It's a whole new decade so why not expand horizons, broaden your comfort zone and explore a few new ideas in the coming year? Here are 10 things we can't wait to try out in 2020.
#1: Explore New Places
If we asked where you would most like to explore in the new year, what springs to mind? If it's a big trip, like a month long trip to Europe, then maybe you just start planning and saving this year.
However, what we really mean is it's time to get out and explore new places - in our community, our city, our state or even just the states around us. Honestly, there is SO MUCH around when we start looking at every place with fresh eyes. Grab a map and start digging into what's close to you - you may be surprised by what you find!
Flexible enough to take off at the last minute? Keep an eye out for flight deals and let those dictate where you head next.
#2: Try A New Outdoor Adventure
We aren't really cheating, but it's possible we will get #1 and #2 at the same time. Our new plan is to get outdoors as much as possible and spend a little extra time in nature. There are a number of studies and articles based on how beneficial nature is to humans, even changing our brains.
Some of the adventures we are most interested in to date include hiking, biking, trail running, fishing, kite-flying, camping, and creek stomping. Obviously, the possibilities are endless but if you aren't sure where to start, this list is pretty helpful.
#3: Eat New Food
How many times has your family tried to decide where to eat before landing on the exact same place you go to every time? We love Chick-Fil-A every time we eat there, but that doesn't mean we can't expand our palette. Whether it's a new restaurant or a new cuisine, these coupons are sure to kickstart some different choices that will introduce our taste buds to exotic flavors as yet undiscovered.
#4: Take A Break From Technology
We will admit to being addicted to our phones, our Netflix, and certain social media platforms. No one can put their finger on exactly when we crossed over into compulsive behavior around it, but there's no doubt it's taking over our lives slowly. We are taking a cue from this recent Popsugar story and others like it to commit to reducing tech time around the house. Now, can we remember how to entertain ourselves?
#5: Learn About Your Roots
The explosion of testing for genetics and DNA has us really curious about our ancestry. We are still not committed to the DNA test, but we are excited to reach out to family members and learn more about own family histories. Bring on the baby books, rambling aunts and slightly rearranged memories. Even if we don't get answers to all our questions, we are guaranteed to learn more about those closest to us.
#6: Try Being Artistic
We get totally intimidated when it comes to art. Yet, we have lots of wall space that could use some. 2020 is the year we throw on the beret and try a few DIY wall decor ideas. Plus, these Utrecht coupons will help us save on supplies.
#7: Complain Better
Raise your hand if you knew there was a way to complain? If you did, kudos to you because we had no idea! However, this changed our entire perspective on why and how we process our problems. We are now attempting the complaint sandwich. Another tip we heard: for each complaint, find 2 solutions. How empowering!
#8: Read A Great Book
There are so many incredible books out there. Pick ANY of them and read even just one. Better yet, grab a few more people and start a book club.
#9: Write Our Gratitude List
Oprah does it and it's clearly working for her. We now plan to end each day by writing everything we are grateful for in that moment.
#10: Work Towards Debt Free
Thought we forgot about budgets and saving money? Never. In fact, we are trying harder than ever to get debt free fast. Though we may not get there, it feels good to work toward it and we can't wait to see the progress this time next year.