Written by Anne Driscoll
I always get very optimistic during this time every year. After reflecting on goals that I’ve achieved (and those I didn’t) I get to wipe the slate clean! New year, new goals! Here are some of the top items on my list this year…what are yours?
- Enjoy life more: Most of my life is spent sitting behind a desk and looking at the computer screen. I love what I do, but there are times that I need to get out and experience life in real time not in the virtual world. Something as simple as reading a new book or sitting with my kid on the porch will fill the bill nicely I believe.
- Travel! As mentioned before, being on social media CONSTANTLY means that I get to see where all of you are traveling, exploring and experiencing! And I am jealous! I am going to make sure to get some trips onto the books before this year ends so I have something to work towards and look forward to!
- Learn something new:Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a career change, want to learn a new language, or just how to fix your computer? Whether you take a course or read a book, you’ll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year’s resolutions to keep. The local Community College offers a wide variety of “lifelong learning” courses, and local YMCA’s offer great recreational training for beginners of all ages. Most local colleges and universities offer distance and adult education programs. Or if the arts are more your thing, maybe give the community theater a try…you know you’ve always wanted to have a part in Rocky Horror!
- Volunteer: A popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local school or library, mentoring a child, or building a house, there are many nonprofit volunteer organizations that could really use your help. Or if your time is really in short supply, maybe you can at least find it in you to donate the furniture, clothing and other household items that you no longer need, rather than leaving them out by the curb to fill up our landfills.
- Relax! This is an easy one. Take a breather once in awhile. Do some yoga. Take a pet for a walk or a child to the park. Smell the roses and whatnot.
- Adopt an animal! Nonprofit group provides searchable index of pets by breed, age, size and color from thousands of purebred and mixed breed animals available for adoption. http://www.adoptapet.com/
- Spend more time with family & friends: Recent polls conducted by General Nutrition Centers, Quicken, and others shows that more than 50% of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year. Make plans to meet up with friends for an evening of camaraderie at a favorite restaurant or take the family to one of these popular places for family fun. Work shouldn’t always come first!
- Blog, blog, blog… Blogging is fun and addictive. Do you have some thoughts to share? Then give it a try! Happy New Year!
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