Rethinking Resolutions: Spicing Up Your New Year’s Goals

November 28, 2018 | By Ana Elliot

Its official--We can’t deny it anymore. It is indeed Christmas Season. Thanksgiving has passed, the Starbucks Holiday menu is out. We’ve transitioned from pumpkin to peppermint and eggnog! While it might be easy to get wrapped up in the Christmas fervor, it’s a good idea to look ahead and start thinking about your goals for the New Years!

“New Years?!” I can hear you say – “We just got past Thanksgiving!” I know, I know, dear reader. You’d rather just get your Christmas on and not worry about the oncoming New Year. Once New Year’s hits, it’s normal life – all bills and work and no warm and fuzzy feelings! Nothing but resolutions to deny yourself the things you like and forcing yourself to go to the gym. Yuck!

But the New Year doesn’t have to be so bleak! New Resolutions can actually be a great way to help spice up your life! Maybe you just need to rethink resolutions? Well, if that is the case, perhaps these following fun resolutions will help!

Trade Out the Gym for a Class

So, let’s say you really want to get healthier and lose some weight. You want to increase your activity. Well, you don’t have to put yourself through the drudgery of the gym to reach those goals. Look into a class where you can learn a new skill or activity while getting in your exercise! Perhaps you’ve always wanted to know some sort of self-defense; maybe look into local lessons. There are lots of awesome activities you can do! Ballet for adults, community yoga classes, ballroom dancing, Krav Maga, and more! A class also has the added benefit of other people you can befriend. Most people are more likely to show up for something if there are other people there expecting to see them! Accountability is a thing!

Save Money… For a Vacation!

Another common resolution is to budget and save money. Why not do that thing… for a very specific and fun end? Pick a dream trip you’d like to take and sit down and plan it out. How much money will it cost? Will you miss work and need to factor the lost money for that? How long will the trip be? Plan it down to the nitty gritty. Look at accommodation and factor in spending money. Once you have it all sorted out, take the cost and figure out how much you’d have to save a month to take that trip. Budgeting and saving is hard, but it’s easier when you have an end goal that you are looking forward too. This can also help you reach any travel dreams you’ve been harboring, and is a much easier goal to reach than the “Travel More” resolution, which is way too vague and can lead you to taking out a title loan without proper planning!

Eat Healthier... By Learning to Cook

So, you found a class you’d like to take to up your weekly activity, but the classes cost money and you are saving for a trip, so you need to cut back from somewhere… Might as well stop eating out so much! Eating out as well as eating prepackaged food is an expensive choice. You could save that money (for your trip!) and help save yourself calories all while building a new skill set. Start with some easy recipes that interest you, and use that to help build up your repertoire. The more you do it, the easier it gets. You’ll be amazed by how much cheaper it is, too!

If you haven’t figured it out already, we are just spinning some of the usual “resolutions” to make them more engaging and “stick-to-able.” Nothing is worse than creating a New Year’s resolution that you don’t like then having to force yourself to do it only to fall off the wagon then feel bad about yourself. To avoid all that, try on one of the above or, perhaps, think about your own goals and find ways to make them more enjoyable!