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We don’t know about you, but a quick whip round the bonusprint office revealed a whole load of failed New Year’s resolutions over the years. From learning to play the guitar to reading the newspaper every day, there are so many we just can’t quite stick to.

With the new year just around the corner, we’ve pulled together a list of resolutions that we’d actually enjoy doing in 2019, like getting outside more and taking on new creative projects. There are some pretty photogenic ideas in the list too, so you could create a photo book of all the new memories you make along the way.

1. Go exploring

A photo of a man and a woman in hiking gear and woolly hats sitting on a rock overlooking some mountains and lakes.

Good New Year’s resolutions are the ones you look forward to starting, and what could be more fun than exploring somewhere new? Whether it’s a neighbourhood in your city, a local park you’ve never been to or a country on the other side of the world, exploring new places can lead to amazing experiences.

2. Go out of your way to make someone smile

A photo of a man and a woman out in a park laughing together.

Little gestures can go a long way. You could make someone’s day by helping a neighbour out with their shopping or having a laugh with a friend who needs cheering up. Why not keep up those small things that make someone smile throughout the year and see what a difference it could make to them?

3. Step out of your comfort zone

A photo of a man diving off a rock into the see on a sunny day.

You don’t need to go skydiving or anything that drastic to try something that scares you. This year, you could take up a hobby you’ve always been too nervous to try, or even put yourself forward for things like presentations and public speaking events at work.

4. Show loved ones how much they mean to you

A photo of a man and a woman out in the countryside with their son sitting on the man’s shoulders.

Some of the best New Year’s resolutions are the tiny changes you make. And one of the easiest things to do is show your appreciation for your friends and family more. Showing your gratitude for all the amazing things they do is sure to give them a little boost. You could keep surprising them with gifts throughout the year or take them on spontaneous days out as a treat.

5. Be more creative

A photo of a man and his daughter painting colourful eggs around a kitchen table.

Being creative lets us try out new ideas, and it can be a great way to unwind too. You can take up new craft projects with the kids, and try painting or writing in your own downtime. Why not make a start on a new photo book too and start experimenting with your design skills? And if you need some inspiration, we’ve got plenty of creative ideas here.

6. Connect with nature

A photo of a man in a checked shirt out on an allotment picking vegetables.

Getting outside into the fresh air is hard to beat. You could set yourself a personal challenge, like walking 10,000 steps a day, to help you embrace the great outdoors. And if you want to take on a new hobby outside, why not start planting your own fruit and veg? An early morning trip to the vegetable patch would definitely help blow off the cobwebs over the weekend.

7. Go offline from time to time

A woman in a festive jumper lying in the snow on a sunny day.

We’re probably all guilty of spending a bit too much time on our phones. Even if it’s just for a couple of hours, why not shut down your computer, put away your smartphone and enjoy some offline time now and then? It’ll give you more time to immerse yourself in a good book or to appreciate what’s going on around you.

8. Broaden your tastes

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From the food you eat to the music you listen to and the books you read, you can use 2019 as a year of discovery. If you’ve always been a picky eater, try something you’ve avoided for years. Love a certain style of music? You can switch it up and listen to some new bands. And if you’ve always stuck to the same genre of books, you might find a different kind of novel that you love.

9. Take in some culture

A woman with her back to the camera, looking out of an old tower across a historical town.

From visiting an art gallery to watching live music, taking trips out to soak up some culture could do you a world of good. Why not aim for one new cultural experience every month, even if it’s just going to the cinema? And if you’ve got little ones, you can take them to a museum or a new city on the weekend.

10. Spend more time on the things that matter most

A woman at the coast with two kids, looking over the water at sunset with birds in the sky.

It’s always tricky getting that work-life balance right, isn’t it? If you often find yourself getting stressed out with work and doing way more overtime than you’d like, how about making your top New Year’s resolution to spend more time with friends and family? You could plan more days out together or just have some cosy nights in.

11. Give something back

A young girl out in the snow with a pony.

If there’s a cause close to your heart, your resolution this year could be to raise money for it or volunteer. You could start volunteering at a homeless shelter, help out at an old people’s home or get sponsors for a local animal rescue.

12. Take more photos

A close-up of a woman outside taking a photo.

<You’ll need a way to document all these new experiences, so why not get into photography? Spend the next year snapping your favourite moments, and then at the end of 2019, you could create a photo book to store all the memories you make. We’ve got loads of how-to photography guides to help get you started too. They’re easy to follow, so you’ll be taking pictures like a photography pro in no time.

So, what will you take up in 2019? Whether it’s giving to charity, travelling or just experiencing something different, have a happy New Year and make some amazing new memories along the way.

We hope these ideas will inspire your New Year’s resolutions. We’d love to see what new moments you create this year, so share them with #bonusprint on social. And if you’ve seen any resolutions your friends will like, why not share this blog with them by clicking the icons below.

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