there’s certain jackets you can only wear when it gets super cold. December just gives you more options to make a fashion statement and to play around with your own personal style. Jackets are just as much a part of a winter outfit than the pants and the shirt!

Hats, Fuzzy socks, and over sized hoodies are another reason why dressing in December is so amazing. The acceptance of comfort for fashion is embraced in December and means it’s ok to not get all done up every day. Wearing sweats? acceptable. Wearing a beanie all day? acceptable. It’s the little things that make December so great including winter fashion!

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4 Christmas Themed Instagram Story Templates

Christmas is around the corner! There are Christmas lights showing up on many house, Christmas trees are seen on top of car roofs, and you can basically see Christmas cheer everywhere you look. It really is such a great time of year for family, friends, and great times. Why not carry over some of that holiday excitement over to Instagram?

As tempting as it is to want to go take cute Christmas pictures outside to post on your feed – it’s super cold here on Long Island and there’s no snow. So that’s out of the question, I’ll be staying inside with hot chocolate by a fire. Next option? Stories!

That’s why I’ve created these 4 Christmas Themed Instagram Stories! They are super fun and easy to share and fill your own answers in!

Try them out and share them with you friends!

Christmas This or That Instagram Story

My Christmas Wishlist Instagram Story

Christmas Favorites Instagram Story

Christmas Bingo Instagram Story

I hope you enjoy these Instagram story templates as much as I do! Don’t forget to tag me when you try them out. 🙂

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