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Your one-stop guide to achieving your 2014 New Year's Resolutions

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Your one-stop guide to achieving your 2014 New Year's Resolutions

new years resolutions Splash out for your New Year's bash, but then it's time to set some goals for 2014. Photo by Leda & St. Jacques After you've found the perfect dress for New Years and you've settled on your makeup look, set aside some time to think about your resolutions for 2014. According to the latest research, anywhere from 40 to 80 percent of us participate in this annual ritual. The success rate isn’t too high. (But you already knew that, if you think back to last year and the lofty goals you set for yourself for 2013!) According to new research by University of Scranton, 71 percent us will work at them for two weeks, 64 percent for one month and 46 percent for six months. Then it’s back to status quo. The BMO Wealth Institute released a report this week, which not surprisingly, suggests that 36 percent of these goals will be related to finances. Fitness and health account for 51 percent. Personal goals, like learning a new skill or volunteering, account for 31 percent while 19 percent are focused on boosting one’s love life. Only 17 percent are making plans related to work, whether that’s a career change or negotiating a raise. Read on to find out how you can beat the odds and make your financial, health and relationship goals a reality in 2014! money-raise1 Photo Neil Mota Here are some of our most popular articles from 2013. Make a cup of tea, have one more shortbread cookie and settle in for a nice read. If financial goals are on your resolutions list... 1. Can money make you happy? What's the relationship between cash, comfort and joy? 2. Is money tearing your relationship apart? 3. Date nights. Rent payments. Vacations. In the modern dating world, who pays for what costs in a relationship? 4. You can mind your coin in 2014, but that doesn’t mean you can’t buy shoes! Here are 20 holiday shoes for every budget. workoutEating healthy, exercising and leading a balanced life: sounds like a good goal to us. Make it happen now... Here’s a link to all our stories that relate to leading a healthy life in 2014: from boosting your metabolism to the ultimate workout list. If you're going to take up running, this starter's guide is a must read. 608x304_photo333887 Photo by Leda & St. Jacques Whether it's with your friends, co-workers or partners, make 2014 the year you focus on the relationships that enrich your life. Here’s your one-stop link to finding happiness. (Okay, that might be a stretch, but our relationship section will inspire you to make some changes in your life.) There are articles on getting over a broken heart, including a touching essay by Alexa Chung on how she bounced back. You’ll also discover the five biggest relationships issues for women and how to deal with them. Other must reads: Are some people born to cheat? I n defense of crazy cat ladies (If your love affair with your cat is ever being questioned, this story will resonate with you.) career-advice-april-000001 Photography by Nelson Simoneau Work may only account for 17% of most people's resolutions, but given the amount of time we focus on our jobs, why not make them rewarding and meaningful? If there’s a bully in your office, here’s our guide to putting her in her place. If you’re not in your dream job, find out what you have to do to change your career path. Can you to be too ambitious? Is your work, your boyfriend? (Is it time to get a life!?) Is your boss ruining your relationships at home? Good luck with your resolutions! Share your goals with us on twitter at #ecresolutions.  
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Your one-stop guide to achieving your 2014 New Year's Resolutions