10 Just For Fun Resolutions for a Happy New Year

December 29, 2016

The beginning of a new year is when people are most inspired to make significant changes in their lives--losing weight and getting shape, getting out of debt, quitting their job to pursue their dream, etc; it's as if the world is magically transformed when the clock strikes twelve on January 1, and all the things that seemed impossible before are suddenly ours for the taking. But all too often those great big hopes become smaller and smaller, and our resolutions become afterthoughts. Instead of putting all that pressure on yourself, here is a list of just-for-fun resolutions that may not be entirely life changing, but will offer some enjoyment and adventure in 2017. Do them, or don't--no biggie either way. 

1. Start learning a new language.
2. Try a type of cuisine you've never eaten.
3. Create your own masterpiece at a local Paint Nites event.
4. Make a list of books you've been wanting to read.
5. Actually read at least one of the above books (this may not seem possible if you have children, but even if you only read a few pages a day you'll feel like you're winning).
6. Find a fun class to take, such as sushi making, photography, or lyrical jazz dance.
7. Celebrate your birthday like a kid--get excited about it, tell everyone you happen to pass on the street that it's your birthday,  wear a tiara, blow out your candles, and, instead of worrying about the calories in the cake, just eat a slice.
8. Cook more of your favorite recipes, even the ones that are excruciatingly time consuming (that's what weekends are for).
9. Use the power of the interwebs to track down an old friend you haven't seen in a long time.
10. Buy yourself a gorgeous pair of shoes that are outside of your budget (even if that means skipping a few happy hours).

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