Although closing out a year would typically involve big bashes and special outings, ringing in 2021 in Chicago might be more quiet this year. Instead, we’re focusing on looking forward with positivity and new resolve. And what better way to start fresh than with new resolutions? In case you’re stumped on what to put on your own to-do list, here are some resolutions for 2021:
Now more than ever, it’s crucial to support our local businesses. Next time you’re looking for a specialty good or gift, check out this directory that lets you search by neighborhood. Or, check out Shop Small Chicago’s online store and collection of quality Chicago brands. We know it’s easy to get something via Amazon two-day shipping, but when you can, taking the time to find things locally can make a huge difference!
Explore New Culinary Feats
Yes, cooking at home was everyone’s new favorite — or least favorite — hobby during quarantine. But since cooking yourself is healthier and less expensive than ordering out, it’s still a skill worth honing. To make things more practical, pick a designated day and time to shop and meal prep; the consistency will help make the habit stick. If you dread clean-up, one-pan meals are going to help significantly. Or if you want hands-on help, you can take cooking classes online (or in-person, in some cases).
Take Care of Yourself
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that self care matters. In fact, collective stress and anxiety surged this year; almost 50% percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 said they’ve experienced symptoms of anxiety and depression this year (according to this survey). Whether your goals include getting in better physical shape or working on your stress levels, it’s worth the investment (and there’s plenty of inspiration out there).
We’re thankful for the lessons 2020 taught us, and ready to see what this next year brings. If your resolutions for 2021 include buying or selling a home, reach out to our team to get started!