We all know that we're supposed to come up with that perfect New Year's resolution for January 1st -- something that's supposed to set the tone for a new year and a new you. But what? Marylanders, worry not! We've got a few ideas that will help you become the finest version of yourself in 2024 -- consider these options.
1. Save up for that big purchase
Instead of buying lots of little things every time you get the urge to have fun, curb that feeling knowing that a big reward could be yours later in the year! 2024 could be the perfect time to go on that fun vacation or buy that dream car, but you won't make much progress on that goal if you don't save now.
2. Give your passion more time and energy
You don't just live to work or study, eat, and sleep. If you feel like you're in a rut, it may be the year to really ask yourself what you're passionate about. Is it volunteering for a local organization? Helping animals, kids, or the elderly? Maybe it's sharing your creative vision with the world. Who knows what could happen when you prioritize what makes you feel good?
3. Avoid what makes you feel unhappy
This sounds obvious, but think about it -- do you follow people on social media who make you angry or hang out with people who get on your nerves? Why bring that kind of energy into the new year? Obviously, we can't escape everything that makes us feel negative, and we shouldn't be afraid to deal with negative feelings, but we have control over some of the things that bring us down. Mute, block, move on, and focus on what makes you feel joy.
4. Take a break from the screens
There's a lot more life than just being on social media! Take some time to break away from all of that screen time and find some new hobbies that don't involve any electronics. Go hiking in Maryland's many state parks, learn how to craft, or take up a new exercise that gets you moving and grooving!
5. Get to know your local history
There's so much history right in your own backyard! Becoming learned in how far Maryland has come -- the good, the bad, and everything in between -- will make you a better citizen and a more informed person. And there's a lot of funny, weird, tragic and triumphant Maryland history to learn! Go on history tours, check out books from the library, and talk to folks in your community.