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New Year’s Resolutions

Ideas and Reflections from the WACOAN

1 month ago

By Emily Ober

It’s that time of year again. The time to make your New Year’s Resolutions. The time when we look to the next year, thinking we will finally stick to all those promises we made to ourself about improving our life, only to forget them by February, or if we’re honest, mid-January.


If you’re anything like me, your resolutions never last the month. Sometimes, I don’t even think about setting them until we’re minutes away from ringing in the new year and by that time, it almost feels silly to set them.


But as 2023 approaches, maybe it’s time to rethink resolutions and why we try every year to better our lives and why we seldom achieve them. Why do we wait until a day that, in the end, is like any other day of the year, just with a few fireworks? Shouldn’t we always strive to make a commitment to live a better life, even if we decide to do so in March or June or even January 31st?


They say that your resolutions are more successful when you share them with others. When you’re only accountable to yourself, it’s easier to give up, but when you have someone else there to cheer you on, it’s easier to follow through. So we’re here to share our resolutions.

There’s something about new beginnings so as we ready to welcome a new year, the WACOAN has gathered some resolutions that you can start at the chime of midnight as we roll into 2023, or on March 15th.


  • Give one compliment a day.
  • Start a new hobby.
  • Do random acts of kindness.
  • Do something on your bucket list.
  • Spend less time scrolling on my phone and be more present around family.
  • Exercise 3 times a week, even if it’s just 10 minutes a day.
  • Set aside KID-FREE date time at least 1 time a month.
  • Go someplace you’ve never been.
  • Clear out the clutter.
  • Write down one thing you’re grateful for every night.
  • Talk to yourself with kindness.


Start out with something small and relish in the little victories over the year. Even if you do just one, you’ll find that come the next year, you’ve improved your life in some small way.


My resolution is to slow down and appreciate time more. 2022 flew by faster than any year has and I didn’t take the time to appreciate the days going by. Of course, there were some great memories made in 2022. I got to visit the beautiful country of Greece and I started an awesome job with a great team. But most of the year was a blur otherwise.


In 2023, my resolution is to appreciate each day. One way I hope to achieve this is to keep a journal, encouraging myself to try new things, document something special that happened, and just take the time for myself. I know that this will be a challenge. Putting together a magazine every month is a lot more work than one might think! But resolutions are supposed to challenge us.

So we encourage you to join us in making 2023 your best year. Share your resolutions below or tag us on social media.