by Taylor Hawkins, ETC blog contributor

As 2017 comes to a close, you may find yourself reflecting on the past year. Perhaps you have a list of things you have yet to accomplish, activities you wish to do, or places you wish to see. Whatever it may be, enter the infamous New Year’s resolutions. “A New Year’s resolution is a decision to do or not do something in order to accomplish a personal goal or break a habit” that began during the reign of Caesar. Why do we feel the need to make New Year’s resolutions? Better yet, how do we stick to them? Let’s take a look back at the top New Year’s resolutions of 2017 as we get ready for 2018!

Some resolutions that made it into the top for 2017 may or may not surprise you. I recognize a few as my own resolutions.


  • Get healthy
  • Get organized
  • Live life to the fullest
  • Learn new hobbies
  • Spend less/save more
  • Travel
  • Read more
Have a New Year’s resolution that did not make it into the top in 2017? Leave a comment below and let us know what you accomplished this year!


Are the resolutions you made for 2017 still going strong? If not, how can you stick to them in 2018?

Stick to one thing. Conquer one goal before moving onto another. This can prevent you from becoming overwhelmed and ultimately failing to achieve your goals.


Make SMART goals. Goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-based.


Chart your progress. Make a note on your calendar each day you successfully met your goal. This will increase the likelihood that you keep at it. Consistency is key!


Hold yourself accountable. Share your resolutions with family and close friends. They can help keep you on track and you can discuss your progress with them!


Celebrate success. No matter how big or small, your success deserves to be celebrated. If you had a great day, acknowledge it!

What is your New Year’s resolution for 2018? Are there any tips you will use to help you stick to your resolution in the new year? We would love to hear about your resolutions and tips below! At the end of the day, we are all doing our best. Don’t give up. Love yourself. And #eatthechocolate.

Taylor currently a distance dietetic intern with Wellness Workdays in Hingham, Massachusetts. Her alma mater is Kent State University in Kent, Ohio where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition & Dietetics and Exercise Physiology. She enjoys yoga, photography, cooking, and reading, and plans to continue her education to receive a Master’s in Health Education and Promotion.  She is passionate about helping others through diet and exercise and would like to specialize in pediatrics, diabetes, or sports nutrition.  Learn more about Taylor at