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  • Writer's pictureDr. Bernadette P. Smith

Embracing the New Year: A Fresh Take on Resolutions

As New Year's draws near, many of us feel the pressure of setting resolutions, and can often end up feeling disappointed when we don't reach the goals. But what if there's a more exciting and fulfilling way to approach the New Year? Let's look at how we can transform traditional resolutions into personal challenges or adventures and make them seem more fun.

The Shift from Resolutions to Fun Resolutions and Challenges

Traditional resolutions can feel task-oriented and restrictive, and can lead to frustration. Instead, what if we create an alternative to traditional resolutions by embracing fun resolutions and challenges? This approach is about saying "yes" to new experiences and opportunities, a mindset shift from the conventional resolution setting.

The "F@%K It Year" Concept

Last year, I embraced an "F@%k It" year, where I simply decided to go for it. This attitude led me to numerous adventures, from road trips and speaking engagements to new professional partnerships. It's about exploring possibilities without the fear of failure and stepping outside of my comfort zone.

The Power of Fun Challenge-Based Goals

By setting fun challenge-based goals, you open yourself to experiences you might never have considered. It's not about ticking off a list but about growing and learning through diverse experiences.

Your Turn to Challenge Yourself - Ideas for Your Personal Challenges

  1. Cruise Cuisine Challenge: Explore a new restaurant each month.

  2. Historical Hunt: Visit different museums or historical sites in your area monthly.

  3. Nature Trails Adventure: Discover various nature trails near you.

  4. Cuisine Cruise: Commit to trying a new restaurant or type of cuisine each month.

  5. Historical Hunt: Visit a new museum or historical site monthly to learn about different eras or events.

  6. Book Voyage: Read a book from a different country every month.

  7. Language Leap: Pick a new language and learn enough to have a basic conversation by year-end.

  8. Nature Trail: Explore a new hiking trail or natural park every other weekend.

  9. Artisan Adventure: Take up a new craft or art form, like pottery or painting, and create something each month.

  10. Cultural Festivals: Attend a cultural festival each quarter to experience different traditions.

  11. Music Marathon: Listen to a new music genre each week.

  12. DIY Discovery: Tackle a different DIY project every month.

  13. Gardening Quest: Grow a new type of plant or vegetable each season.

  14. Fitness Challenge: Try a new form of exercise each month, like yoga, Pilates, or rock climbing.

  15. Cooking Challenge: Master a challenging recipe each month.

  16. Board Game Adventure: Learn and play a new board game with friends or family each month.

  17. Film Festival: Watch a classic film or a movie from a different genre every week.

  18. Photography Project: Capture photos of a different theme or subject each month.

  19. Star Seeker: Learn about a new constellation each month and find it in the night sky.

  20. Writing Workshop: Write a short story or poem each month, each time with a new theme or prompt.

  21. Tea Tasting Tour: Sample a new type of tea every week.

  22. Local Explorer: Be a tourist in your own city and visit a new attraction or neighborhood each month.

  23. Escape Room Escapades: Challenge yourself with a new escape room experience each month, ideally with different themes or difficulty levels.

  24. Mystery Meal Mondays: Once a month, visit a restaurant and ask the chef to surprise you with a meal not listed on the menu.

  25. Documentary Dive: Watch a documentary about a topic you know nothing about each week to expand your knowledge.

  26. Concert Crusade: Attend a live music performance of a genre you're unfamiliar with every other month.

  27. Crafty Creations: Pick up a new craft kit each month and build something with your hands, from model airplanes to DIY electronics.

  28. Stargazer's Journey: Visit different dark sky parks or attend stargazing events to marvel at the cosmos.

  29. Extreme Sport Sampling: Try out an extreme sport you've never done, like white-water rafting or skydiving.

  30. Local Business Bingo: Create a bingo card with local businesses you've never visited and try to get a bingo each quarter.

  31. Geocaching Getaway: Take up geocaching and discover hidden treasures in your area.

  32. Foreign Film Fridays: Dedicate one night a week to watching a foreign-language film.

  33. Science Experiment Saturdays: Conduct a fun new science experiment at home every other week.

  34. Aquatic Adventures: Try a new water activity such as paddleboarding, sailing, or scuba diving.

  35. Gourmet Group: Form a gourmet club where members cook a fancy dish for the group each month.

  36. Art Gallery Gander: Visit a new art gallery every month and try to interpret the art or meet the artists.

  37. Coffee Culture: Visit a different coffee shop each week and try a unique coffee brew or preparation method.

  38. Solo Sojourns: Take solo trips to places you've never been, even if it's just a different neighborhood in your city.

  39. Random Acts of Bravery: Do something that requires courage each month, like public speaking or bungee jumping.

  40. Cultural Plunge: Immerse yourself in a culture completely different from your own through food, music, festivals, or language classes.

  41. Wildcard Weekends: Dedicate one weekend a month to doing something completely unplanned—let the day's whims guide you.

  42. Volunteer Ventures: Offer your time to a different cause or organization each month.

This New Year, let's shift our mindset. It's not about rigid resolutions but about embracing life's adventures. Happy New Year!


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