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Believe me, I’ve made them enough times to know that’s the truth. And every time they failed, I felt kind of like a loser. (Of course that never stopped me from making them again the following January!)

But then, in 2017, I made a resolution to quit drinking. It took nine months, but it finally stuck. And I started to realize why all those other resolutions hadn’t worked.

Resolutions are too all or nothing.

I’d be all in for about 14 days, changing everything I did and basically rearranging my whole life. And round about that 15th day (sometimes I made it a little longer…) I’d cheat on my diet, or have a glass [a bottle] of wine, or miss a day of exercise, or [insert behavior I’d vowed to give up here] -- and then I’d think, well, screw this! Then I’d go right back to how everything was 15 days ago.

Resolutions are too future-focused.

Goals are great. But not when they keep your mind disconnected from the day to day. I was thinking too much about the me of tomorrow and not connecting it to what the me of today needed to do to get there.

Resolutions are too solo.

You know the power of community. I wasn’t relying on anyone but my own force of will. It only got me so far (about 14 days, apparently).

Everything I’ve done THAT HAS REALLY STUCK (like quitting drinking) hasn’t been the result of a huge, short effort.

It’s been the result of dozens of small and consistent efforts over time.


So this year, I’m rethinking how I think about “resolutions.” I’m reframing them and reinventing them as “won’t give up ons.”

Yeah, it’s super-hokey.

But I’m looking at it like this:

A resolution is a big thing that can seem unattainable, but a won’t give up on is just a bunch of little things you do every day.

Resolutions are things that come true in the future. Won’t give up ons shape what we do today.

Resolutions are solo affairs. Won’t give up ons are the things people rally around and post quotes about on Instagram.

Resolutions are staid and old-fashioned. Won’t give up ons are fun and fearless and a little bit silly.

Resolutions only stick around until February at the latest. Won’t give up ons are things we won’t give up on. Ever.


Want to make some changes and see some results?

Want to do it together?

Let’s put some won’t give up ons in place for 2019.


Our current #wontgiveupon program kicked off on January 7, but you can join our waitlist for our next launch date!

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Here’s what you’ll get when you sign up:

60 days of emails that will help you

  • Break your goals into small daily actions

  • Expand your thinking around what you’re capable of

  • Help you get going and stay going

You’ll also get access to the #WontGiveUpOn Facebook group, if FB is your thing, where you can report in about what’s working for you (and where you need some help) and get support from other people who are committing to #WontGiveUpOn.


And who am I?

I’m Laura Rees. I write the blog and Instagram account Mantras and Mocktails. I’m a mom, a teetotaler, a writer, a happiness advocate.

I’m also hopelessly devoted to self-improvement and a recovering resolutions-maker.