As midnight strikes, a new year begins. Many people use this as a time to start fresh, to make resolutions and to change their lives. After all, the top resolution is to lose weight. Also, in the top five is exercise and healthier eating. Of course, the truth is, these resolutions don’t always work out so well - one in three will ditch their vows by the end of January. And 73% will give up before meeting their goal, according to Details.com.
This is going to be an important year - although, isn’t every year important? As Americans, we’ll elect a new President, face new challenges, overcome unexpected tragedies, celebrate sweet victories.
Let’s take a different approach to the New Year. Let’s find opportunities to immerse ourselves in our neighborhoods and communities. Here are some suggestions. If you do each of these at least once this year, your life will be far richer than when you started:
Go to at least one political forum or debate
Go to one City Council or County Board of Supervisor meetings
It’s an election year: Know who/why you are voting for someone/something
Maybe consider running for office
Volunteer for a political campaign for either candidates or causes
Volunteer at a school
Volunteer for a local charity
Pick a local cause and educate yourself about it
Start a list of questions
Meet with someone new at least once per month
National Adoption Day celebration requires extra hands to make it special. And throughout the year, CASA volunteers help the children.
...One of the many downtown events
A local play
At least one film at the Prescott Film Festival
Unlike a regular movie theater, the Prescott Film Festival allows movie-goers to hear from the filmmakers live and up close.
In 2015, StageToo presented a powerful performance of Never the Sinner.
The World's Oldest Rodeo is one of Prescott's signature events.
Eat at a local restaurant (rather than a chain)
Shop at a local merchant
Donate to a local cause
Watters is one of the premier garden centers in the entire United States, and it's right here in Prescott, Arizona.
Communicate & Share
Join a local Facebook group
Tell five friends about favorite local establishments
Take out-of-town visitors to a local event
El Gato Azul has been recognized as one of the top restaurants in Arizona.
Hike at least one local trail
Go to at least one local recreation area such as a lake
Walk the Square a couple of times, and try to memorize the businesses you see around the perimeter
Take a day trip to a nearby community or attraction such as Jerome, or the Grand Canyon Railway
Several trails wind through the breathtaking Granite Dells.
Know your Community
Drive down a different street once a month
Explore a different area of town
Find a new park to visit
Make it your mission to discover what local plants, birds, wildlife are found here
Learn what our community has to offer
Tour each college campus at least once
Visit your community Chamber of Commerce
Check out the closest library
Visit each of the local museums at least once per year
The Phippen is joined by Sharlot Hall and the Smoki Museum in Prescott.
Sign up for local eNewsletters from non-profits, political candidates, cities and towns
Meet and ask questions of your local mayor, council members, supervisor, school superintendent
Find out when your state and federal representatives are in town and go listen
Of course, read Prescott eNews!
Prescott is at the heart of politics in Arizona. Candidates and Representatives come frequently to the community.
Plan to Remember the Year
Keep a diary
Start a “Remembrance Jar”