How To Set & Stick To New Year Resolutions For A Happy, Fun and Healthy You! (+ My Resolutions)

Happy New Year my beautiful souls!

My name is Mia and I’m a #NewYearNewMe junkie.

Seriously – I am one of those people that will scream “New Year Motivation!” from the rooftops; one of those people that will stuff and cram and squeeze every last drop of motivation and productivity from January. My New Year lasts until March. If you even say the words “New Year Resolutions don’t mean anything, you aren’t going to stick to them anyway” in my general vicinity, I will melt into an over-dramatic puddle of horror and disgust.

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Jokes aside, though – why all the hatred towards New Year Resolutions? You are never going to change and improve if you don’t bloody try. Yes, New Year is a wildly overblown occasion used by the media to sell you all gym memberships. Yes, you could make all these resolutions at any time of the year – you could change your entire life tomorrow, regardless of whether tomorrow is the 1st of January or not . . .

But if you can’t be bothered to change your life in New Year – where motivation is at an all time high and people are not only more likely to support you, but actually attempt to change with you – you’re going to have a really hard time convincing me you’re going to do it at any other point.

So I’m going to keep my #NewYearNewMe hashtags and my motivational images and my new gym membership and, while you are smugly rolling your eyes from the same place you’ve been in for the last three years, I’m going to set me some goals and resolutions and I’m going to make this year my bitch. Just like I did last year – and just like I will all the years to come. Because change and growth is 100% achievable, but how on earth are you going to get anywhere if you aren’t willing to put one leg in front of the other and move?

Hello, my gorgeous and limitless people, today I’m going to be sharing how to set New Years resolutions to kick the world’s ass – and, even better, how to stick to them. (And I’m also going to be showing you my resolutions because I practice what I preach.)

Also, if you’re feeling for some cute room decorations, this ombre box is from Urban Outfitters – and on sale at half price for Β£12 (linked).

Who Do You Want To Be?

Look, this sounds weird as shit – but, trust me, it works. Don’t set goals because you think you should; if you don’t want to go to the gym, why set the goal to go?

Take a moment to think about who you want to be. Your end vision of yourself. Are you fun and outgoing? Every Saturday night a party? Serene and content? Enjoying your life, having a nicely decorated space, filling your days with painting and reading? Maybe you’re a traveller – maybe you want to be ultra-stylish and on trend, the person everyone looks at and goes “daaaamn“. Super healthy? Vegan? A total boss-bitch queen blogger?

Imagine a day – a week – in your future life. Your dream life. I want warts and all; how do you cope with your stressful day at work? What is your apartment like? Who are your friends? What do you eat? How do you dress? What are your everyday problems? How are you overcoming them?

There are no wrong answers here; you don’t have to report to anyone. But knowing who you want to be and where you want to end up . . . well, now, all these goals are are the stepping stones to becoming that person. And how are we going to know how to get there if we don’t know where we’re going? Plus, knowing your end goal helps you to set goals that are actually relevant to your life and what you want as opposed to goals that you’ve seen floating around Twitter and thought “I should do that”.

How Do You Need To Change?

You know where you want to be and you know where you are, so how do you bridge that gap? Do you need to change things in your personality – be nicer? More forgiving? Less forgiving? More confident? More outgoing? More focused on work?

Or maybe it’s physical, tangible things you need to change. If you want to compete in marathons for fun, you’ll need to be more active. You’ll need to take up jogging, have increased stamina. Are there skills you need to learn? Things you need to take up? List it, bish.

What Are The Steps You Can Take To Meet These Over-Arching Goals?

Let’s say you want to be happier. A more happy, stress-free you. You’ve looked at your life and realised most of your problems . . . well, most of your problems come from you. Your personality and how you deal with things. You’re too uptight, you’re a massive stress head and you’re all work no fun. You want to change this . . . but how?

  • Become less stressed – be a more relaxed person.
  • Learn to deal with stress.
  • Have more fun.
  • Be more easy-going.

These are a couple of things you could do; at this point, we don’t have to be too specific, don’t worry – I just want some vague overall hurdles you need to overcome. And you don’t have to focus on one part of your life for this, either. I tend to do this for my health, personality, friends, experiences, career etc.

Now Set You Some Fucking Resolutions

Right . . . so now you’ve got an idea of all the problems you need to start tackling and solutions you need to start finding, start setting yourself some resolutions. I like to keep my resolutions kind of vague, like so:

  • I will eat healthier.
  • I will be happier.
  • I will have fun.

We’ll start drilling into these in the next section . . .

And, From There, Set Smaller Goals Within These Resolutions (Maybe Timed)

So now that you have your resolutions, it’s time to set some goals that will help you achieve and measure them.

You can say “I will eat healthier” as a resolution, but how do you measure it? Having tangible goals – I will eat a piece of fruit with breakfast everyday, for example – can help you keep track of progress.


Making these goals time-constrained is another great way to encourage yourself to stick to them. For example, instead of saying “be able to run 5 miles”, you could try “be able to run one mile by April, 2 miles by June, 3 miles by August and 5 miles by December”. This not only makes your progress trackable, but it makes your goals easier to achieve – and then they don’t feel like massive, impossible-to-climb mountains, more a series of little hills.

Look, I can’t force you to make New Year Resolutions; I can’t force you to change or improve. I don’t even want to – I have enough shit to change about myself, I can’t be responsible for you too! All I can do is tell you that New Year Resolutions can stick; you can change your life, your outlook, your mentality. And I guess, in helping myself stick to them, I can help you.

You probably won’t remember, but in one of my previous time management posts I toyed with the idea of starting a productivity category on the blog. This post is the first of the posts in that category. Throughout 2018, I’m going to be sharing my progress with my New Year Resolutions and how I achieve them – and, if you want, you can use that as a way to keep you accountable and help you achieve yours. Also, I would seriously recommend checking out Natalie’s 2018 Planner – it’s a really good post that I highly recommend. (And it is, of course, linked.


And with that I think we can conclude. I hope this post helped you – are you setting New Year Resolutions for 2018? What are they? (I’m nosy; this is a legitimate question) Did you like my method of goal setting – will you use it? And did you like the video? Make sure to subscribe, babies, I’m excited for 2018! Let me know your thoughts down below!


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64 thoughts on “How To Set & Stick To New Year Resolutions For A Happy, Fun and Healthy You! (+ My Resolutions)”

      1. My cat is getting old. A lot of changes happening. Good chance I will kick up a gear going into it and through it. 😎🦊

    1. Great tips on sticking to New year resolutions!! I think there’s only been one year I’ve actually stuck to my resolutions so hopefully I’ll manage to this year!! I’ve loved reading your blog this year and I hope you have an amazing 2018 😊 xx

      1. Usually my first resolution used to be work out where I have just woken up and where to next (including the well loved family favorite “whilst checking how much is still in the hipflask”)

        1. I absolutely love this post Mia! I am definitely going to use this when sticking to my new year goals and resolutions. Thank you and Happy New Year!!

        2. This video made my night!! My resolutions are to actually do some more cardio at the gym rather than just weights and legs, write more, LIVE MORE, and work so much more on my music. This was a great post to start of the year Mia xx

            1. You looked like a natural! I can’t wait to see more videos from you and WOW WOW WOW her music and her blog are incredible! Definitely followed and will be keeping an eye out, thanks for the recommedation Mia xx

          1. Loveeee this! Your bullet journal design + handwriting is beautiful 😍 and all your goals are so inspiring. I’m with you girl, the new year is literally such a huge source of motivation to get my ass in gear and become a better person – it’s all about self development! Happy new year, I hope 2018 is beyond amazing for you xox

          2. Wtf can you write a book or something pls ???? I would seriously buy it ???? This is exactly what I needed to hear right now, EXACTLY the right thing. What kind of person do I want to be?! You are so inspiring, bookmarking this post so I can keep coming back to it!! xxx

            1. Happy New Year! I am definitely a new year new me kind of person, but I think why not! If it gets you motivated then it is a great start, along with creating constructive resolutions which your post really helps to ensure. Great post, thank you! x

            2. I have never understood New Year’s resolution hate because anything that gets people up and chasing their dreams should be celebrated!! The problem is not the concept of resolutions in itself, but the fact that people make theirs too unfocused/unattainable/removed from a clear plan, and yours do not fit into any of these categories for sure! Amazing post as always, and I wish you all the best for the upcoming year xox

              1. Girl, right? And that is my EXACT view – resolutions are only as actionable as you make them; if people pluck generic ones from Twitter that they have no investment in or overly vague goals with no action plan . . . it doesn’t usually work out. Thank you gorgeous! Hope 2018 rocks for you xxx

              1. Great post and tips! Def need to take my New Year’s Resolutions seriously and could prob consider some of your advice. Hope you’re having a lovely start to 2018 girl <3 πŸ™‚

                1. I never thought of it this way, even though it’s so practical and an obvious thing to do lol. I often get so hung up on the things I failed to do the year before, and how I plan to be more determined to get them done in the new year. I always set my goals without thinking about what steps I need to take to make them happen. I will definitely be reflecting on this matter before I end up posting my New Years’s resolutions sometime next week, so thanks for this! πŸ™‚

                2. Great post. I’ve not made any resolutions for more years than I care to remember, but from this point on I will make an exception: to reduce the amount of plastic I buy/use and to be more ‘earth conscious.’ Good luck with your goals.

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                5. DON’T hate me, but I am one of those smug eye rolling beyatches who does not set resolutions. BUT I do on my birthday, so do I get that gym membership? (actually I think I would prefer cake; p) Joking aside, I LOVED your prompt of “What do you want to be?” And I think THAT is why I always fight against making resolutions this time of year, because EVRYONE does it, not because they want too, but because everyone and their neighbor’s neighbor is doing it. I am going to the gym, because it is what everyone expects, instead of, I am going to start running because my cholesterol sucks right now. Or taking kick boxing because it would be fun and you know maybe I want to become an MMA fighter.
                  “What do you want to be” aces it much more personal and challenges people to delve deeper insta dow going with the status quo and I love that! <3

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