11 Unconventional but Awesome New Year’s Resolutions

3. Take one picture every day of the year

Even though we’ve never had more frequent access to cameras, it’s easy to forget to take pictures on a regular basis. This year, instead of making a vague resolution to take more photos, resolve to take one photo every single day. There are even apps that can help!

Everyday helps you to take a photo of yourself in the same position every day — they even have a helpful grid, so you can position yourself perfectly — and stitches together a time lapse at the end of the year. 1 Second Everyday prompts you to take a one second of video at a different time each day, then creates an amazing film summary of your year.

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4. Volunteer once a week

If you want to help yourself and give back to your community at the same time, make a resolution to volunteer once a week for the entire year. Even if you work 40 hours a week, you can find an hour or two in your schedule to give back every week. Some employers even have programs that will match your hours with a donation.

Sites like VolunteerMatch can help you find the perfect volunteer placement. Pick an activity that you actually enjoy doing, and you may find that it becomes something you look forward to.

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5. Make a new friend

Every January, many people make resolutions to make more time to see friends and family. This is a great resolution but keeps you firmly within your comfort zone. If you want to challenge yourself, make a resolution to meet at least one new friend within the year.

It can be surprisingly difficult for adults to make new friends as most of us are so locked into our normal routine, and already have friends from childhood, school, or work. Making new friends forces us outside our comfort zone. Expand your social circle by striking up conversations with strangers in your local grocery store, taking a new class, or joining a club related to one of your hobbies.

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