My "New" New Year's Resolution

New Year's Eve is a time when people reflect on the past year and plan for the year ahead. It's a time to think about the people in our lives, our accomplishments, and the hard lessons we've learned. It's an opportunity to count blessings, be thankful for them, and muster as much optimism for the upcoming year.

Making resolutions for the new year is as customary as candy on Halloween. New Year's Resolutions provide a way for us to improve our lives little by little every year. I'm sure that a lot of people don't end up keeping their resolutions, but I'm positive that there are also many who do. As for me, I've been lucky enough to keep most if them, although it would be astoundingly awesome if I kept them all.

In the past I've resolved to exercise more. I must say that gyms are ridiculously busy during January. I've also committed to save more money. A significant amount of my income goes toward saving for a house, investing in a Roth IRA and 529 college fund, and paying off student loans. One major change was to eliminate eating fast food and eat more healthy and nutritious home cooked meals. It's a good at to be healthier and save money. Besides that, I made a resolution to spend more time with my family and friends, especially the ones I haven't seen in a while. I made these goals because they were what my life needed at that time they were drafted.

Over the years I've learned that keeping a New Year's resolution is daily discipline. It's a daily challenge to either defeat old habits or start new ones. For the past few years my resolutions have been the same. They've been a combination of my past resolutions; I've just challenged myself to do more of it this year (and probably every year afterward). It seems ludicrous to make a life improvement for only a year then revert back. My daily mission has been a juggling act of balancing my all my previous resolutions while throwing them higher and harder as time goes by. In the future I may add on an extra resolution to juggle. I may take one out. The beauty that I see in New Year's resolutions is a chance to reflect on the past, review our current situations, and redirect our life strategies to go where we dream to go.

This year, my resolution is to maintain my old ones and also love more abundantly, play harder, and live happier.

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