Well here we are my friends, “Happy New Year” and “Welcome To 2018”. It’s my hope that you are on the way to recovery from a rousing good time last night with friends or at least finding yourself rested if you had a chill night. I waited until just past noon to get this online so my own hangover would be less impacting, oh who am I kidding. I chilled out on the couch and watched bits and pieces of “The Honeymooners” and “The Twilight Zone” marathons that were airing before I finally fell asleep. With the bright shiny New Year here, I’ve done my annual photo with my model Miss Spooke and offered up a bunch of principles that will hopefully guide you in being a better person during the course of the year. Check them out below.
1. Keep up with Family. Some are farther away than we’d like but the phones, Skype and the old traditional mail work fine on staying in touch. There are also those things we call visits. Goods stuff.
2. Keep up with Friends. I mean that you should do this in the real sense and not just liking a status on Facebook. That is not keeping up at all. Okay sometimes its hard to do but give it a shot. Another thing you should do with regards to friends is be wary of the Energy Vampires or those ones who manage to find fault in everything. Spend less time with those sorts because they will only be happy if you are miserable as well.
3. Love your Pets. Sadly, our little furry friends are not with us as long as we hope them to be so while you have them in your personal world spoil them. They deserve nothing but absolute love from you. If you are considering using this year to become a pet owner, consider rescuing one that needs you more than others.
4. Go through your Facebook Profile: I’ve done a serious purge of my profile because there were too many people on it who I didn’t actually “know” and henceforth need to have in my day to day comings and goings. Considering the political and other rants that a lot of people do nowadays, a good cleanse is better for you. In today’s world your Facebook profile should only be the people you know, or have worked with (if you even want workmates on there at all). Be more mindful of what posts are made to “Friends Only” as opposed to “Public”.
4B. Spend LESS Time On Facebook: Life is meant to be spent living and not scrolling through a Facebook Feed. Some of my friends live on this network and it shows in how they deal with real time relationships. Don’t be like those people.
5. Scroll through your mobile device: A recent update to my device found it messing up my contacts to a massive extent. I discovered over 1000 “unknown” contacts and there was no way I was editing those so the delete button sang a new song. It’s never a bad idea to go through ones mobile and eliminate the older and unused contacts. If a mysterious text comes in you can always say “New Phone Who Dis?” to determine if you need to be reached by the party.
6. Be A Tourist: You can do this in your own town or a neighboring one. I live in NYC so there is something amazing at almost every step of the way. Find this excitement in your own locality. Of course you can come visit ours as well since we don’t mind that at all. Museums, Parks and other regional attractions all fall into the tourism aspect that I am referencing here.
7. Learn To Do Something New: Maybe you don’t know how to sew, cook, speak a few phrases in a different language or understand quantum mechanics. Just give a go to something that you always would have liked to know more about and give it a shot. Any effort is a win in my book.
8. Follow The Social Networks: Sure I suggested that you do some gardening on your personal profile in Facebook but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay mind to your interests and their assorted social networks. Many actors, musicians and even outlets like our own Chronicles have official accounts on numerous social networks. We use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram the most but as an active foodie, I am using Yelp a whole lot too and we’d love for you to join us for the ride on them.
9. Unsubscribe From Some Lists: I am all about being informed but I found my email address getting a ton of things that I never asked for so peruse that stuff and make sure you are not on any lists that you no longer need. There is nothing worse than missing real mail in a deluge of spam or advertisements. You might also want to reevaluate some of the older social networks. For years I had an unused MySpace profile and only deleted it in full a couple of months ago.
10. Recycle Stuff: Bottles, Cans, Papers – All of that stuff can be recycled nowadays so don’t toss it in the regular garbage. We only have one Earth to live on and enjoy. Let’s aim at keeping it nice and neat and by the way remember that stuff like batteries, bulbs and other electronics must be disposed of properly. I’ve found that the local Staples and Best Buy outlets allow for recycling what is called e-waste.
11. Donate Stuff: We all have stuff that we can donate to worthy causes and it doesn’t always need to be money. I occasionally have brought bags of clothes over to relief shelters and done the same with books and videos that cannot be sold off or even left at the local library. Nowadays you can even donate time if you have it.
12. Eat Better and Take Better Care Of Yourself: Does this really need a little more explanation? We can all eat better things and do a little more exercise during the course of the day. Eat more fruits, vegetables and less fatty, hi calorie stuff. Drink more water, set aside a sober month if you drink or at least a couple of weeks each and every month. Your wallet will thank you 🙂
13. Be The Best You That You Can Be: Take pride in the accomplishments of others as often as possible. Its not always easy since some of the people we run across in the day can be quite adept at boasting. Just smile, say “good for you” and move along if those are the types you keep seeing. I mean the regular stuff we see each day with our circle of friends.
Hopefully I didn’t get a little too preachy because I just figure a lot of these are reminders to ourselves on things we’d like to attend to or do more of in our lives. I’m looking forward to making this Lifestyle Blog all the more interesting in 2018; It’s a lot of fun to present things to you via this medium and we’ve been reaching more and more of you with every post. There are a lot more adventures to discuss and visuals to share. Thanks for joining us in the ride so far, let’s have a blast in 2018. Happy New Year.