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10 things you put off that you should finally do

La Crosse, WI, United States / Classic Rock 100.1

1. Learning how to do something new

Whether it’s dancing, cooking, swimming, folding fitted sheets, or becoming versed in the art of fine wine. Regardless of whether that involves enrolling in a class or just going out on the ledge and doing it without worrying whether or not you’re “bad” at it.

2. Breaking one bad habit, no matter how small or seemingly inconsequential.

Maybe you never listen to your voicemail, or you put your phone on the table when you’re out to dinner, or your roommate always winds up being the one to buy toilet paper. Make a conscious decision to work towards one thing at a time, one day at a time. The little efforts add up.

3. Making plans to take a trip that you can actually afford and do this year.

Call up friends right now. Pick a place you’ve never seen, but could afford within the next few weeks. Book it as soon as you can — even, and maybe especially, if you’re booking it months in advance. Don’t let yourself back out.

4. Earning forgiveness from someone, not just asking for it.

Prove to them little by little that you learned the error of your ways, and prove to them with repeated actions that you’re worthy of the effort it will take for them to bury the hatchet. Do what you can to help make that healing easier for them.

5. Finishing that one book you always swore you would.

Even if you decided you hated it halfway through, or never picked up after you bought it from the bookstore. Take it to a coffee shop today, buy yourself a decadent cup of something you might not typically drink, and curl up in the corner with it. Who knows? You might wind up wanting to read everything else the author’s ever written.

6. Buying tickets to see your favorite band if they’re in town.

Don’t bank on another tour, another reunion, another time. Whether they’re your favorite band of the moment, or a group you loved when you were a kid (hello, Backstreet Boys!) give yourself something to which you can look forward on a random weekday night.

7. Taking your friend up on that offer to go to their class or group or meeting.

Supporting them, their endeavors, and their interests; learning a little more about them, and meeting new people in the process. You usually end up learning more about yourself anyway.

8. Developing a practice

Be it yoga or running or eating a salad with dinner most nights — that you don’t hate, and is rooted not just in your weight or your body image or your doctor telling you that you need to for your health, but for your own overall wellness.

9. Reaching out to that person who has your dream job.

Follow them on Twitter. Send them an email. Network. Find a mentor. Ask questions. Really learn about every angle of the industry that you can. Set yourself up for the kind of success that is challenging, fulfilling, and worth working towards.

10. Remembering to say thank you.

Don’t be afraid to tell people that you love them. Tell them how much — that it’s an always kind of love, that you appreciate what they do for you, and that you’d do everything you could to tell them that you’re thankful that they love you.

SOURCE: THOUGHT CATALOG

 

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