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As the New Year approaches, reflect on your life in 2015. Did you take up new healthy habits? Are there areas you’d like to improve? January 1 is the perfect time to adopt new changes and start fresh as many others plan to do the same. If you aren’t sure what your resolution(s) should be this year, check out some of our Resident Moms’ New Year’s resolutions!
“The last half of 2015 became extremely chaotic for us. Hubby was switched to nights and suddenly our ‘routine’ was thrown for a loop! Because of this I have two resolutions for 2016.
1. Better meal planning for the week: My goal is to sit down every Saturday to plan the meals for the next week. That Sunday I will go to the store for ONLY the items needed! If they are meals I can prep ahead of time, I will have that completed before bed Sunday night. I work an hour away from home. If I don’t do this, I will never see my family!
2. Spend more ‘us’ time with the hubby: We rarely see each other and when we do we’re cramming in things to do with the kiddos and other family members. I’m scheduling dates for each month ahead of time! Sitter will be asked in advance and it’ll be on the calendar! I NEED my snuggle time.” — Raye Dopson
“My New Year’s resolution is to increase consistency — in all areas of my life. I know consistency is key for my business pursuits, my health goals, and I know my kids thrive with a consistent routine. So, in 2016 I will improve my consistency and watch my life flourish in response to that effort. I’m excited!” — Danielle Faust
“My New Year’s resolution? Guess what… don’t have one!” — Alaina Burran
“I am vowing — promising — to print more pictures in 2016. I’m trying out various apps to figure out which I like best. But I WILL be better about this!” — Windy Jennings
“I’m hoping to get pregnant in 2016, so one of my New Year’s resolutions is to have a healthy pregnancy. The other is to spend more quality time with my husband and son. I hope to not be as engrossed in my phone/social media and live in the moment.” — Nicole Zern
“My New Year’s resolution is simply to be kind to myself. I’m going to do that by moving my body daily, feeding it nourishing foods and making more time for the people and activities that I love.” — Emily Allen
“For 2016, I want to set myself up for real happiness. I will work to be the best example of a mother, wife, woman and person I can be by measuring everything with one test: ‘Does this make me happy?’. If it doesn’t have a positive effect on me, my family or another human being, then I don’t need it, don’t need to eat it or don’t need to spend my time on it.” — Autumn Reo
“My New Year’s resolution is to be in the moment more. I feel like we are over-scheduled and plan things out to the minute, especially where our children are concerned. I feel like there is no more time for kids to just go outside and do nothing, make up a game, or just run! This year, I’m going retro: less technology, more togetherness, more calling, less texting.” — Fran Robertson
“My News Year’s resolution isn’t exactly a resolution. A few years ago, I set long-term goals for career, relationships, financial stability and a healthy lifestyle. Periodically, I review these goals for relevance and create measurable steps towards these goals. This year, I plan on stepping up leadership responsibilities with both my employer and my affiliate organization, practicing yoga at least twice a week, starting creating passive income through investments, traveling six times both for pleasure and career advancement and playing golf at least once a week.” — Staci Wells
“My New Year’s resolution this year is to focus on financial fitness. The debt I face each month causes me stress. I vow to take control of that stress this year and pay down my debts. I began the Dave Ramsey envelope system in December and I am determined to conquer my debt in 2016!” — Rachel Tipton
“My New Years resolution for 2016 is to find harmony. I have been trying to find the perfect balance between work and home since I had my first child. It never works. A great mentor of mine recently suggested instead of trying to find balance, find harmony. Thinking of it this way takes a lot of stress off of me. So this year I’m working on harmony in my life.” — Stefanie Salera
“In this next year, my resolution is to learn. Learn more about others, learn more about my surroundings, learn more about the world, learn more about myself and, most importantly, learn more about my family. My resolution is to have more patience and try to see everything and everyone for what/who they truly are. I have also given myself a challenge to write a positive post each day next year on Facebook.” — Jessica Griffin
“Typically I have at least three resolutions I try to keep throughout the year; however, this year I am keeping it simple with only one: minimize. I would like to resolve to become more minimalist in every aspect of my life — less stuff, fewer purchases, fewer distractions, simpler meals… and a much shorter daily to-do list. 2016 will hopefully be the ‘year of less’ for this mama!” — Greta Ford
“I usually don’t participate in New Year’s resolutions but since I just found out today that I am pregnant with my third love bug, I must participate! My resolution is to examine my heart, thoughts, words and deeds daily to ensure I am free from anything that could prohibit me from walking in my purpose which includes being a great wife, mom, friend and woman.” — Keocha LaFleur-Anders
“My New Year’s resolution is about the same as it is every year: try a new fruit or vegetable every week. I never actually succeed, but over the last few years, I’ve tried more new veggies than ever, so I consider that a win. An added bonus to this little exercise is that my daughter sees me trying new things and it encourages her to try a salad dressing beside ranch! This year included such things as new squashes, peppers and leafy green types. Who knows what it’ll be next year? But everyone tried new things and that is a step in the right direction.” — Linda Payne