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Lifestyle 28 December 2017
Well, some say it's a to-do list for the first week of January. Statistics say it's something only 8 percent of people will keep up throughout the year. And I say they it's a collection of failures we line up for ourselves to experience. Every year. Except for 2018 -- am I right?
Reputable sources on the internet list the top 10 New Year's Resolutions as follows:
- Eat Healthier and Diet
- Lose Weight and Get Fit
- Quit Smoking
- Spend More Time with Family
- Learn Something New
- Get Out of Debt and Save Money
- Travel to New Places
- Be Less Stressed
- Drink Less
Which for our generation roughly translates to:
- Stop salting food
- Make use of FitBit
- Stop smoking...cigarettes
- Answer mom's phone calls
- Buy more Groupons
- Uber only when necessary
- Attend more weddings
- Stop texting exes
- Volunteer...to flaunt on social media
- Vodka soda. Vodka soda. Vodka soda.
The problem with these noble aspirations is that they require considerable lifestyle changes and committed efforts to follow through. And though the start of a new calendar year may feel like enough motivation to do so, more often than not, we find ourselves right back where we started (just in lower spirits...)
This year, you can continue the cycle of goal fatigue from those overbearing resolutions -- OR -- you can set yourself up for success with a few mini-goals that are well within your reach. In the spirit of your success, we've crafted a list of micro-improvements to make in terms of: health, organization, money, happiness, travel, relationships, and volunteering.
Do yourself a favor and over the course of the next 365 days, accomplish one, two, or just a few of the below, and relish in the fact that you're achieving greatness! Or just be proud you're being an adult, which we've all learned the hard way, is not easy...
Here, the 40 Micro-Improvements that will help you stick to your New Year's resolutions
1. Get your teeth cleaned.
Dig up your insurance card. Locate website. Search for a provider. Set an appointment (like, maybe 6 months from now). Forget appointment.
2. Throw out expired food.
And makeup. And anything else with an expiration date. And while you're at it, clean your makeup brushes.
3. Put gym clothes and shoes in your car.
Or just put those clothes you've been meaning to donate in your trunk, so that you can a) finally drop it off at Goodwill and b) use them as workout clothes until you do so.
4. Get a flu shot.
At the beginning of the season. Think how many calories you'll save on soup and ice cream.
5. Grilled, not fried. On the rocks, not frozen. Salt rim, not sugar.
How to order at every Mexican restaurant.
6. Embrace dry shampoo.
“For a good, clean feeling. No matter what."
7. Get more massages and facials.
For health reasons, duh. Buy packages or encourage these as gifts from loved ones.
9. Clear out your email inbox
Download Unroll.me to instantly see a list of all your subscription emails and unsubscribe easily from whatever you don't want.
10. Delete your weird high school friends on Facebook
It helps if you do this on their birthday, when FB reminds you they exist.
11. Put an emergency tampon in key locations
Like your gym bag, glove compartment, boyfriend's house and every purse you own.
12. Give someone an extra key to your apartment.
Make sure it's not the weird friend from high school.
13. Throw out hideous promotional items you've accumulated over the years.
You don't need that Bank of the West blanket, or NuvaRing hat. It's fashion over function this year.
14. Collect old gift cards and spend an entire day cashing them in.
You'd be surprised what you can still get at a Barnes and Noble.
15. Try to return that dress you lost the receipt for.
Maybe they'll take it, right?
16. Save a little bit of money.
Download an app (like Qapital) that automatically deposits into a savings account...or an emergency Vegas fund.
17. Invest a wee bit of money.
Spend half the time you do checking Instagram on checking stocks. Or the news. Or something time-worthy.
18. Shop clearance first, not last.
Nordstrom Rack is your friend.
19. Cook something once in awhile.
Microwaving counts. Salads also count.
20. Only order online from Amazon Prime.
AKA free shipping. AKA never pay for shipping.
21. Watch one Disney movie a month. Maybe two.
But seriously, no judgment if it exceeds 10.
22. Wear more costumes.
Or at least wear the appropriate color on each holiday: green on St. Patties, red on Valentine's (black, depending on your relationship status), etc.
23. Eat frozen yogurt as a meal.
Try your hardest to “wow" a Yogurtland employee. It's like a personal trophy.
24. Give more gifts.
Hand out glow jewelry or flash tattoos to people you don't know at a party to witness true joy.
25. Dress up as much as possible.
Wear clothing with kittens or puppies on it. Or whatever makes you happy.
26. Ditch the bitch voice inside your head.
27. Take more naps.
This includes in the car on your lunch break.
28. Take a solo trip.
Find a cheap Airbnb and go make a friend.
29. Spend less money when you do travel.
Stop pretending foreign currency is “Monopoly money." It's real.
30. Go somewhere you don't speak the language.
This includes neighborhoods in your own town.
31. Figure out how to redeem points for a fully expensed trip.
Or just figure out how to redeem points. Seriously how do they do it?
32. Make believe.
Feel like you're traveling by using a random foreign accent to confuse people. It's great.
33. Stop ghosting people.
Just kindly type: “Not interested." Easier written than said.
34. Be pickier.
Stop going on dates because you've been “meaning to try that place."
35. Be more strategic.
Start going on dates that end in tickets to see Hamilton.
36. Be more thoughtful.
Send people random “thinking of you" cards...or DM's.
37. Be more aware of others.
RSVP for your friend's events before they have to remind you to do so.
38. Donate old clothes.
But no shame if you try to sell them first. eBay is your friend.
39. Volunteer at home.
To show family/significant others “how it should be done."
40. Be a good friend.
Take a girlfriend to lunch and offer to listen to her problems. And listen, Linda, listen.
There you go, you're now armed with 40 tools that can make or break your 2018. With these in mind, tackle the New Year the right way (which just translates to whichever way you see fit…)
If not, there's always next year...
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist