Ring in the New Year the Right Way

With 2017 in the rearview mirror, it’s time to focus on your 2018 goals. Whether you want to actually stick to a resolution, or you’re hoping to be a little more creative with your personal growth, we’re here for you. We’re ringing in the New Year with the best of our advice on how to stay happy, healthy, and mindful in 2018.

5 Apps to Help You Reach Your New Year’s Goals

As great as McDonald’s app and Twitter are, they aren’t exactly conducive to productivity. In 2018, we suggest using some of your precious phone memory to download apps that will help you relax, learn new languages, or check a few books off your reading list. Here are five apps to keep you on track in the New Year. Read more.

6 Health-Related New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

“Seven years ago, at the dawn of 2011, I set one such itty-bitty New Year’s resolution. I’d done some reading about diet and decided it would be a good idea to cook and eat more fish and beans (and less meat). I wrote this five-word goal down on a sticky note posted in my bathroom medicine cabinet. Since this resolution was so succinct, it felt attainable, and I actually stuck with it. Here are six suggestions to put you on the path toward better health in 2018.” Read more.

How to Find More Time for Your Passion

A new year doesn’t mean forgetting the old you. Many of us have let beloved hobbies or passion projects fall to the wayside while getting entangled in other endeavors. This year, make it your resolution to bring these back to the forefront. We offer four suggestions for finding more time for your passion in the New Year. Read more.

New Year’s Resolution: Break the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle

“During my first job, my paycheck barely covered the basics. I had to budget every penny to keep the lights on and gas in my car. I never had enough at the end of the month to save. One missed paycheck would have wrecked me. It will take some serious sacrifices to stop living paycheck to paycheck, but the peace of mind and security will make it worth it. When 2018 rolls in, here’s how you can break the cycle once and for all.” Read more.

Making Service a Lifestyle: How I Found My Purpose in Serving Others

“Figuring out how we’re called to serve and our unique contribution to the world is not easy. In fact, it’s sometimes downright countercultural to think about who I am and what I have to give in a world that constantly tells us to look out for only our own needs. It took years for me to get out of my comfort zone and ask these questions. It took even longer to figure out what the answers meant, and I still am on that journey today.” Read more.

How I Learned to Focus on My Health, Not My Weight

Between endless promotions in January encouraging you to get to the gym and the Weight Watchers commercials with Oprah telling you she loves bread, it can be hard to remember that the focus of getting fit should be your health. One writer shares her story of foregoing fad diets and impossible-to-maintain gym routines to instead concentrate on what lifestyle changes made her feel better. Read more.

I Disconnected From Social Media for One Year. This Is What I Learned

“My year long hiatus reconditioned me to look for connection in the real world, so social media just isn’t as compelling as it used to be. I don’t have to check my feed to see how my friends are doing because I call them instead; I now relish idle time rather than avoid it with mindless distraction; and I focus on my own little world instead of those of my Facebook friends.” Read more.

3 Money Resolutions to Make for the New Year

“I always feel full of potential when the new year arrives. It’s a great time to put my money mistakes from the past year (or many years) behind me and start fresh. I love to reevaluate my goals, see where I have succeeded and where I have fallen short, and come up with a sensible money plan for my future. If you want to get your financial house in order, here are some great steps to take control of your money in the new year.” Read more.