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100 New Year's Resolutions for 2011

by Natalie Grant Dec 27, 2010
Live in the moment

51. Rediscover your sense of smell
52. Take your watch off occasionally
53. Take the words ‘someday’ and ‘soon’ out of your vocabulary
54. Make eye contact when you shake hands
55. Drop your expectations
56. Turn your phone all the way off, not silent, when requested
57. Acknowledge pleasure
58. Learn to shut your mind off when resting
59. Get out of your comfort zone more often
60. Relish silence

Love more

61. Get a pet (that you can realistically take care of)
62. Hug your friends whenever you see them
63. Keep a list of things that make you instantly happy
64. Remove half the mirrors in your home
65. Be thankful for little things
66. Take the guilty out of guilty pleasure
67. Avoid relationships that stress you out
68. Laugh out loud when you feel like it
69. Try to stop comparing yourself to others
70. Ask your parents for advice more often

Get creative

71. Write one poem a week
72. Throw a themed/costume party
73. Fingerpaint, sketch, or watercolor on weekends
74. Make your own jewelry out of antique or discarded items
75. Give quirky names to your travel gear (especially your backpack)
76. Draw up a plan for your dream home — and incorporate some of it into your current home
77. Finish a crossword puzzle
78. Give gifts that are homemade, not bought
79. Write a letter to your future self, put it in a box, and lose it on purpose
80. Photograph everyday things from interesting angles

Be aware

81. Carry a reusable bag with you when you shop
82. Back up your files
83. Buy produce at Farmer’s Markets
84. Unsubscribe from everything that creates clutter
85. Look up words you don’t know when you come across them
86. Own up to your mistakes
87. Make your means as worthy as your ends
88. Follow a news publication/channel you trust, not one that proselytizes
89. Support family-owned businesses instead of chains
90. VOTE (and know what you’re voting for)

Keep an open mind

91. Change your favorite color
92. Attend a friend’s sporting event
93. Grow your hair two inches longer than usual (or cut it two inches)
94. Watch more foreign films and documentaries
95. Let go of judgments
96. Go to karaoke bars once in awhile (and sing)
97. Try a food you can’t identify
98. Hear people out (fully)
99. Move your desk/computer to the other side of the room
100. Don’t feel pressured to make any New Year’s Resolutions

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Alright, let’s hear them. What are you planning on working on for 2011?

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