10 Non-Basic New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Accomplish

When New Year’s Eve rolls around, everyone is thinking about who they’re going to kiss and what they want to change about their lives in the new year. There’s tons of basic resolutions like wanting to lose weight, get a boyfriend, or do more volunteer work (all great things!), but we decided to create a list of resolutions that are totally doable and will make your 2017 the best year yet.

1. Have one phone conversation every week.

Instead of having a drawn-out texting convo with your BFF who goes to school across the state, dial her up, old school-style, and have a good old fashioned heart-to-heart chat.

2. Write letters.

Remember how excited you would get when you were a little kid and there would be a birthday card in the mail for you? As we get older, our snail-mail inboxes are filled mostly with bills and junk mail, so it’s nice to receive a handwritten card. Send a thank-you note to your friend for hosting a party, or a card to your mom to tell her you’re thinking about her.

3. Delete your ex’s phone number.

Stop drunk texting him! It’s not worth it–how crappy do you feel the next day when you realize how silly you were? Delete his number, forget his face, and move on to a better you.

4. Invest in yourself (and your health).

Spend money on a gym membership instead of new shoes. Set aside part of your budget to buy produce at the farmer’s market. Splurge on a blazer that makes you feel like a grown-up. Apply for internships you want instead of ones you feel like you should.

5. Take a social media mental health day.

Deactivate Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat for 24 hours and see how it feels. You’ll be amazed with how much extra time you have when you’re not constantly refreshing your feeds.

6. Host a party.

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy–organize a get-together with your closest friends, whether it’s a dinner party or happy hour at a local bar. Your friends will appreciate the gesture, and you’ll get to spend time together.

7. Master one dish.

Pick something from your “food” board on Pinterest and actually learn how to make it. It can be pasta or pastry, frittata or filet mignon–whatever you want.

8. Read 4 books.

In college, it can be super hard to read books just for fun. On top of all the scholarly articles and textbook assignments, reading really just seems like a chore. Start or join a book club (like Emma Watson’s), or just make a list of books you’ve been wanting to read. Setting your sights on four books for the year means that you have 3 months to read each one–plenty of time!

9. Keep a journal.

Do you ever wonder what your future self will remember about your present self? How you feel after a breakup? Who your current best friend is? What a typical Friday night looks like? Write it down–I’m betting you’ll have a great time reading what 20-year-old you was like when you’re a grandparent.

10. Learn a new skill.

Ask your friend to teach you the basics of Photoshop. Learn to sew. Take a pasta-making class. Practice reading maps.


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