Is it just me or does every year seem to get shorter and shorter? Every year I age it feels like time gets faster and faster, and here we are, at the end of 2017.

I don’t know how your 2017 went, but I can’t complain about mine. This was the year I made a life style change and became an avid gym goer; I ran my first 5k in years; I became the editor of a newspaper; and I made it through two more semesters of college without going crazy. Not too shabby of a year.

I lived life day to day and made it through okay. At the end of each year though, I start to notice the same kind of posts online. Posts about how *insert name here’s* life will be different in the coming year because it is a new year. They make a resolution to have a better year than before simply because Jan. 1 means a fresh start.

Each year around 40 percent of Americans make a new year’s resolution. I used to be one of those 40 percenters, but a few years back I decided that if something I wanted to change in my life wasn’t something I was going to change this very minute, then I probably wasn’t going to do it Jan. 1.

Seriously, how many of us use the new year as a way to change ourselves when we could just start today? I’ve never been one of those people who used Monday as a starting point either. Want to start working out? Why wait till Monday? Wednesday is just as good. Want to eat healthier? Friday’s are good days to start. Jan. 1 is just another day. Sure, it might be a new year, but really, that doesn’t make it any different than any other day.

When someone asked me what my New Years Resolution for 2017 was last year I believe I said, “I don’t really have one. I just want to keep doing what I’m doing now, but better.” Every day is an improvement day no matter what month or number the day is.

In 2016 I used less than 50 plastic bags from grocery stores and my goal every day, no matter what day, is to do better than that.

In 2017 I began going to the gym religiously. I started in June, on a Friday, right in the middle of the year, and half way through the week. I figured that there is no better day than today to chase my dreams.

Doing something just because it’s a tradition (like making a new year’s resolution) usually isn’t a good way to make it stick. Six months into the new year over 50 percent of the original 40 percent who made resolutions give up.

If you truly want something, today is just as good of a day as any other to go after it.

But, if you are one of those people who like Jan. 1 and Monday’s to start things, you’re in luck, as they are one in the same this year.

I wish you all a successful 2018. Happy New Year!