HerCanberra’s 2016 New Year’s Resolutions

Molly McLaughlin

Every January we decide on New Year’s resolutions to make this year better than the last.

By the time we reach February though, keeping them becomes more and more difficult. We get overwhelmed by the messiness of life and forget the promises we made to ourselves.

For serial quitters, there is good news: a Journal of Clinical Psychology study found that people who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to change their behaviour than those who don’t. It can’t hurt, right?

So here at HerCanberra we took a moment to declare our good intentions for 2016:

“My New Year’s resolution is to stop drinking so much champagne… But I really like champagne, so that kinda sucks.” – Amanda Whitley

“I’ve recently adopted a retired greyhound. Did you know that greyhounds are the only dogs that can donate blood to other dogs? Sadie will start donating blood in 2016 at the Animal Referral Hospital and I am making the commitment to donate my blood on a regular basis with the Red Cross. After all, if my dog can do it then I can too!” – Martina Taliano

“My New Year’s resolution is to live in the moment. I’m going to be overseas for most of 2016 and of course I will miss my family, friends and Canberra a lot. But I’m embarking on a once in a lifetime adventure and I want to soak in every moment and be fully present in what I’m doing.” – Sophia Dickinson

“To be kinder to myself and free myself of speaking badly about myself, my actions or how I look!” – Samara Gentle

“My New Year’s resolution is to see Canberra in a new way when I move back in March after two years away. I am so excited to be coming home and I want to experience its changes and not just fall into familiar patterns.” – Heather Wallace

“My New Year’s resolution is to not over-commit myself to the point of exhaustion, and to remind myself that it’s ok to say no to my friends and to set aside time for me. A friend who I’d planned to have high tea with asked me if I could move the date and I realised I wasn’t free again for over a month. It’s also at the point where if one of my friends asks me when I’m free I start to feel stressed. That’s not healthy.” – Michelle Brotohusodo

“My new years resolution is to not check my phone every 5 minutes!” – Kate Freeman

“Mine is to give up alcohol for three months. Very hard as we have quite a big stock of wine and my summer is virtually synonymous with sunbaking with a beer in the backyard! I’m also going to do my best to do some volunteering this year, even if it’s in the form of just doing a one-off something for a local organisation or charity.” – Josephine Walsh

“My New Year’s resolutions are generally a list of things I want to accomplish in the year ahead. I managed to do all of them in 2015 so for 2016 I plan to take first aid classes for both humans and pets, as well as learn a brand new skill!” – Courtney Carr

“I don’t do New Year’s resolutions or goals but do New Year’s dreams, tings I’d love to accomplish, places I’d love to visit, adventures I’d like to have, people I’d love to catch up with. Every New Year’s Day I meet my running group in the dark and walk up Red Hill and we watch the sunrise together, then go back for breakfast at one of the houses. That has become a really special New Year tradition.” – Emma Grey

Image of ‘champagne bottle and glass‘ via Shutterstock


Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin was less than thrilled to move to Canberra a couple of years ago to study Arts and Economics at ANU, but she can confirm the city has grown on her since then. Along with writing for HerCanberra, she spends her time reading, eating noodles and planning her next adventure. More about the Author

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