Rad Resolutions for 2018
1. Don't put off things that can be handled quickly. Stop procrastinating on things that are ridiculously easy to complete--like taking 30 seconds to call the internet provider, or taking out the garbage.
2. Make books your friends. 'Nuff said.
3. Try listening to new genres of music that you never would have thought of listening before. Except Taylor Swift...or maybe that's just me.
4. Participate in some volunteer activities. Doesn't matter what your mindset is, and it doesn't matter that you do it just to feel good about yourself. It all starts from somewhere. Here are some websites that can help you find volunteering opportunities near you: Volunteer Match, Create the Good, and United Way Worldwide.
5. Travel to places that were previously on your "no" list (note: doesn't have to be international). Learning to adjust to uncomfortable and/or new places can reveal many things about yourself that you didn't know previously. Check out these unique destinations that may have slipped your radar: The Glass Beach in California, Corvin Castle aka Dracula's Castle in Romania, and the Golden Bay in New Zealand.
6. Learn to cook and master at least three dishes, especially if you hate cooking. There's nothing better than responding with a smug look on your face when your best friend yells "hey! you don't cook!" as you serve them a perfectly baked risotto. Here's what I've mastered in 2017: the Hamburger Stroganoff, White Chicken Chili, and Tabbouli/Tabouli/Tabbouleh Salad.
7. Keep yourself in good company. Here's a quote: "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with."
8. Plan your day every morning. Whether it's on your iPhone or buying that cute indie notebook that you saw on Melrose last week, do what you can to remind yourself to use those 24 hours wisely.
9. Take breaks from technology. Try starting and ending the day without your phone or laptop. It's important to give yourself time to fully wake up and wind down. Remember, your memes, emails and insta stories will all still be there in an hour.
10. Pay more attention to your finances. It's not the most sexy or exciting resolution, but this can seriously help you in the long run. Even something as simple as calculating all your expenses can help you make smart decisions with your hard earned cash and will let you know the best times to ball out. Here's what I used last year: Credit Karma (for managing debt), Betterment (for investment with less money), and Flexscore (to help you increase your finances).
Have any more to add? Write it in the comments below and share what worked and didn't work for you. Good luck this year! Don't forget to STAYPEACHY