New Year's Resolutions for a Happier, Healthier Life

December 29, 2016

Melanie Raynor

In just a few short days, we’ll be toasting each other and celebrating a New Year – 2017! If you’re like me, you’ve been thinking about the past year and the significant events that have made a mark in 2016. Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has passed, it forces me to reflect on the things I’d like to focus on next year. Each of these things will hopefully create a happier, healthier version of myself.

Get Moving
I bet nine out of ten people would say their number one New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight. I’m going to pay less attention to the number on the scale, and pay more attention to making myself become more active. I find myself constantly rationalizing the fact that I don’t go to the gym because I’m a working mom with two kids. The truth is, I haven’t made it a priority to make it part of my lifestyle. I pray that 2017 will also bring some motivation (and maybe a few more hours in the day??) to help make exercising an important part of my day.

We moved into our house almost two years ago. I was seven months pregnant with my daughter and chasing around a toddler, so I had very little time or energy to focus on organizing my house the way I wanted. Now that they are a little less dependent on me, I hope to finally tackle organizing drawers, closets, the many sheets of artwork that my kids bring home, and the THOUSANDS of pictures I have stored on my phone (7,083, to be exact). The busyness of life has created a mountain of things to organize. This year maybe I can get organized and create a way to stay that way!

Give More
This holiday season, I’ve witnessed more acts of kindness – people giving to others in times of need – than I have ever noticed before. I used to send birthday cards to friends and family, donate more to charities and focus on others more than myself. I plan to bring back the giving mentality and make more of an effort do those things again. This ties in with the final resolution for next year …

Spend More Time with Friends & Family
This past year has brought a lot of heartache to my family as we lost a very special man. As we begin a new year, I plan to make more of an effort to spend quality time with my family and dear friends. Love more, laugh more, cherish the memories and create new ones! 

I’d love to know what you plan to do differently next year or if you have any tips for me! Email me at Happy New Year!

Melanie Raynor is the Marketing Coordinator at Wilson Medical Center.