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Here's The Perfect Way To Welcome 2017

A rememberlutions jar is a fantastic alternative (or addition!) to New Year's resolutions.

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The idea behind the jars is simple: instead of (or in addition to) making New Year's resolutions that might stress you out or make you feel like a failure, keep a record of all the things you're actually proud of throughout the year.

Write down your accomplishments or things that made you feel good, no matter how small, and put 'em in the jar as they occur. At the end of the year, read through all your slips of paper, and see how far you've come.


You can even make a party of it!

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In the weeks (or hours) leading up to the new year, invite your nearest and dearest over for some light crafting and heavy drinking. (If that's your thing.) It's also a great activity for kids, minus the drinking.


You could make a themed jar, like one meant to inspire you to travel.

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Elaina, who made this jar, said she was inspired because "I've always loved traveling, but after graduation and my move to NYC, it took me almost two years to realize I had succumbed to the daily grind and hadn't gone anywhere new in quite a while! The world is so big and I have so much left to see. I hope my jar will be filled with new places I go and happy memories I had in those places."


Or you could make one as a gift for someone else, like your sister or best friend.

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Keep a record of all the stuff you're proud of them for doing, even if they don't recognize it themselves. Sometimes we see other people's accomplishments much more clearly than we can see our own!

Or just stick to making one for yourself — chances are, you could use a reminder of how rad you are.

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AnaMaria said: "I used this jar to give myself a pat on the back for my accomplishments in 2016 (finishing school, getting a dream job, AH!).

But something I found to be significantly more fulfilling was recognizing all the little, beautiful things I experienced in 2016: having a great conversation with my mom and dad, a much-needed hang out session with a best friend that involved doing absolutely nothing, spending a lot of quality time with my sisters and realizing they're probably the funniest people in the world.

It felt amazing to not write down vague resolutions, ones that I've probably been telling myself since age 14, and to instead acknowledge important accomplishments and moments from this past year. "

If you make a rememberlutions jar of your own, show us a picture!

Special thanks to Tracy Clayton for conceiving the original project, and to Alessia Santoro for helping make it happen.

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