Why I Don’t Believe in New Year's Resolutions

5 Reasons Why I Don’t Believe in New Year's Resolutions


Wow! 2019 is here and all of the “what are your New Year’s resolutions” questions are rolling in! I used to be a believer of setting New Year’s resolutions and goals that were not achievable or caused stressed to my daily life. I made New Year’s resolutions and most of the time they sounded like this:

1. I am going to work out everyday (compared to the zero that I was currently doing at the time).
2. I am going quit eating all junk food (which is great, but I was consuming junk daily).
3. I am going to cut out coffee completely (sure, I drink coffee 2-4 times a day).

If your resolutions look similar to mine, then it is time to throw it out the door and say goodbye to New Year’s resolutions.

Why I Don’t Believe in New Year's Resolutions

1. If I really wanted to better myself, I shouldn’t need to wait 365 days for the New Year to start taking care of myself mentally, physically, and emotionally.

2. January 1st is just a date. Like any date. Make a change today! What is the difference between December 20th, June 15th, and January 1st? Absolutely nothing. 

3. For New Year’s resolutions, we tend to set unrealistic goals that make us feel defeated so we give up entirely. If we take small steps towards these goals we will feel so much accomplishment even with the tiniest difference.

4. Self-improvement does not happen overnight when a New Year begins. Self-improvement happens over time and is an ongoing process. 

5. New Year’s resolutions are like setting yourself up for failure. Instead of setting a couple of extremely big goals at the beginning of the year, jot down small daily goals that make you feel good about yourself and make you want to be a better person.

Why I Don’t Believe in New Year's Resolutions
Why I Don’t Believe in New Year's Resolutions

Instead of setting a New Year’s resolution, I am going to live every day and be in the moment. Write things down in a notebook and reflect, spend one on one time with my Ryland and Rori, celebrate my wins – big or small! Pursue my passions and love myself first. These are things that I live for and has been an ongoing fluid process.

Article and images by Jennifer Vatthongxay. You can view more content by Jennifer on her blog piecesofemerald.com and on her Instagram here

Meet Jennifer

Hi! I’m Jennifer, I am a mama to two – Ryland and Rori. I work from home full time doing administrative work while attending University of California, Davis studying Human Development. I created my blog piecesofemerald.com as an outlet from my busy life, it’s a place for me to be creative and inspire other women. Pieces of Emerald is a platform where women can go to and feel inspired, while connecting with other like minded women that have a love for all things fashion, beauty, and motherhood.

A question that I get quite often is how I came up with my blog name: Pieces of Emerald. Truth is, it came very natural to me because I was born in the month of May and so were Ryland and Rori – May’s birth stone is Emerald – Through my blog and social media, we are sharing a piece of our life.

Fun favorites of mine: I am a terrible baker, but I love sweets and enjoy the baking moments with my children. I am a foodie, I love all foods especially spicy foods – Thai food is an absolute favorite!

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  1. I 100% agree with your reasons not to believe in New Year’s resolutions. Why do we wait till January 1st to make a change? I think by doing this we end up setting unrealistic goals that are impossible to achieve. When I used to do this, I would only make it through the first month before I gave up. I actually wrote a post about 5 VALUABLE TIPS TO BE THE BOSS OF YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS 🙂 Would love it if you checked it out.