Did you make a New Years Resolution?

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Are you a New Year’s Resolution person? Through the years, it seems like fewer and fewer people are. Many of us make them, but according to Forbes, only 8 percent of people actually follow through. This is most likely because their resolution is broad, unrealistic, or overwhelming. It is completely understandable that some of us would give up the resolution thing altogether, but maybe we just need a change of perspective instead. Making achievable resolutions for 2019 will undoubtedly start your New Year off right.

    With the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season over, a lot of people decide to swear off shopping, or maybe even going out of the house altogether. If you are one of these people, maybe a good New Year’s resolution would be to engage with your community more regularly. Many local businesses watch the amount of shoppers, diners, or event-goers dwindle immediately after the holidays, but we would love for that to change in 2019. Make a stop at your favorite spots to check out the sales and spend the gift card you just received for the holidays, invite your out-of-town family to a restaurant with local flair, or research things to do in your community besides just going to the mall or seeing a movie at a big theatre. This way, you can check off your resolution in no time, and you can become more involved in your community when all the holiday excitement has died down.

    Another idea for a positive start to 2019 is to give back. Research local or global organizations that inspire you, and make a resolution to engage with them during the New Year. For a start, Five Pound Apparel is involved with some amazing groups here in the Ozarks and around the world. Any time you shop with us, you are giving to someone, somewhere who is in need. If you are interested in giving back in a more personal way, you can also volunteer with us at the Ozarks Food Harvest. A quick internet search will also allow you to sign up to volunteer at a number of places, no matter where you are.

The phrase “New Year’s Resolution” has occasionally had a bad reputation, but you don’t have to be a resolution person to make changes in your life. Little things like engaging with your community and giving back can make all the difference. This way, you can ensure your resolutions will be achieved, and the fact that you are doing something extremely awesome doesn’t hurt.


Laura Payne | Dec. 28, 2018

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