Some say New Year’s resolutions are made to be broken, but not us! We’ll feature blogs over the next few months to motivate you to make it through the year and achieve your 2017 goals. Let’s share our success stories and motivate each other! Here are five resolutions to crush in 2017.

 1. Health

The most common and most often broken resolutions are health-related. There is no surprise that most gyms will be crowded the first month of the year. However, about 80% of new gym memberships don’t make it five months, and even 18% drop out by February. If you’re worried about commitment, find alternate options or gyms that have monthly memberships.

Can’t afford a gym membership? There are alternate options like working out at home with Daily Burn, finding a park with outdoor exercise equipment, or simply running around your neighborhood.  

2. Education

It’s always a great time to go back to school and further your education. If you feel like you’re having a hard time advancing in your career or thinking about changing careers, going back to school is a great way to get there. Many companies offer financial assistance if the education will enhance your current job skills, so be sure to check with your employer!

3. Finance

When it comes down to it, we’re a tax site – so, personal finance has a special place in our hearts.  The beginning of the year is not only a great time to set financial goals, but it’s also a great time to evaluate the goals you have set in the past. If you set goals that were unattainable, start with smaller, more realistic goals that you know you’re capable of achieving. Check out these money management apps to get you started.

4. Family

Whether it’s starting a new family or getting closer to the one you have, this is one of our favorite resolutions each year. Reconnecting and spending more time with loved ones can be so rewarding. Put your busy lives on hold and bring the family together by hosting a game night or cooking up something yummy.  

5. Community

Another great goal is to make a difference in your community, whether it’s volunteering your time or money.  There are so many worthwhile charities and organizations that simply need people to volunteer their time and expertise. Plus, if you volunteer with a qualified organization, you may be able to deduct certain expenses like travel or materials.

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