For the New Year we resolve to not make any resolutions! But we are always looking for ways to try new things have fun, and be our best-est selves. So here are our New Year's suggestions for cool things you might want to try in 2014:
1. Start a blog. It can be about your life, your favorite band, your favorite outfits, movies you love, movies you hate, kung fu, tofu, turtles, anything. It's a great way to express yourself, connect with people who share your obsessions, hone your writing skills, and it's free!
2. Get a new 'do. One great thing about trying out new things with your hair is that it's never permanent. (Not even getting a permanent is permanent!) So experiment -- cut bangs, grow out bangs, try braids, topknots, pigtails, or go really short! Spray a rinse-out color in your hair to have pink streaks on Thursday and purple streaks on Friday. Try an Afro, try a pixie cut, imitate Rihanna, imitate Marge Simpson, it doesn't matter. Hair has this magic way of growing back no matter what you do, so why not go for it!
3. Learn a new language. Let's face it, it's just fun to say stuff in another language, and it's great exercise for your brain. Try downloading a free app, reading fashion magazines in your new language, getting a pen pal in your new tongue, or practice by watching foreign TV and films with English subtitles. Or, if you're really up a challenge, try the third most-used language is in the US: sign language! It' gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, "Talk to the hand."
4. Read a book that might rock your world. Ask friends and family what books have had a profound impact on their lives. Look up recommendations online. Check out the titles that resonate with you, whether they're non-fiction, science-fiction or self-help-y tomes!
5. Begin a gratitude journal. Get a nice little notebook and every day write down 5 things for which you're grateful. Some days it can be hard to some up with 5, but then you can always say Degrassi or pumpkin pie if you get stuck. This one thing can really help your outlook and give you perspective when you could really use some.
6. And how about writing thank you notes, for no particular reason? Wouldn't you love to get a random thank you card from a friend, relative, teacher, classmate or baby-sitting charge telling you how much they appreciate the things you do? Let people know how much you like who they are and what they do. (And don't be surprised if you get some thank you cards in return.)
7. Take up a new sport. Come on, this is a no-brainer! Sports make you healthier, happier, fitter, finer, and you can get all kinds of cool extras like comradery, discipline, flexibility, team spirit, new shoes and cute uniforms. It can be soccer, fencing, karate, basketball, hockey, whatev. If you pick one you really don't like, just pick another.
8. Be a friend to some four-legged and feathered friends. There are so many animal shelters that need volunteers just like you to walk and play with the dogs and cats waiting for homes. There are farm sanctuaries, bird and wildlife rescues who need helping hands and loving hearts.
9. Volunteer. Of course humans need help too. Why not give some of your time and awesomeness to seniors in a home, to kids who could use some help after-school, or to patients in hospitals who could use some cheering up? You'll be surprised at how much serving others ends up serving you.
10. Wear something totally out of character. Usually a Goth dressed head-to-toe in black? Break out a floral dress one day. Minimalist tomboy your style? Wear something super girly, maybe even some frills and flounces. The main thing is to break out of your shell every once in awhile. You might end up expanding your notion of who you think you are.
Try all these ideas, some, or none of them. The main thing is, do something new in the New Year!