2023 has been an eye-opening year.
We wore silver to the Renaissance Tour. We paid an AI yearbook app $9.99 to generate the high school versions of our current selves. We financially struggled with inflation and tried to go back to “normal” after a pandemic that changed everything. And, most importantly, we continue to witness a genocide in Gaza, which is radicalizing the ways we think about the world, the ways we relate to one another, and the ways we spend money.
At the end of each year, we typically make a list of resolutions that signal a new era. New year, new me, right? We swear to drink less alcohol, start eating healthier, and save more money, just to name a few examples.
This year feels different. The world around us is due for serious resolutions, and all we can realistically do is hang on for dear life.
With that in mind, here are four new realistic New Year’s resolutions to set for 2024:
Spend money in alignment with our values
In 2022, data commissioned by Google Cloud shows that 82% of shoppers want to spend money in alignment with their values.
Statistics aside, we know firsthand that our community loves to support LGBTQ-owned businesses through the incredible turnout at our inaugural LGBTQ+ Business Week.
Starting in January, how can we deepen our commitment to redirect our dollars to causes that we believe in? It can be as simple as replacing one item per month, like skincare or clothing.
Find a new bank or credit union
In the same vein as shopping according to your values, it’s time to put our money in banks or credit unions that share your vision for a better world.
For example, the Banking on Climate Chaos report released in April shows that big banks like Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Citibank have put a total of $5.5 trillion in fossil fuels over the last 7 years. The biggest offender is JP Morgan Chase, which invested $434.15 billion.
Before the year ends, put some time on the calendar to research banks and credit unions whose values are aligned with yours.
Here are a few examples:
- Aspiration is a climate-friendly bank whose mission is to reduce its carbon emissions. The company also invests in reforestation by using your spare change to plant trees around the world.
- OneUnited is a Black-owned bank that invests in Black-owned businesses.
Create an exit plan from a soul-sucking corporate job
A 2023 Pew Research study found that only 51% of workers are satisfied with their jobs, which means 49% are feeling unsatisfied at work. If you’re one of the 49%, it's time to make an exit plan. Take a day or two to strategize what your next steps might be and what steps you can realistically take to get there in 6 to 12 months.
For example, if you’re a paralegal stuck in a corporate job who has secret aspirations of becoming a content creator, your 6-month plan might include cutting back on your expenses to build an emergency savings fund while making one video for social media each week.
Find community-driven role models
In the pursuit of wealth, we once put entrepreneurs and celebrities like Beyoncé or Kim Kardashian on a pedestal, looking to their lifestyles as a definition of success. After both celebrities’ deafening silence about what’s happening in Gaza, it’s safe to say that it’s time for new role models.
Start 2024 with a vision board of people whose qualities you admire the most. This can be someone you know online, or someone you know through your IRL community. Make a list of the qualities you most admire about that person and write it down next to their picture.
This exercise can be done old-school, with printed photos and some markers, or you can use digital tools like Canva or Figma to create this vision board. Keep that visual by your desk, or set it as your laptop background so that you can be reminded of the qualities you want to embody.