Five fun – and realistic – New Year’s resolutions for young professionals


As 2018 winds down to a close, many of us go-getters will be turning our thoughts to the year ahead and making New Year’s resolutions.

Unfortunately for young professionals, the cost of many popular resolutions is prohibitive, both in terms of finances and time. Then too, many of the typical New Year’s resolutions – such as losing weight, getting more exercise, and eating better – are difficult to quantify and keep. And yeah…they’re a little boring.

As you start musing on what 2019 holds for you, here are a few ideas for fun and realistic New Year’s resolutions, perfect for young professionals and college students.


Try twelve new things.


Here’s a cool and easy way to expand your experiences in 2019: every month, try to do something you’ve never done before. Explore a new hobby, establish a new tradition, and break out of your comfort zone. Here are some ideas:

  • Take a cooking class
  • Try yoga
  • Celebrate a new holiday
  • Start a garden
  • Go mountain biking
  • Learn a new language
  • Gather your friends and go on an obstacle course
  • Build a piece of furniture

The possibilities are practically endless. At the end of the year, you’ll have discovered twelve new sides of yourself!


Take a trip.


Resolve to voyage elsewhere in 2019! Use your holiday break to choose a destination and then figure out how you’ll need to make it happen. Choose something that is financially feasible, realistic from a logistical standpoint (i.e. will you be able to take enough time off of work to travel?), and start planning.

Some of the best travel-planning resources for young professionals are StudentUniverse, RoadTrippers, Skyscanner, and TripAdvisor.


Get a tattoo.


Maybe you’ve been toying around with the idea of getting inked for a while now. It’s certainly not a decision to be taken lightly! Why not make 2019 the year to make it happen?

This is a fun New Year’s Resolution that allows you to get a meaningful symbol, quote, or image that will stay with you forever. A few of our favorite ideas:

  • The initials of someone who is important to you, such as a godparent or a sibling
  • A symbol that inspires you, like a compass, a bird, or a religious sign
  • A quote that is both motivating and matches your personality, like “I am the hero of my story.”


Get hydrated.


If you’re interested in a health-related resolution but aren’t too keen on starting a fad diet, why not make the simple resolution to drink more water in the new year?

The health perks of water can’t be understated – consuming the recommended amount of water per day can benefit your immune system, weight, your skin, and even your mood. There are lots of apps that can help remind you to up your water intake – check out some of them here. Put your energy behind a hydration-related resolution this year!




Make 2019 the year to give your time to a cause you’re passionate about.

First, determine how much time you can realistically dedicate to volunteering (because after all, you don’t want to give up on this resolution halfway through the year due to time management problems). How many hours per week or month can you use for giving back?

Then, it’s time to find the right organization for you.

Maybe you have a special place in your heart for kids. If so, organizations like Boys & Girls Club or Make-a-Wish allow you to help improve the lives of children.

Perhaps you’re passionate about helping people with food insecurities. If that’s the case, there’s likely a place for you at your local food bank or soup kitchen.

If you love animals, check out the Humane Society chapter closest to you, or spend a few hours a week as a volunteer at a nearby animal rescue center.

Local non-profits – such as homeless shelters, group living facilities for people who are differently abled, and veterans’ centers – are always in need of dedicated volunteers. Find one that you’re passionate about and reach out to the office to find out how you can help!


What are your New Year’s resolution ideas? Comment below!

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