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Published on January 21st, 2017 | by Peyton the Intern

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Bring It On, 2017


2016 has been rough. From the loss of several beloved entertainers to a shaky political climate, the year as a whole has been pretty merciless. We’ve endured, though, and we have every reason to chase after a good 2017 with a vengeance. These are five ways that I plan to do that, sprinkled with a few local suggestions.


1. READ MORE- This one always cracks people’s top three on New Year’s resolution lists, and for good reason. Reading has benefits ranging far and wide, from an improved vocabulary to instant conversation starters. Red House Books has been my go-to for the past four years, offering titles from every corner of fiction and nonfiction. If you’re looking for a specific work, you can call ahead and see if it’s in stock. Or, you can browse through the store yourself and maybe find a book or two that piques your interest.

2. TREAT YOURSELF- Not that anyone needs a new year to heed this advice, but making a daily or even a weekly stop at your favorite coffee shop or restaurant can drastically improve your day. Having something to look forward to, even something as small as a cup of coffee, can be a means of destressing after a particularly hard day. The Coffee Bean is a great local coffee option and offers plenty of flavors to choose from.

3. VOLUNTEER- Dedicating time to your community is a great habit to start early and to keep up all year long. Volunteering is self-gratifying in and of itself and that gratification is amplified when your volunteering directly impacts your community. The Wiregrass Museum of Art is my favorite place in the area to volunteer. There are plenty of events to choose from and the staff is the sweetest group of ladies around.

4. LEARN TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT- I’m just as guilty as anyone else when it comes to giving the “I wish I could play an instrument” spiel while doing nothing to further my knowledge of said instrument. What do you have to lose, though? This year, pick up the instrument that you have thought about picking up for the past 5 years! Mike’s Music sells instruments and offers lessons as well. Try to start a habit of going to lessons once or twice a week and see how you like it!

5. ADOPT A PET- I can’t think of a better way to do so much good at once. Owning a pet is one of the best things you can do for yourself, and adopting one from your local shelter is a sure way to improve the furry baby’s quality of life tenfold. The Wiregrass Humane Society has plenty of dogs and cats that need a home and would be happy to match you with one of them. If you’re not quite ready for the time commitment of owning a pet though, talk to a member of the staff about volunteering!

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