20 Ways to Jump Start the New Year

By ELIZABETH BINGHAM
Contributing Writer

  1. Celebrate! What better way to kick off the New Year than by having a party? Grab a few of your closest friends and plan an evening of laughter and fun.
  2. Join a gym. Research your local fitness centers and burn off those holiday calories.
  3. Clean out your closet. Freshen up your look by putting your best foot forward. Ladies, this means that if you haven’t worn it in the last year, pitch it!
  4. Find a new hobby. Get to know yourself by trying new things, like painting, playing a musical instrument or cycling.
  5. Take a cooking class. Put your cooking skills to the test by learning creative and healthier ways to cook.
  6. Get outdoors. Nothing livens the spirit like the great outdoors, whether it’s hiking, biking, or running, get out there and shake off those winter blues.
  7. Volunteer in your community. Start the New Year on the right foot by helping out at a local shelter, soup kitchen, or charity. And don’t forget, karma, karma, karma!
  8. Take a road trip. Fuel up your engine (and we don’t just mean your car) and hit the road headed towards the horizon. Sightseeing anyone?
  9. Take a vacation. Forget about your woes of the past year while relaxing to the sound of waves. And not to mention, who wouldn’t want to start the year with a bronze-y glow?
  10. Splurge. You deserve it. You worked hard last year right? So why not reward yourself. Take your pick and don’t resist.
  11. Set a realistic goal. We all have our New Year’s resolutions, but this year, choose something that you truly believe you can stick to so you can reap the rewards once you succeed.
  12. Change something about yourself, even something small. If you really want to start fresh, why not try something new?
  13. Learn a new language. If you really want to be ahead of the game, why not take language classes? Who knows where your new skill will lead you.
  14. Organize. Be on top of your game this year by getting organized. You’ll be prepared for anything that comes your way.
  15. Explore your community. Bored? Reawaken that childish desire to explore and take a drive, or take a walk. We promise you’ll never cease to find something new and exciting to do once you get out there.
  16. Reach out to someone new. Feeling shy? Break out of your shell and who knows what you could learn or experience.
  17. Accomplish something you’ve been putting off. We all have that never ending list of things to do that keeps on growing. So suck it up and get it done. You’ll be thankful once you do.
  18.  Redecorate. Have some fun and try something new in your home. Start small with a few throw pillows, or go big with some reconstruction.
  19.  Explore the arts. Nothing soothes the soul like the sounds of a symphony or the sight of a masterpiece. Take a moment out of your busy schedule and go to a concert or visit a museum, and not to mention, what’s a better way to meet someone than surrounded by ingenuity and beauty?
  20. Give thanks. Most importantly, we must always remember to be thankful for what we already have while beginning the New Year. So write those thank yous, make those calls, and be extra generous at this time of year. And remember that special golden rule: what you give is what you get.