Friday Favorites–2013 Resolutions

A new year is upon us, and for some that means a valiant attempt at bettering ourselves. Personally, it usually means I commit to healthier eating, which probably shouldn’t even count since we’re just pulling out of the sugary, snack-fueled holidays.  I’d have to be trying pretty hard to eat worse than I do in December.  Still, there’s a little sense of accomplishment there, earned or not.

If you’re among the brave who’ve decided it’s time to (fill in your own resolution here), here’s a few helpful projects.

Get more exercise.

If your wallet is wiped out from all the holiday shopping you probably aren’t ready to fork out money for a gym membership or new equipment.  The Art of Manliness has you covered with their DIY Gym.


Get organized.

There are so many forms this could take, but one thing I’d like to better organize is my gift wrap supplies.  I Heart Organizing shares a door-mounted wrapping paper station.  You might guess from the blog name that if you’re looking to get your stuff in order you might want to spend a little extra time at this site.


Read more books.

If the thing that holds you back on this one is a lack of new material, this Book Swap Party from Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line is for you.  This party is geared toward kids, but it would be easy to adult it up.


Volunteer in your community.

You have the time and skills but don’t know where to share them?  VolunteerMatch is a website we recommend to the students at the high school that matches the applicant with available volunteer opportunities based on his or her zip code and area of interest.  It found 629 hits within 20 miles of where I live, and I’m at least 5 miles from the nearest medium-sized city.


Save money.

With the uncertainty of our economy, we’re probably all interested in this one.  There are so many things you can make for yourself using recycled materials to save some cash.  I’ve had my eye on these Padded Envelopes Using Reclaimed Materials from SwirlyThoughts for a while now.

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Spend more time with family.

In our busy world, sometimes this requires some effort.  What better way to hang with the kids for an afternoon than to create something fun together?  The Journals of Giddy Giddy shows us how to make DIY Homemade Kites.


Do more traveling.

This is always on my list, resolution or not.  I just got to visit the east coast for the first time ever last month and left the continental United States, also a first.  Since my goal is to eventually visit all 50 states, I’d love to make a pin-filled map like this one from Sadie Priss.



Maybe it’s time for some new to look at in your home.  This Test Pattern TV Cover from Apartment Therapy counts as a little redecoration and would probably help with the “watch less television” resolution as well.


Learn something new.

I love websites like How Stuff Works, Mental Floss or even Cool Facts, Bro.  You can learn a little something you didn’t know before without a big time commitment.  That’s only if you don’t get caught up in searching the site and realize you’ve lost a couple of hours of your life.  You’ve been warned.


Eat healthier food.

There it is.  I always come into January feeling vegetable-deficient.  Turns out, neighbors don’t give you boxes of fresh-baked cauliflower and asparagus doesn’t hang on the tree very well.  I’m ready to try these Roasted Cabbage Wedges from Martha Stewart.


What are your resolutions for the new year?