The chapter of 2013 is closed, and by the time this ‘Tukee Talk is published 2014 will be 10 days old, meaning many are still trying to stick to their New Year’s resolutions.

New Year’s resolutions can be a fun thing.

It’s a way to reflect on the past year’s achievements and failures and create a blueprint on how to make the new year better than the last one.

Some classic resolutions that many make moments before the ball drops in New York consist of dusting off those Nike Free Runs to start some early morning jogging, become a better person or, my personal favorite, make the new year a “debt-free” year.

Some ways to keep the resolution an annual guide and not some weekly memory is to get organized.

If you are trying to shed those unwanted holiday pounds set goals that are to be completed throughout the year.

They can range from the amount of pounds to be lost in a span of three months, and continue building off that success.

Set alarms for morning exercise sessions, and begin packing lunches instead of eating out all the time.

The financial department is probably the hardest thing to change when it comes to the new year because debt seems to always be inevitable.

However, begin planning out different ways of decreasing spending, and put a few dollars aside for a rainy day or a future investment.

Begin paying off debt and stick with the mentality of not adding more.

It’s going to be hard in the beginning to get in the full swing of it, but after a few weeks it will become a routine activity like walking the dog or watching your favorite television show.

The new year doesn’t automatically reset life obstacles; it can be a way to offer a clean slate for individuals looking to make a few changes in their lives.

For those who feel New Year’s resolutions are pointless, don’t feel down seeing Facebook post after Facebook post of your friends tagging themselves at the gym, or making paragraph posts of how 2014 is going to be a year full of happiness.

Let’s face it: New Year’s resolutions aren’t for everybody.

Some people like them, some people find them pointless, and neither side is wrong.

If you’re a person who wants to just enjoy the new year without trying to lie to yourself that early-morning exercise is better than a few more hours of sleep, or that your mountain of debt is going to miraculously go away, by all means feel that way.

A new year doesn’t always equate to new changes, it can be viewed as a time to continue living through this crazy place we call life.

So whether you want to make some changes in 2014, or think your life is awesome the way it is, just do what makes you happy because in the end that’s all that matters.

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