5 New Year's Resolutions To Consider, And How To Achieve Them

5 New Year's Resolutions To Consider, And How To Achieve Them

January 1 is right around the corner, and Americans around the country will be setting resolutions for the new year.

New Year's Eve is nearly upon us, so most Americans around this time of year consider making a New Year's resolution. According to StatisticBrain.com, 45 percent of Americans usually make resolutions. Only eight percent of those who make resolutions are actually successful in achieving their goals.

Most Americans who make resolutions have "infrequent success." 24 percent never succeed and fail to uphold their resolution each year. These numbers that don't come as too much of a surprise, as most people I know are rarely successful with their resolutions.

In case you are thinking about making a New Year's resolution, let's take a look at some of the top goals that Americans have made over time and why you should take it on:

1. Lose Weight

Of course, this is a great goal to take up. 38 percent of Americans take on weight related resolutions, and the gyms and workout facilities absolutely love this. A lot of people give up on this goal after a while, probably because it is just too much work. If you can stick to it though, losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be one of the best decisions of your life.

Here are four steps to a healthy lifestyle, courtesy of WebMD.

2. Get Organized

Getting organized can help relieve a tremendous amount of stress in your life. Just knowing where your essentials are can make your life go so much easier. Follow these helpful tips to help get yourself organized in the new year.

3. Quit Smoking

Obviously, this one is a little tougher. Nicotine makes it extremely difficult to quit smoking, but if you can do it, you can greatly improve your health. SmokeFree.gov outlines five steps to aid in the process to quit smoking.

4. Spend Less, Save More

Whether you're a college student or a retired grandmother, it is never too early or too late to save money. One of the simplest ways to save money is take a certain percentage off each paycheck and put it in a savings account. Over time, this money begins to add up. If you can budget and save your money well, then you're off to a great start. There are great smartphone apps that can help you budget and manage your money.

If you want to take a more simpler route, take a look at this 30-day money challenge that will help your savings add up quickly.

5. Fall in Love

I feel sorry for everyone out there who sets out with the intention to fall is love with the "person of their dreams." If you don't go with the flow, it'll never happen. The best relationships happen naturally, and you'll never know where you'll meet the man or woman for you.

If you do decide to set a resolution for New Year's, StatisticBrain.com goes on to say that "people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't." So write your goal down.

Best of luck to everyone who sets a resolution. Hopefully, you can be a part of the eight percent. Happy New Year, America.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

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It takes every ounce

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Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

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Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

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Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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