The presents have all been unwrapped. The stockings have been picked through. And the tinsel is falling from the tree. Yes, Christmas is over. But, never fear, because now it’s time to celebrate the fact that the world did not end this year, and we can all look forward to a healthy and prosperous 2013. Of course, that also means it’s time to start making all those New Years Resolutions. Yes, chances are that you’ll make a few resolutions and then break them within a few weeks of the new year. However, maybe that’s because you just never had the resources or help to truly start those resolutions off right. Here are some great free and low-cost resources that can help you with all your New Years Resolutions.
No need to lay out hundreds of dollars on an expensive diet plan. Take a look at the free resources offered at WebMD. You’ll have to create a free account, but once you do, you simply enter your basic information and you then get tons of great free help. You’ll be able to customize your plan according to how much weight you want to lose per week, then it provides step-by-step plans for eating and exercise to help you meet your goals.
So is balancing that checkbook driving you crazy? Try starting a free account at Mint.com, a fantastic resource for learning how to budget your money and save for the future. You can attach all your accounts, get bill alerts, categorize your spending and so much more. And yes, it’s totally free to start.
Get a New Job
The first step to landing that perfect job is an eye-catching resume. There are lots of great free online tools to help you customize your resume to land your dream gig. Check out Resume.com, where you can upload your current resume and use their tips to edit, or use the wizard to create one from scratch. Then save as a Word doc or as a PDF and you are ready to get started on that job hunt.
Meet Mr/Ms Right
Ok, so there is no secret to this one. In fact, really it’s all about meeting new people and making new friends. So just skip to the next item.
Make New Friends
Make some new friends (and possibly meet Mr. or Ms. Right) by getting out and taking some classes. In just about every major city there is a school that is dedicated to offering unique classes for adults, and these classes are usually quite inexpensive. Try a cooking class or a painting class or learn pottery. Just be sure to get out of your comfort zone to learn something new.
Another great way to give back to the community and meet new people is through volunteer work. Check out Volunteermatch.org to find some great ways to get involved in volunteer work in your area. A quick search of my area brought up more than 800 different volunteering opportunities. You can even search by keywords to find something you already have an interest in.
Find a New Hobby
Sometimes just getting some new hobbies is all you need to get out of that rut. Learning something new, finding your creative side, going outdoors more often – whatever you decide, there are lots of ways to find some new hobbies. Check out this article at wikihow to get some ideas on how to get started.
Work on that Reading List
Let’s be honest – there isn’t a lot worth watching on television these days. Why not go back to the kind of entertainment that people did before television? Yes, that means reading. If you aren’t sure where to start, why not take a look at this great list of totally free Kindle books on Amazon? Yep, even for your e-reader, you can find totally free ways to get lost in a new story or be whisked away on a new adventure.
Organize the Home
Is your house a mess? Are you struggling to find things, even though you think you know where you left them? Take this opportunity to finally get your home truly organized. There is, after all, a place for everything and everything should be in it’s place. Need some help getting started? Well check out this great website with tons of great free tips on how to get (and stay) organized.