We bid adieu to 2013 a few weeks ago and now that we’ve recovered from the party season it’s time to start thinking about what we hope to achieve in 2014. A long list of resolutions of how we can better ourselves through gym memberships and limited spending goes hand-in-hand with the celebration of the New Year.
Those generic resolutions have been done and dusted, chewed and spit out, rehashed and promised year-in-year-out; it’s time for a more unconventional and fun approach to New Year promises. Need inspiration? Here is three ideas to get you started.
Ditch Technology with a Digital Detox
Does the idea of spending an entire week without posting a riveting status on Facebook or uploading a photo of your puppy to Instagram send your need-to-be-in-the-know brain into a tizzy? If so, you might be the perfect candidate for a digital detox. It involves exactly what you imagine – no TV, no computer, no smart phones and certainly no video games for you late night junkies. Obviously if you work with computers this may be a bit hard, but you can make a rule for no technology on weekends. So what do you do with your time now that there are no distractions? Anything you like! Get back to basics by listening to the radio or reading a book. Experience nature with a bushwalk or a picnic with your friends and family. Or you could even get creative by planting your herb garden, learning to play an instrument or painting a new picture to hang in the hallway.
Take a Photo of Yourself in Five Interesting Locations
Got the travel bug or want to become a tourist in your own town? Make it a New Year’s resolution to discover five interesting locations and take a happy snap of yourself in each place. Why do this? It forces you out of your comfort zone and the picture you take is a reminder of you accomplishing that. Good photo opportunities include standing under a waterfall, trekking around Ayers Rock, floating on a deck chair in the Dead Sea or scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef.
Taste a New Food Every Week
Around New Year’s we tend to make declarations of how we intend to cut food out of our diet. But what if you changed things up and instead decided to include more foods into your regime? That’s not to say you should start feasting on McDonalds every chance you get, this is about embracing an exotic diet that is varied and full of nutrients. It can also be a chance to overcome any food phobia you might have. The goal is to try one new food or dish every week, so next time you head into your supermarket, head into the fresh isle and pick yourself up that weird spiky looking fruit you’ve always been curious about.
These are just a few ways to make 2014 interesting. What are your New Year’s resolutions? Let us know in the comments below.