24 Things to Try This New Year

Grab a Moontime Diary

Moontime Diaries can track the best time to plant, to fish, to eat certain foods and to conceive a child but it also provides a practical way to get more in tune with astrology and how it can impact your health, wellbeing and relationships.

Learn a Musical Instrument

It’s a great year to bring out your inner muso. Whether you’ve always wanted to learn guitar, piano or drums, check out who offers local lessons in your area. You will be surprised how addictive and gratifying it can be to learn how to play a musical instrument, even if the song is basic.

Just don’t buy a recorder. Those things should be banished from earth.

Make a Vision Board

If you have never made a vision board, then this is the year to give it a go. A vision board is a visual tool to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on your yearly goals. Your vision board can include images, quotes and basically anything else that highlights what is important to you, what inspires you, and what you want to achieve this year.

Take up a Sport, Activity or Craft You Used to do as a Child

Did you love painting in school? Did you used to spend your weekends playing soccer? There are plenty of adult courses and indoor and outdoor sports clubs. You can join as a team or as an individual.

Consider a Book Club

And when we say book club, we mean, “a once a month gathering with friends where we can drink wine away from the kids.” And possibly discuss a book or two.

Get up 10 Minutes Earlier

What time do you usually wake up? Set the alarm for 10 minutes earlier in 2016 and enjoy a cuppa during this extra time.

Schedule a Once a Month Family Outing

It’s hard to get the family together, especially out of the house! Plan a family date night where you go out for ice cream, see an outdoor movie and take a walk

Do a Family Photo Shoot

When was the last time you had a professional photograph your beautiful family (and no, school photos don’t count). Get the whole family together and contact one of the many fantastic local photographers to capture your family having fun together.

Give Back to the Community

There are plenty of charities and opportunities to donate time and money to those who need it most. Find an organisation that is dear to your heart and see how you can make a difference.

Give Your Closets a Makeover

This doesn’t just extend to your wardrobe. Start there and get rid of those clothes and shoes you never wear before moving onto the linen closet and ditching all of those scratchy towels and old bedsheets. Then head to your bathroom and get rid of all that old makeup and hair products that you never use before moving to the pantry and giving it a good clean out too.

Change Your Pillows

When was the last time you switched your pillows? Ditch the old ones and go out and splurge on two new pillows for each bed.

Start a Meal Plan with Mates

Once a week, cook up a massive serving of your signature dish and dish it into portions. Then swap the dishes with a set of mates who have also cooked their signature dish. If you have five friends who are interested, this means you have five days of delicious and different meals ready to go.


Find a way to de-stress from the daily dramas, whether through yoga, meditation or mindfulness.

Try Something Extreme

Skydiving may be a little too intense but why not give bungy jumping, jet boating, go carting, ATVing, kite surfing or wake boarding a try. Plenty of these activities are perfect for older children as well!

Find and Use Your Productive Time

Everyone has ups and downs during the day. It’s up to you to determine when your creative juices are flowing the most and use this time to get things done.

Go Somewhere You Have Never Been Before

Make it a yearly ritual to visit somewhere new. This doesn’t have to be an expensive overseas holiday – it could simply be to a new venue down the road or to a tourist hot spot that you have yet to check out.

Try Fasting

There are a number of fasts out there but it is advised to speak to a health professional to determine which one will work for you. If fasting isn’t for you, consider going paleo, organic, vegan, vegetarian or trying a new diet for a certain period of time.

Spend an Evening all Alone

Book a hotel room for just you and for one night this year, enjoy the luxury of sleeping in, sprawling out, watching whatever you want on the telly and ordering room service. You will return home in the morning feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to tackle the daily tasks.

Listen to Live Music

Sure you may not be able to party like its 1999 anymore, but indulge in a night out with your partner or friends and take in a live local act. Music is good for the soul and your dancing shoes may even come out of retirement.

Take a Lifeline Walk

Clear your head and improve your direction in life. Take a long walk by yourself and make milestones for each year (for example, if you are 30, walk 30 blocks). Use each block to reflect back on that year of your life. When you turn around, use the walk home to reflect on the next 30 years to come.

Take a Road Trip

Let a coin decide whether you go North or South (or East or West). Plan nothing. Just drive and see where you end up.

Create a Bucket List to do with the Kids

Ask the kids to write down a few things they would like to do this year and aim to do one activity each month.

Try Cooking Something You’ve Never Cooked Before

Aim to do this once a month at the least. By the end of the year you will have a brand new set of go-to recipes to add to the rotation.

Go Technology Free

For an entire weekend! No TV. No mobile phones. No iPad. No computer. Read books. Play board games. Create something fantastic out of Lego with the kids.

You can Instagram it on Monday.


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