With the new year quickly approaching, those standard New Year resolutions start resurfacing once again: eat healthier, go to the gym more, drink less – you know the drill. While those are certainly worthwhile goals to have no matter the time of year, why not break away from the typical New Year’s resolution mold? The possibilities are endless, and trying out some uncommon resolutions could be just the thing you need to make this new year the best one yet.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Have a Sleepover With Your Friend(s)
Remember the days of junk food, blanket-and-pillow forts, and those long, cotton nightgowns with one of the Looney Toons characters on the front, a.k.a. the good old days? Why not bring back some of that classic childhood fun, and invite your BFF or group of besties over for an actual sleepover? Get all the right snacks, pick the best bad movie, and maybe even grab a bottle of wine. You also must include some of the essential sleepover activities, like talking about your latest crush, having a dance or sing off, and gathering around a nightlight to tell some spooky stories. You’ll get to spend some quality time with your friends, and walk down memory lane together.
Ring, Ring, Ring!
Today, DMs, Snapchat messages, and texts are the standard form of communication for many of us. In fact, many of us have grown to dread making phone calls, even if they’re just to make doctor’s appointments. However, while there is nothing wrong with texting, why not make an effort to start talking on the phone more this year? I know, I know, that sounds like a literal nightmare, but hear me out. Talking on the phone before a first date can help you decide beforehand if there is any sort of spark or attraction. You can ask some interesting ice-breaking questions like:
- What do you feel most passionate about?
- What do you like to do in your spare time?
- What’s your most embarrassing moment?
- How do you show someone you love them?
Not only will you get to know your date a bit beforehand, which will hopefully calm your nerves, but if there isn’t a spark after your phone call, then you won’t need to sit through a painful first date.
Cut Down on Stress
Many of us who are currently working towards our college degrees face a common challenge: time management. College is the time to explore your interests, get involved with your campus and community, and of course, scramble to meet those dreaded deadlines. Trying to juggle everything is hard, especially considering that, as the University of Cincinnati points out, “Students will only have about 3.5 hours on average available to devote to class, homework and relevant activities, which is not a tremendous amount of time. As such, making the most of those 3.5 hours will be vital, and only achievable with the right time management skills.”
So for your New Year’s resolution, why not work on de-stressing and developing organization, planning, and discipline? Think of it as an act of self-care: Less stress means a healthier, happier you.
Try a Tiny, New Adventure
The phenomenon of tiny houses is steadily growing each year – and for good reason! A tiny home is a fantastic option for all of you wanderlust people. Tiny homes can be on land or on wheels, so you can start a new adventure whenever you feel like it. That also means that this new year could finally be the one you check off all those destinations on your bucket list. Furthermore, some of the other perks of tiny home living include:
- Cheaper to build and own, which means many tiny homeowners are mortgage-free.
- Better for the environment than the average home, as you use fewer resources to heat, power, and cool your home.
- Easier to live a healthier lifestyle. Tiny homes have less storage space, so living minimally is simpler. Plus, you’ll likely eat more fresh food, as you won’t have a lot of food storage space.
Keep in mind that this adventure requires a bit of planning, but if traveling is something you’ve always wanted to do, then give tiny home living a chance. It’s important to answer the call of adventure while you still can!
Of course, these are just some ideas to get the ball rolling. While the end of the year can become incredibly hectic and overwhelming, sitting down for a moment and thinking of some unique New Year’s resolutions can help the year start off on the right foot. Good luck!