Ahh, New Years Resolutions…
Is there anything more exciting than a new year!? It’s a clean slate, a fresh start, a blank page just waiting to be filled with new adventures, experiences, and lessons – especially for military families.
If you’re eager to get started (we sure are!), these 10 resolutions to make next year the best year yet are a great place to start!
- Start planning your next family vacation. (Yes, already!) As military families, we know that the time we have together is precious. So, naturally, we’ve got to make the most of it. Not only does planning ahead help to make sure things play out smoothly, it also gives us something to look forward to amidst the chaos of military life.
- Clean out your closet. One of the best parts about a new year is the opportunity to reinvent yourself, simplify, and organize your life for success. If you want to make 2019 your best year yet, try going through the closets you’ve been neglecting all year, making a pile of things to donate, things to toss, and things you swear you’ll wear again…some day. (Side note: now might also be the best time to finally go through all those mystery boxes sitting in the storage room from your last PCS.)
- Decide on ten things you want to do together at your current duty station and start checking them off. Time flies and before you know it, you’ll be on your way to your next assignment again. Make the most of your time at your current duty station by planning your explorations while you’re still there!
- Commit to making dinner together as a family at least a few nights a week. In addition to creating the opportunity for more quality time spent together, cooking together is also an excellent opportunity to collectively opt for healthier recipes over frozen meals or take out.
- If you don’t have one already, put together a PCS binder with all your vital documents like birth certificates, passports, wills, and school records. You may also want to include any special checklists you have for your spouse or your children – lists should include things like, “breathe” and “don’t pack up all the wine.” Priorities are important. 😉
- Write more letters. To soldiers down range, to Santa Clause, to old friends you haven’t seen in years. Snail mail is a lost art, but you can help it make a comeback. (Sorry, DMs don’t count!)Nothing is more personal and thoughtful than a handwritten letter. Make it a point to make someone’s day more often this year.
- Learn to say no. This is really important and has the potential to be life changing. We all know that the military rarely gives us a choice, so when given the opportunity to choose, start saying no to the things you don’t actually want to do. Trust me, your family (and your free time) will thank you.
- Cut yourself some slack. Life is hard, but life in the military can be even harder. Repeat after me: I am doing the best I can, I am enough. Recite this and believe it. Nobody is perfect and nobody can do all the things – and that’s OKAY!
- Learn a new skill at one the many free classes offered on post or base. For example: you can learn how to change your own oil at the Auto Craft Center, play tennis at the Fitness Center, or craft a ceramic pot at the Arts and Craft Center.
- Remember: years come and go – spend your time with intention. Duty stations change. Ranks get retired. Family is forever. Never lose sight of what is truly important in life.
Resolve To Be the Best Version of You
From our families to yours, we wish you health, love, and fulfillment as you embark on your journey this new year. All the best!