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Resolutions really run the gamut, from minute changes like switching to decaf coffee one cup a day, to huge efforts like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for a nonprofit organization.


While I'm not a very good resolution-maker nor -keeper, I do see the value in viewing each new year as a chance to do something different. Or, as Oprah Winfrey said, "to get it right."

In this Forbes piece, here are five New Year's Resolutions people make but don't keep (and the corresponding five that are much more manageable). Lifehacker has 10 Strategies for Making Your New Year's Resolutions Stick.

What I've found in my life–and what I feel goes missing in articles like these–is that it's far easier to keep resolutions that benefit others, rather than myself. Here are some ideas:

My resolutions for this year? Give birth to my second baby (okay, that's kind of a cheater one, because that one's happening soon with or without my resolution), and bring the readers of the Heifer Blog a new, interesting guest author every month.

What about you? What are your resolutions for 2013? Do any of them extend beyond yourself? Share them in the comments section below!


Brooke Edwards

Brooke Edwards is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and started working at Heifer International in 2009 as a writer. She and her husband raise two daughters in a house way too small for their four pets. They spend a lot of time sweeping.