If big diet changes are too drastic for you, try making just little changes when you go out to eat. Getting steamed vegetables instead of fries, asking for your meat to be grilled instead of fried, eating less condiments or sauces, and drinking water instead of (or in-between) sodas are all easier steps to stick with.
Exercise / Get in Shape
While there’s a lot of exercises you can do at home (like just taking a walk around your neighborhood), but having a layer of accountability can help you actually follow through and work out more often. Try taking a group fitness class, join a gym with a friend & go together, or hire a coach that will want to know your progress regularly.
Get out of Debt / Save Money
Most financial advice includes: paying more than the minimum payment, focusing the bulk of your effort towards one bill at a time, picking up a side hustle, creating (and sticking to) a budget, negotiating your bills, and consolidating like debts. (Source: every financial blog ever)
If you’re looking for more personalized advice or want to start planning your retirement, you should meet with a financial advisor.
Get a Job
The Goodwill in Little River has an SC Works Job Center in which you can learn about new opportunities or get help preparing for your next application & interview.
Learn a New Skill
Coastal Carolina University’s OLLI program (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) offers opportunities for adults to take non-credit courses in art, history, politics, health & wellness, genealogy, estate planning, technology, languages, science, writing, fitness, and more.
Yes, I’m going to recommend the Little River Library. But hear me out. In addition to books (groan here), they also have partners to offer you free online books and audible books. So you don’t even have to go to the library to do returns (but if you do, they’re open until 6 p.m. on weekdays).
Meet New People / Become More Social
Obviously, the Little River Chamber is great place for networking opportunities. They provide monthly events where everyone is there for the same reason – to meet new people or strengthen relationships.
Networking not your thing? Try looking at some of the more casual events on Meetup.com.
Or at the very least, just try being friendlier to your cashiers & co-workers…
Watch Less TV/Netflix
While there’s many reasons to watch less TV, one of the reasons it’s hard to leave is because it’s entertaining. Try something else, like going to the theatre. This way you’ll still have fun time, but you’re committed to doing something away from your screen.
Go to your doctor / dentist regularly
We all know we should have regular checkups, but often put off doctor & dentist visits because we feel fine. But that’s actually counter-intuitive. Taking care of your health proactively can actually reduce the number of ‘oh-no’ visits you have to schedule in the long run.
Learn more about art, culture, history, etc.
You know who has all of those? Local museums!
Our community is blessed with many caring nonprofits and civic organizations. Whether you’re looking for consistent volunteer work, want to offer a specific service, or just help occasionally (like at the Little River festivals), there are tons of opportunities to give back.
Travel to New Places
Or, Stick to the good healthy habits you’ve developed
If you aced your New Year’s Resolution last year be proud and keep it going strong! Don’t let your hard work go to waste, and focus on what’s important to you.