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Today’s Resolution: Stay Up Two Hours Past Your Bedtime

When’s the last time you stayed up super late? And what’s your version of late these days? 12am? 2am? 4am? Pulling an all-nighter? When’s the last time you really added a few extra hours into your day? Was it college? Was it this past New Year’s eve? Tonight is your night. If you’ve got kids, keep them up late too and plan accordingly, because I’ll give a little hint as to tomorrow’s resolution: it involves sleeping in.

So grab a late dinner, drink coffee until 9pm, pop popcorn, throw in your favorite video game, movie, or art project. It’s all good, you’re in it for the long haul!

Ideas for things to do in the wee hours of the morning on a Saturday night:

  • Go out with friends and plan a late night on the town
  • Watch Saturday Night Live, (and all those other shows)
  • Read the latest Life or Depth email at midnight
  • Go see a midnight movie at a theater close by
  • Catch up on some shows you DVR’d
  • Spend sometime with a loved one… in bed… not sleeping!

What will you do? Bonus point for anyone who stays up to watch the sun rise, but not required. Let me know your plans in the comments.

 

Today’s Resolution: Go for Broke

Money doesn’t grow on trees, you know!

Today your goal is to keep your money in your bank account. Don’t blow $2-4 on a single coffee. No $12 salad for lunch. Today you’ll be brown-bagging it like the third grade. At the end of the day, take note of how much money you saved. And if you read this resolution too late to plan ahead, try it tomorrow.

Today’s Resolution: Act Like a Superhero

If people didn’t like superheroes, the box office would be broke right now. So today, be a superhero: a superhero of household chores, a superhero of getting your own coffee, a superhero of standing up for someone getting picked on, a superhero of holding the door for a line of people that never seems to end… you get it. Be awesome. Be independent. Be “the better person”.

Unless you’re physically unable to do something, don’t ask for help today. Instead, help everyone else. Help people when they ask for it. Help people when they don’t ask for it. Choose your favorite superhero and go with it.

No capes necessary, just love for our fellow humans. Step into your invisible (or visible, if you like) superhero costume and for every situation today, ask yourself “how can I do this better than anyone else?” Then flex your muscles in the mirror like Popeye.

And when your day of crime-frighting ends today, a beer or glass of wine will surely be well-deserved.

Complete: Act Like a SuperHero (and other tales of crab-napping)…

Today’s Resolution: Beat the Heat; Conquer the Cold

Regardless of where you are geographically, the thermostat can exercise its control over us whether you live in a warm, cold, or temperate climate. Turning the air conditioning up (or the heat down in cooler months) even just a degree can help in decreasing monthly costs for energy.

Have a finished basement? This can serve as refuge from the heat. In many cases, basements are naturally cooler and no air conditioning is needed. Other things you can do to conserve energy: check windows to be sure they are completely closed when using the air conditioning or heat, close shades and curtains in unused rooms, and dress comfortably. It doesn’t cost anything to strip down to a t-shirt and shorts or to throw a blanket around you.

Today’s Resolution: Make Friends With Your Neighbors

Knowing the people that live around you can be very helpful in emergency situations. It’s also great way to meet new friends. Today, strike up a conversation with your neighbor. Amanda & I have been weathering Tropical Storm Debby for the past couple of days. We’ve made friends with our neighbors which has been helpful since we are new to the Florida area.

 

Today’s Resolution: Make a Go Bag

Having an emergency go bag is really handy thing to when you know what hits the fan. Today, make an all purpose emergency bag that you keep in a handy place. Amanda and I got caught in Tropical Storm Debby. Luckily we didn’t need to evacuate but we learned the importance of having a go bag.

You can create your own go bag, 72hours.org provides a helpful list of items for your go bag. Or you can purchase a prepackage one, like this 4 PersonGrab `N Go Deluxe Backpack. (aff. link)

Today’s Resolution: Donate to Nature

There are nature preserves, wildlife parks, state parks and national parks everywhere. Today, take the time to donate some money, or the cost of an admission ticket to a fun day. Amanda & I have been living in Homosassa Florida for the past couple of months and down the street from us is a manatee habitat. We’ve already visited, but we also plan on donating some dough to the nice folks who take care of the rehabbed animals in the park too. We encourage you to do the same at your local park, preservation or audubon society.

 

Today’s Resolution: Lay In The Park

Laying in the park, on a hill of cool grass, may be one of the most relaxing things you can do. In the northeast where we’re from, there are only a few months out of the year that you can actually do it. Today we have guests in town, but we hope to find a park we can lounge around in, even if the word “park” is a stretch of the imagination.  I hope the weather is in your favor today so you can do the same.

 

Today’s Resolution: Clean That Thing

Napa, our dog, has been on a paper plate binge. I don’t know where he finds them all the time, but every five minutes, there seems to be a new one on the floor, ripped up and tossed around. Today I’m going to clean this one room, his paper plate den, where plates keep exploding.

As for you, well, surely there’s something you’ve been meaning to clean!

Today’s Resolution: Help Someone Find a Job

We all know somebody that is looking for a job. Today, help a friend in their  job hunt. Contact colleagues at other companies and inquire about job openings. Search through job listings, or even connect them with a LinkedIn contact. You can make a huge difference in someone’s life by helping them find a job.

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