If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we need to live life to the fullest and appreciate those closest to us. With the new year well underway, it’s time to start thinking about the best ways to do just that.
Perhaps you want to hole up in your house for days and read all your favorite books. Or, maybe you would rather travel the world sampling the finest cuisines. No matter your definition of a great year, start thinking about how you want to pull it off.
Here are a handful of ideas to get you started.
1. Plan Your Dream Vacation
Once a majority of Americans have received their COVID-19 vaccinations, you’ll finally be able to take the vacation of your dreams. If you haven’t already started planning, now is the perfect time.
Think about where you want to travel and then get busy booking flights, hotel accommodations and your itinerary. Then, start putting money away to make it a reality. Finally, if you’re traveling abroad, make sure your passport is up to date well ahead (we’re talking a minimum of six months) of your departure date.
2. Take Some Time for Self-Care
Practicing self-care — and allowing yourself to indulge in the things you enjoy most in life — can help ensure you lead a fulfilled and happy existence. So, what are some things that bring you joy? Jot down a list of self-care ideas and activities. In need of some inspiration? Consider the following:
- Practice yoga.
- Read a new or favorite book.
- Treat yourself to a massage.
- Go for a walk in nature.
- Sleep in past your usual wake-up hour.
- Jog and/or exercise.
- Go to the beach.
- Soak up some rays while sunbathing.
Whatever you decide, make sure you partake in activities that fuel you and which you truly enjoy.
3. Cross Items Off Your Bucket List
Have you always wanted to learn another language? Climb Mount Everest? Float in the Dead Sea? You likely have a few ideas rattling around in your head that you never had an opportunity to pursue.
Whatever is on your bucket list, now is the time to start thinking about how to make them a reality. Some popular bucket list ideas include:
- Live, work or study abroad.
- Attend Carnival in Brazil.
- Visit all 50 states on a long road trip.
- Learn how to surf in Hawaii.
- Check out the Egyptian Pyramids.
- See the Northern Lights.
- Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef.
- Go on an African safari.
4. Shop for a New Wardrobe
Changing up your wardrobe is a great way to ring in the new year and totally reinvent yourself. But while stepping out of your fashion comfort zone can be scary, buying a new bodysuit can help keep your personality shine through your style.
Pair one with a skirt instead of jeans (or vice versa) to switch things up. Indeed, his new wardrobe staple can help you feel like a million bucks and give you the confidence you need to crush your goals in 2021.
5. Try a New Recipe (or Two)
Are there any dishes you’ve been wanting to try? If you love to cook, start searching for some new recipes from different countries and cultures around the world. Try out a new, spicy Thai dish or a fresh take on your favorite dessert. Ask your family or friends for suggestions and have a few of them over for dinner and dessert one night. You could even throw in a few cocktails to sweeten the deal.
Start Planning Your Best Year Yet
Now that you have a few ideas under your belt, you can start planning how best to spend your year. It’s a new year —and a new you — so throw caution to the wind to truly find your bliss.
Whether you find it getting a full-service spa treatment, on Safari in Africa, or simply revamping your wardrobe, there are countless options to pursue in the next 12 months.