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The end of the year is almost here! Have you started thinking about New Year’s Resolutions yet? I definitely have. But, I’m in the loves-to-make-resolutions camp, so it’s something I enjoy and look forward to working on. That said, I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself to keep my resolutions. For me, it’s about coming up with a list of goals that helps me focus on the upcoming year and what I hope to accomplish. Even if the goals change right away, I find it’s nice to have a starting point.

I’ve mentioned it before, but we also help our kids make resolutions — even when they’re little! To get our kids thinking about the coming year, we offer prompter questions:

This year, I want to learn: __________
I want to read: __________
I want to make: __________
I want to visit: __________
I want to change: __________
(The change prompt is supposed to help you think of something like an unhealthy habit you’d like to get rid of.)
I want to be better at: __________
Most of all I want: __________

And we keep a specific family journal (you can see it in the photo above) where we record the answers. The journal is a treasure! It’s a wonderful resource where the kids can see how much they’re growing and changing. These days, the older kids prefer to keep their resolutions in their own personal journals, but they still love to read the resolutions from their early years.

As for me, I’m counting “straightening my teeth” as one of my goals because my Invisalign treatment will wrap up this summer. I can already see my teeth improving — not just getting straighter, my overbite is being corrected too and it surprises me how happy it makes me. I didn’t think of myself as particularly unhappy with my teeth before I started treatment, just sort of generally irritated. So I can’t believe how much I enjoy seeing them improve.

Apparently, I’m not alone in thinking about some physical self-improvement in 2015. In fact, according to this survey, in 2014, 61 percent of women said they let their personal needs take a backseat to other priorities, and only 26 percent of women made time to do things to make them feel good about themselves. Yikes! Related, 47 percent of women said that their confidence is tied to how they feel about their physical appearance, but only 29 percent of women made physical appearance a priority. So no surprise that women are ready for a change in 2015.

2015 Goals

All those stats make me want to shout from the rooftops: Let’s be kind to ourselves in 2015! Let’s remind ourselves it’s okay to schedule some “me time”!

Where do you fall on this topic? Do you feel like you didn’t make enough personal time for yourself in 2014? If yes, do you think you’ll be better in 2015? And are you a goal-lover like I am? Is there a resolution or goal you’re making for 2015 that you don’t mind sharing? Do you make yearly goals with your kids? I can’t wait to read your thoughts!

P.S. — Famous resolutions.