Every New Year’s, many of us make resolutions in an attempt to affect positive change in our lives. But without support, resolutions are hard to keep. In fact, by July, over 50 percent of us have given up on our resolutions altogether.
Make 2016 the year you actually stick to your resolution, all with a little help from a Thumbtack professional.
Eat Healthier/Lose Weight
We might as well start with the most obvious one first since so many of us wouldn’t mind dropping a few pounds. Whether you want to lose 10 or 100, the key is not to expect overnight success and to have a plan. This is something a nutritionist can really help out with, but you can also do a little research of your own, plan your meals ahead of time, and keep track of what you’re eating with a food journal.
Get in Shape
Yes, this is different from losing weight because even if you’re happy with your physical size, you still might not be able to run a 5K or do 100 pushups. Yet! A personal trainer is a great resource to show you what exercises will work for your personal goals and also to hold you accountable. If you don’t want to spend the money, try to find a friend who will go to classes or work out with you; if you promise someone else you’ll show up, it’s a lot harder to make excuses as to why you’re skipping the gym.
First: think of all the money you’ll save! This is like a 2-for-1 resolution. Smoking is one of the hardest habits to quit, so it might help to talk to ex-smokers and see what worked for them. Hypnotherapy and acupuncture have both been known to work. Of course, you’ll have to find what works for you.
Go Back to School
Furthering your education, whether it’s taking classes at a local community college, partaking in a specific training, or going for a degree is a great way to expand your horizons intellectually or find a new career path. Thumbtack is a great resource if you’re looking for someone to help with anything from teacher training to bartender training to real estate training. All you have to do is figure out your dream.
Make this the year you finally go to Paris or Bali or Cuba or New York City or anywhere your heart desires. Travel can be expensive, sure, but using a travel agent can actually help you save money, especially when it comes to hotels. They have connections to help get you a better rate or even to get you a room when the website says it’s fully booked.
Be Less Stressed
Whether you’re not getting enough sleep, unhappy at work, or just overwhelmed, it’s so important to try to eliminate stress in your life. Easier said than done, of course, however talking to a life coach can be immeasurably helpful. He or she will help you recognize issues, set goals, and create a plan for achieving them. A life coach also wants to see you succeed, so usually you only go for a set amount of sessions; once you’re on your way to achieving your dreams, the sessions will end. Need a quick fix? A massage is a good way to destress too.
Save More/Spend Less/Pay Off Debt
While many resolutions go by the wayside, it’s been proven that financial resolutions can really help you get your fiscal situation in order. Obviously, that will be even easier to accomplish with the help of a financial planner or accountant and if you make realistic and attainable goals.
Remodel Your Home
It’s easy to put off a remodel due to the construction and chaos, but make this the year you finally upgrade your space. A contractor can actually help you get it finished much quicker than you’d think and it will raise the value of your house. Plus, whether it helps you make your house greener, fix a space that wasn’t working, or just finally gives you the kitchen/bathroom/bedroom you’ve always wanted, it’s good for the soul to invest in the home.
Take Music Lessons
Maybe you want to get back into an instrument you played as a child, or maybe you want to learn a whole new instrument. From the bagpipe to the banjo, the harmonica to the harp, regularly playing an instrument can help improve cognitive skills, increase the capacity of your memory, reduce stress, improve math skills, and teach you a lot about self discipline. Plus, everyone loves having a musical friend.
Be More Adventurous
Make 2016 the year you conquer all of your fears. Go skydiving, ski black diamonds, take surfing lessons, learn how to wakeboard, go paragliding… Realize your full potential and get a huge shot of adrenalin while you’re at it! (All made a lot easier when you put yourself in the hands of an expert who can guide you through it, of course.)
Take Art Lessons
Whether you want to learn how to paint, sculpt, take photos, woodwork, or make jewelry, there’s a professional on Thumbtack who would love nothing more than to teach you what he knows and share his passion.
One of the best things you can do for yourself is do something for someone else. If you love to read, why not read to kids at the local library? Got a green thumb? Help out at the community garden. Are you super chatty? There are probably some lonely elderly people who would love for you to deliver them dinner and stay for a talk. Whether you can give back once a week, month, or just a few times a year, it’s a good way to help others and make yourself feel good at the same time.