A suggestion was broached here at ThriftyFun regarding sharing our personal New Years resolutions. My New Years resolution is to pray and practice daily (365), even on a bad day, to work harder to do the best humanly possible to think and act kindly and thoughtfully in every single little aspect of life towards all others in every single situation. We are each definitely just a little tiny drop in the bucket but each of our bucket drops will help make this world a much better place to be!
And I truly believe that if 'we all' would just take a deep breath and 'walk a mile' in other human beings, animal beings and our earths environmental shoes with a smile and thankful collective prayers that we could make a huge difference! This includes how you talk to and treat strangers or your children or spouse or your checker at your local market and even when in a hurry trying to get to or from somewhere/anywhere in your car!
We are all connected and each of us can make a positive difference in even the tiniest actions that we make! I do try really hard already but even more prayer and thoughtfulness is my resolution and I pray this is food for thought for you to practice this as your New Years Resolution too :-)
By Deeli from Richland, WA
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New Year resolutions are not something I ever make, I regret them all year long after I break them. This year we weren't given a choice but to make resolutions.
I've lived by giving, and receive from others who do the same, so many blessings and moments of joy and it's by and because of these words of wisdom over and over in a lifetime!
Some people dread resolutions but not me! I look forward to them because mine aren't all just negative. Instead, they are dreams and new goals to improve my life and my family's life!
My name is Misti and I'm 27 years old. I live with my husband and 7 year old son. I started living a frugal life after I realized one day that I've been working for 10 years and I only have $200 in savings to show for it. I mean come on, shouldn't a 27 year old have more to show for all the work I've done? So I started 2007 off with a bang. My New Year's resolution was to cut expenses as much as possible and save, save, save.
Just read an interesting thought on New Year's resolutions. Instead of choosing one challenge that you may not be able to actually do for the year, why not choose a theme that you try to live by in your everyday challenges in the year instead?
Resolutions don't need to be painful promises we won't really keep! This year, I've got a few new ideas to add to the mix. Feel free to personalize to your interests.
I like the comment I heard today in exercise class. This young woman said she doesn't make new year's resolutions but instead picks a word to think more about and implement personally for the year. Her words this year were "commitment" and "support". That's an interesting concept!
Not all of my 2012 new year's resolutions focus on money. There are a few others like going to the gym regularly and calling my grandmother more often. But the money saving resolutions are the one I'm looking forward to the most.
My New Year's Resolution Tip is to wait until March or April to start working on my resolution. If your resolution is to lose weight the dark, cold days of winter can be very discouraging.
Many people make New Years promises, as I call them, only to find them failed by the next few months. I don't do those for one reason. Many promises begin with the promise to fail. I started learning that you have to find something you love in order to make it with joy.
My tip for keeping my resolutions is to keep them realistic. Like losing weight, the resolution is to slowly and healthily lose some weight.
Everyone knows the situation. At the beginning of each year, we make resolutions that may rapidly become obsolete or slowly wane as days and months pass.
It's a new year and resolutions abound. Why not try some simple resolutions that will affect our spending and saving?
Another year has come and gone and once again we are given the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and have a chance to adopt healthy new habits and new ways of being.
Today's poll asks: Are you making any new year's resolutions for your personal finances?