5 Reasons I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

At the start of each year, you are asked if you’ve eaten your black eyed peas and if you have made your New Year’s Resolutions. Each year I can honestly say that I always eat my black eyed peas but never make resolutions and for very good reason. Let me tell you the 5 reasons I don’t make New Year’s resolutions.

Why I Don't Make New Year Resolutions

  1. ย I have a horrible memory. In the past I have thought out and even written down resolutions but then after the first week I have forgotten what they were or I have lost the piece of paper I wrote them down on.
  2. I can’t stay focused on too many things. Along with my every day life activities, like keeping my kids alive, I have a really hard time taking focus off of them and focusing on not putting that sugary treat in my mouth.
  3. I am just not motivated. I will admit, for the first week or couple of days after making my resolutions, I am really motivated to become a better person. I am ready to take on the world, ready to stop sneaking the candy I bought the girls, ready to not think about Dr Peppers, and ready to get up and move (not just move to go to the bathroom). Sadly, after the first week or first few days of focusing on my goals, I get tired, I might get a tummy ache (that’s code for starting my ‘monthly’), or I just feel lazy, so I stop. I stop ‘trying’ to accomplish that list of resolutions and just move on with life.
  4. They are too hard. Making a goal that I have to stick with for a year is simply too hard; I have a ย hard enough time remembering where I put my glasses.
  5. Overall… I suck! I suck at keeping up with resolutions as a whole. I am a great excuse maker, though.

In my opinion, New Year’s Resolutions are for the strong and motivated. As a mom of A LOT, I am no longer strong, no longer motivated and very tired. I wake up each morning with one main goal and that’s to keep my kids safe, alive and fed. Can you add to my 5 reasons I don’t make new year’s resolutions?


  1. Same here. I don’t even want to say they are new year resolutions – I just would like to do what I want to do ! LOL

  2. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions either! What I do is set a goal for the end of the year. One of my goal is to publish 100 post by the end of the year. =)

  3. I used to make resolutions every year and i would always end up disappointing myself. This year i have set goals instead.

  4. I haven’t made resolutions in quite a while. This year I had no desire to try again. As I went through blog posts I saw how some folks were picking a word for the year. I think mine turned out to be Wellness because I really need to put me first and take care of me now. I did however make some resolution style goals when it came to my writing and post those on my freelance site.

  5. Yeah, I can relate, I’m not overly great at keeping resolutions either. I have the same goal this year that I had last year… still plugging along. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I try to make one or two to have a personal focus. This year, it’s kind of vague, I picked the world growth…I want to have growth in all parts of my life…except weight. LOL

  7. I’m very forgetful too but I still make them. I have my list saved as my screensaver on my phone so I see them everyday.

  8. I agree, sometimes it’s best not making a resolution at all; it’s something we all can’t keep up with!

  9. I don’t really do resolutions either, but instead set goals that I want to accomplish for the year

  10. I really do have good intentions and my “goals” for the New Year usually push me a step further in the right direction. I figure a little is more than none so I just do it. I may not hit my goals, but I’m a little closer than I was.

  11. I don’t make resolution either. I don’t like being stuck with ideas and having to pursue them without guilt. I feel like I am setting myself up for failure.

  12. I don’t know what it is about the word resolution.Nobody seems to like it!

  13. Becoming a mom, especially after #2, totally changed a lot of things like this about me, too. Motherhood, while absolutely wonderful, totally overtakes your life for a season. There will be time again to be “that” person again IF I even want to be. As you age, you also grow and change and mature in a lot of ways, too, and perhaps you just realize that the person you were pre-motherhood isn’t necessarily who you want to go back to being either! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I do not like making them either because I am not good at sticking with them! I like the term goals better.

  15. I can’t resist making resolutions. I just get caught up with the traditions every year!

  16. I don’t make resolutions either, you should just try to do things daily anyways! Not just because it’s a new years promise

  17. Great reasons! I don’t make them simply because I never, ever follow through with them so what’s the point? I’m terrible.

  18. Helene Cohen Bludman says

    I’m totally with you, especially #3. I do not have the motivation to stick with a resolution. So after many years of failing at it, I just don’t make them anymore.

  19. Ha ha! I can’t remember resolutions either! I wouldn’t worry about it, though — your priorities are straight by focusing on everyday activities like keeping your kids alive. Love that!!

  20. It is definitely tough keeping resolutions, especially when you go for something drastic or just plain unattainable. I can’t remember the last time I made it through the ENTIRE year with a resoultion.

  21. But you are STRONG and MOTIVATED because you do keep your family alive and well and stay sane doing it! Plus you manage our group so well and that takes a lot of motivation. I don’t think you need to make New Year’s resolutions to just decide to do things better and live a better life and that should and can come anytime of the year and not just on Jan 1.

  22. My husband made a New Year’s Resolution to do a certain number of push-ups and pull-ups a day to get back into shape (he’s a rock climber, but took some time off during my pregnancy and feels a little weak). He made a stipulation that if he skipped a day, that day’s requirement would be compounded onto the next day. Needless to say, fulfilling that caveat quickly became even more unrealistic than the initial resolution itself, and now he’s thinking about “other ways” to get back into shape, i.e. foregoing the resolution altogether instead of sticking with it but revising it to help him still make progress towards his goal. Le sigh.

  23. I have to admit I don’t make them either -I find it easier to do things when the time is right, rather than because its a new year. x

  24. I always lose motivation for resolutions by the first week of February. I need realistic goals or I won’t keep them.

  25. I the past I’ve forgotten my resolutions by March or April. It’s so hard to make huge lifestyle changes in one year.

  26. I make New Year’s resolutions or goals every year. I make them small though so I can do them in a short amount of time instead of something that will take me a whole year.

  27. I make goals throughout the year. Once I’ve accomplished one, I move on to the next. So far, it’s worked well. ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoyed reading your post!

  28. I’m with you on most of these LOL I use the word “goal” instead. I’m much more likely to try to reach a goal than I am to keep a resolution LOL

  29. Aimee you crack me up but I have to totally agree with you on this one! I start of terrific and by a couple of weeks I’m like who cares if I can’t fit into those jeans or if my desk is a mess! It just causes more stress to make them and I am all about de-stressing! We should have an Anti-resolutions list! I promise to eat more chocolate. I promise to not give up my Dr. Pepper or in my case Sweet tea!

    • aimeefauci@gmail.com says

      i’m glad I crack you up.. That is my goal in life… hee hee.. I find when I resolute to quit the DP.. I open a Big Red instead! ARGH

  30. I don’t make resolutions either. Mainly because I, too, suck at keeping them.

  31. So you had me laughing while reading these. I love the humor in your posts. One of the things that I have adopted this year is to break down my resolutions into small manageable actions. For me is getting up and working out today. Then tomorrow, I will make another decision to do it. That way it does not overwhelm me. Love your transparency in your posts.

    • aimeefauci@gmail.com says

      I always think I am going to get up and work out… It’s weird, in my head I am always working out and then I get really distracted and don’t.

  32. this is the first year in forever that i didn’t make a resolution :/ i’m still tring to figure out if that’s for good or for bad. on one hand, i usually get in at least one or two good months in the year of eating right, but on the other hand, when i cheat at the end of being good, i cheat big lol. so maybe it’s for the best.

  33. I think resolutions are a waste because they are rarely followed through! When you are ready to make a change in your life, you just need to embrace it–not wait until the new year to try. Thanks for the laugh this morning!

  34. I totally agree LOL.. I honestly do not make them neither. I don’t believe in new years resolution. Because it should not take a new year for us to start making new changes within.. Everyday we wake up is an opportunity to do better.

    This was an awesome read LOL..


  35. I try to make goals and stick to t hem. I write them down and tick them off in small chunks so I don’t get overwhelmed with everything I want to accomplish.

  36. I am right there with you girl! While my husband and I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, we do sit down and create some ‘household’ goals we hope to meet for the year. We don’t make one of those Inspiration boards, we simply discuss the things we hope to accomplish financially towards savings and be realistic about what big expenses to expect for the year. No resolutions!

  37. I’m not good at fulfilling my resolutions either! I’ve started to choose one word in the past few years and try to remember that daily.

  38. I totally hear you on this one. I’m not a big resolution maker, I just try to make small gradual changes to my lifestyle and try hard to stick to them.

  39. I like to continuously make small goals throughout the year! Makes them easier to achieve ๐Ÿ™‚


  40. So, you resolve not to make a resolution. I’m just joking. Great post though.

  41. i don’t make resolutions either. I like to make positive change anytime it’s needed, not feel the need to do it at a certain time of year. Beside after the holidays I need no more extra commitments! I just want to chill, no extra resolution to stress over needed!!!

  42. I stopped making them years ago, I never could stick to them

  43. I am with you. I set goals…but they are more like small steps.

  44. I don’t make them either. I can never stick to them. Good for those who do though

  45. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    There’s only one reason I don’t make them – because I don’t keep them. I never have and never will.

  46. I make goals instead of resolutions.. and it is usually things I am already working on anyway. I think the failure rate is way too high for resolutions.

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