popular 2014 new year's resolutionsI resolve to do something new, different and fun this year!

Every year you make the same resolutions: go to that exercise class (no excuses), stop eating M&Ms every night, pay off those credit cards. And sometime around February, you blow it!

That may be because you’re making resolutions you don’t want to keep! This year, resolve to do exactly what you want. You’ll be amazed at how much more successful you are!

Take a trip. Maybe you’ve always wanted to rent a villa in Tuscany or visit some relatives who are a train trip away. If you have the money to do it (check with your financial advisor), there’s no time like the present. Buy a ticket, pack a bag and head where your heart takes you.

Sign up for a class. Need to learn to use that iPad your kids gave you for Christmas? Maybe you’ve always wanted to try your hand at [insert passion here]? While you probably haven’t sat in a classroom for years, learning something new is a great way to keep your mind active and even make some new friends in the process.

Go on a date. No matter what your age, a little harmless flirtation is the surest way to put a spring back in your step and a sparkle in your eye. Say “yes” to your neighbor’s invitation to coffee; seriously consider your kids’ offer to set you up. All you have to lose is an hour or two out of life … and you have fun, maybe even love, to gain!

Do something radical. Stepping out of your comfort zone could involve high altitudes and a parachute or might be as simple as trying a new hairstyle. Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.” This year, think you “can.” It can be incredibly empowering!



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