How to Make 2019 Your Best Year Ever

by Emily on January 14th, 2019

Forget about those New Year’s resolutions (most people have by now) and kick your bucket list to the curb. Instead, use these ideas to get off your duff, jump into life feet first and make 2019 your best year ever!

Live Younger to Live Longer

Tired of snow tires? Then take the steps to make this the last winter you ever need them. Take a serious look at today’s active living communities. You’ll discover they’re anything but old age homes. Learn more about these communities for 55+ homeowners at Taylor Morrison’s Next Adventure and Living websites.

Is That Old Wallpaper Still Hanging Around?

Does your kitchen look like a time warp from the 70s? Are your walls still sporting wallpaper from a long-gone trend? Update your surroundings and you’ll update your attitude. Something as simple as a coat of paint in a modern color palette or a new rug can make a huge difference. If you’ve just moved into a new home (lucky you), you have a blank canvas waiting for your personal expression of style. Go for it. Whether you’re redoing the whole house or just tackling a single room, get some inspiration from our blog article 9 Design Trends for 2019.

Make Friends with Technology

Tech is here to stay. If you’ve been remiss in climbing on the tech bandwagon, now’s the time to come aboard. Community colleges, YMCAs and other organizations offer free or low-cost classes, often geared to new learners. Need a little extra nudge in the tech direction? Discover the benefits of a tech-smart home to see all the things tech can do to give you more free time.

Make Friends, Period

Remember the old saying “make new friends but keep the old; one is silver and other’s gold”? This year, accumulate some silver. The great thing about living in a modern retirement community is that you’re surrounded by people your age and the social life of the community offers opportunities to meet folks with shared interests. This article will give you an idea of the range of activities available. But let’s say you don’t live at a Taylor Morrison Esplanade or Bonterra community. You still have neighbors. Get out in the neighborhood and meet them. Organize a neighborhood watch committee, yard sale, block party or walking club.

Befriend a Furry Buddy

One of the best things about owning your own home is that you can also own a pet. We are extra big on adopting/rescuing from local shelters, especially senior animals, which are a lot less trouble than puppies or a kittens. If you’ve got your heart set on a specific breed, work with a reputable breeder or, even better, contact the breed association in your area. Most of them have an active rescue program. Need tips to make your home pet-friendly? We’ve got those right here!

Help Yourself by Helping Others

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding thing you can do with your spare time, and there’s no shortage of opportunities. Teach someone to read or tutor a kid in math. Collect canned goods for your local food bank. Visit shut-ins. Cuddle babies in a neonatal intensive care unit. Knit or sew items for the homeless. If you love pets but can’t have one, then work at your local animal shelter. . Do you wish to impact the younger generation? Look into Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Got a talent, a skill or just a big heart? Somebody, somewhere can put it to good use. Read our blog on giving back to the world for more ideas.

Expand Your Horizons

Travel has never been more affordable, accessible or varied. All you need is time and maybe a passport depending on your destination. Group and affinity tours are a great way to test the travel waters, especially if you’re going solo. Amtrak offers train packages with side trips that are ideal for people who don’t like to fly. River and ocean cruises are perfect when you don’t want the hassle of dealing with luggage, restaurant choices and hotel reservations. If you’re the adventurous sort, there are any number of excursions for every level of thrill-seeker, from easy day hikes to mountain climbing and white water river rafting. Talk to a travel agent who specializes in the sort of travel that appeals to you, and read our articles on traveling with grandkids and group trips for more suggestions.

Schedule You Time

After a lifetime of working, raising a family and generally taking care of business, you’ve earned some personal R&R. While doing for others is a good thing, you need to ink in “me time” on your calendar, too. Make dates with yourself to get a massage, take up a hobby, exercise for fitness and fun, go to a day spa or just sit in the park and read a book. Your life will be richer, you’ll be less stressed, healthier and happier. Remember what the flight attendant always says about putting your own oxygen mask on first. You can’t help others if you can’t breathe. So give yourself some breathing room, already! Take a look at these self-care articles:

Stick to It the SMART Way

The best of intentions will fall by the wayside unless you have a plan with SMART goals. Those letters stand for:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Time-Based

For example, don’t just plan to make new friends and to exercise more. Instead, plan to make two new friends in your community in the next two months who are interested in walking for fitness. You can apply the formula to anything and your chances of succeeding will be a lot better. If you don’t quite reach the goal, go back and adjust your SMART list. Maybe your time frame was too short or your measurement was too ambitious. Set yourself up for success and try again.

Good luck and have a fabulously productive, rewarding 2019!

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