50 things to do in 2016

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If you want to be curious, interesting and engaging, do something new - regularly.

Opening yourself up to new experiences on a regular basis, promotes personal growth and progress. It fosters resilience, challenges perspective and engages all your senses. It can lead to exciting new connections, collaboration and opportunities. And it often uncovers unexplored potential and strengths.   

Cast your mind back to the last time you did something for the first time. What did you do? How did it make your feel? What did you say to yourself as a result? What else would you like to do, see, feel? If you need a little inspiration, here's a list of ideas to get you thinking and moving.

50 things to do in 2016

  1. Create an awe inspiring bucket list for 2016 - let it change your life in a positive way
  2. Write your memoir one page at a time - it's your story, you hold the pen
  3. Start an edible garden - go organic and grow your own
  4. Donate blood - provide a lifeline to someone in need
  5. Fall in love - for the first time or again 
  6. Eat at a fancy restaurant
  7. Edit your wardrobe - keep what you feel fabulous in, donate or toss the rest
  8. Give your home a mini makeover - spruce up a room/space with a splash of colour, new pillows etc.
  9. Start a blog - share your passions, knowledge or expertise with the world
  10. Start a photo a day challenge - capture one year of your life with a visual diary
  11. Travel to new and faraway places - go somewhere you've never been before
  12. Learn yoga - practice daily
  13. Go on a walking adventure - do you prefer coastal or hinterland?
  14. Go snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef - it's beautiful and breathtaking 
  15. Sell your old and unused things - remove the clutter and make a few extra dollars
  16. Take a ferry to Bundeena - go for a walk along the eastern edge of the Royal National Park
  17. Make your own cleaning products - eliminate harsh chemicals and toxins around your home
  18. Go vegetarian/vegan for a month - do something good for your body, animals and the planet
  19. Adopt a pet - give the gift of a forever home
  20. Fundraise for your charity - get involved and make a difference
  21. Undertake a physical challenge - learn how to use your whole body
  22. Go on a road trip - make a film about using your smartphone camera
  23. Read one new book every month - make it a mix of history, biographies, fiction and non-fiction
  24. Learn one new creative skill - try calligraphy, speed reading, coding, photography, a language
  25. Make care packages - give someone an instant lift with clean hygiene supplies, food, vouchers 
  26. Join your local toastmasters group - improve your writing, presenting and leadership skills
  27. Try a new cuisine every month - visit suburbs specialising in different foods and flavours
  28. Camp out at your favourite beach and watch the sunset - embrace the magic of new beginnings
  29. Make your own pasta and sauces from scratch - it tastes delicious and you'll feel like a masterchef
  30. Swim with whale sharks on Ningaloo reef - glide alongside these graceful creatures once in your life
  31. Make your own candles - gift them to friends and clients for a personal touch
  32. Do more with less - focus on creating more and consuming less
  33. Enter a writing or photography competition - practice getting your work out there
  34. Be a mentor to someone younger than you - share your experiences and wisdom openly and freely
  35. Explore your passions - try different things until you find what you love (then do more of it)
  36. Follow the art gallery trail - get to know your own personal aesthetic
  37. Write a fan letter - let your favourite writer/blogger/artist/human know how much you adore them
  38. Go indoor trampolining - just for fun
  39. Explore the galaxy - gaze at the planets, moon, star constellations and nebulae at an observatory 
  40. Develop a new habit - what would be of greatest service to you this year?
  41. Support live acts - see a band, go to a poetry slam, watch a play, be mesmerised by the ballet
  42. Stay on an outback cattle station - exchange meals and accommodation for volunteer work
  43. Climb Mt Kosciusko - in summer wildflowers bloom and rivers flow with pure melted snow water
  44. Write a thank you note every day - practice gratitude and deepen awareness
  45. Join a local meetup group - nurture your interests and networks  
  46. Declutter your inbox - be brutal
  47. Buy from the farmers markets - support local and know where your food comes from
  48. Support ethical brands and manufacturing - educate yourself on the true cost of fast fashion
  49. Take a cupcake masterclass - impress at your next dinner party with stunning decadent creations
  50. Organise a barbie with friends on the beach - it's the Australian way.

What would you add or subtract to the list?

What are you committed to trying, doing, getting done in 2016?

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