Forget Resolution–This Year I’m Making a Daily Contract With Myself

I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions. Setting grand, lofty resolutions only to be forgotten weeks into the year may be well intended, but for the most part, are ineffective.

I am a true believer that it’s the small, everyday changes we make that collectively result in great change. So this year, instead of creating a new set of goals and resolutions, I’ve decided to create a contract. This is a contract with myself, on the everyday behaviors and perspectives I can incorporate so I can grow — so that I can be the best version of “me,” that I can be.

1. Spend less time shopping, more time traveling.

Yes, those stilettos have a slightly different heel than the ones already have in your closet, and yes, they are gorgeous. But you’ll forget about those shoes in a season, and could have spent that money on a trip where you would have met new people and savored a heart enriching memory. Invest in experiences, not things.

2. Start honoring your intuition.

You know that feeling of resistance and hesitation you’ve ignored all these years? Well, it’s time to start listening. You’ve been through enough life situations and met enough people to give your intuition the trust and respect it deserves. Next time your gut tells you something, don’t make excuses to justify it into silence. Listen.

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Amy Chan is a relationship and lifestyle columnist. To read more of her articles, visit

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