New Year, Clean Slate, Now What?

Looking for a little inspiration for your new year's resolutions? We have a few good ideas of what to aim for in the year ahead. Get ready to go for it!

The clean slate of a brand new year perennially inspires us to examine what we might want to do differently this year. Or perhaps, consider a “theme” for the year, a challenge we want to tackle or just a small tweak to our daily life.

In previous years, we’ve discussed new year’s resolutions here from a variety of perspectives, ranging from eating more salad to better self-care.

This year, I’ve decided to focus on incorporating more play and joy into my daily life, as I mentioned in this article about my take on the book Overwhelmed. Here’s to a fun year ahead for me!

See what other WMAG contributors want to accomplish in 2015:

“Worry less.” — Sara

“I always work SO much! I love my job. But, I have to force myself to balance it better. My goal last year was to take more time off for ME. And, I did! I did two staycations. I spent my first week off relaxing. I went to the beach, rented a chair (and a young stud who moved my umbrella), sipped a beer, and enjoyed breathing. I went to Vegas a few times and then New Mexico. I am fortunate that I can add on to work trips. Otherwise, all of that travel would not have happened. But, I did what I said I would do. I don’t have one for this year yet. I liked last year’s so much… I may do it again!” — Terry

“I do not really believe in New Year’s resolutions because I believe in constant introspection to support year-long betterment and positive choices. I did, however, set a goal for 2015—to run a 5k—something I have not done in decades.” — Lauren

“Lose the baby weight and get back in shape. For realz. Five years later. I used to have a disciplined workout schedule, but that all changed after starting a fam and more responsibilities at work. We are also in the process of adopting from China, so that is a big motivation to get myself and my family healthy before we travel to Asia.” — Christie

I’m avoiding vague resolutions this year and focusing on small, specific, tactical goals. My first is simple: Make our bed everyday. Sounds silly, but I rarely make our bed. But when I do I love the way it makes me feel when I walk in the room. It’s three minutes. I have no excuse. The second goal is to send one handwritten card a month that’s not tied to a birthday or event. Just a surprise note telling a friend or family member what, specifically, I appreciate about them. It will arrive without warning or reason. Look out 2015—I’m starting an assault of love on your mailboxes.” — Stephanie

“I like to keep things simple—no lofty goals this year. I am going to try to drink more water. Most days, I drink more coffee than water.” — Kristi

And a few more resolutions I liked from around the web:

“I will spread more good news, instead of complaining about the bad.” — ECHOage

“I want to laugh more. I want to spend more time with my old friends, instead of only hanging out with the parents of my kids’ friends. I want to go dancing with my husband, and get away for a girl’s weekend, and tailgate at a football game. I want to have FUN.” — Risa Green, Modern Mom

“A few years ago I heard about declaring a word of the year rather than a resolution. My word for the year will be sweat. My goal is to sweat everyday, even if it’s just 15 minutes.” — Cora, CT Working Moms

“Make unplugging from all devices a once a week practice – for you and the kids, too.” — CC Fowler, A Working Mom Today

Last but not least, I couldn’t resist sharing this funny “resolution” from Christine St. Vil of Moms ‘N Charge:



So … what’s your resolution, theme, goal or challenge for this new year?

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3 thoughts on “New Year, Clean Slate, Now What?

  1. I especially enjoyed the goals that were simple or more of an event, like the 5k. I’m not big on resolutions, but I do want to take my blogging to better levels by the end of the year!

  2. I love resolutions, and actually decided to use pinterest to track mine, the ones that I love are the ones that involve making a difference. #workingmomsagainstguilt

  3. My resolution is actually a relational experiment – to not say anything to my husband with a negative, angry, critical spirit and see what happens in my marriage. It’s actually a secret resolution, but I’m like 99.99% positive he doesn’t follow working mom blogs and won’t see this, so I can share it with you. It’s something I always tell myself I should improve upon but always fall short. I think the whole “you should never do this again” thing makes it feel impossible, so the time-limitedness of one year, even though it’s quite a long time, makes it feel more achievable.

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