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10 New Year’s resolutions you can actually keep!

It’s that time again: another New Year. Do people ever keep their resolutions? Or is everyone still broke, smoking, and trying to lose the same 10lbs?

I don’t know if standard resolutions are so far fetched that they seem unobtainable or if they are just so boring, no one bothers to follow through.

Let’s start the new decade off with a bang by kicking previous goals to the curb and following a list of resolutions we’re actually going to want to keep! 

1. Learn to ski

There’s an old saying that goes like this, “if you choose not to find joy in the snow, you will have less joy in your life and the same amount of snow.” 

Now I know that this wasn’t specifically written about Prince Georgian’s but it certainly rings true for our locals.

One of the easiest ways to have fun in the frost is the age-old pastime of skiing.

It can definitely be a bit unnerving for some to throw themselves off the side of a mountain but lucky for them, we have some solid instructors at the Hart Ski Hill. Lessons are $50 per hour for one on one, $60/hour for two people and $70/hour for three people. Prices like this mean you can take lessons all season long, making you a pro in no time!

2. Get better at photography

Photo credit: @halogi

If you didn’t take a picture, did it really happen?!

In today’s day and age, photos are everywhere. From dinner plates to tropical vacations, our smart phones make it simple to capture the moment regardless how big or small. If you’re looking to up your game, following some local photographers on social media is a good place to start. From the fire twirling @halogi to the scenic shots of @freezeframeimages, we have some serious talent here in Prince George.

3. Get outside more

We’ve been absolutely spoiled with the weather lately. Higher than seasonal temperatures, small dustings of snow and sunny skies all add up to a fantastic outdoor landscape. If you‘re looking to get outside more in 2020, now is a good time to start. Plan a hockey tournament on one of our many frozen lakes, hike up to the Ancient Forest or head over to the Outdoor Ice Oval for a full day of skating.

4. Become more minimal

living room

Are you looking at trying out the new minimalist trend? Are you a bit overwhelmed as to where you should start?

How about a mini purge of your closet?

Look for items that no longer fit, you no longer wear or anything not in good condition.

Pack them up and bring them to your nearest shelter.

Once you’ve completed your closet start on different rooms in your home and it won’t be long until you’re living a clutter-free lifestyle!

5. Join a workout class

gym class

Photo credit: The Movement

Take a new spin on this resolution favorite by signing up for a fitness class. Gyms can be scary and lack of knowledge about what to do in them can frustrate people into not returning. Take the guesswork out of training and sign up with other local fitness enthusiasts. Places like The Movement in College Heights make it their personal mission to help you feel welcomed into group training. Sign up and you’ll never have to “Move” alone again.

6. Take more small vacations

woman on snow covered bridge

Not everyone has the time or means to take long haul vacations once a year. Luckily, the Prince George Airport has many options for weekend getaways and if you time it right, short flights can be relatively affordable.

If flying is not your jam, how about a quick road trip to Jasper? A short four-hour drive will get you to this Albertan alpine town. Take in the sites, eat great food, or hit the slopes.

7. Spend more time with family

three kids in hockey jerseys

Even the biggest recluse will crave affection from time to time. This year let us all put more effort into spending time surrounded by the ones we love. Everyone has their own concept of family and each one looks different than the next. It doesn’t matter if family means your cat, your grandma, your kids or your spouse, what matters is you spend some Q.T. with people that make you feel good.

8. Focus on the positive

starry sky

Photo credit: Kris Foot

Amazing things start to transpire when you make a commitment to walk on the sunny side of life. Stress levels decline, muscles ease and your physical wellbeing increases.

Did you know that we can actually train the physiology of our brains? Next time you experience a positive emotion, try relishing in it for a minimum of 10 seconds. Thinking simple things like “the stars are so pretty at night” or “I am really happy I worked out today” compounded throughout the day will become new perceptions. If you start 2020 this way, you could soon see a change in your emotional state.

9. Take a class

You’re never too old to learn! And with UNBC’s continuing studies program, its easier than ever!

Become a certified administrative assistant with their Administrative Assistant Professional Certificate, brush up on your Adobe skills or learn to whip and reel with their intro to fly-fishing. 

10. Help out your neighbourhood

sunset neighbourhood prince george, bc

One thing that visitors always reference about our city is the major sense of community that we have here. Helping your neighbours is almost synonymous with being a Prince Georgian, and people are always coming up with creative ways to help their fellow humans. One way locals are doing this is by joining one of the local Facebook pages for their area. These pages are run completely by volunteers and inform residents about everything from suspicious activity to bottles drives or carolling!

What’s your New Year’s Resolution? Share it with us on Facebook or Instagram @moveuppg.

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