Happy New Year everyone!
Have you put together your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2016 yet?
Of course there will be the classic ones, like “eat healthier,” “work harder,” or “finally go to the gym,” but what about making some changes that’ll make 2016 a little more interesting and help you grow as a person?
We’ve put together these 5 extremely easy resolutions to follow that just about anyone will benefit from.
Be More Social
Meet new people! When we say “be more social” we don’t mean go on social media and add some new friends, we’re talking about going into the real world and having real life conversations with people, face to face, in person! It’s easy, especially in a city as diverse as Chicago. Join a bowling league, go to more bars with live music, play WhirlyBall, go to a sports game, walk through the park, the list goes on. Being more social in 2016 will not only help you meet new friends, but it will add an interesting spice to your routine and get you out of the funk of being lazy.
Learn More About Craft Beers
Chicago is quickly becoming the Craft Beer hub of America. With new breweries popping up every month, there is a lot to learn about the rich culture of Craft Beers and how they’re made. The best part about researching new Craft Brews is that you’ll get to try an enormous variety of different blends and flavors, ultimately allowing you to finally decide what style of beer is most “you.” Getting into this resolution is relatively simple because breweries like Lagunitas, 3 Floyds, and Revolution Brewery offer brewery tours multiple times a week. At a brewery tour you’ll get to try all sorts of Craft Beers, learn how they’re made, and see the environment that brew masters operate in to perfect their craft (pun intended). This resolution will also help out with number one as well because you always meet awesome like-minded people on a brew tour! And even if a tour isn’t your thing, there’s still ample opportunities to try Chicago’s best Craft Beers; for instance, bars like WhirlyBall and Cobra Lounge are famous for offering the best of the best local Craft beers. If you want some for home, Binny’s Beverage Depot will have an unmatchable collection to offer.
Visit Different Neighborhoods
It’s easy to get comfortable with the neighborhood you live or work in, but there’s so much of Chicago that you may not have seen! Diversify your surroundings. Make it a point to visit some neighborhoods that you aren't very familiar with and spend some time delving into new cultures. The CTA makes it way too easy for you to get just about anywhere in Chicago, so what’s stopping you? Every neighborhood in Chicago from Pilsen to Logan Square is just as unique and worth-visiting as the one you are most familiar with. Don’t let the anxiety of “not belonging” steer you away from experiencing your city! This resolution will enhance your appreciation for different cultures and travelling. Nothing makes you more interesting than changing up your norm!
Spend More Time With Family
Seriously, do it. Your family matters more than anything else in this world. We know you’re busy and you don’t always have the time to hang with family, but make time, it’s worth it. We promise. Make it a point in 2016 to go on adventures, eat meals, go out on the town, play games, vacation, and do anything with your family members more than you have in the past. If you don’t live in the same state, or even country, as your loved ones spend an extra couple of hours each week talking on the phone with them and sharing stories. They will feel appreciated and you will feel much closer to the people who you truly care for. An easy way to get started would be to book a party at WhirlyBall and have a night of laughs and togetherness. Or just stay in and have a good old-fashioned game night. Get closer to ultimate happiness!
Sample Different Foods
One of the best ways to make your life a little more interesting is switching up your meal options! Next time you go to the grocery store, buy 10-15 ingredients you normally wouldn’t buy and make some delicious new dishes. It’s the 21st century, even if you don’t know how to cook, the internet could teach you. Just look up some recipes online and follow along or create something of your own. When you can’t cook for yourself or you simply don’t want to, go to a restaurant you’ve never been. Trying new food is incredibly rewarding and adds some flavor to your life.
Choose any number of these 5 simple New Year’s resolutions and we guarantee 2016 will be full of personal-growth and happiness. Happy New Year y’all! We can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store! :)