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10 practical New Year’s resolutions

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.

— T.S. Eliot

We often look to the New Year as a time to start fresh and let go of our bad habits. If you haven’t already come up with New Year’s resolutions, don’t sweat it. Borrow some of ours or let our resolutions inspire you to think up your own. Don’t let another 365 days go by without making some positive changes in your life. Of course these things are easier said than done, but with the right amount of resolve, perseverance, and dedication, anyone can achieve their goals.

1. Make time for family. They are the ones that really matter. 

2. Create a plan to get out of debt. If you are not in debt, set aside a bit of money every month for savings. 

3. Stop trying to buy happiness. The things that give us the most fulfillment are free

4. Cut down TV and movie watching. Spend that time taking up a new hobby.

5. Smile more often. This will make both you and the people around you happier. 

6. Be true to yourself. As Judy Garland once said, “Always be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else.”

7. Let go of the past. This may mean letting go of grudges and extending forgiveness to those who have hurt you. 

8. Make time for fun. While it might seem like an indulgence, it should be a requirement. 

9. Exercise more often. It will enhance physical fitness as well as overall health and wellness.

10. Do daily devotions. Seek out quiet time every day to spend with God.