Jan 1, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

by Ellen Wilson

It's the start of a new year, which means that it's time to look back on the previous year and have a little self-evaluation. Often, self-reflection leads to future goals and changes to incorporate into your life and MIX! is here to offer a few suggestions to add to your list of New Year's resolutions.

Try a new meal every week. Never had eggplant before? What about acorn squash, couscous, lentils or quiche? Try the Hazelnut and Lentil Soup under our 30 Min meals. Make sure to try our Recipe of the Month for one of your weeks and check back in the archives for more ideas.

Eat somewhere on campus you've never been before. Heard of the new Blue Line Deli in the Tanner Building? Or have you been to The Commons at the Cannon Center? If you're a campus restaurant connoisseur, take friend or try a new menu item.

Exercise. This always seems to make the list. Make it a group thing and sign up for an intramural team or an aerobic class at the Richards Building. Inner tube water polo is something that everyone can do and there is always a chance of winning that coveted "Intramural Champion" t-shirt. If you get bored with the typical modes of exercise, sign up for a dance class. You'll burn plenty of calories while getting your groove on.

Cook dinner every Sunday. Invite different people from your ward or classes. If you don't have time to cook, start a dinner group and take turns preparing the meal.

Give service. Just small acts of kindness for those around you can brighten the day of your friends and neighbors. If you need ideas for service, visit the Center for Service and Learning in the Wilkinson Student Center.

Get organized. Know your class schedules and assignments. Beyond school, know where things are in your apartment. Cleaning out and reorganizing can lead to the rediscovery of things you'd thought had been lost. Maybe you'll even find all those socks you thought the dryer ate.

Enjoy life! Do something you've never done before at least weekly. This can be as simple as talking to someone new on your way home from school, or bigger things, like learning a new language. If you don't have time to learn a language, just learn some key phrases, like, "Would you like to go on a date with me?" or "Thank you!"  Try painting or sketching. Do something techy, like creating your own website or blog. Make a list of the things you've always wanted to do and check them off.
Those are just a few of the goals on our list so you'll have to sit down and think of which you'd like to try, what new ones you'd like to add, and where you want to take your life in 2009.

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