The Snoop 1.1.2015

It’s New Year’s Day and time for those wasted resolutions like: lose weight, quit smoking, save money, get fit, eat healthy food, take a trip, or drink less alcohol.
If you want to break away from the norm, here are some interesting suggestions we ran across.
• Get your photo taken in five interesting places – Why not make it a New Year’s resolution to visit five interesting places you’ve always wanted to see? Even better, make a visual record of the year by making sure you get a photo of yourself taken in each place.
• Learn a decent party trick – Give yourself a mental challenge and learn how to recite the alphabet backwards in less than 10 seconds (My dad could actually do that).
• Break a record – You could aim at breaking a personal fitness record or, if you want to aim a little higher, set your sights on a world one. Perhaps you could burn off some calories with the world’s longest kiss, the longest time spent bouncing on a bouncy castle or the fastest one mile run completed wearing swim fins… Yes, these are all real world record titles if you fancy your chances!
• Make a new friend a month – Making friends with people with different personalities and interests can be particularly beneficial in helping you to broaden your horizons, explore different sides of your personality and find new ways to get the most out of life.
• Develop a good relationship with your body – Many traditional New Year’s resolutions center around improving our bodies in some way, whether by taking up a diet or joining a gym. Next year, make it your resolution to start to love the body you’ve got instead. While this doesn’t mean you can’t make changes to your diet and fitness regime if your health requires it, it does mean starting to love who you are in the process.
• Learn something you never learned as a child – You may run your own company, pay your own bills and parallel-park like a pro, but do you know how to do a handstand or ride a bike? For this New Year’s resolution it’s time to nurture your inner child and learn that thing that you never learned to do. Whether it’s the number of days in each month, how to spell ‘necessary’ correctly, how to ride a bike or swim, we all have something we never learned as a child that everyone else seems to know.
• Try a new food each week – Rather than cutting out foods from your diet as with so many New Year’s resolutions, opt to add more foods in to your diet next year instead (bonus points if they’re green!).
Then, too, here are some other novel ideas we ran across:
• Walk – wherever you’re walking – without staring at, using, or listening to your phone. The world is actually pretty interesting if you spend time absorbing it. Take the headphones out, put the phone in your pocket and walk with your head held high and observe the sounds of birds chirping in your ears. It’s quite…refreshing.
• Fill up your gas tank all the way
• Grow a plant
• Read a book
• Write a letter to someone
• Ask your grandparents about their childhood
• Finish a chap-stick
Then, if you are really hung up on New Year’s Resolutions and beat yourself when you make resolutions you can’t keep, give yourself a break. Make resolutions you can keep. They might include some of these suggestions from Paul Heil’s “Gospel Greats” newsletter:
• Gain weight. At least 30 pounds.
• Stop exercising. Waste of time.
• Read less. Makes you think.
• Watch more TV. I’ve been missing some good stuff.
• Procrastinate more. Starting tomorrow.
• Spend more time at work, surfing the web.
• Stop bringing lunch from home – eat out more.
• Don’t have eight children at once.
• Get in a whole NEW rut!
• Only wear jeans that are two sizes too small and use a chain or rope for a belt.
• Create loose ends.
• Get more toys.
• Don’t believe politicians.
• Break at least one traffic law.
• Never make New Year’s resolutions again.