When it comes to New Year's resolutions, many of us get caught up in the spirit of starting fresh, wiping the slate clean and ringing in a new year with a new attitude. The types of promises we make to ourselves run the gamut -- from small, everyday goals like exercising more or eating a healthier diet, to major, sweeping plans to better our lives and our inner selves.
This past year on Mondays with Marlo, I was lucky enough to host some wonderfully smart and talented guests, from health and wellness expert Dr. Oz, to famous fashion designer Betsey Johnson. When I asked my guests about their New Year's resolutions for 2014, I received some incredibly interesting, funny, and inspiring responses!
So, to get you in the spirit of ringing in the New Year, here are some of my favorite New Year's resolutions that my guests shared with me this year on Mondays with Marlo!
"I plan to move my bed time up 15 minutes," says cardiothoracic surgeon, author, and television personality Dr. Oz. He plans on hitting the hay at 10 pm instead of his usual 10:15, "so that I have time to read one article per evening, or just steal extra sleep!"
Fashion expert Tim Gunn plans to pay special attention to his heart in 2014 by raising his resting heart rate. "I pride myself on walking as frequently as possible," says Tim, "and living in NYC makes walking so easy." While Tim has boasted that walking is his workout, he learned this year from his general physician that although walking is good for you, it doesn't raise your heart rate in beats per minute. "I learned that by raising our heart rate through exercise, we decrease our resting heart rate, which is a good thing," Tim says. "Who knew? So, my resolution is to be up and at em!"
Bobbi Brown, makeup expert and founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, says that her New Year's Resolution is to read more! Since she's always so busy, Bobbi plans to carve out a block of time in her schedule to make room for the books she's interested in reading.
"I don't believe in New Year's resolutions. Resolutions are like diets, they are all short lived. I live every day as if it is a new year." -- Finance Expert Suze Orman
Actress, comedian, and television personality Sherri Shepherd plans to spend more time with her hubby, Lamar Sally. "I really want to spend more time getting to know my husband, and making him more of a priority," Sherri says. "He does a fantabulous job supporting me and getting to know my son. I have to do that for my husband!"
Every year, fitness expert Joel Harper chooses one word that he uses to define his resolution. "2010 was green," says Joel, "I went the entire year without buying anything except food, travel or theater tickets. 2011 was 'yes.' Whenever someone asked me a question, I would answer yes, and try my darnedest to make it happen. 2012 was 'freedom,' 2013 was 'responsibility.'" Joel plans to make 2014 the year of 'creativity.' "With each situation, I will meditate, and think about how my own unique self can color it."
For his New Year's resolution, Celebrity chef and author Rocco DiSpirito plans to work on his impulse control. "To accomplish any resolution you must make the right choices," Rocco says. "Most of us know what the best choice is in a given situation, but fail to make it because of poor impulse control. The deal that I made with myself for 2014 is that I will read ALL of my emails, texts, and social media posts at least twice and edit before I hit send. Additionally I have also decided that after that process, if the message is still questionable, I will simply not send it."
"The New Year's resolution I am making this year is more of a reconfirmation of one I have made in the past, and has really improved my life," says Ellie Krieger, nutritionist, host, and author of "Weeknight Wonders." "I resolve to dance whenever given the chance, and to build more opportunities to dance into my life. For me, this resolution hits a couple of buttons: it reminds me how good it feels to simply move, without thinking of it as 'working out,' and it reminds me to let go, have fun, and celebrate life all year long."
"I am not a big resolution person," admits style expert and New York Times Best-Selling author Jill Martin. "I try to make them throughout the year and stick with them -- but there is one that I always try to live by: to be grateful for everything I have, and not harp on what I don't. On a lighter note, I plan to grow my shoe collection in 2014!"
"I don't think I'm going to have [a resolution] this year," says fashion designer Betsey Johnson, "because I never stick to it! But I will make to be with my family as much as I can." Betsey also plans on traveling more in 2014, and to "get more massages and facials! But what I won't do or say I will do: quit smoking, go on a diet."
And for more on New Year's resolution's, see my Mondays with Marlo clips, below!
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