Goodbye 2014! Welcome 2015!

Close to 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8% of people actually achieve them. New Year’s is a time for renewal, all the junk you did in 2014 is behind you. January 1 is a day to look ahead. We all start the year off with the best intentions, hitting the gym, saving money, and volunteering twice a week. However, by March, many of us have fallen all the way back into the comfort zone we had vowed to leave. The best way to achieve any goal is to plan, and follow through. Here are some popular New Year’s resolutions and a few tips to help you stick to them.

Lose weight/workout/eat healthy

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This is a very common goal for many of us. This often a very tricky goal because it requires so much discipline. One way to help strengthen one’s discipline create a support system. You can join or create a weight-loss network or contact your ‘fit friend’ and ask them to be your accountability partner, you are far more likely to stick it out if you have a network of people checking in with you. There are a ton of online weight loss communities including SparkPeople and MyFitnessPal where you can ask questions, view before and after pics, as well as give and receive updates from others who are also on a healthy journey.

Save More Money

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Saving money is another very common goal that requires a lot of discipline. It’s fairly simple to auto-draft money out of your regular paycheck and sending it to your savings account, the tough part is keeping it in there. Seeing the amount of money in your savings account grow can be both encouraging and tempting. Luckily technology can help you. Online accounts are the wave for savings. You can still auto-draft money from your bank account, but it takes a few days to take money out of the account, which can help insure you won’t be taking money out of your savings account for frivolous spending. Check out this article to help choose an online bank account for that’s right for you.

Give Back

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You want to volunteer and give back to the community in the New Year? You’ve come to the right place! There are a number of organizations listed here as well as throughout the Hive Society site for people in the Houston area looking to give back. The easiest way to begin and continue to give back is to look for a cause that’s close to your heart, subscribe to email services for an organization related to that cause and sign up for events or donate money.

New Year’s resolutions can seem a bit corny to the more cynical, but for many of us, setting a goal for the year is a step in the right direction. Hopefully you can become disciplined enough to achieve your goals, but success is achieved one step at a time, so appreciate the progression.