12 Things Everyone Promises to Do More at the Start of the Year

by Macy Alcaraz   |  Jan 29, 2016
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We always start the year with a hopeful heart, crossing our fingers that the coming days will be better and brighter for us. We promise to be more, do more, live more. But do we really do everything we can to fulfill those promises we make? In an effort to make each of us accountable for each other, we've put together a list of resolutions we end up listing down every year and concrete steps towards achieving those goals. Let us know how it works for you and keep on becoming a better you!

  1. Eat healthier
    This usually comes out of guilt after a full month of bingeing on holiday treats. But if you're going to resolve to eat healthier, there are many ways to follow-through. Start by simply introducing more fresh fruit and vegetables into your diet. You don't need to do it all at once, too. P.S. Starving yourself doesn't count as healthy eating!

  2. Save more

    When you're on a break, you realize that your allowance isn't really enough to last you more than a couple of weeks. But if you start saving a small amount every time your get your allowance, you'll find that you'll end up saving more! Instead of spending it all in one go (say, for that denim skirt you've been eyeing at the mall), divide your savings into money that will go to the bank, to your travel fund, and shopping money. The list can be longer depending on what you want to save your money for! 

  3. Exercise regularly
    During the first few months, you'll find yourself rushing to get into your running clothes every day till you give up and end up not exercising at all! The trick is to develop a habit: running once a week, doing yoga once or twice a month, getting into a sport in school. If doing the same thing over and over again bores you, try to change up your routine so you can keep at it. 

  4. Stop eating junk
    Who can resist an order of fries? Or a really juicy burger? If you want to eat healthier (see #1), this is probably on your list of resolutions, too. While we're all for it, let's be realistic here. Sometimes, you can't help but treat yourself to the familiar taste of your fave fast food fried chicken. If you want to slowly ease out of your fast food junkie habits, try to look for alternative recipes that satisfy the craving but don't necessarily give you empty calories. 

  5. Read more

    Are you gunning for 52 books this year? That's 1 entire book every week. Have you factored in the time you need for studying, doing your extra-curricular activities, and other recreational pastimes? If you want to get in more reading time, why don't you start a book club like Emma Watson?

  6. Do better in school
    Not getting ace marks in your acads? Maybe it's time to put a little more effort into studying. Try to assess why you're not doing so well. Is it because you're not listening in class? Are you having a hard time figuring out your notes? If it helps, enlist a friend to be your study buddy to keep you in check. Figure out the best time and place for you to get some reviewing done. 

  7. Dress better
    This doesn't necessarily mean a complete wardrobe overhaul. We recommend taking a look at your closet first and sort the clothes you already have. You might be surprised to see some of your old favorites just waiting to be worn out again. Sometimes, it's just a matter of organizing your closet and getting better at mixing and matching your current wardrobe.

  8. Take better care of your skin

    Buying even the most expensive skin care products won't really be enough if you don't learn the basics. Keep your skin hydrated (moisturize and drink water!) and sleep early are just a few of the most important rules when it comes to taking care of your skin. 

  9. Lose weight
    Maybe you think crash diets before a trip to the beach are a quick fix, but this does more harm to your body than good. Developing a habit of eating clean and well (#1 and #4) paired with a good fitness regimen (#3), will help you to be healthier and fit. Don't concentrate on losing weight, rather focus on being strong and healthy!

  10. Travel more
    If you want to go on trips, you need to plan and budget ahead! Start small, like a road trip with your best friends. Planning ahead also means you get to save extra when you book promo fares or get discounted rates for tours and accommodations.
  11. Pick up a new hobby
    Take turns in your barkada for planning a regular Learn Something New day. Sign up for a watercolor painting workshop one month, go and watch a broadway play another. It doesn't seem as daunting when you're not cramming 5 different activities in one month. And since you're doing it with friends, you won't get lazy at the last-minute!

  12. Spend more time with family and friends
    And we don't mean just Sunday lunch and recess. Take your mom on a date or watch a movie with her. Volunteer at your local community center with your friends. Offer to babysit your niece or nephew for free. Book a cultural tour or photo walk with your boyfriend. Do something you wouldn't normally do with someone special to you. Make your time together extra meaningful!

What sort of promises have you made and broken in the past? How are you going to resolve those this year? Leave a message in the comments so we can enable each other to follow through on our promises!

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Macy Alcaraz
Former Editor in Chief, candymag.com
When she's not busy online, she's in the kitchen on a mission to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
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