Happy New Year from your friends at Willard!

As we welcome 2020, many of us think about the coming year and commit to improving ourselves in some way.

My resolution every year, for the past five years, has been to eat better and exercise more. I start off with the best of intentions, but can never seem to make it past the month of January. Either the leftover holiday sweets or a winter illness will derail my progress.

This year, I am determined to try something new. I have been researching alternative resolutions. A few of my favorites are below. I also put together a list of books to accompany each resolution. A little geeky, I know, but librarians cannot help themselves!

  • Try a new food or recipe each week

Fix-it and forget-it lazy and slow cookbook: 365 days of slow cooker recipes by Hope Comerford

Celebrate every season with Six Sisters' Stuff: 150+ recipes, traditions, and fun ideas for each month of the year by Six Sisters

Bringing it home: favorite recipes from a life of adventurous eating by Gail Simmons

  • Volunteer in your community

GiveGab.com

https://habitatbc.org/volunteer/

  • Explore new hobbies

Check out a book,

The wood carver's dozen: a collection of 12 beautiful projects for beginners by Celina Muire

The weaving explorer: ingenious techniques, accessible tools & creative projects with yarn, paper, wire and more by Deborah Jarchow

Maker kit,

Maker Kits – Willard has kits on pyrography, Ukulele, Birding and more

OR, attend a program.

Winter class schedule - Vision boards, glass etching and more

  • Spend less time on your phone

The art of screen time: how your family can balance digital media and real life by Anya Kamenetz

How to break up with your phone: the 30-day plan to take back your life by Catherine Price

  • Adopt more of a zero-waste lifestyle

101 ways to go zero waste by Kathryn Kellogg

How to give up plastic: a guide to changing the world, one plastic bottle at a time by Will McCallum

Life without plastic: the practical step-by-step guide to avoiding plastic to keep your family and the planet healthy by Chantal Plamondon

  • Organize one drawer, closet, room every day

How to organize yourself: simple ways to take control, save time and work more efficiently by John Caunt

10-minute declutter: hundreds of tips to organize every room of your house by Skye Alexander

The clutter remedy: a guide to getting organized for those who love their stuff by Marla Stone

  • Take more "me" time

The Self-Care Solution: A Year of Becoming Happier, Healthier, and Fitter--One Month at a Time by Jennifer Ashton

JOMO: Celebrate the Joy of Missing Out! By Jessica Misener

Breathwork : use the power of breath to energize your body and focus your mind : a little book of self-care by Nathalia Westmacott-Brown

So, here's to committing to our resolutions and making the year 2020 great!

Cheers!

April is listening to this year's Battle Creek Reads' book, "A Dog Called Hope," by Jason Morgan on Hoopla.