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21 Realistic Resolutions for 2021

for home, for health, for parenthood and more

In search of a resolution you might actually stick with for the new year? We are too. Below are 21 resolutions for 2021 that we think are totally manageable.

FOR HEALTH

I resolve to …

  • Focus on being healthy rather than being an Instagram model. Those people are all photoshopped anyway.
  • Throw in more veggies. Even if the kids won’t eat it, I can. #adulting
  • Not feel guilty when I have a “cheat day,” (but also not let it turn into a “cheat week”).

FOR RELATIONSHIPS

I resolve to …

  • Focus on the good more than the bad. Everyone makes mistakes; we’re all human.
  • Say “I love you” as often as possible. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.
  • But remember that love isn’t always “I love you,” but also “I hear you.” Listening does wonders.
  • Be grateful for the little things. You never know when they might be the only things.

FOR WORK

I resolve to …

  • Do my best, even if I’m not where I thought I would be by now.
  • Extend grace. We can’t all be as faultless as I am. *Hair flip*
  • Limit the amount of times I use “Per my last email.” Everyone knows that’s office-speak for “B**** can you read?” They’re onto you.

FOR HOME

I resolve to …

  • Allow my house to look lived in. It doesn’t have to be clean all the time.
  • Create a space for me to chill—even if that’s the laundry room. (Hey, the kids don’t go in there—I can hide snacks.)
  • Hang and set out pictures. I take a million of them, so it’s time to display my favorites.
  • Create a welcoming space for all who enter. Time to amp up that Southern hospitality, y’all.

FOR THE COMMUNITY

I resolve to …

  • Find a way to give back. Whether that’s with time, money or actions, I want to be a light in my community.
  • Show my kids how to give back. It’s about time they learn the world doesn’t revolve around them.
  • Reach out to those I haven’t spoken to in a while. Last year was nuts. We could all use someone checking in on us.

FOR PARENTHOOD

I resolve to …

  • Remind myself I’m a queen. These are my monsters-slash-angels. And even when it’s hard, I’ve got this.
  • Take a mental picture during every hug, snuggle and kiss with my kiddos. They won’t be little forever.
  • Accept the advice you appreciate and brush off the comments you don’t. Remember Eleanor Roosevelt’s wise words: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Or if that’s not wise enough, use my grandmother’s phrase: “Water off a duck’s back, dear.”
  • Find the fun. I may not make their sandwiches into little dinosaurs or heart shapes, but I can rock those car-ride jam sessions.

Cheers to 2021!

What are you resolving to do this year? Tell us at editorial@dfwchild.com.

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