By Keri Morris, Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce Membership Director
January 2021 is here and it’s time to think about New Year’s Resolutions. 2020 was rough but that doesn’t mean 2021 has to be. Creating resolutions can help better you in your work life and personal life, and with many of us continuing to work at home, that’s one in the same! Below are my 2021 resolutions. I hope my ideas assist you in generating resolutions of your own.
- Learn something new every day
I have an Audible account that I don’t use. I am going to begin listening to audiobooks on my commute every morning and evening. Some will be fiction and some career but you can always learn something new from reading. Or, try this ‘word of the day’ calendar by Merriam Webster: https://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/calendar
2. Budget and travel big
I was super excited last year at this time as the kids and I were to take a life-changing trip to Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy. Then Coronavirus hit. Plan a trip for 2022 and start saving money now, so you can afford your vacation and not stress about it. Have your bank deduct $50/paycheck into a vacation account, so by next year you will have $1200 to use on vacation expenses. Budget your expenses this year using one of these budget apps: https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/finance/budgeting-saving-tools/
3. Drink more H20 by tracking water intake
This will be so difficult for me. I don’t like drinking water. But, in this crazy world, this is something I can control so why not be more proactive? There are lots of applications out there that you can utilize to accomplish this goal: https://www.healthline.com/health/hydration-top-iphone-android-apps-drinking-water
4. Make ‘Me’ time
I’m a single mom and ‘me’ time doesn’t come easy. My daughter created a 10-minute yoga routine that is simple and for the yoga beginner, like myself. It is easy, feels good and is a time that I am focusing on myself. Create your own using this guide: https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/poses-by-level/beginners-poses/
5. SUPPORT LOCAL EVEN MORE
I’m saving the best for last and this is a big one folks! Try to support local in every purchase you make. Could I buy my cat’s $75 special urinary protection cat food online and save $10 a bag? Of course, but I’m not going to because my local veterinarian needs my support. It’s about putting your money back into Marshall County and helping our businesses thrive even during the bad times (ummm, like now).