New Year’s Resolution Jar

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I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions, but I have a friend who shared a great idea. Instead of a typical resolution, Ashley and her husband, Nathan, have creatively thought up 52 ideas to put into a jar. Each week, they will choose one to do for a weekly resolution.

Something tells me this will be interesting, a little eye-opening, and a heck of a lot of fun. Here is their list of fun things, challenges and commitments to do each week throughout 2016:

1- Eat out at a new place every day for a week
2- Go vegetarian for a week
3- Only drink water
4- Exercise for 30 mins each day for a week
5- Write a handwritten note to someone every day for a week
6- Read the Bible/pray for 30 mins each morning
7- Send a small gift to someone each day for a week
8- No TV/screen time all week (only for work)
9- Spend 1 whole day reading a book
10- No complaining all week
11- Meditate 30 mins each morning for a week
12- Do “The Penny Date”
13- Cut out dairy for a week
14- Cut out bread for a week
15- Cook a new recipe every night for a week
16- Eat protein shakes for breakfast every day for a week
17- Learn a new hobby (knitting, drawing, wood working, etc.)
18- Brew beer
19- Build something
20- Hand written card each day to each other (to put into our suitcase)
21- Go to a cooking class
22- Go to a sporting event
23- Volunteer (Feed My Starving Children)
24- Watch EBC or Jim Rohn talk first thing every morning
25- Eat 6 small meals each day
26- Take 100 pictures (over the week)
27- Wine and Painting Class
28- Only Christian music all week
29- No swearing (swear jar)
30- Movie marathon day at home
31- Take a long walk with the dog every day
32- 30 min routines (15 morning/night- of all the things we are “too tired to do”)
33- Give huge tip at a restaurant this week
34- Wake up at 7:00 am each day
35- Go gluten free for the week
36- Take the week off from social media (see ya Instagram!)
37- Planking routine (4-6 different types/lengths) every day for a week
38- Reorganize something overwhelming (i.e. kitchen, storage closets, etc.)
39- Buy him/her a fun gift ($50-$75)
40- Host a dinner party
41- Movie hop to three different movies back to back (and paying of course…we aren’t teenagers anymore…)
42- Start and Finish a 500-750-piece puzzle
43- Visit somewhere haunted
44- Visit a museum (any kind; somewhere new)
45- Relive our first date
46- Do a craft project—see all of Pinterest for ideas.
47- Throw a big brunch get together
48- Donation Week: go through clothes, closets, etc. and donate (at least one car load)
49- Tour 2-3 Luxury Homes just for fun!
50- Put the phones away for 48 hours
51- No TV at bedtime for a week
52- Learn a new skill (i.e. how to sew, calligraphy, etc.)

Here are some other ideas:

  • Buy a meal for a homeless person
  • Eat something you have never tried
  • At a restaurant or drive through, pay for someone’s meal
  • Call someone each day that you haven’t talked to in awhile just to say hi
  • Try a new sport together
  • For a family, do a date day with each kid
  • Find a new “touristy” thing to do in town

You can make your own New Year’s Resolution Jar as fancy or as not fancy as you’d like. To make the jar pictured*, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ball jar
  • Solid color cardstock
  • Metallic paint marker
  • Fur trim
  • Cardstock tags
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil or pen


1. Cut 1/2″ strips of cardstock.
2. Write resolutions or wishes with metallic paint marker.
3. Curl strips around pencil and place in jar.
4. Cut trim to fit around the lid ring. Hot glue in place, trimming excess.
5. Cut a circle from trim to fit the flat part of the lid. Hot glue in place, trimming excess.
6. Embellish cardstock tag with cut embellishments and metallic paint marker.
7. Tie tag to neck of jar with twine or ribbon.

Happy New Year, friends!

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*Directions and photo found on


2 Comments on New Year’s Resolution Jar

  1. Kelly
    January 4, 2016 at 1:56 pm (2 years ago)

    I love this idea Julee! I might have to try this. Thanks for the tip.

    • Julee
      January 4, 2016 at 4:11 pm (2 years ago)

      You’re welcome!


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