31 Simple Things To Do Now That Will Make You Proud of Yourself In a Year

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Today you have the power to change your health, finances and the environment and still be proud in a year!

If you haven’t accomplished your new year resolution this is for you. Today you have the power to change your health, finances and the environment and still be proud in a year!

If you’re thinking you’ve seen this post before, you’re right. I actually posted this story back in 2015. Since feeling deflated as you struggle to reach goals is a common feeling I figured it made sense to repost this baby. But this time, I’ve added even more simple ways to make yourself proud. Who said feeling proud and accomplished were limited to only 20 things? So read on and find out what simple things you can do to make a change in your life and be proud on even the busies schedule.


While many people are awaiting the coming of the holiday season, others are excitedly wrapping up the end of their new year resolution challenges. The rest of you might be cringing as you realize that yet another year has come to a close and you still haven’t come close to accomplishing your goal. You are not alone. If you are one of the people in the latter thought camp, you’ve actually more company than you think. In fact,  only eight percent of people accomplish their resolutions according to Forbes magazine.

If you’re part of the 92 percent that didn’t accomplish the goal you set early this year you might just be wondering what you can do to turn things around for the following year. Of course, there’s probably one part of you that just wants to avoid the potential of disappointment completely by ditching the whole resolution idea. You can calm down because making yourself proud isn’t as difficult as you may think. There are several things you can do now that will make you feel proud and accomplished next year. The best part is most of them don’t cost much money, require little commitment and benefit yourself and those around you.

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  1. Ditch that cup of coffee.

Yes, it’s cliche but skipping the coffee really is the smart move to make. Not only does it keep more money in your bank account, but it kicks the addiction to caffeine. Hopefully, that will make room for an addiction for something good like endorphins from exercise.

2. Shop off season

Sure winter may be around the corner, but that’s no reason to stop you from buying that killer bathing suit that’s 75 percent off if you know you need one. It may not be used now, but you’ll be happy you purchased it at a steep discount once summer rolls around next year. Make it a point to shop off season whenever you can and you’ll never pay full price again.

3. Make the switch to LED

We all know that fluorescent lights are a no-no, but CFL bulbs aren’t exactly the best choice either. Instead, use LED bulbs.  At up to $20 per light bulb it may be a bit of an investment now, but you’ll be thrilled once you see your electricity bill drop.

4. Choose a cause you like and advocate for it.

Sure Breast Cancer Awareness month has passed and World Birth Defects day is some months away, but that doesn’t mean you completely missed the boat on supporting a cause. Think long and hard about a cause or ideal you feel passionate about and do everything you can to help it prosper. Wear the colors associated with the cause, give money to the organization, run a 5k in its honor, write a blog post about it, run a donation drive or simply tell your friends or family about it. Regardless of what you choose to do, you’ll be proud of yourself for selflessly dedicating yourself to something as you look back on the progress made.

5. Open a high yield savings account

If you’ve only got your money in a traditional bank you’re saving all wrong. With banks, you’re probably only making .0001 percent on your money. Why do that when you can make anywhere from 1.6% at online banks like Ally.com or upto 3.2% at your local credit union. Ditch the bank today, open a high yield account, and you’ll be patting yourself on the back when you see all the interest you’ve made in a year.

6. Cut cable

Even though I’m guilty of having it, I still believe there’s no need for cable anymore with so many other viable options. Cut the cord, sign up for Netflix or Amazon Prime and save some money. You’ll be happy you did later.

7. Start a family or friend tradition

I can’t be the only one who has conversations in the middle of spring with friends about lofty dreams about going away on vacation together during the summer. Of course, it never happens because we didn’t plan, save, organize, etc. Today is the perfect time to nip that in the bud and start a yearly tradition. It can be something as grand as traveling to Mexico on Cinco de Mayo or something small like painting your nails together every month. Whatever it is, you’ll be proud that you were thinking ahead and well organized.

8. Plant something

You have the power to help the environment with your hands. Even if you are no good with pets or horrible with your hands, you’ll feel a sense of pride knowing that you are responsible for something naturally beautiful. Plus, if you choose to plant fruits or vegetables you’ll save on your grocery budget.

9. Write a letter to yourself

On a good day, write a letter to yourself listing all your accomplishments, talents, and traits. Then hid it somewhere in your home. Hopefully, you’ll find it later on when you need it most.

10. Get rid of the toxins

Yes, it seems that society is getting “all natural” obsessed but it’s for good reason. You never know what all those chemicals are doing to you and the environment. Swap out the toxic cleaning products, tooth pastes, etc as you can. You’ll suddenly feel a bit fresher once you do.

11. Stock up on cards

Nothing is more frustrating than going to an event and realizing last minute that you forgot to get a card. Of course, that means you end up stopping at the the closest store you can find and spending $6. If only you had remembered the card in advance you would’ve been able to save some money. It’s a predicament I used to find myself in all the time. That’s why I stock up on special occasion cards and blank cards whenever I have time. So if a birthday comes up unexpectedly I just head to my card stock pile and pick one that’s appropriate. And if it’s something more unique, I simply take a blank card and write a personal message. Stocking up on cards is a huge time and money saver! You’ll be happy you did it throughout the year.

12. Make a sellers account on Zazzle.com

Since I’m actively trying to pay off my student debt, making money while I sleep is important to me. In fact, I’m big on doing something once and continuously getting paid for it. Luckily, my shop on Zazzle has been allowing me to do that with no sweat. Simply put your creative juices to work and post something for sale on the site and leave it alone. In some time you’ll be smiling all the way to the bank once you get to request payments from all the royalties earned on your merchandise.

13. Get hooked on the library.

Why pay for what you can get for free? Instead of purchasing magazines, books and movies get a library card and borrow them instead. Plus, you’ll have access to tons of great workshops and events at libraries.

14. Shop smile.amazon.com

Instead of using regular ole’ Amazon.com, make a switch to the donation portion. When you shop using smile.amazon.com .05% percent of your purchase prize will be donated to a charity of your choosing. Just log into your Amazon again, select your favorite charity and smile as you shop knowing you are helping those who need you most. That’s definitely something to be proud off.

15. Update your Linkedin profile

Whether or not you are looking for a job, your Linkedin profile needs to be on point. Long gone are the days, when getting a job depended on faxing your resume. You need an online presence. Let your best side shine on your Linkedin profile today and reap the benefits in the year to come.

16. Unsubscribe to email newsletters

It’s never fun to open your inbox and see over 2,000 unread emails. I know because it’s the story of my life. What makes it worse is that it’s mostly junk mail… junk mail that I signed up for. Free your mind and inbox, by taking sometime to unsubscribe to those.

17. Read Rich Dad, Poor Dad

If you are struggling financially and think of your current situation as poor, you need this book. Now’s the time to read this and change the way you look at money. It will truly improve your financial outlook. You’ll thank me in a year once you finally realize you need to stop working for money, but make the money work for you.

18. Sign up for cash back sites

Friends don’t let friends shop without earning cash back. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be getting rewarded for your shopping trips. Signup for cash back sites and apps like Receipt Hog, Receipt Pal, Swagbucks, Mypoints, Ebates, Upromise or Ibotta.

19. Hide the remote

Yes, you read that right. Hide the remote to the television. It will be annoying at first but you’ll be patting yourself on the back when you realize the few extra calories your burn from having to get off the couch more. And don’t even think about getting a remote app on your phone!

20. Sign up for meetup.com

I don’t care how busy or popular you may be. Everyone loves and needs companionship. Sign up for meetup.com to get alerts on groups with like-minded individuals and then go mingle. The human interaction and possibility of new relationships just might make your heart smile.

21. Work on your credit with self-lender

Whether you rent, own, or just need to get new car insurance everyone could use good credit. A Self Lender is a  credit builder account in which a CD is account is held in your name for a year. As you make payments to fund the account, your payments are reported to credit bureaus. In a year when the account is funded, you get the money and a shiny new credit score. Definitely a reason to be proud!

22. Write letters to your child

Whether it’s an email address for a new baby or notes in a book, write letters to your child for a year and then give to him or her on their next birthday. Seeing them smile will make you smile and you’ll be proud of yourself for sticking to it. If you don’t have a child write  to a parent or another child in your life.

23. Set up automatic transfers for a savings account

By now, we should all know the importance of paying yourself first. If you make it an automatic transfer you’ll never have to worry about forgetting. Set it up now and then smile in a year when you see how much money has rolled in.

24. Create a Good Things jar

It’s so easy to get caught up with all the bad things that happen in a year. That’s why you should get a jar and fill it with notes about good things that happened during the year. This way if you lose your job or your car breaks down, all the positive things will overshadow it and leave you smiling when you reflect on the past year.

25. Delete a social media account

I know some people need it for a living but hear me out. Social media is so exhausting. Facebook, Pinterest, Spapchat, Linkedin, Instagram. Keeping up with all the changes is tiring and a huge time suck. I say delete the one that drains you the most or isn’t beneficial and feel the weight lifted off your shoulders. Even getting rid of one can lighten the load a lot and make you feel so much better.

26. Create an elevator speech

Opportunity is everywhere. You never know when you’ll run into a promising business connection. Have your elevator speech prepared so when that opportunity comes around you’ll be ready.

27. Find an accountability partner

It will be a lot harder to give up on your goals if you have someone keeping you accountable. Make sure whoever you choose will be willing to check in on you consistently. All that tough love will pay off sometime.

28. Sign up for Givling

If you’ve got student loans or a mortgage you need to sign up for Givling. Givling is a free app that crowd funds student loan and mortgage debt. The money they make from ads is put in a pot to payoff the debt of those who use the app. Whether your debt is paid by Givling in a year or someone else’s is, you’ll be proud knowing that your small gesture is helping to lessen the financial burden of someone. Sign up and use my code T38031.

29. Buy a domain name

We’ve all had website ideas before and never acted on them. Buy that domain now and it could come in handy in the future. You might actually starting building that business. Or if you don’t it’s possible someone else would want to buy that domain name from you.

30. Set an alarm for daily affirmations

In case, you didn’t already know, this blog is called Terrific Words because my mother always drills the importance of speaking kindly to yourself with loving words. (Plus my name is in it.) So it should come as no surprise that I make sure speaking to myself aloud at specific times a day is part of my routine. Start speaking aloud to yourself religiously and you’ll see the changes in your life unfold.

31. Invest in bed linens and pillows

Never underestimate the power of a good night of sleep. When you’re well rested you are most likely happy, healthier, less stressed and more productive. And it all starts with an inviting bed and comfy pillows. A night of good sleep can surely make you unstoppable. If you don’t where to start, try investing in some silk pillowcases. They are ridiculously soft and your hair and skin will thank you.


One positive change can lead to a ripple affect of others. Let today be the first positive change that helps your reap the benefits of many more to come. Make the investment today and you’ll surely be proud of yourself tomorrow and in the year to come.

What small things have you done that ended up making you proud in a big way?

TERRIfic Quip: Do something today, that will make you want to thank yourself in the future.








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  1. July 30, 2018 / 3:40 pm

    Loved ALL your advice! Specially I think I’m going to put in practice as soon as possible “Start a family or friend tradition”! It’s a great idea to have with my friends because that will keep us together. I would like to do something monthly, maybe visit a different coffee shop every month! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Tara
    July 30, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    Tons of great suggestions! Some of them hard, but I’m sure they are all worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. July 31, 2018 / 12:11 am

    These are so great and itโ€™s so true. You’ve got to start somewhere when it comes to getting stuff done and you donโ€™t want to spend the whole year without achieving anything!

  4. July 31, 2018 / 4:03 am

    That’s quite a long list! Everyday, I’m trying to dispose anything that I don’t need. My goal is to live a minimalist life. My weakness is that, I keep on buying accessories and clothes whenever I don’t feel good. Hahaha!

  5. July 31, 2018 / 8:38 am

    Meal planning/prep is a small change in my weekly routine that really makes a difference. It makes it easy to not overspend at the grocery store, and I know Iโ€™ll have nutritious meals for the week that I can grab and go.

  6. July 31, 2018 / 9:37 am

    Unsubscribe to email letters – defnitely will do it ๐Ÿ™‚ I hate when I have more than 30 unread emails per day.

  7. July 31, 2018 / 10:05 am

    This is a great list, and it makes me feel good to know I’ve done several of these. Unsubscribing from emails is so freaking liberating. I’m trying to get this meal prep down, some weeks are better than others.

    I am determined to get it right before school starts.

  8. July 31, 2018 / 11:29 am

    These are great ideas which can make a real change in one’s life. Resigning from a cup of coffee may be rather difficult though! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. July 31, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    These are really great ideas. I’ve cut back on my cable, and just the other day I thought I need to just get basic. We are barely home to watch anything.

  10. August 1, 2018 / 9:58 am

    Great ideas! I need to stock up on cards because I feel so guilty when I tell myself I’ll send em and never do.

  11. August 1, 2018 / 10:23 am

    Girl, you’ve got some great money saving tips here! I do a lot of these but I need to work on a few like my elevator speech, and cleaning up my emails.

    August 1, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    I’m actually doing many of these. My challenge right now is figuring out how to lower the cell phone bill. It makes me cringe…feels like such a waste of money.

  13. August 1, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    These are all great suggestions, thanks for the tips! I love shopping off season and getting great deals, I’m working on putting more money in my high interest savings account, and I’m signed up for Ebates!

  14. ShaBree
    August 3, 2018 / 11:09 pm

    I love this list. Sometimes itโ€™s the little things that matter.

  15. August 15, 2018 / 11:03 am

    Let me add towels to the linens and pillows list. I’m on the hunt for a brand new set of towels for our family to enjoy.