EXCLUSIVE: Ten Things To Do In 2015

Want to hear a secret to keeping your New Year's resolutions? Don't make any. Forget the pressure of yet another season of unrealistic expectations because the only one who feels bad when you fail is you. Instead, look at each new year as a small chunk of your life's bucket list. Here are a few things we'd like to do in 2015 (pardon the repeats/similarities—great minds think alike). Happy New Year! —Joe & Danielle

KnittingKnit: Once pigeonholed as an old granny hobby, knitting is making a comeback. I have quite a few friends who’ve recently tried their hand at it and enjoy it immensely. I’d like to give it a shot, mostly because I love busy work for my hands (like typing!) and it would be so much better on my eyes as opposed to playing games on my phone while watching TV in bed at night. Now someone teach me, because I foresee a lot of frustration in my future when I don’t know what goes where and start wildly stabbing at balls of yarn with my needles.—DT

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Travel MoreTravel More: Who doesn’t love vacation? My wife and I usually get one big trip every year, but I would love to travel more in 2015. It doesn’t even have to be anything extravagant: a weekend trip to Ocean City, a scenic drive to the Blue Ridge Mountains, anything to get out of the house and see new things or relax. We are taking a Caribbean cruise, my first, in July. I can’t wait to visit Jamaica, particularly.—JK

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SmoothiesDrink Smoothies: Top of my wish list this year was a Magic Bullet brand NutriBullet smoothie maker, which my parents bestowed on me for my 27th birthday last month. I don’t eat nearly enough fruits and veggies, so I thought maybe if it resembled dessert, I’d be more inclined to eat/drink it. A friend recommended Simple Green Smoothies and I’ve been having one for lunch every day since. The website is chockful of delicious recipes like “Pineapple Upside-Down Cake,” “Mango Melon Madness,” and “Sunshine In A Jar.” Add some flaxseed and/or Chia seeds to keep you feeling full and enjoy a side of protein (like a cheese stick), and lunch has never been so easy—and healthy!—DT

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5KRun A Competitive 5K: I have a sedentary job, sitting at a desk all day working on the papers. Don’t get me wrong, I like my work, but recent studies show just how horrifically awful sitting all day actually is for you. When I left the relatively active restaurant industry for an office, I realized just how badly it was impacting me—gaining weight, just relatively poor health—so I started running daily and keeping track using the MyFitnessPal app. It’s cliché, but working out daily changed my life. I sleep better, I’m less stressed, and I lost nearly 30 pounds. In 2015, I want to step up my game and start hitting competitive times for a 3.1-mile race. I’m currently running a 5K at just under 30 minutes; I’d like to get down to the 20 to 25 minute range this year.—JK

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BooksRead: Obviously this isn’t something to try, per se, unless you’ve never read a book for fun before and then I take pity on your soul. It’s rather something I’d like to try to get back to. Reading as a kid is what made me want to become a writer and now that I’m a writer, I don’t really seem to have the time or energy to commit to a hearty novel anymore. My reading list is a mile long and I find it rather depressing. Read anything particularly juicy lately? Send me your suggestions at dtepper@idpcreative.com!—DT

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CarDrive Across The Country: I recently bought my first new car, a Subaru Crosstrek, and it is awesome. I love driving a car that I know isn’t going to leave me stranded on the highway somewhere. With this new found vehicular freedom comes the opportunity to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time—drive across the country. I know that logistically it probably won’t happen this year, but I’d love to start in the Lehigh Valley and drive all the way to the Bay Area, maybe visit Big Sur and all of the places my favorite Beat authors wrote about.—JK

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SONY DSCTake A Class (Again): This was one of my picks last year and I stand by it again this year because there is so much variety available with it. I took Culinary Boot Camp at NCC with a friend from high school in 2014 and I’m trying to convince that same friend to try another one with me soon. I’d love to try cake/cupcake decorating, but of course, there are so many possibilities both in and outside of the cooking category.—DT

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WriteWrite Every Day: In her book, Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg approaches the art of writing like a Zen master, but more important than her philosophizing is her advice to write every single day, no matter the content or quality. Almost every prolific or successful writer offers similar sentiments. I hope to be able to write, in some capacity, every single day in 2015. As Stephen King said in his terrific nonfiction book, On Writing: “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”—JK

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JournalingJournal: Before social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, web journaling was all the rage. You had to come home from school and describe your entire day’s drama on sites like Xanga and Blogger. I was an avid Xanga user back in high school (oh, how I wish I hadn’t deleted it) but also kept a good ol’ pen and paper operation going for about a year when I was 17-18—that I did keep. It was so cathartic; I’ve really started to miss it. Now that I have more interesting things to say, I’ve played with the idea of starting another blog (in addition to my entertainment news hub), but mostly I just have the urge to journal for myself, so I can look back in 10 years and muse on all my late-20s life happenings and emotional headspace. Hopefully one of these days I’ll pick up that pen again.—DT

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LearningLearn: I hope to be able to take, at least, one more college course in 2015. I loved college and I like absorbing knowledge wherever and however I can. I sometimes think about completing a graduate degree, but then remember what my friends went through in grad school and reconsider. Whenever I get the mailer advertising courses at Lehigh Carbon Community College, I always consider taking something up. My biggest issue is that I can never choose just one course. I am always conflicted about doing something to improve professionally, like grant writing classes or something that just seems cool. They are offering a "Cheeses of Europe" course this spring semester! Or maybe that Italian soul food class would be more fun? See, indecisiveness is my Achilles heel.—JK

(P.S. Did you try any of our ten things for 2014?)

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