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New Year, New Me: Our 2016 New Year’s Resolutions


We all enter into a new year together, with the same clean slate ahead: 365 thrillingly unwritten days with which to undertake something extraordinary, to live with intentionality and to find meaning (whether we’re on the upswing or down), to uplift others and better ourselves. How awe-inspiring is that? (No pressure, though!)

Here’s how the BN staff intends to make 2016 count. Let us know on Twitter @barenecessities what you’ve got in store for the year ahead. Happiest new year!

“I want to be able to do a cartwheel, a handstand and a headstand on a floating paddleboard by summer. Looks like I’ll be spending a lot of time upside down.” –Donna L., executive assistant

“Every year I attempt to attempt to stop cursing so much. That lasts about three hours.” –Cathy N., senior e-commerce marketing coordinator

“I don’t make resolutions, I set goals. I’ll start creating my 2016 vision board on New Year’s Day. My top five goals for the year: 1) Attend a first-time homebuyers’ seminar. 2) Eliminate credit card debt. I plan on literally freezing my credit cards in a block of ice. 3) Save 10 percent of every paycheck. 4) Lose 50 pounds by my next vacation. 4) Venture into online dating.” –Shaneek A., marketing project coordinator

“I resolve to be a better father by showing up to my daughter’s events, eating together as a family, showing affection every day and listening first, then talking.” –Alex L., e-commerce manager

“Fitness has become a big part of who I am. Last year I resolved to get in shape, and ever since then it’s become a lifestyle. I feel great and have gained so much confidence and happiness from the journey. This year, I’d like to become certified as a personal trainer so I can help others get in shape and feel great about themselves, too.” –Kristyn P., customer service representative

“I will stop buying clothes that are dry clean only!” –Brooke G., copywriter

“I want to eat healthier, practice yoga and guided mindfulness meditation, and be more grateful for everything I already have.” –Jaime K., e-commerce marketing coordinator

“In 2016, I’m going to try to monitor how I spend my money. I’m terrible with that!” –Rita M., senior designer

“Lose 40 pounds and shave my beard before my daughter’s wedding in September,” –Bill E., VP of marketing and CRM

“To cut down the amount of time our family spends on our iPads and iPhones. We all need to be more active. I remember as a child, no matter the weather, I was always biking, running, or jumping rope outside with my friends. Those are my favorite memories. I don’t want my children to think back on all the time they spent watching YouTube videos or playing Minecraft.” –Mette I., customer service supervisor

“I want to enjoy all the little things, slow down and make each day count. For me, this means saying yes to spending more time with friends and family and saying no to things I really don’t need to do. More thoughtful time management, less trying to squeeze 10 things into one day. I really want to watch my son learn, see the world through his eyes and be the kind of mother and wife my boys need me to be. I’m not looking for approval from anybody else.” –Marianne G., email marketing coordinator

“After six years of injury, I finally feel ready to get back to one of my great sporting obsessions: bicycle racing! I already started the base training for the season. Wish me luck!” –James W., photographer

“Being able to buy a house.” –Nicole R., photo studio producer/photo editor

“Be more thankful for what I have and appreciate all the good and the bad that comes my way. It’s all growth. I don’t actually make a resolution; it’s always good to try and be better.” –Magno P., designer

“Get fit, be more organized, and do a bra fitting!” –Stephanie J., designer 


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Brooke is the editor of this here blog. In a previous life, she was an editor at Good Housekeeping and O, The Oprah Magazine. Brooke has written for Glamour, Travel+Leisure, New York Magazine and more. She’s into concerts, travel and her exceptionally adorable daughter and husband.
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