What’s a New Year’s resolution between friends? At this time of the year, heaps of people around Mackay and the Whitsundays will be trying to work out what they want to change about themselves this year.

If you think about it though, how many different resolutions have you come up with over the years and how many have you actually fulfilled? Would it be so many that you could fit them all on a postage stamp or even only a small notepad?

Well, now is the time again to think about what you really want. Would you like a few ideas to help you?

Here are a few of my New Year’s resolution suggestions for you.

Why not get a gym membership? You may have one already, but I’ll bet you haven’t had one like this before. You sign up, fill out all the paperwork, get the gym gear, water bottle and sweatbands and then pop in just to use their café. Honestly, this is one of the best ways to enjoy being a gym member. You get to look at the equipment but not actually use it at all. No breaking out in a sweat or getting hurt. Plus, you get to drink as many coffees as you can while enjoying a chat.

Make a resolution to get your kids to do more around the home. Cleaning, sorting, washing and generally picking up after themselves is one of the best resolutions, I reckon, that any parent would love to see fulfilled.

Change things up for 2018 by making a resolution to do more things in the great outdoors. Imagine playing more with the kids in the backyard or even taking them down to Town Beach for a BBQ and a run on the sand too. That’s surely got to be a great thing.

What about making a New Year’s resolution to create a dinner roster? Work out who’s going to cook dinner each night. Cooking is one of those things that can either make or break a family around 6.00pm each night. Get together with your partner and even put the kids into the equation and work out who will do what to create the feasts that the family will eat. This pre-planning about who does the cooking, who makes the gravy (a Paul Kelly reference) and who washes up can all help make a great 2018.

Remember, get the kids involved in all that you do to make your New Year fantastic. They’ll love you for it and before you know it, they’ll be back at school, and you’ll all have forgotten everything you planned to do.

Happy January!