(BRANDON HANSEN/Managing Editor of the Chewelah Independent)
With a new year, we usually come up with some kind of resolution to better our life that we forget by Valentines Day. I am no different. One time I wanted to start writing a novel and ended up getting “Chapter One” written and that was it. Another time I decided I would go to the gym a lot but then realized Chewelah’s Dick Zornes works out longer and harder than I do, and I am many years younger.
(There was also a time I pledged to drink no coffee. That was the worst three days of my life.)
But despite failing at most resolutions, here we are again. I have scoured the internet for the best New Years resolutions that are actually achieveable!
MAKE YOUR BED EVERY MORNING
It’s guaranteed to make you feel accomplished in the morning, reduce stress, get you in a productive mood and make sure it looks like you don’t live like a mole rat if you bring guests over.
STOP AT SPORTY’S OR THE OASIS MORE
Why would you want to lose weight? Go get a burger. You’ve earned it. Chewelah is full of Ron Swanson’s who enjoy meat more than anything anyways. Have you ever been to a function around here? Every time I go to these I marvel at how many animals are sitting up in the buffet line.
PICK UP A HOBBY
The typical Chewelah hobby is talking about the weather, watching cable news for two hours and then patiently waiting for hunting and fishing season. Throw another hobby in there! We have people who woodwork, people who collect things like Legos (okay that is just me), reload your own ammo, get a fish tank, starting jogging or something. We have YouTube now so you can basically find videos on every single hobby out there.
(But don’t look up firework-making because apparently the FBI shows up at your doorstep or something)
READ A BOOK
Better than Facebook. They aren’t full of memes. Books also don’t have blue light like a smart phone so your eyes aren’t going to want to stay awake until 4 a.m. Plus… we have a library in town. You don’t even have to pay for books. There is no shortage of topics and types of books. You can seriously read about Facebook if you’re that social media deprived.
(And if you get really crazy, read and subscribe to a newspaper!)
TRAVEL MORE, BUT ON A BUDGET
Like to Colville or something.
But seriously, planning short trips on a budget can be rewarded. Hiking when the weather gets better or checking out some of the various small NE Washington towns with character is always fun. You don’t have to go on a Hawaiian vacation to unwind; there is plenty of stuff to do if you look for it. Plus I know how pale you all are, so do you really want to get a sunburn?
CLEAN OUT YOUR CAR
Seriously. It’s Chewelah. How many farm animals did you have in your car last year?
BRING A PLANT INTO THE HOUSE
Plants are proven to reduce stress. Something about our bodies evolving in nature or something. Bring some greens into your house to spruce things up. Except for Venus Fly Traps. They tend to convince you to feed them people.
(Also not the plant you’re thinking of, 4:20 people.)
This is such a simple thing, but if you sit at a desk all day, stretch in the morning. Do you see other people stretching? Do you notice they can touch their toes? Do you notice you have trouble tying your shoes? Keep those joints and tendons limber otherwise you’re going to be stiffer than acting in a Star Wars movie.
GO TO MORE COMMUNITY EVENTS
They’re more exciting than cable news, and there are fewer people yelling.
GO ON WALKS
Nothing clears the mind better than a 20 or 30 minute walk, and it’s good for you. Unless you step in a hole. Then things could be bad depending on how deep the hole is. So let me correct that, go on a walk and avoid holes.
CLEAN THE LINT TRAP
My goodness… do you know what is even in there?
Most of all, just enjoy that we have another year in this area, where the pace of life is a little slower, the scenery is better and everything is probably closed on New Year’s Day.