Every year during Christmas break I sit down with a pen and write out some SMART goals for the upcoming year.  Now, those goals spread a wide range of ambitions, from career, to family and personal health, but something that had struck me over the last couple of years, was my need for a little bit of fun in my life.  After all, what is life without fun.

So, last year I made a goal to do something that I found fun every month… and it totally turned my year around.  It made me more productive, happier and more successful. 

In fact, I made more money, I started building a house, I spent more time with my family, I made more of an effort to get involved in my church again.  I overall just felt a lot healthier and like my life was a lot better rounded.

So, this year, while I didn’t set any “fun” goals, I have resolved to continue living life as if it’s the only one I have… because it is. 

While pondering this (sometimes I’m a deep thinker) I decided to write a post about some out of the ordinary, but life-changing (or at least life-improving) goals you should make in 2019.

Have A Cultural Experience

Cultural experiences have absolutely changed my life.  They’ve made me a more thoughtful, empathetic and knowledgeable human being.  While many of us have had some cultural experiences already, 2019 seems like the perfect year to set a goal to get another one in. They can include (but are obviously not limited to) tours, exhibitions, theater performances, museums, and exhibitions.

Some examples:

Tour A Native American village

Visit The Amish

Attend A Religious Worship Vastly Different Than Your Own

Learning new cultural realities can be fascinating, but more importantly it’s life enriching and creates mutual respect while increasing the ability to empathize with others.  As a bonus it will get you out of the house meeting new people and trying new things.

 

Stay Somewhere Unusual

One of my personal favorite things to do is travel to new places, but you can find unsual places to stay all over the place, including in your own backyard.

Some examples of unusual places include…

An Off The Grid Log Cabin

Tree House

Lighthouse

Igloo

Castle

Haunted House

 

Self Care

With so much emphasis on self-care and mental health already out there, it seemed a little redundant to mention setting self-care goals, but I’m going to do it anyways.

Self Care, especially mental health is extremely important so while resolutions to “do better” are great, let’s set some actual goals this year.

Things to try:

Enzyme peels

Outdoor Therapy

Art Therapy

Animal Therapy

Thermal Baths

Spa Treatment

Paint With Bob Ross

 

Get Outdoors

We all know that the great outdoors offers many benefits, so take some time this year to get out in it.

Maybe your goal will be as simple as spending 1 hour outside every week, or maybe you’ll want to set a more interesting goal like…

Identifying 30 birds, insects and flowers.

OR

Taking a survival course

OR

Becoming rope rescue certified.

Whatever you choose to do outside, make sure it pushes your boundaries, and that you find it interesting, exciting and something you’ll learn from.  If you keep your goals too safe you’ll have a hard time wanting to accomplish them.

 

Learn To Cook A Meal You Love To Eat

Come on now, we all love to eat, but can you cook?

I certainly can’t very well.  I mean, I can follow a damn recipe, but that doesn’t mean it’s coming out very well. 

If you’re like me, maybe it’s time to learn to cook something you actually like to eat and maybe it can even be a healthy something…

If you’re really ambitious, set a goal to learn how to cook one new dish every month. 

 

End A Rеlаtіоnѕhір

Generally when I write a goal for the new year, it’s exciting to anticipate accomplishing it.  This is not one of those goals.  But, it is a goal that can change your life for the better.

Ending a relationship typically happens in one of two ways:  It can be completely severing ties from someone, or simply putting some space (barriers) between you and them and “ending” your relationship as it currently is.

In my own life, I’ve never completely severed ties from someone in one fowl swoop.  But, I have put boundaries in place in many relationships, including some that just weren’t beneficial to my life.

That sounds harsh, but we become like the people we spend the most time with. So when your goals no longer align with your friends, or family- sometimes it’s time to take a step back and put your time and energy into people who make the person you’re striving to be.

This doesn’t always have to be a dramatic situation.  In a lot of ways when you put your time into people and things that further your life mission, you’ll naturally grow apart from those you need to put space between.

Before thinking about ending a relationship, there are a few things to note.

First: It’s never easy. 

Second: Relationships come in many different forms and their purposes vary greatly-as do the reasons for ending them. Any reason you have is OK.

These are just a few unique goals you can set this year.  Even though they aren’t maybe traditional goals like “lose weight” or “make more money” they’re definitaly goals to consider to better your life this year!

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