My real new year’s resolution? Post our new year’s resolutions earlier in the week.
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At the Ad Council, we do our best to live up to our campaigns’ missions. That includes knowing the stages of “separate, clean, cook, chill” so we don’t get food poisoning, knowing to adopt pets from a shelter rather than a store, and, of course, making sure our campfires are out cold to make sure Smokey Bear‘s forests stay wildfire-free.
That said there are still things we can do better to honor our campaigns, and also just to be better people (and maybe even do yoga). This year we want to hold ourselves to our resolutions, so we’re bringing them to you. Keep us to them, and we hope you all have a happy, healthy, Ad Council approved 2016!
Feed the pig
So I know it’s embarrassing to work for an organization that tells people to do a thing when you yourself don’t “practice what you preach.” This year, my resolution is to “feed the pig” and make sure I have rainy day savings for the unexpected. I want to actually be financially literate as a whole, but we’ll take one step at a time to my fully understanding finances! – Zee Hoffmann Jones
Make our awesome work awesomer
My news years resolution is to build unique, never before seen, social impact related campaign partnerships with media companies. – Laurie Keith
Make sure I don’t have high blood pressure (and keep it that way)
I’ve always assumed that I was healthy, but if you asked me whether I have high blood pressure, I wouldn’t be able to tell you for certain. After being exposed to the statistics from our High Blood Pressure campaign, I want to be informed and make sure I’m keeping my blood pressure in a healthy range. There’s so much we can do to make sure our blood pressure stays in a healthy range, and if it’s not, there are easy changes we can make to lower it.
– Jimmy Quigee
My resolution? I need to slow down and take things in more in 2016. Here’s to appreciating every moment and remembering to breathe. – Michelle Hillman
Make an emergency plan
I want to have a plan in the event of emergencies with both my family and friends. It’s so important to be prepared before disasters strike, so you know exactly where to find your loved ones, and how to reach them. – Zach Williams
Donate more stuff
I have too much stuff, and I want to declutter in 2016. Fortunately, I know exactly where my still-good appliances, clothes, and games can go to: Goodwill! 2016 will be the year of minimalism and donating things to create jobs for others. Oh, and I need to get my driver’s license. (Don’t judge, I’m a New Yorker!) – Lina Renzina
Run the Cherry Blossom 10 mile (and put my phone down)
I want to be more connected by not playing games on my phone so much! I also qualified for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler in DC, so I’m excitedly training for that. Hope to see you out there, cheering me on! – Amy Gibson-Grant
This applies to our Financial Literacy campaign, Feed the Pig, too. In 2016 I want to save more money to make sure I have enough for my future! – Conor Toomey
Learn how to cook veggies (and eat them)
As part of my goal to eat healthier, and maintain a healthy heart (à la our Women’s Heart Disease campaign), I want to learn how to cook carrots, squash, asparagus and Brussels sprouts in a way that makes them taste good and also retains their nutrition. – Meg Rushton
Recycle, recycle, recycle
Yes, it’s a law in New York City, but I want to be even better at recycling in 2016. I think there are still things we forget to recycle, and I want to make sure I’m leaving as little (if not nothing) in our landfills as possible. – Ellyn Fisher
Keep a cleaner work environment
I have too many things on my desk, cluttering up my work space that makes it harder to get things done. In 2016 I’m going to keep things clean, and, if possible, donate stuff I don’t need to Goodwill! This way, I know I’m doing “good” while making my work life better. – Rocco Pallato
Save money, practice my Spanish and eat like a vegetarian
Like Zee and Conor, I also need to “Feed the Pig” in 2016! I need to get more involved in understanding my savings, my 401K and my health benefits. It’s not something I am inherently interested in, but I want to be more money savvy. (Got to be a real human.) Additionally, I am going to find more ways to use my Spanish so I don’t forget the language, and I want to make sure I’m eating as healthfully as I can. (Meatless Monday, anyone?) – Elena Korn