Resolutions Every 20-Something Should Try

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!


It’s time to set your goals for the New Year!

I’m obsessed with goal setting and while I don’t feel like you need to wait till the New Year to start some new habits, I love the fresh slate that comes when you pop the fireworks and celebrate 2017!

I thought it’d be fun this year to think up some goals that we should all try an adopt this year. (Just in case you hadn’t made your list yet.) Here’s to a happier and healthier 2017!

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Take more pictures that won’t make it to Instagram

We spend a lot of time working on our Instagram themes and only taking pictures of something we’ll know we’ll post. I’m the MOST guilty of this (if that’s a thing or even grammatically correct) because sometimes, I’ll want to show a picture to someone from my family vacation and all I have is one perfectly curated photo of my passport laid out next to a travel coffee cup and a flat lay of my bathing suit and some sunglasses.

Um, what happened to our jet skiing trip or when we made that giant sandcastle?! Yeah. Didn’t take a pic. Maybe a Snapchat – but it’s gone now.

The point here? Take the picture. All the pictures. Maybe even go the extra mile and get them printed for an album or a shoe box that you’ll at least be able to show to people. It will be worth it.

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Delete an app that doesn’t make you happy 

For some, it may be Two Dots because it’s eating up any productivity they once had and for others it could be a social media app. Just delete it, don’t think twice. If it doesn’t bring you joy, pull an Emily Gilmore and get rid of it.

Respond to that text

Ok, what’s with this whole thing of leaving people on “read” and deleting messages and replying to messages in 3 years? Come on 20-somethings, we are better than this! Do not let us become the “bad texting generation” while everyone else gets cool names like Gen Y and Baby Boomers. I know that sometimes you’re busy and you can’t respond right away, but letting a text hang over your head can be a serious mental drain. Text back, be kind, read your text once or twice over, but respond to that text.

Save money for experience, don’t spend on material things too often

You may not really need that pair of shoes that will likely be out of style next season and also only go with those one pair of pants that you hardly ever wear, but you might really feel like your heart needs that trip to the beach this summer or that study abroad trip to Europe. Save up your money and buy experiences, not things.

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“You’ll never regret being kind”

It’s true. And the golden rule we were taught when we were little about not saying anything if we didn’t have anything nice to say still rings true well into our adult life. Let this be the year that negative comments are a thing of the past, warm smiles are shared more than disappointing Facebook articles, and you become known as a light and a joy to be around. I know we can do it.

Get more sleep

You know you need it! Let’s say goodbye to dark circles and three cups of coffee before noon. Minimize technology before bed, eat a healthy diet, exercise as regularly as you are able to, and get to sleep! You’ll thank me later.

Be more present

Maybe even leave your phone behind when you go to a movie with friends or spend time at dinner with loved ones. Ask questions, share stories, encourage others. Your Twitter feed can wait and so can all the other thoughts in your head. Breathe, enjoy where you are, and know you are exactly where you are supposed to be.

Which resolution will you adopt this year?

Do you have any other resolutions you’ll be trying out? I’d love to hear in the comments below!



  • All great ideas! I just pulled an Emily Gilmore and deleted Twitter and Facebook from my phone. One of my goals for the new year is to spend my time purposefully, and I feel like most social media is simply a waste of time. I’ll never delete Instagram, though!

  • Love all of these! Especially the one about being kind and saving money for experiences, not material things. We could all stand to work on these!

  • I agree with so many of the resolutions you listed. I’ve definitely been making an effort to be more present in the situations I’m in, especially when I don’t get to see everyone often. Recently, I decided to start taking more photos, ones that I don’t post to social media just so that I can have those memories documented. Great post!


  • This was such a good and very inspirational post! The one about deleting apps is def one I’ll use!

  • I think these are all wonderful resolutions! I totally relate to deleting apps you don’t love- I’ve be purging a lot when it comes to social media, apps, and even physical stuff a lot lately and I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  • I love all of these! I’m definitely trying to be more present and well rested in 2017.


  • Experiences over things all the way! The one habit I really want to change in 2017 is similar to the text habit, except with email. I waste so much time reading emails and not replying immediately. I really need to fix that. Great post!

  • Oh my gosh I LOVE these, especially the one about taking more photos not just for Instagram!! I need to get better at that for sure. 2017 is going to be fantastic!

  • These are seemingly small things that I think a lot of 20-somethings (including myself!) are guilty of forgetting to do!

  • These are all great! Wish we were all like this all year long!

  • Great ideas! The spend less on material things is one of my goals this year– I’d much rather it go towards fun trips!

  • I loved the spending money on experiences tip, I’m guilty of always spending money on clothes but when I look at the times that I spent money on travel, it was always worth it! Gonna have to start doing more of this in 2017.


  • I love all of these! I definitely need to try to take more pictures. I am also guilty of taking pictures for the gram so to speak and then I end up with 0 pictures of trips. Great post!

  • I leave reads on my iPhone so it forces me to respond quickly to texts- but that’s definitely a great resolution for people I know 😉 And I love some of these other ideas!! SLEEP is one of mine for 2017

    xoxo A

  • Love your EC planner! And these resolutions are great! I already have a list going, but I may steal a few of these ideas!

  • Love this!! I’ve been having so much trouble coming up with my resoultion this year, but I think I decided it’s going to be spending less and saving more! That way I can study abroad in a year!

    Caitlyn |

  • Okay I LOVE this!!! I’m 22 so this resonates perfectly. Being more present is one of my goals this year too, it’s so important!!!

  • “Take more photos that won’t make it to Instagram” – YAAAAAS. Infinite snaps for this. Will be tweeting out – SUCH a profound, spot on post, Cristina!