Happy New Year! It is that time of year again, where we reflect on the past year and think about all the things we want to do or change for the coming year. When thinking about resolutions, keep it simple and try not to do too much too fast. Statistically, the number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight or eat healthier. Also statistically, only about 3% of you will keep that resolution all year long. So this year, let’s try and be one of those 3%!

Let’s start with every adult’s number one resolution for the New Year: we could all probably afford to lose few LB’s in the New Year. The problem with the resolution to ‘lose weight’ is that losing weight is such a broad resolution–how are you going to lose weight? We all know we need to eat less, eat better and work out, but as busy parents, sometimes you just don’t have the time. So, instead of making such a broad generalization, be specific. Starting January 1, you make time every day to work out or pack a healthy lunch for work. You could stop drinking soda. Once you have a starting point, you can build on that into February, March and throughout the rest of the year.

Another popular resolution is to save more money. This resolution is a hard one, as we all know, as soon as you have some money saved and you start making a plan of how you are going to spend it, something breaks. Your car breaks, the water heater no longer produces hot water, or the fridge kicks and all your food goes bad the week before Christmas (true story from my own life… can you tell I am still not over it?). It is an unfortunate fact that things do (and will) break, but when you have the money to fix it, it alleviates a lot of stress. Yes, I would have loved to use that saved money on a vacation, but being able to not stress about buying a new fridge or buying food for my family was worth it. So, maybe don’t go out to eat once a week and set that money aside for rainy day; you will be amazing how quickly you can save money.

Spending more time with family and friends is also a top resolution for the New Year. How many times after doing something with your family or your friends do you say, “we should do this more often?” Well, you should! What always seems to happen–to me at least–is I wind up saying I am too tired. I am always too tired or exhausted from a long week of work to enjoy my weekend. Really think about that: too tired to enjoy my time off… that is so wrong. As Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation says, “We need to remember what’s important in life–friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. But, work has to come third.” You work to live, not live to work, so start living!

When thinking about resolutions this year, remember, this is your life… how do you want to live it? You only get one shot at this, so why not be happier this year and do what you want to do? If there is one thing you can count on in life is that things are going to happen. Sometimes they are great; sometimes they can be bad or inconvenient. But, this is your life, so be happy and enjoy it! No matter what you resolve in the New Year, have a happy, healthy and cheer-tastic one!

Tell us your cheer parent resolutions for the New Year in the comments!