16 Unique New Year's Resolutions

The Best Unusual New Year's Resolutions

If you're tired of the same old "lose weight and drink more water" resolutions then come check out this list I made for ya. Below are 16 unique resolutions to make that will help shape you into a better and more interesting person in the new year. Enjoy!

NOTE: This is an evergreen post that was written in 2019 and wasn't specifically created to give you ideas after a horrific year like 2020. This is to be read for any year, so there might be suggestions here that aren't possible to do in 2021. Well, I mean at least until this pandemic is over.

1. Stop reciprocating hate for hate and LOVE everyone no matter what.

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." Let go of grudges, never ever seek revenge, never get tired of doing what's right, and always treat people the way you would like to be treated... no matter what.

2. Stop letting "the Man" tell you what music you should to listen to.

Turn off the FM and discover your own music. Tune in to apps and sites like Pandora and Spotify to explore new genres you've never listened to before. Listen to music from around the world, go to local concerts, and form your own opinion on what you feel is good music. 3. Dress however the heck you want.

Wear what makes you feel good regardless of what you're assuming how other people will feel about it. You're never too old to dress how you want and you'll find that people admire courage more than meekness, so be bold and prepare for compliments.

4. Eat the cake if you want to eat the dang cake.

One small piece of cake won't make you fat. Eating one large cake a day will though. Stop depriving yourself of pleasurable foods and practice moderation so you can always have your cake and eat it too.

5. Try as many ethnic foods as possible.

In the US, we have darn near every ethnicity dwelling here and they all have amazing cuisines to share with us. Be brave, be open minded, explore, and taste the world! If you live in an area that doesn't have a lot of ethnic foods to offer, consider signing up for Universal Yums - a subscription box that sends you snacks from all over the globe every month!

6. Educate yourself in a subject that really interests you. If you say things like, "if I went back to school I'd like to study American history" or "I really want to learn Mandarin", you could save your money and use the internet (and that oldie-but-goody called "the library") to educate yourself! This was my new year's resolution last year, and every day I watch around two or three hours of informative YouTube videos about religion, philosophy, and world history. I know that sounds like a lot of time, but I don't just sit and watch them though, I let them play while I cook, clean, bathe, etc.

7. Get your dream tattoo.

Stop pining, do research for the best tattoo artist in town and go get inked up. 

8. Stop making stupid people famous.

Seriously. You think sharing videos of the latest bratty teen's catchphrase is harmless, but all you're doing is helping to pave the way to their stardom and fortune. Soon they will be richer than you for silly reasons. Resist the urge to glorify stupidity no matter how entertaining it may be.

9. Stop consuming more junk than you do fruits and vegetables.

I don't think you need to go vegan or follow any kind of fad diet to have a healthier diet, but if you look back at your meals for the day and you've have 4 sodas, a Big Mac with fries, half a bag of Doritos, and zero fruits or veggies, you might want to reevaluate the way you're eating.

  10. Stop keeping up with celebrity gossip.

Keeping up with other people's lives that you don't know for entertainment is weird and useless. Stop worrying about keeping up with the Kardashians and keep up with yourself and the real people around you who matter. 11. Stop dreaming and start planning.

It's not that hard to start making a dream come true. All you have to do is start planning. Literally. Grab a notebook and a pen a start writing the pros and cons of pursuing and achieving the dream, how you're going to do it, how much money you need, how you're going to get the money, etc. And then... make plans to make it all happen.

12. Stop obsessing over having 6-pack abs and buns of steel.

If you're overweight, then you need to be focusing on not developing diabetes and heart disease. Change your diet and activity levels for your health first and then focus on bringing on the sexy later. 13. Declutter your entire house.

I'm not a fan of minimalism at all and I don't obsess over having a perfectly spotless and super organized house. I work from home and I have two kids so freaking out about my house being perfect is about a useless as trying to put the pin back in a grenade.

Junk and clutter accumulate in random places throughout the year and it's easy to ignore because it happens so slowly. If you're like me, then it's time to take a day or two to sort through the mess and have a few garage sales, set junk out on the curb to be picked up, or make a trip to your local charity shop.

14. Quit that job you hate.

The average person spends the majority of their waking lives at work so why on earth would you want to keep doing something you hate for the better part of your life? Dust off that resume, job hunt, and try to have a new, better job lined up before you put in that glorious two-weeks notice.

15. Stop posting passive aggressive and vague updates on social media.

I think I include this in almost all of my "self improvement" posts because this is one of my biggest pet peeves EVER. Seriously guys. Stop with all the "OMG I'm so done", “SMH so heart broken,” and "Why do I even bother" posts, and use your words like an adult. If you're truly in distress, you'll have a better chance of attracting someone who can help you if express yourself with a little more detail, instead of fishing to see who cares.

16. Shop and support small independent businesses first. Before giving your money to super ultra-mega corporations who can do just fine without you, you should check out locally owned businesses, restaurants, services and even online marketplaces like Etsy, Redbubble, Amazon Handmade, and eBay. Shopping with the "little man" in your community supports regular folks who have bills to pay and families to support just like you and me. Are you going to try to pursue any of the resolutions? Let me know in a comment below!

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