8 Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

For many, New Year's is a time for reflection and self-improvement. We strive to be better, highlighting the best parts of ourselves and eliminating what we don't like. We aim high and set lofty goals, but often we find our resolve to be fizzling by February.

We want to help you keep your 2016 New Year's resolutions so you can be the best you. Here are eight of the most common New Year's resolutions, along with ways that Goodwill can help you achieve your goals.

1. Be more involved in the community

Giving back to the community doesn't have to come in the form of a regular volunteer shift. For many, volunteering on a consistent schedule is difficult and daunting. At Goodwill, we have ways for you to give back to your community at your own pace.

Change a life by becoming a mentor in our Goodwill GoodGuides program, where you can partner with youth in Knoxville. You can encourage them to finish school, help open their eyes to career opportunities, expose them to new experiences, and act as a friend.

Give back to the community by cleaning out your closet and making a donation. When you donate to Goodwill, you directly support our job training programs for people with barriers to employment. (Read some of their stories here.) If you're looking for a bigger project, host your own donation drive! You decide where you want to hold the drive and we'll provide the materials needed to make it happen!

2. Reduce stress

Building in a bit more "me-time" can really change your outlook and your relationships with others. Take time to relax and read a book. We've got great selections in our stores.

If you find that the solo-time doesn't do it for you, try spending more time with the family in a fun, stress-free environment. Grab a game or puzzle for the family to enjoy!

3. Be more active

There's a common misconception that starting a fitness regimen costs a lot of money. Enter any Goodwill and you'll find a wide variety of activewear and sports equipment, all at low prices. East Tennessee has great parks, trails and greenways where you can exercise for free. Just make sure to dress in layers for winter workouts!

4. Watch what you eat (and drink)

Studies show that drinking at least 64 ounces of water per day can help increase energy, improve your physical fitness, and cure headaches. The best way to make sure you drink enough is to carry your own water bottle and refill it often.

Thinking of eating better? We've got cookbooks, diet guides and kitchenware in our stores. You'll find everything you need (except the food) at low prices.

5. Simplify your household

Closet overflowing? Cabinet doors bursting open? Too many toys on the floor? New Year's is a great time to focus on simplifying. Having fewer possessions and being thoughtful when making purchasing decisions can reduce clutter, reduce stress and improve relationships. Check out this Forbes article on having more by owning less.

Use the one-year rule: if you haven't worn it or used it in the last year, donate it. Consider Susan Dsurney's saying, “A purpose for everything and everything in its place.” When you donate, you will feel lighter, someone else will find and love your donations in stores, and the proceeds from the sale of your item will directly support job training programs. Find a donation location here.

6. Grow your career

If you want to move out of your entry-level job, take advantage of Goodwill's free Careers in Retail Initiative training. This free training will give you the confidence and tools you need to take the next step in your career. Use the training for personal development to perform better in your current workplace or put yourself in line for the next promotion, or meet with hiring employers for an opportunity to get a new job. Join us for info sessions on January 9 or 13; get more info about the sessions and program here.

7. Be better with money

Whether you want to get out of debt, build up your savings or plan for a big purchase, money can be tricky to manage. Starting in January, Goodwill will be offering free financial literacy courses. Join us on January 21st or 28th from 5:30-8:30pm at the Bearden Goodwill (5307 Kingston Pike.) No registration required - just show up and learn! Call 865.588.8567 for more information.

8. Learn a new skill

Goodwill offers training programs for people interested in developing specific or essential skills for the workplace. Master the computer and Microsoft programs with our SPACE program, become a Certified Nurse Assistant in just 6 weeks, or learn to drive.

You can also check out GoodProspects, our free virtual career navigation platform, providing you an online community where you can build job readiness skills, explore career paths and make valuable connections with peers and mentors.

Good luck with whatever resolution you choose! We wish you a happy and prosperous 2016!