How long do your new year resolutions really last? We all go into it with good intentions, but one way or another it seems we almost always go back to our old habits.
So we're switching it up this year, and invite you to join us! Here are five positive resolutions for 2023 that will be easy — and fun — to keep all year long.
1. Making time for yourself
I've always loved yoga and how it makes me feel, but visiting a yoga studio is something that has fallen by the wayside with kids, a busy job, and other daily responsibilities.
This year though I'm making time for myself with Bulldog Online, a company created with the unique goal of bringing the amazing benefits of yoga-based fitness to more people by making it approachable, accessible, and fun (yep, working out can be FUN!).
At just $6.99 a month for an unlimited membership (after the 14-day free trial), Bulldog Online is much cheaper than a gym membership, especially when you factor in gas and child care. Plus, I can cancel any time.
I have limited yoga experience and my husband hasn't taken a yoga class in more than a decade. But with Bulldog Yoga it doesn't matter. We don't have to be self-conscious since we're in our own living room, and the instructors are so great at teaching to all levels — no prior knowledge or experience is required!
Want to give it a try? Experience Bulldog’s unique brand of yoga & fitness workouts with a 14-day free trial!
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2. Plan ahead for meals
It's easy to say I want to eat better in 2023, but I know in order to succeed I need an actual concrete plan. For me, that means meal planning. There are so many benefits to meal planning: It keeps my family from ordering out as much. It cuts down on our processed foods. It saves us money because we know exactly what we need at the store. It saves us time because we know exactly what we're cooking that night so anyone whose home can get it started!
3. Find more family fun ... but spend less money
Who doesn't have saving money on their to-do list for 2023? We know that can be a hard resolution to keep — you don't want to sacrifice family time to save a few bucks. But we have five creative and EASY ways to maximize your dollars in the new year while still giving you the opportunity for loads of kid-friendly fun. Ideas range from where to find free or low-cost events in your community (Hint! Your local Macaroni KID site is the place to start!) to cutting out pricey drinks at restaurants to easily save up for special events.
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4. Learn to say 'no'
I find it so hard to say no because I just want to do what I can to make others happy! But sometimes saying no is the best thing I can do for myself. It allows me to focus on what's really important ... and makes it easier to say "yes" to the things that truly matter.
I think this one may be the toughest to follow in 2023, but it'll be worth it in the end. I'm starting by reading The Art Of Saying NO: How To Stand Your Ground, Reclaim Your Time And Energy, And Refuse To Be Taken For Granted (Without Feeling Guilty!).
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This year, I'm working on decluttering!
I found an app called Toss that is helping me on this mission. Every day it gives me a new task to complete and I can record the number of items I toss, donate, recycle, or sell. It's been a great motivator to see that number get higher and higher! Toss is available in the Apple Store and on Google Play.