Happy New Year!!! It’s the age-old adage to make resolutions for the new year ahead, to look forward and make goals for yourself to accomplish. But, I know for me at least, as much as we want to keep them throughout the year, often times life gets in the way and things come up, leading us off that goal-oriented path. So this year, as we look forward to the new year ahead, instead of making resolutions, maybe it’s better to just make plans. Making plans is so much more concrete and holds us to do those things that might scare us, that might push us out of our comfort zones but that ultimately make us better people and better citizens of this world. So this year, here are 10 things you should plan to do that will forever change your life!
1. Visit a country you’ve never been to before.
Whether this means driving over the nearest border of a country near your own (i.e.. Canada from the States) or traveling abroad for the first time, you’ll never regret this decision. Seeing a different country will open up your perspective.
2. Take at least 3 days off of work in a place you love.
One thing that I hear over and over (especially from Americans) is that they can’t take time off of work. The thing is, it’s not healthy to do that. As humans we need to recharge, to de-stress and get a change of scenery. Take a few days off, go someplace you love and don’t worry about it. A few days away from work isn’t going to matter in the long run.
3. Don’t overfill your calendar.
I’m guilty of this a lot. I book myself too much, extending myself when I really don’t have the time. This goes for booking travel as well as your day to day schedule. Give yourself time to breath, to recharge, to have a moment.
4. Book a plane ticket on a random afternoon in the middle of the week.
One of the most exhilarating feelings is to just book a plane ticket in the middle of a weekday. You can plan it out or just do it spontaneously, but either way, it’s a feeling that will put you on a high for a while!
5. Explore your surroundings.
One thing that people always say to me is that they can’t afford to travel, that they don’t have the resources or the priorities to do it. The thing is, traveling doesn’t need to mean flying across the world. It can also mean booking out a weekend a month to explore your own area and surroundings. There are gorgeous places all around us and it’s those that are willing to look at those places with a different perspective that will get the most out of it. You’ll be surprised by how much beauty you’ll find around you!
6. Upend your priorities.
We all get bogged down at times with our priorities and responsibilities and it’s easy to get tired and stressed out. On those days when you just want to throw your hands in the air and say “screw it,” do something completely out of the ordinary. Go out to a fancy dinner or a movie on a weeknight. Upend your priorities even if for a few hours, it will make a world of difference and chances are you’ll remember it as a great memory down the road.
7. Start a savings account for a life-changing trip.
Can’t afford to take that life-changing trip in 2015? That’s ok, but start saving for it. The longer you put off saving for it, the longer down the road it will be. Even if it’s just $10 a month, start a specific savings account for it and start saving. Just looking at it on your account online will make you giddy, knowing you’re working toward it!
8. Do something you’re afraid of.
Whatever it is, do something you’re afraid of this year. When you conquer your fears, you’ll feel amazing!
9. Take day and weekend trips.
Getting away from the grind of life is often needed, so when you finish that big project or when your anniversary is coming up, grab a loved one and head away for the day or weekend. Even if it’s just an hour away, a change of scenery is never a bad thing.
10. Take a leap of faith.
Some of my favorite memories are moments when I threw caution to the wind and took a leap of faith. It’s not always easy to do but often in life, we need those moments to book a last minute flight or surprise someone we love on the fly to inspire us. Inspire yourself this year!
definitely going to try some of these out!!
So glad!!! 🙂
Lovely way to inspire goal for the new year! Definitely trying to get our of our comfort zone!
Totally! Getting outside what we’re used to really does wonders!
Kelly @ A Lovely Life, Indeed says
Love this! All of it! So true. And you will never regret even one of them. Happy New Year! Cheers!
Totally… they will all be things you remember for years down the road! Happy new year!
Chiara of #TSOLBLOG says
Hmm…I have done some of these (phew) but not all of them….as an asian american…#2 couldn’t be anymore true… AHHH!
I know! We all need to take more time off work to ourselves each year!!! It’s good for the soul! 🙂
Nikki @The Pin the Map Project says
all great things, especially number one! This should be the New Year’s Eve commandments for travelers 🙂 Happy New Year!
Thank you!!! I’m going to try to follow most of these myself this year! Happy new year!
I love all the travelling ones in this, one of my resolutions is to plan more things to do, concerts and trips and things and to travel more, the idea of going on a random plane somewhere is scary but sounds so exciting! I’d love it if you commented back: cottonandcandie
That’s a great idea! Even locally you can find so many amazing things to do and see!
Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki says
Taking weekend trips when you can’t get away for longer ones still fulfills my travel bug and I love exploring new places nearby!
Totally! Me too. And there are so many amazing places in Iceland for you guys to explore that are probably fairly close to home!!!
Kristin DiCristofano says
I love every one of these! Thanks for sharing!!
Megan Thudium says
Such a great list! I love #9, and I hope to do much more of it this year.
I love taking day and weekend trips… for a fraction of the price and so accessible, they make such a difference!
Laura Notorangelo says
Love these, they’re great ideas to actualize!
Andrea @GreenandTurquoise says
I really appreciated your post, I’m definitely going to try to follow your advice!
Happy New Year!
Green and Turquoise
So glad you liked it!!! 🙂 Happy new year!
Miles of Happiness says
Happy New Year… Enjoy every moment! I like your list. It’s full of beautiful simple ideas.
Happy new year! So glad you liked it!