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7 Simple Resolutions To Help You Start the New Year on the Right Foot

7 Simple Resolutions To Help You Start the New Year on the Right Foot

Each year, the month of December brings about holidays, presents, gatherings, celebrations, and a new year to look forward to. With a new year often comes New Year’s resolutions—commitments to try to improve some part of our lives. Each year, around 40% of Americans make a resolution for the new year. However, only about 9% of them succeed. But why is that and how do you keep your New Year’s resolutions?

The concept of resolving to work on or change an area of our life is great, as it shows that we want to be better. But we often choose to take on large, unattainable goals with our resolutions, and that often causes us to fail in keeping them. Good New Year’s resolutions don’t need to be complicated or completely life-altering. Instead, we should focus on simple resolutions that are actually attainable and will have some type of positive impact on our lives. So, what are 7 simple resolutions you can make to start the new year on the right foot?

7 New Year’s Resolutions Ideas

  1. Read Each Day – Many of us love reading, but often feel like we don’t have enough time to do it. However, resolving to make reading a part of your daily routine will help you get back into it. It doesn’t have to be for long either, as even reading for just 5 minutes a day can get you back in the habit. It also doesn’t matter if you are reading a novel, the newspaper, articles, comics, or anything else. All reading provides us with benefits like reducing stress, strengthening our brain, building our vocabulary, preventing cognitive decline, and more.
  1. Cook a New Meal Once a Week – Another simple resolution is to cook a new meal each week. This can help you get creative with your food and try new things that you wouldn’t normally try. This can also be a way to eat out less and get more vegetables in your diet, helping your budget, your body, and even the planet. If you aren’t able to cook, then make sure you are getting healthy, diverse foods as part of a balanced diet. You can even start tracking your macros so you know everything that is going into your body!
  1. Block Out Time for Yourself Each Day – Taking a few moments to yourself each day is another good resolution to commit to in the new year. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, make a conscious effort and plan to ensure you have time on your own each day when you don’t have to worry about anything else. This time can be used for reading, meditating, listening to music, exercising, or whatever else helps you to calm down and de-stress.
  1. Get Active – Many New Year’s resolutions involve working out and getting in better shape. However, those are lofty goals that are both hard to achieve and difficult to stick to. If you’re looking to improve your physical fitness—much like with reading—try to do little things each day that get you active and help you build a routine. This can be as simple as going for a short walk or doing 5 push-ups a day. Then, once you’ve done that consistently, you can incorporate longer and more challenging exercises and continue to build upon your sustained success.
  1. Join a Club, Group, or Team – Another great resolution is to join a new club, group, or team. Whether you get involved with a reading club, start running with others in your area, learn how to play pickleball, or volunteer at a local nonprofit, doing something out of the ordinary can create some new excitement in your life and provide you with opportunities to meet new people. It can also help you pick up a new hobby or enjoy something that you’ve always liked but maybe haven’t had time for recently.
  1. Drink Water – Many of us have plants that get more water than we give to ourselves. That’s why it’s a good idea to make a simple resolution to drink more water in the new year. Drinking enough water is essential for our bodies to function properly and remain healthy by getting rid of waste, regulating our temperature, and protecting our tissues and joints.
  1. Focus on One Thing at a Time – No matter how hard we try, there will always be tasks, to-dos, chores, and errands that we need to complete. We often think that multi-tasking will make things more efficient and help us complete tasks more quickly, but it can actually end up stressing us out more. That’s why it may be a good idea to try focusing on one thing at a time when you’re crossing tasks off of your list. That way, they can get your full attention and you can complete them in a timely manner and move on to the next thing.

Thompson-Markward Hall’s Impact

Thompson-Markward Hall (TMH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the academic and professional success of young women. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, TMH offers safe, affordable, and convenient housing for women working, attending school, or interning in our nation’s capital. Included in the room and board rates are utilities, free high-speed Wi-Fi, breakfast and dinner, and a diverse, welcoming community.

In addition to offering a wonderful place to call home in DC, we provide useful information to residents and prospective applicants as a resource to help them become familiar with DC and be successful in all of their endeavors. Whether you’re currently looking for a place to stay in DC, planning for a potential future here, or simply looking to learn more about the DC area, TMH is here to help!

Learn more about our accommodations or to submit an application today to start enjoying all of the benefits of living at TMH! You can also make a donation to support the crucial work we do!

Resident Resources

Room and board is due on the first of every month. TMH does not issue payment notices. A $20.00 late fee is charged everyday beginning at 9:00 pm on the 5th day of the month until the room and board payment is received. If you are unable to make your monthly payment for any reason, please speak to management immediately.

Room and board includes the first day of the month until the morning of the last day of the month or until the morning of the day of check-out, whichever day comes first.

In the event that a resident does not stay the entire month, rent will be prorated within the same month. To view the pro-rated fee schedule and a list of other fees—click here: TMH Pro-Rated Fee Schedule 6-1-2022


Each resident is asked to abide by the TMH House Rules and Regulations stipulated here: House Rules and ProceduresRule-packet-Emergency-Procedures-Updated-12-2019. Please read this document to become familiar with TMH policies and procedures such as guest policies, meal times, smoking areas, printer and copier use, Internet and telephone use, damage charges, and much more.

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Commuting: Metro stops within walking distance are Union Station, Capitol South, and Eastern Market. Refillable SMARTRIP cards are available for purchase at all metro stops. For more information on public transportation visit WMATA.

Parking: TMH does not offer parking and street parking is limited. Most areas offer 2 hour parking from 7:00am-8:30pm and unlimited overnight parking without a permit. However, if you do not have a Residential Parking Permit and your car is seen in the area repeatedly within a 30-day period you may be ticketed for not obtaining proper tags.

Union Station is the nearest public parking garage. There is generally a wait list for obtaining a parking space. Click here to visit their website to obtain up-to-date information.

Temporary Parking Permits: DC offers Reciprocity Parking Permits in special situations. Click here to see if you qualify. If you meet the requirements, you can obtain a Proof of Residency form from the front office.

Registering Your Vehicle in DC: If you do not meet the requirements for a temporary parking permit, you may choose to register your vehicle in DC. Click here for specific instructions.

Other Transportation Information:

  • Voting: To become a registered voter in the DC area, visit the Board of Elections & Ethics. Please note that you must unregister from your current voting state in order to register as a voter in DC.
  • DC One Card: DC has a new initiative to incorporate multiple cards into one all-inclusive card. The DCOne Card is a library card, Metro card, and can grant access to Public Parks programs. Click here to register or get more information.
  • DC Plastic Bag Policy: Washington DC’s Skip the Bag, Save the River Initiative requires a $0.05 fee per bag from businesses selling food and alcohol. Be sure to take reusable bags with you to the grocery store to avoid the fee.
  • DC Emergency Alerts: The DC Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Response has an alert system to notify residents of severe weather, police activity, road closures, and school and government closings. Notifications can be received via email or text message and can be specified to neighborhoods or work areas. For text alerts sign up here.
  • DC Metropolitan Police Resources: DC Metro PD offers several resources as well as an anonymous tip line for security concerns. You can find the tip line number as well as other important emergency phone numbers here.