Traditions to Start in the New Year

January 15, 2020
New Year Traditions

With 2020 freshly before us, now is the time to try something new. New traditions — such as joining a fundraising walk, celebrating half-birthdays, or even something as easy as journaling — can make 2020 your best year yet!

Join a Fundraising Walk

Lace up your sneakers for a good cause, because fundraising walks keep you active while providing resources for causes close to your heart. Find a fundraising walk that is personal, whether that be Strut Your Mutt for the Best Friends Society, the Purple Stride for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, or the Walk for LOVE to support Shriners Hospitals for Children. Get a team of your friends and family together, make matching t-shirts, and spend a day sweating for something you believe in. Many walks are nationwide, so even if your friends and family are spread out across the country, you can all join forces by walking in the same event together in different cities!

Celebrate Half-Birthdays

Life is too short to wait an entire year to celebrate your loved ones! Although many people will think of the grandkids when they consider celebrating half-birthdays, we can assure you that adults love the fuss just as much. Whether you go out to a nice dinner or you really lean into the fun by buying a half-cake and theming your gifts in halves, it’s never a bad idea to show your friends and family that you care about them all year long.

Journaling to Reflect and Plan Ahead

Starting a journal is an important way to reflect on the past, but it can also help you remember key moments and think ahead to the future. Journaling doesn’t have to be complicated, and you can do it however you like! Preserve your memories by journaling each evening about what happened that day, follow prompts to write down older memories, or journal in the morning with a positive mindset about how you’d like your day to go. In many years, you’ll be able to look back on even the simplest memories with fondness.

Start a Unique Kind of Book Club

Gone are the days of reading boring books and discussing them with questions that don’t seem important to you. Why not create the type of book club you can’t wait for each time — and who says you have to focus on only books? Try out cookbook clubs where everyone brings a dish from the book to share, or podcast and audiobook clubs where everyone listens to the same thing before discussing. Even choosing a general theme (travel books, photography books, etc.) can take your book club to the next level. With today’s technology, it’s easier than ever to start an online book club with your friends and family across the country. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to switch it up each time to keep it entertaining for everyone involved.

We love thinking ahead to what the brand-new year will bring. One tradition that we’ll never change is the high-quality, low-maintenance lifestyle of OakwoodLife communities. What fresh traditions will you start in 2020?