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What Will You Do Differently in 2010?

Let other Real Simple readers’ resolutions inspire you to have a saner new year.

A round glass case with a red Gerbera daisy and a small house figurineAaron Dyer
Every year I make these lists of New Year’s resolutions. By March, I’ve completely lost focus because the list is so long. This year I’m going to work on one professional goal and one personal goal. That’s it. Narrowing my focus will make my goals easier to accomplish.
Jennifer Famiano
Wantagh, New York
 
Sleep in more with my husband. That always promises a good day.
Jess Bear
Logan, Utah
 
This year I will make wellness my top priority. This past year, I spent so much time on other people’s problems and trying to keep up with extracurricular obligations that I almost collapsed from exhaustion. I now know that personal wellness is not a selfish luxury but a selfless act for the benefit of my children and husband. If I am going to be around to nurture my 3-year-old and 1-year-old to adulthood, I must give them the gift of a spiritually, emotionally, and physically well mom.
Tracey W. Brame
Grand Rapids, Michigan
 
Smile more. Pray more. Complain less.
Theresa Horan
Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
 
Try something new, such as learning Spanish or Italian, and revisit something old, like Jane Austen’s novels.
Sarah Bradford
Ashville, North Carolina
 
Instead of arranging for lawn, tree, and plant services next summer, my family is going to learn about and take care of the living things in our yard. The cold winter months will be the perfect time to research the needs and cycles of each species. It’s going to be challenging, but we’ll save money, spend time working together, and enjoy watching things thrive.
Jennifer Asselin
Holland, Michigan
 
I will find time each day to reach out to a family member, a friend, or a colleague whom I don’t see or talk to regularly, whether by a phone call, an e-mail, or a simple handwritten note. The art of personal communication with others who have touched our lives is fast disappearing. Facebook and Twitter don’t count.
Amanda Roeder
Franklin, Tennessee
 
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