Happy New Year everyone! I’ve been on hiatus taking a much needed break but I’m back and ready to get 2017 started. I feel refreshed and brimming with lots of great ideas for the blog this year. Stop by regularly for tips on easy food prep, how to juggle life and motherhood and much more. Bring it on 2017!

Speaking of the new year, how many of you have resolutions? I don’t usually do the resolution thing but have instead adopted a new concept a friend shared with me. Instead of dreaming up a list that sounds more like a wishlist than reality, she suggested thinking of one word that you want to define your year.

Your chosen word can be anything you want. It just has to be something meaningful and something you can implement throughout the year.

My chosen word is “self.” OK before you say anything, it might sound self serving but hear me out. With a little one in tow and a full life, it’s hard to find time for myself. Whether it’s going for a quick run or taking an interesting class, it’s easy to make excuses and push these things to the side.

So for 2017, I’m going to be more intentional about making time for myself. Once a month I’m going to do something all for moi. I’ve started a list and included things like going to the movies, getting a massage and getting a manicure. They’re simple but things that allow me to take a step away for a few hours to rejuvenate and be the best mom I can be. Happy mom, happy home.

Whether you take the one word approach or prefer a list of things, here are three tips to help you stick it out and see your resolutions through. No more starting off the year on a high only to see your efforts dwindle down to nothing a few short weeks or months into the year.

Be Realistic With Your Goals

Whether it’s losing weight or running a marathon, anything’s possible. But choose goals that are attainable to avoid setting yourself up for failure. In the past, what made it hard for you to stick to your resolutions? There’s nothing wrong with aiming high but don’t bite off more than you can chew by looking to change everything in your life at once. Start simple with goals that you know you can stick to and will be excited about for a long time.

Set a Time Frame to Get Things Done

Once you know what you want to accomplish set a time frame. Just saying you want to lose weight this year won’t keep you motivated. How much weight do you want to lose? How long are you going to give yourself? What are you going to do to lose weight?

You’re more likely to reach your weight loss goals if you frame it as: I want to lose 20 lbs in three months by running three times a week and by cutting out sugar.

Tell Everyone, Build a Support System

Having your own personal cheer squad will keep you super motivated. Tell your family and friends your plans and ask them to check in with you during the time frame you’ve given yourself. On those days when you don’t feel like working out and really want a Big Mac, they’ll be the ones to remind you of the goals you’ve set for yourself and why you’re doing it.

Their encouragement will keep you moving forward rather than giving up half way though. After all, when someone asks about the run you were supposed to take that morning, wouldn’t you rather tell them about the new trail you found and how great you felt afterwards instead of, “oh, I slept in.”

I hope you’re feeling pumped for the year ahead. Feel free to share your resolutions here so we can encourage each other and see results!