New Year’s resolutions are easy to make, and with our advice, easy to keep. Commit to your resolutions with our suggestions to inspire and motivate you all year long. Cheers to a better 2017!
With 2017 well under way and with the festive season only apparent from the extra few pounds we are carrying on our tummies [worth it though!], we are ready to wipe that 2016 slate clean! To help set yourself up for your BEST YEAR YET, we’re dishing out 10 new year’s resolutions you can actually keep, plus tips to help you stay committed.
1. Meet new people
There are entire scientific studies dedicated to the hardships of making new friends as an adult (apparently once you hit your late twenties, it’s all downhill from there). To make breaking the ice a little bit easier, try to meet like-minded people by taking a yoga class, learn to dive, volunteer, or embark on an open-trip where you can meet fellow solo travelers and have plenty of interesting things to talk about.
2. Exercise more
The key is to find a workout that you love! Try something different with these awesome exercise classes in Bali, or hit the beach for some killer leg workouts! Breaking out in a sweat will be way less of a pain when you have loads of fun doing it.
3. Eat more greens
Trust us, salads don’t have to be a bummer. And there are oodles of healthy restaurants in Bali to choose from!
4. Get organized
While you’re setting your intentions for the new year, make it all a little bit more official by writing it down. Why not kick-start 2017 by starting a bullet journal? Head to fave shop Bungalow Living and pick yourself up a little notebook to start jotting down your goals.
2016 sure threw more than a few curveballs at the world, so no wonder meditation is on the rise. If you’ve always wanted to try it, but have been intimidated in the past, apps like Headspace, Calm and Aura break down meditation practice to easy 10 minute exercises – and you’ll get the hang of it in no time. If you want to take your practice to another level, head to Desa Seni for their regular meditation classes for all levels of practitioners.
6. Take up a new hobby
Make 2017 your most productive year yet and make the most of your free time by indulging in a creative outlet. Whether its custom making furniture, designing jewellery, surfing or learning a new language, there is plenty of fun things to do on the island!
7. Learn to cook
Whether you’ve always envisioned yourself as a modern-day Julia Child or fancy yourself more of a Chrissy Teagan type, why not finally amass those kitchen skills you’ve been dying to have? We’ll bet you’ll earn extra brownie points from your partner (Valentine’s Day is just around the corner after all).
8. Drink more water
This one’s a breeze. Invest in a stylish bottle that keeps your water cold for the whole day [you can pick one up from the Canggu Deli or Bali Buda] so that you’re never left without a cool drink to quench your thirst, and if plain old H2O doesn’t float your boat, shake things up a bit with infused flavours – mint, lemon, lavender, and even rose. Mmm…
9. Get outside
Living in 24/7 summer weather is both a blessing and a curse. Let’s be honest, sometimes the Bali weather can be just too hot to handle hence why we scramble for the AC powered rooms! But while the cool artificial breeze is indeed soothing, there’s nothing quite like fresh air. If you want to work out, want a new hobby and want to get your daily dosage of fresh air, our tip? Beach walks!
10. Go on a digital detox
While we do confess that when we’re pretty much huuuge Netflix bingers ourselves, let’s all take a moment to admit that enough is enough. Don’t let trying to cram in entire seasons of Netflix Originals take any more of your weekends. Plan for a quick getaway – no smartphones or laptops allowed – and go off the grid for a couple of days… Go on, we dare you.