It’s almost a brand new year — time to hit the re-start button on 2021! Everyone loves a fresh start, especially after the past couple of years, but often this re-start comes with a sense of doom. It’s easy to feel like we’ll fail before we even get started. New Year resolutions often crash and burn because they try to tackle too much too fast. But you can take things as slowly as you want. The key to setting good New Year’s resolutions is simply moving forward at your own pace.

Usually the top three resolutions are lose weight, spend less money and/or do more. While these are great goals, often times they are lofty and overwhelming … and by February we’ve given up on all of them. This year, let’s try something different!

  1. Do one new thing a month: set a goal once a month to do something you’ve never done before. That could mean eating at a new restaurant, gardening, or even painting your bedroom a different color. However small or big, it’s still something to look back on at the end of the year.
  2. Help the environment: before you roll your eyes, this can be a super-simple thing. How about carrying a reusable tote to the grocery store instead of collecting more of those plastic bags you don’t need? Donate unused clothing and furniture — it can help someone else and also count as a charitable donation on next year’s tax return.
  3. One act of kindness: before you start your day, think about how you can add a sprinkle of positivity to your day and others’.The best part is you don’t have to go out of your way to fulfill this one. Text a friend you haven’t heard from in a while. Call your parents.Treat yourself to a cupcake from your favorite bakery. Allow yourself to take a whole day off and do what you want to do.

    Setting New Year resolutions can seem like a trite task, especially when you can’t drown out statistics about the failed ones. But thinking about resolutions can help you reflect on the past and gain a better understanding of what needs to change in the future. Despite what the phrase says, a new year won’t necessarily foster a new you, but it can motivate you to be better and resolutions help with that.