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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Resolve to Keep Your Resolutions for 2014

Posted By on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 8:00 AM


We're all guilty of it. We decide to give up coffee, and by 2 p.m. on Jan. 2 we're on our second cup. We assure our self-righteous dentist that we'll be diligent about flossing, but after a week of standing in front of a bathroom mirror running minty string between our teeth, we're back to our old ways.

The challenge is never to set the goal, but to stick with it. This year -- add to your list of resolutions -- an intention to accomplish your ambitions for 2014. Here are some of the most commonly broken resolutions, with a few ideas on how to show up your dentist and achieve your goals:

The Broken Resolution: Lose weight and get fit

The Solution: Incorporate fitness in small ways every day and take advantage of S.F.'s outdoors

If you're like Ross Geller (or me) and still carrying a little holiday weight, try new, fun ways to get active in the city. Whether you commit to a full body workout, such as trampoline air conditioning at the House of Air , or decide to hike one great S.F. trail per month, or get off MUNI one stop early, there are plenty of small ways to trim down. Take advantage of fitness and nutrition apps like MyFitnessPal, developed here in S.F., to log your progress. Set up a rewards system for yourself -- with so much delicious food in this city, planning cheat days is my favorite motivator.

The Broken Resolution: Learn something new

The Solution: Seek out the city's interesting events and opportunities

In the city of innovation, it's almost impossible not to learn about the next big thing before it happens. Check out trade shows like Re:Make and attend lectures at the Commonwealth Club to expand your knowledge and have something impressive to say at your next cocktail party. For something more hands-on, take classes to learn a cool skill like trapeze arts at the S.F. Circus Center or you can gain a new skill online by checking out SkillShare -- many of their classes are free.

The Broken Resolution: Save money

The Solution: Use apps to track your expenses

As a San Franciscan, I'm a strong believer that apps are the answer to everything. With great resources like Mint, to set a budget and target areas where you're overspending, and Venmo, for easy money transfer between friends, stay on top of your finances from the ease of your smartphone. Keep an eye on those Uber X rides, and pay with cash to avoid those annoying card charges. Refer friends to your hairstylist to get a discount next time, and consider hiring a financial expert to make smart investments.

The Broken Resolution: Volunteer

The Solution: Start small

If the Peace Corps or Habitat for Humanity seems out of reach, why not make a difference in your own community? S.F. offers plenty of opportunities to give back to the less fortunate. Whether you decide to attend restaurant fundraisers for natural disasters or donate your Saturdays to a local soup kitchen like St. Anthony's, there are plenty of ways to volunteer. Give your leftovers to the next homeless person you see, or take care of kittens or puppies for the S.F. SPCA. Every little bit helps.

The Broken Resolution: Travel to new places

The Solution: Vacation close to home

While a week-long getaway to Italy or spending the holidays in the BVI are ideal vacations, there's plenty to explore in the Bay Area for those of us limited on time (and funds). Venture over to the East Bay to soak up Berkeley's hidden gems like the Rose Garden‎ and Tilden Park or spend a day at the San Jose Museum of Art. Heck, walk across the Golden Gate Bridge (you know you never have), or take the ferry to Marin. It's easy to play tourist here.

For events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF, Alyssa at @alyssajaffer, and like us on Facebook.

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