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New Year's Resolutions

January 5, 2015 | Maria Samurin | Comments (4)

2015 Resolutions

In December, we invited anyone visiting the Albert Campbell Branch write down their New Year's resolutions. At the end of the year, we took all the resolutions and put together a "2015!" banner (pictured above).

Whether you're like me and make a list of resolutions every year, or you have one or two that you came up with on the fly, I really hope you stick to your resolutions and make them come true.

If you need some inspiration, or a little help along the way, I've put together a list of popular resolutions and books that can help you make them happen.


1. Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Please don't laugh... keeping New Year's resolutions is a real challenge! We greet each year with hope—tell ourselves that this time it's going to be different—and with the right tools, it can be. That's right! This is your year and these self-help guides can give you the tools you need to make it the best year it can be.

 No excuses This year Changeology Power of habit

2. Lose Weight, Work Out, Get Fit

I think almost everyone has had this resolution at some point in their life. Here are a few books to get you started... and remember, you're not alone!

  Food Junkies Burnthefat Shape Nordic

3. Be Happy

Who doesn't want to be happy? Here are a few helpful tips!

  Happiness  Healthy  Art of happiness  Habits

4. Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking is hard, but it's not impossible, and there are many resources out there that can help.

 Smoke1 Smoke2 Smoke3 Smoke4 

5. Learn Something New -or- 6. Make New Friends

If you're looking to make new friends or learn something new this year, why not give one of our library programs a shot:

  • Did you know that the library has many free computer classes open to the public? Everyone is welcome, including friends and relatives, and those who have never used a computer. Just be sure to register.
  • You can also drop by our Wednesday Knit Night! You'll learn the basics or practice some advanced techniques. We even provide some supplies if you don't have your own.
  • Always wanted to write a novel? Maybe it's even on your list of resolutions? You can join our writers' group for inspiration and to share your work in an informal, supportive environment. Plus, you'll get to meet other writers and enthusiasts of all genres.

Here is a comprehensive list of all of our library programs to help you find one that's right for you.

7. Get Out of Debt & Save Money

 These books were all written by experts that can help you get out of debt and start saving money (well, except for one, but I always like to think outside the box):

  School Rrsp Money Cat 

8. Travel and Explore New Places

This is always my favorite resolution! Studies have shown that simply planning and looking forward to a vacation will give you a major boost in happiness - even if you never end up going. It's the one resolution that you can fail to stick to and still feel good about!

Hawaii  Costa rica  France Thailand

I hope I've given you a good place to start. If you need additional help with your resolutions, call or visit Albert Campbell Branch. Our librarians can suggest plenty of books, ebooks, audiobooks, videos, library programs and other resources to help you succeed with your New Year's resolutions.

Wish you all the best in 2015.


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