Let's Make Our New Year's Resolutions Stick This Year

Let's Make Our New Year's Resolutions Stick This Year

New year's resolutions can be a great thing, but I want them to stick this time.


Now that Christmas is over, we're all looking forward to the new year. It feels like a fresh start, an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and make some changes in your life. Some people take this and run with it; they make a list of goals and "resolutions" and tell themselves they're going to start on January 1st.

This can be all well and good, not to mention very motivating, but how often do we actually stick to our resolutions? So many people eat healthy for a couple weeks and then lose that initial kick in the ass and soon revert back to their old habits. So many people organize their lives, get a planner, and start new healthy habits only to have it all disappear by February.

As much as I like new year's resolutions and participate in them, this year I'm looking for a change. I have been stuck in a cycle of making changes and taking care of myself only to fall off my theoretical wagon and plunge into a deep hole of depression and self-hatred after letting my inherent urge for immediate gratification control me once again.

My plan for 2019 is to break the cycle. Instead of trying to completely change my life overnight, it will be more effective to start taking small steps towards my goals and the healthy life I want to live. If you try to change everything at once, it won't stick for the long term. It's not a realistic expectation for any person and that is something I am trying to constantly remind myself.

I surely will make some resolutions and plan for my year. I will think about what I want my life to look like and break down the steps I can really take to get to that point. That's a great thing to do in the new year. However, I am going to take it one moment at a time. Every day is a new day and every day presents the opportunity to take those steps.

I have struggled in the past with wanting everything to be perfect right away and I think there are others out there that can relate. I still struggle with this sometimes. After losing my footing every time I slip up and making myself believe that everything is going to shit because I missed one work out or slept in one day, I have realized that that is just not the way to do it. Real progress will never be made if I stick to this pattern.

So this year, I encourage you to break the cycle. Step out of your comfort zone and push yourself, while taking it one step at a time, one day at a time. Be kind to yourself; it will take some time for habits to automate and for you to feel at home in your new, seemingly unfamiliar lifestyle. Don't rush. Small steps will make a huge difference.

Above all, forgive yourself for your mistakes and keep yourself in mind as you venture into the new year. Don't feel pressured to makeover your life in a day. Do what's right for you and keep moving forward.

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13 Gifts That Any Sports Fanatic Is Sure To Love

These gifts are sure to be a hole in one.


Check out these 13 gifts that any sports lover in your life will absolutely love this holiday season.

1. NFL Barware Crate

This NFL Barware Crate from Man Crates is ideal for any football fan. It includes pint glasses with any NFL team's logo, bottle openers and a mix of bar nuts. The perfect mix of gifts for the perfect football Sunday.

2. NBA ugly Christmas sweater

If your sports fan is a fan of the NBA like me, they would LOVE this NBA ugly Christmas sweater. It's festive and shows off who you're rooting for this basketball season.

3. Knitted beer mitt

I'm from Wisconsin so, obviously, I'm a Green Bay Packers fan. Most of our football season is played in the winter, and Lambeau Field's nickname is "the frozen tundra," but that doesn't stop us fans from going to Green Bay and supporting our green and gold. And what's a football game without beer? This knitted beer mitt is ideal for any football fan that cheers their team out in the cold.

4. Golf mug

For the golf fan who is also a fan of coffee. With this coffee mug, you also get a mini golf ball and a putter that is actually a pen. During some downtime in the office, start a round of golf.

5. The Sports Bucket List book

This sports bucket list book written by Rob Fleder and Steven Hoffman is a great gift for a sports fan who likes to travel. The book includes 101 different and memorable places, games and matches around the world. Gift this book to your sports lover and help them complete their brand new bucket list!

6. MLB game used uniform wallet

This wallet is definitely something a baseball fan would cherish for a long time. This wallet includes interior dividers that are made from game-used MLB jerseys. You can choose from seven MLB teams.

7. Funny sports socks

One of the most practical ways to tell someone you're busy watching football. These socks are not only cozy but sport the, "Shhh, I'm watching football" saying to let everyone know that you shouldn't be bothered while your feet are up.

8. Vineyard Vines college shirt

Vineyard Vines is a brand that is known to be worn around college campuses. If your sports fan is currently enrolled at a university and loves supporting his colors, this shirt is the perfect fit for him this football season.

9. Unique cuff links

If your man is strictly business but loves strutting off the love for his NFL team, these subtle but super unique cufflinks are best gift he'll receive yet. They are not only classy, but the color inside is actually a piece from an NFL stadium seat!

10. Game used hockey puck bottle opener

For the hockey fanatic that also is a fanatic for brews. These hockey puck bottle openers are not only cool (hockey pun intended) but were once played as game pucks for an NHL game.

11. Sports mug with backboard 

This mug is fun for all ages and comes in other sports like football, basketball and more. For once you won't get yelled at for playing with your food.

12. Their favorite player's jersey

Every sports fanatic has a favorite player. A jersey is one of the easiest but one of the best gifts you can get someone. If they have one already, get them one from a different era or a different color!

13. Tickets to a sporting event

Another easy but perfect gift for a sports fan. Get them tickets to their favorite sporting event. Give them an experience they will never forget.

Please note that all items are in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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It's Always A Good Time To Better Yourself

New year, new you.


We all like to play the New Year's game of creating resolutions most of us will most definitely not keep. We hear everyone going on and on about "new year, new me" and pretend like we want to engage as well. I failed to realize what it is about the new year that makes people want to change themselves. It's as if the digit changing at the end of the year is important to us changing ourselves.

You can make a change at any time of the year, so why now?

With this upcoming year, I feel like I have answered the qualms of the above statements. I have realized it is less about a new you, but more about a better you. The new year makes us feel fresh and gives us new energy. The digit changing, it gives us the motivation to make the changes to improve ourselves. While the last year has been so generous, I want to make the next year even better.

This is not a how-to guide on how to keep your resolutions, but more on how to make them. We tend to set unrealistic goals based off of ideas perpetuated by society rather than what truly makes us happy. We think by losing weight we will feel better about ourselves. By doing this we bypass the real goal altogether, feeling good about ourselves. This can apply in other circumstances. as well. If you're a writer, your goal could be to write more instead of writing better or writing something you care about. By deciding what truly matters to us, we can set goals that guide us to success instead of deterring it.

Even a simple task every day, like making the bed, can set the tone for the day as productive and neat.

Everyone is different and having the same three goals as every other person will not help you. Think about who you are and what you need to motivate you. Going to the gym may make you hate getting out of bed in the morning, but a small workout at home can be just as effective and more interesting for you.

Resolutions are what you make them out to be. You can choose to make them something meaningful.

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