Local Support for 2019 New Year’s Resolutions

Oh, the age-old tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions. Whether you’re a goal-setting champion or the ultimate procrastinator in need of a good push, reflecting on your past year and the fresh months ahead can go a long way in setting up 2019 for success, whatever that might mean to you. One year, I resolved to accept that I simply wasn’t a morning person (seriously). Another year, I made a goal to take steps toward moving to Bend within five years. Your resolutions can be the smallest things nagging at your daily life or big ambitions that help create better wellness and personal fulfillment.

We’ve collected some simple indoor and outdoor ideas to help stimulate a cabinet of possibilities. Try a few of these if they fit within your interests and capabilities, or simply give yourself 30 minutes this month to think about what matters to you, or maybe what you need to change, and write down five resolutions. Make these goals as concrete and achievable as possible, both big and small. Then, actually mark general dates on your calendar for achieving those resolutions. Lastly, be sure to check in throughout 2019 with yourself and don’t be afraid to readjust. Progress is the goal here. I haven’t once regretted sleeping in more often or creating an active life in a place I care deeply for.


The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) offers stewardship trips that provide opportunities to learn about and help the desert wild lands we use and wildlife we love. ONDA hosts more than 30 multi-day trips each year across areas from the Deschutes River to the John Day River Basin or the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. ONDA.org


As Nick Offerman, actor and woodworker puts it, “. . . What we’ve lost sight of is that performing manual labor with your hands is one of the most incredibly satisfying and positive things you can do.” The DIYcave offers hundreds of year-round classes on welding, metalworking, woodworking, sewing, and crafting of all sorts, for adults and kids. Plus, there’s a long list of tools available for use in completing personal projects and advisors on staff to help. DIYCave.com



Put your social media away, and stock up on a big pile of books in 2019. Sign up for a book club at the Deschutes Public Library, with branches throughout the county, where you’ll meet new friends, read classic titles, and discover new gems. The library also lists civic engagement opportunities and offers courses on various and wide-ranging subjects. DeschutesLibrary.org

Looking to brush up on those ski skills? Sign up for Mt. Bachelor’s She’s on Skis program, a six-week ski clinic for women looking to fine tune their technique. If you’re looking for less of a commitment or want to try before you buy, rent a ski package from a local shop (WebCyclery/WebSkis offers them for $25 a day) and visit the many ski trails off Cascade Lakes Highway. Don’t forget your Sno-Park pass this winter, they are sold at various local stores. MtBachelor.com, WebCyclery.com


 Cooking more at home can help you eat healthier, save money, and create quality time. Plus, making good food for yourself and even for your community at any age is a valuable skill. The Kindred Creative Kitchen in Bend offers classes for adults and kids from baking savory to sweet treats to more complex techniques in roasting meats, braising, and grilling to making pasta, sauces, and vegetables. TheKindredCreativeKitchen.com