We’ve now entered a new decade full of promise, excitement, and anticipation, but not everyone may feel as though they have their life, or business, together just yet. This new year offers a clean slate to start fresh, so if you’re still looking for motivation, get inspired by these five thriving and successful entrepreneurs. They took their lives, and businesses, to the next level, and so can you. 


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Evan Mendelsohn, Co-Founder of Tipsy Elves

My New Year’s Resolution is to create a bucket list. Most people have one already and are always trying to check things off, but I realized this past year that I’ve never formally made one. I love to travel and am always up for an adventure so, in 2020, I’ll be making a list with my top places to go and things to do – and hopefully, start checking off a few. 

Danh Tran, Founder of Buttercloth

My New Year’s Resolution is to spend more time with my parents. The past year has been a whirlwind of growth at my business, Buttercloth, which means a lot of time was spent away from my family. My parents have always been my biggest supporters, and I want to make sure to spend as much time as possible with them in 2020. 


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Patrick Beckman, Contributing Finance Editor RAVE Reviews

Resolve to make your money work for you in 2020. The easiest way to start is by choosing a credit card with strong rewards that compliment your goals. For example, if you find yourself traveling frequently, choose a card with good travel perks like points towards flights or no foreign transaction fees. Using the perfect card to earn residual rewards or cashback on your necessary, everyday expenses is an easy way to rack up savings throughout the year.

Cathryn Lavery, Co-Founder & CEO of BestSelf Co.

Personally, I don’t like calling them “New Year’s Resolutions.” It’s much more effective if you set an intention and goal for the new year, giving yourself the space to make it happen instead of feeling like you are hitting the ground running January 1 without a plan. My intention for 2020 is to find a fitness routine that works for me. I will try different types of classes, workouts, and studios until I find the perfect fit. From there, I will be able to set a more concrete fitness goal and make a plan to achieve it.

Sara Schaer, Co-Founder of Kango

My New Year’s Resolution is to travel more with my kids. With my oldest going off to college next year, I want to spend time exploring new places together. Once he’s out of the house, scheduling trips will get harder so I want to travel as a family as much as possible in 2020.


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Sticking to your resolutions is not always easy, but with consistent effort, a little bit of discipline, and a lot of self-compassion, you too can create the life you’ve always wanted.