Happy New Year! What Are Your Intentions for the New Year?

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. As I enjoy the peace and quiet on this first day of the New Year (my family is all still asleep) I wrote down the things I want to work towards this New Year. I don’t like the word “resolution” – it’s too black and white, too final. If you resolve to do something, and then miss even one time, you may feel you’ve let yourself down, and drop off completely because you’ve already failed. This is especially easy to do when your resolutions revolve around your own personal health and happiness; these are the first things we let go when we are busy taking care of our families and working (inside or outside the home). Instead, this year I have things I’m going to work towards. Each time I’m successful, I’m already better than the day before. These are the acts and behaviors I’m going to work towards this year. What are your plans for the new year?

  1. Express my gratitude more. There are a lot of ways to do this. Making the conscience effort to thank someone verbally, or in writing, really goes a long way towards the happiness and confidence of both parties. I received this Letters for a Year of Gratitude gift from one of my fellow HMHers, and I think it’s the perfect, easiest way to express gratitude. I will work on sending these out throughout the year.
  2. Do more 30 day challenges. I’ve written about these before. Thirty days has been proven to be the time needed to form a new habit. Even if the challenge you complete doesn’t lead to a new habit, it’s a great way to try something new, and set an achievable goal. You can do anything for 30 days! I’ve done 30 day challenges by myself in the past. This year we are going to do 30 day challenges as a family. The first one we’ve agreed on is a 30 day plank challenge, for the month of January. At the end, we are going to do something together that we all enjoy, to celebrate our accomplishment. To learn more about 30 day challenges, watch Matt Cutts’ Ted Talk.
  3. Learn something that really interests me, outside of my career. I haven’t fully committed to this yet, but I’ve inquired about a certificate in reflexology. The program i’m looking at covers anatomy and physiology as well as how to do reflexology. And it requires 8 hours week of homework and practice, so watch out friends – I may be enlisting your feet 🙂

In addition to these three, I have some health goals in mind. Above all, I’m looking forward to the possibilities of a new year. I wish you all a wonderful year filled with love, gratitude, family and friends.


*** photo credit Miann Scanlan, Free People Australia.


Jennifer Strilko

Jennifer is the Director of Operations at DI/LDM, keeping the train moving for several operational teams and helping them meet their goals. Jennifer believes that everything happens for a reason and that we don’t meet anyone by accident. She’s looking forward to meeting new people and widening her tribe through this blog project. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys DIY projects (upcycling curbside finds is her favorite past time). Her Mom Hustle includes being a dance and baseball mom, maneuvering teen drama, and preparing her kids for college. She lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband, three teenagers and two dogs.