New Year’s Resolutions!


Can you believe we are at the end of 2015? As we get ready to start the new year it is time to work on our new year’s resolutions and think about the goals we are setting up for 2016. I like picking just a few, simple resolutions for the year instead of making a long list of things that I may just end up forgetting about. Below I am sharing three of my own personal resolutions for 2016:

  1. Continue Exercising DAILY: If you follow me on Instagram (@onesmileymonkey) then you have also been following my fitness journey as I share my exercise routine and my daily workouts.  Last August we set up a small home gym and since then I have been doing 15-30 minutes of daily exercise at home. I have been working on strength training, cardio and flexibility and I have seen so much progress! For me it is definitively not about being skinny, being thin is NOT my goal, I want toned, strong muscles, a healthy heart and a happy soul. If you are looking for inspiration to get into a fitness routine then be sure to follow along as I continue to share my progress, photos and stories on Instagram!
  2. Spend More Time Outdoors: This coming year I want to spend more time outdoors with my family, get out of the house with the children to go explore where we live and take them to new places. Outdoor exploration gives you lots of teaching/learning opportunities and spending time as a family is wonderful. We are also lucky to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world!  There are so many gorgeous local places to explore in British Columbia. We just need to get out there…
  3. Schedule Some ME Time To Relax: I rarely take the time to simply relax and spend time on my own decompressing after a long day. I spend my days running around with both kids and I am on work mode after the kids go to bed right until I go to sleep. I get no time to relax or forget about work and responsibilities for a moment. I am a workaholic and I thrive when I am busy but I don’t want to burn myself out, it’s not healthy. So this year I am changing that, for Christmas I received a gift certificate for a spa day and I have already booked the time to get away for a day and get pampered! I see many more ME days in the future this coming year, so needed!

I am really looking forward to what 2016 will bring for our family. A new year is always exciting and full of possibilities, isn’t it?!  What are YOUR new year’s resolutions? Do you make a long list or do you keep them short and simple?

Hope you all have a Happy New Year Friends!

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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

11 responses to “New Year’s Resolutions!”

  1. I hope you,hubby and the kids are having a blast and partying the old out….all the best of happiness in 2016

  2. I do hope that you manage to keep all your New Year’s resolutions, especially the last one about more Me time. 🙂

  3. Good resolutions! I am aiming to lose 8 more pounds in 2016, so close to reaching my goal weight! 🙂

  4. Great resolutions! Mine is all about looking after myself a little better (which I have neglected); self care.

  5. those are good goals

  6. daily exercise is a great habit to have

  7. Thank you for sharing your resolutions. They are all great goals. Personal circumstances mean that I keep things simple rather than making a list with multiple goals. Here is to a great year in 2016.

  8. spending time outdoors is great. unless it’s too cold in which case under the covers i go

  9. I pick a theme for the year, it is more of a yearly goal, rather than resolutions. This year the theme is “Wise Men Seek Him”. I will spend time seeking God in all areas of my daily life.

  10. My New Year’s Resolution is to eat more heart healthy and finish building my new wheelchair.

  11. I really like your resolutuions for this year. I especially like the one about having some time for yourself. I do not have small children but I have a husband with Parkinson’s and a Heart condition. I find it is imperative for all women to try to get some time for themselves even it is only an hour a day. Now that most young women are doing two jobs, I suspect they will ‘burn out’ if they do not make time for themselves.

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