3 Simple Tricks to Help You Keep Your New Years Resolutions

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.

resolutionsWelcome to the New Year!  How has it been so far? Did you make it through the Holiday season unscathed?

I feel like we actually did, but I will let you in on a little secret.  This is the second year in a row we kept things REALLY simple.  We have a pretty big reason for doing it, though.  Out daughter is adopted from foster care and even after being with us for almost 6 years, she still has a lot of trauma from her experiences.  We have found that the Holidays are her most difficult time of the year, so we strive to keep things simpler.

But beyond that I like not getting to caught up.  We can have fun in the simple moments and small successes.

I feel like this was my daughters best Christmas in the 6 years she has lived with us, so it was way more than a small success.  Not that it was perfect, but whose Holidays ever are?

Moving into the New Year, my resolution will be to have more “simple joy,” to enjoy life more, to not miss out on life just because I get bogged down in the daily grind.

What do you want to do to make 2015 a success for you and you family?  Do you hope to get healthy, save more money, or find your own “simple joys?”

If you are hoping to pay off debt or save more money then the Frugal Living Mom blog is great site to vist.  One easy way to snowball your debt away is to set up an auto payment from every paycheck you receive.  It’s a great, consistent way of paying what you owe.  Before long you will be paying it down.

If you want to save more money, we have hundreds of ways that you can easily do that.  One of my favorites is our post on Lowering Your Water Heating Bill up to 55%.  Tips like this don’t even “hurt” but you are proactively saving money.  Pick one or two from our list to start and then add more as you get those down.  Soon you could be saving thousands of dollars a year.

Take the Suntrust Money Personality Quiz to find out your financial strengths and better help you to form your goals in saving more money this year. Then visit their resource center to get even more ideas.

We all want to look back at the end of the year and see success in our goals and resolutions, but this can be more difficult than it seems.  So I have 3 simple tips to help keep you on track:

1. Keep it simple.  Don’t try to do more than you know is realistic. If you never exercise, there is no way you are going to start doing it 7 days a week for an hour.  A better strategy is to do something easy and manageable.  Start walking with your dog for a few minutes a day;  take a trip around the block.  After you are consistent with that, walk two blocks.  If you can start a new habit you can probably increase your goals.
2.  Tell people what you are doing.  This will keep you a little more accountable to your new resolution and you might even pick up a buddy or two to do it with you.  And as we all know keeping our goals is easier when you feel like you have a team behind you.
3. If you fail, try again.  We all fail and that is OK.  You just need to start again.  Don’t let the failure to save for a month or not eating well for a day or two ruin all the success you have had.  Simply try again.

Do you have any of your own tips to share that can lead to resolution success?

Best to you this year!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.

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