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Now that 2017 is here and everyone is pressing the reset button, the topic of New Year’s resolutions are fresh in our minds as we set out to make personal and professional improvements. We would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2017, and our team wants to encourage everyone to fulfill your resolutions with some helpful tips. As we look back at the past year and make an effort to improve ourselves, our New Year's resolution is a decision to do or not do something in order to accomplish a personal goal or to break a habit.


According to a university study, 75% of resolutions will be continued through the entire first week of January, but only 46% make it past six months. 39% of people in their twenties will achieve their resolution each year while only 14% of people over 50 years of age will achieve theirs. Let’s beat the trends and stick to our goals, both personally and professionally with our helpful tips.


New Year’s Resolutions Tips


According to a recent USA Today article, about 44% of Americans said they were making at least one new year's resolution, according to a national Marist Poll conducted in early December. And about two-thirds of those who made a resolution for 2016 said they stuck to at least part of their goals. The top goal? Being a better person knocked weight loss from No. 1 with 16% of respondents selecting it. Weight loss and exercising more, two goals with a lot in common, tied for No. 2 at 10%. Spending less money and saving more, improving health, and eating healthier each received 7% of responses.

If you haven't made your resolutions yet, here are four tips to make them stick.


1. Set reasonable goals.

Setting small goals can make success easier to achieve and limit the chances of giving up because of missing a goal. Don’t be afraid to seek resources for help. For example, smokers are more likely to quit if they are willing to see their doctor and take advantage of medication or support groups.


2. Save more; spend less.

With new technologies and apps like Mint, which sync bank and credit card accounts, saving and monitoring money is easier than ever before.


3. Build up, don’t burn out.

That new year’s resolution zeal for weight loss can be at first exhilarating, then exhausting, and then can result in a dull fade over time. Starting small and increasing the workout a little each week is a good strategy. More people are reading food labels and comparing nutritional options to attain that elusive ‘healthy living’.


4. Be willing to embrace a new lifestyle.

People who achieve their New Year’s goals usually do not commit to one isolated change but rather embrace a new lifestyle. A lifestyle change is the key to success whether the goal is about health, wealth or relationships, experts say. Mindfulness, or being aware the consequences of actions, is a key piece of sticking to any goal.  


Resolutions Shared By Our Team


Our Morguard team includes many people with great New Year’s resolutions they are willing to share with us:


  • Melissa from Settlers’ Creek wants to learn to speak French, and become fully bilingual by the end of the year. She’s hoping Rosetta Stone helps!

  • Dustin of Greenbrier Estates wants to volunteer more in his community.

  • Rashada from Retreat at Spring Park has the personal goal to promote and practice healthy eating and exercise, and the professional resolution of achieving her team’s full potential bonus every quarter, as well as seeking out and working with the best vendors to improve the property as much as possible.

  • Sophie from The Savoy says her New Year’s Resolution is to not procrastinate on tasks whether they are work-related or within her personal life.

  • Erica at Barrett Walk wants to actually take a full lunch break every day and leave work on time whenever possible. Even though she usually goes above and beyond, she realizes that taking allotted breaks is important for her health and peace of mind.

  • Morgan at Governors Gate intends to donate more free time on the weekends to volunteering around the local community, especially at animal shelters.

  • Gina of Pine Bend and The Hamptons has resolved to try really hard to find the happiest solution to any problem that comes into the office. Plus, she would like to actually use a whole tube of lipstick this year!

  • Amber, also at Pine Bend, has decided along with her husband to quit smoking! Their decision is not only for the health benefits, but to be a better example for their children.

  • Dara, one of our Human Resources Managers, has resolved to begin a healthy diet and exercise program, as well as to spend more quality time with family.

  • Joey from Verandah at Valley Ranch wants to take time to travel more, spend more time outdoors, to stop and enjoy the little things in life, to be healthier, and to learn Vietnamese!

  • Angela, one of our District Managers is going to stop smoking.  

  • Rena from Alta at K Station plans to create a different healthy habit each month and stick to it. By the end of the year, she will have incorporated 12 new healthy habits in her life!


Resolve to Enjoy Where You Live and Work 

We are enthusiastic about the good things which 2017 will bring for our communities, our staff, and all of our residents’ friends and families. Our resolution is to continue to embody the core values and mission statement which Morguard exemplifies, each and every day of this new year moving forward.


For people resolving to consider career options, there are new job opportunities to join our team of skilled staff members. Our culture at Morguard is one of support and promoting from within, so refer us to those seeking jobs in apartment management and property management. We are pleased to offer a variety of apartments in many parts of the country, so consider a Morguard community as a place to call home for anyone you may know considering a move in 2017, and once again, Happy N​ew Year!

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