Resolutions, Part II: More goals for the New Year

STATE COLLEGE – Well, we are officially one week into the New Year.

Have you made resolutions? Sticking to them? If you are still searching for ideas, we have a few.

Here are what we consider the best of the rest. Now, go do it!

Relax more. Jobs, family and daily life can sometimes be a lot to handle. In the new year, make it a point to relax more. Read, watch a little guilty pleasure TV, enroll in a yoga class or spend more time listening to music. Spend time doing whatever it is that makes you feel at peace. Both your body and your mind will enjoy the new year much more if you are relaxed, calm and collected.

Shop locally. Start 2014 out right by putting your money back into the community. Shop downtown State College, eat a locally owned restaurants and look to local farms for fruits and vegetables. Shopping in Centre County will not only allow you to have the best quality items, but it will help the community, keeping your money local.

Add more quality food. Though most diet-oriented resolutions subtract food, be different this year and simply add better quality goods. When you shop locally, think about adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Look to locally-made breads, honeys, spreads and jams to lower preservative intake.

Be kinder to yourself. Use the start of the year to be a better person to yourself. Instead of beating yourself up, remembering your mistakes and looking at your faults, take time to appreciate the person you are and celebrate your best qualities. Stop being so hard on yourself and see how much you can accomplish.

Recycle. Go green and reuse and recycle more. With more than 25,000 curbside residents, 125 drop-off recycling bins and more than 500 commercial establishments throughout the county, Centre County residents and Penn State students have many avenues to recycle. Take advantage of the curbside, bin and commercial opportunities and use the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority to lessen your carbon footprint this year.

Save money. To save some extra money in 2014, use the 52-week saving plan. On week one, save $1; week 2, $2; week 3, $3 and so on. By the end of the year, on week 52, you will have saved $1,378. If you can, think about doubling or tripling the amount you save each week to increase your total savings for the year.

Get more fresh air. Unplug from laptops, smartphones and tablets. Get out and enjoy all the beauty that Centre County has to offer. Spend a day walking through Penn State’s campus. Take family or friends for a day at Whipple Dam. Hike through Black Moshannon. Take advantage of all that Happy Valley has to offer and your 2018 will be much more enjoyable, relaxing and fulfilling.


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