December 13, 2018
It’s that time of year. The new year is here and new starts are on everyone’s mind.
Perhaps I’ve been spending a little too much time on the Internet, but this year I’ve noticed New Year’s resolutions have been more divisive than ever. Some people think it’s absurd to start new habits just because the calendar turns over. Others claim it’s rude that people think others trying to better themselves should be submitted to scrutiny.
Personally, I’ve always liked to look at the new year as a new start. But while the resolution conversation still seems to be dominated by new fad diets and eliminations of certain foods and drinks, I wanted to remind everyone new starts don’t always need to be about losing 10 pounds. They can also be about making your life a little more organized, making your community a little bit stronger, or making the world a little bit better.
So, I’ve pulled together a few ways to do just that!
Don’t know where to start? The Twin Cities area has just about everything you need! Here are a few favorites. (I’ve noted everything local with an asterisk*.)
This is my number one resolution this year. I hate drinking water and will sometimes go an entire day without drinking any (which I realize is horrifying). There are about 100 opinions out there about how much water a day is ideal, but I’m going to start with just trying to finish two bottles while I’m at work, and go from there. I expect it will make me more beautiful, rich and change my life completely. I’ll keep you posted.
I solemnly swear that 2019 is the year I’m going to start using reusable shopping bags (every. single. time!) and stop drinking bottled water. The sea turtles are counting on us.
Odds are your city/state offers some sort of continuing education program for little to no money out of pocket. Have you always wanted to learn to draw, or become an astrology buff? There’s probably a class you can take. Here are the Minneapolis options for this winter. Registration begins this week!
In the last few years, my creativity has nosedived. I used to do freelance writing, (attempt) to design things and journal every day. Then life got busy and I almost completely stopped. One of my goals this year is to bring some of that back. Need some inspiration? Wit & Delight is currently running a “Create Every Day” challenge for the month of January. You can learn more and sign up for the emails here.
Throw. Things. Away. I’m not going to go complete Marie Kondo on you, but having too much junk lying around really does make your brain as cluttered as your house. If you haven’t used something in more than two years and it doesn’t have sentimental value, it’s time to donate it. Now, when I say “sentimental value” that doesn’t mean that your mom gave it to you when you were going to college because she was trying to get it out of her kitchen. Keep the things that really mean something to you. The rest can go. I promise it will make you feel lighter.
Volunteer for a political campaign! Join Big Brother’s Big Sisters! Pick up trash in your neighborhood while you walk your dog! You don’t need to spend 40 hours a week to make your city stronger. Find something you will enjoy and make it happen. This is your year.
Traveling with friends/significant others/family is always fun, but this year why not try something different? Pick somewhere you’ve always wanted to go, and book a flight. You can spend a few days doing whatever YOU want, without a care in the world. It’s a great way to reset your brain and do some reflecting.
Cooking is a lifelong skill that can save you money (and sometimes make you healthier). The Internet has made cooking easier than ever. If you can read and properly follow directions you can cook yourself just about anything. Not sure where to start? Here are a few of our go-tos:
Happy New Year!