2016, we’re comin’ for ya. We’re gonna be stronger and kinder and fitter and more organized, and pretty much you can expect we’re going to be awesome. Here are the 11 ways it’s going to happen.
Become a Better Cook
2016 will go down in history as the year that people enjoyed eating your food. The year that you didn’t survive on turkey and mayo sandwiches for 9 out of 10 meals. The year you took cooking classes – and that freedom rings in your kitchen.
Fall in Love Again
Sometimes love takes work. If you and your honey experience a lot of friction—and not the fun kind—consider investing in some professional assistance. Relationship and marriage counselors help couples get through rocky patches—maybe 2016 is the year you smooth things out.
Plant a Garden
True, January is no time to be digging in the dirt, but it is the time to start planning for spring. Consult inspirational gardening blogs, find a landscape architect to advise on your vision, and come early spring, plant those seeds for a beautiful lawn, flower garden, or edible veggie garden.
Learn Self Defense
It can be a crazy world out there. What better way to feel safe then acquiring some basic self defense skills? Whether you want to build physical strength, learn to protect yourself against violence, or cultivate discipline—getting self defense training will foster a new sense of confidence.
Heal an Injury
Yes, you’re tough. But sometimes even tough people need help recuperating from a recurring injury. If you’re tired of gritting your teeth and bearing it, resolve to get physical therapy for that injured knee, or acupuncture for the work-related carpal tunnel.
Manage Your Money Better
Money is hard. It feels like you either you have it or you don’t, but all the in-betweens of tracking it, budgeting it, and planning for the future start to get really complicated. Make 2016 the year you sit down with a financial planner and create a game plan for your dough. It’s less scary than you think.
Lose a Pants Size
Yes, everyone talks about getting fit as their New Year’s resolution, but you really mean it. Making fitness changes can be hard, but not impossible with the help of a personal trainer. Go for it. You’ve got nothing (except a pants size) to lose.
Experiment with a New Look
You always have long hair and wear skinny jeans. Maybe 2016 is the year you shake life up and talk to a wardrobe consultant. Or hire a makeup artist to revamp that nude palette look. Who knows what will happen when you take a few aesthetic risks?
Improve your Health
Maybe your digestion is slow (try colon therapy), maybe your qi is all blocked up (hey! acupressure is awesome), or maybe you’re just allergic to dairy (a registered dietician can help). Whatever ails you, there’s a cure. Start paying attention to what your body is telling you and start feeling great in the new year.
Hire a Life Coach
Have too many resolutions on your list and fear nothing will change in 2016? Get some help with that, seriously. A life coach guides you through the rocky shoals of career, relationships, dealing with stress, and developing positive habits. Sounds like a fabulous way to start the year.
Plan an Awesome Party
Was 2015 kinda rough? If you had some setbacks, what better way to come back swinging than by throwing an amazing party. Set aside some dough, hire a decorator, bring in caterers to do all the cooking and clean up, and have a belly dancer perform at midnight. Why not? Life is short. Celebrate.
Want more ideas? Check out these 11 Ways to Start the New Year Right.