[vc_row][vc_column][stm_spacer height=”150″ height_mobile=”-100″][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center|color:%233f3f3f” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_single_image image=”13724″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][stm_separator color=”custom” style=”style_3″ custom_color=”#0d97ff” sep_width=”200px” sep_height=”10px” sep_css=”.vc_custom_1571309810608{margin-top: 20px !important;}”][vc_raw_html]JTVCRElTUExBWV9VTFRJTUFURV9TT0NJQUxfSUNPTlMlNUQ=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]A new year represents so many possibilities, one of which is the possibility of reinventing oneself for the better. While the year 2020 may have been a tumultuous one to say the least, the year 2021 can be so much better if we take control of the things we can. 
Where to begin, you might ask? Well, it always helps to start with the familiar. One tradition every new year is making resolutions. Writing our resolutions is a way of planning ahead for what we want to change, continue, and become. Resolutions serve as guides for our choices and actions. 
Unfortunately, according to the US News & World Report, a staggering 80% of resolutions fail come mid-February. This tells us that there needs to be a change in how we make our resolutions and stick to them. 
Thrive Global suggests starting with microsteps to turn our resolutions into habits that will last. Now, to help you kick-start your resolutions, here are some baby steps you can take as you welcome the new year.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

  1. Accept that change needs to happen. Creating a mindset that is open to change is necessary. In order to see change around you, change must first start from within.
  2. Learn to give yourself more credit. You’ve survived 2020! That in itself needs to be acknowledged and celebrated. Show yourself more love and care this 2021, whether by spending time with yourself more or by rewarding yourself with small joys.
  3. Be more present, even if it’s just on social media. Harness the connective power of social media to reach out to your family and friends. The pandemic has taken a toll on all of us, so a simple hello can definitely help someone else feel less alone.
  4. Create a monthly budget and stick to it. While saving is always a good resolution, it can sometimes feel like a burden if targeted head-on. Begin by setting a monthly budget, stick to it, then go from there. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to save once you’ve set a budget in place.  

At the end of the day, whether big or small steps, the importance lies in moving forward. Enter the year 2021 with a promise to be better and the courses of action you will be taking to stay true to that promise. Good luck, and Happy New Year![/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]JTVCRElTUExBWV9VTFRJTUFURV9TT0NJQUxfSUNPTlMlNUQ=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element=”yes” shadow_x_offset=”0″ shadow_y_offset=”0″ shadow_blur=”0″ shadow_spread=”0″][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]