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10 New Things to Try in 2019

February 5, 2019
10 New things to try in 2019


Continuing with the theme of February being fit and fabulous, I encourage you to continuously commit to new things and evolve. Taking care of ourselves is not just about our physical fitness, but also finding things to keep us mentally and spiritually healthy. Trying and learning new things is great exercise for our brains and well as our general well-being.

Here are 10 new things to try in 2019 to get that ageless attitude!

1. Practice something you’ve always been interested in

Have you always been fascinated with beautiful pictures? Or maybe you wish you learned the piano as a child? Practice something that you’re interested in and try to become an expert at it. This will not only help you evolve in 2019 but it will also keep life fun and interesting to learn something new!

2. Conquer a fear

It doesn’t have to be an intense fear of yours, but it is a great idea to learn how to conquer your fear so you can overcome it. Oftentimes in life, fears are what hold us back. Fear of failing, fear of change, fear of the unknown, and so on. Think about what fears are holding you back in life, and choose one you’d like to conquer.

3. Get outside more

There’s nothing like fresh air to raise your spirits. Find things you enjoy doing outside to get you out of the house more. You can go bike riding, hiking, roller blading, or even just to walk around. Getting outside more will help you appreciate the simpler things!

4. Find an exercise routine that you actually enjoy

We all know that in order to live a healthy life, it’s important to work out. However, it’s equally as important to find a routine that works for you and that you actually enjoy doing. If you enjoy what you’re doing, you’re more likely to stay motivated and continue your routine.

5. Go on a trip by yourself

Planning a little getaway by yourself is a great idea if you want to to clear your mind and make time for yourself. This is especially important if there’s a place you’ve always wanted to go to but you can never find someone who’s willing to commit to going. You can be spontaneous and take a big trip by yourself or even just a little day trip here and there. If you are traveling alone, check out these tips!

6. Try a healthy cooking class

Sometimes the hardest part about eating healthy is figuring out how to precisely replicate those recipes you find online. Take a healthy cooking class to learn how to prepare meals that you enjoy or want to try so that you can incorporate them into your weekly menu.

7.  Take care of your skin

Our skin is our largest organ and we should take care of it accordingly. Great ways to take care of your skin in your 50’s include incorporating more hydrating products into your routine, such as facial oils and collagen-boosting cream. It’s also important to drink tons of water to keep your skin hydrated from within. It’s also crucial to protect your skin from sun damage by always using sunscreen when you’re outside, even if it’s a chillier day.

8. Think positively about aging

As we age, we may find ourselves looking back on more youthful days, focusing on the increase in grey hairs, or noticing major changes in our bodies. But in 2019, I encourage you to embrace the aging process and love yourself as you change. There’s so much to love about ourselves as we get older and it’s exciting to discover something new everyday. 

9. Reconnect with someone you haven’t seen in awhile

Think about the people you haven’t spoken to in awhile because of differences in schedules or distance. Try reaching out to someone to reconnect and catch up. This will bring you back down memory lane and be so much fun to see someone you haven’t in awhile. You may be the one to initiate this reunion but it will be well worth it!

10. Refresh your look

If you feel like you’ve had the same haircut or same clothes for awhile, try refreshing your look with something new— but still in your taste. Trying something new with your look can be a good change and can be a great representation of how you’ve evolved.

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61 Comments

  • Reply Toni Pike February 5, 2019 at 17:53

    These all sound like great, confidence-building ideas Sue – I’ll definitely be trying most of those.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 11:48

      I’m sure everyone can add to them, Toni but at least it is a start. Have a great week, my friend. xx

  • Reply Igor February 5, 2019 at 20:05

    Very nice list to try in 2019. I guess I would go for achieving that all.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 11:48

      Thanks Igor and lovely to have you visit my blog. 🙂

  • Reply Nancy Dobbins February 5, 2019 at 23:35

    Hi Sue,
    Love this list…all help you renew and reengage! I think I am already planning or trying a form of each one.
    🙂
    Nancy

    • Reply Nancy Dobbins February 5, 2019 at 23:36

      And, love the new banner!

      • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 11:51

        Oh thank you! A moment of inspiration and fiddling around on the computer. I like it too 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 11:51

      Hi Nancy, it is just a starting point as I’m sure many of us can add to the list. Enjoy! xx

  • Reply Savoring Sixty February 5, 2019 at 23:42

    Love these ideas! For the month of February I am trying a low carb diet, minimal sugar, with intermittent fasting and exercise. So far so good! I have always wanted to try it and now is as good of time as any!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 11:52

      Excellent! I’m so pleased you are joining in #FitFabFeb2019 with your own goals. It is a good time as any to start and I will be interested to see your progress. have a great week and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Rebecca Jo February 6, 2019 at 02:29

    A cooking class sounds like so much fun!!!
    & yes to skin care. I’m trying to start that now!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 11:55

      Yes I would love to do a cooking class Rebecca so I should book one in. I like to look after my skin and have recently started using oil on my face which I thought would be heavy but it makes my skin feel so smooth. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb February 6, 2019 at 04:59

    Sue – another great list. I think the one that pops out at me as something I haven’t done in a while is #1 – try something new. I’ve stopped and started teaching myself piano a few times. I think I might tinker again. Thanks for the nudge.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 11:56

      Oh good for you Janet. I haven’t really tried anything new lately so I need to find something myself. Always happy to give people a nudge in the right direction! Have a great week! xx

  • Reply Min @ Write of the Middle February 6, 2019 at 07:18

    Some great tips there Sue! I have been on a few trips by myself and faced some fears lately (my BUPA Blog Award experiences) so I can tick those two off! I did a Diploma in Professional Photography which was exploring further an interest I had – so another I can tick off! I would really, really love to try a healthy cooking class! Must investigate that one! 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 11:57

      Maybe we could do a healthy cooking class together? Something worth considering. Well done on the BUPA Blog Awards and I look forward to hearing more about it. Your photos are always so good and now I know why. Have a great week and chat soon. xx

  • Reply Candi Randolph February 6, 2019 at 08:11

    Hi Sue, all great ideas! I’ve been working on taking better care of my skin as well as finding the right combination of exercise since I have moved to a new (cold) climate. It’s always a process, isn’t it? But it’s all good. 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 11:59

      Hi Candi, I read about the new skin care you are trying and love that it is affordable. It is hard when you move to get into a new routine but I’m sure when the weather warms up you will be out and about again. Have a great week and enjoy 🙂

  • Reply Denyse Whelan February 6, 2019 at 08:41

    Always good to have room for improvement and learning. The day I stop learning will be when I am no longer living,

    I have a natural curiosity and find each day I learn something new and engage whenever I can

    I like your new blog banner

    Happy Wednesday

    Denyse #mlstl

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 12:00

      Hi Denyse, I love learning new things and think the day I stop like you I won’t be living. I was trying to be a bit more creative with the blog banner so glad that you like it. Have a great week and thanks for the link up. xx

  • Reply Natalie February 6, 2019 at 09:00

    Very good ideas that keep us active and engaged, Sue! Thanks for sharing them. #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 12:01

      Thanks Natalie, I’m sure you would have some creative ideas to add as well. Have a great week! xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au February 6, 2019 at 09:21

    Great tips Sue – and I think I can tick at least half of them and will aim to add a few more as the year progresses – does our meet-up count towards catching up with old friends? 🙂
    Thanks for another great MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 12:02

      Yes our meet-up certainly counts! As does the tens of thousands of steps you have walked while you have been over here in Brisbane! xx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones February 6, 2019 at 10:30

    Great tips here Sue. I’m working on some but you’ve reminded me of some other things I had been planning to do. A trip or day spent by yourself can be good for the soul

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 12:04

      Hi Jen, yes I like my alone time although I haven’t really gone travelling alone. Glad you found some new things to try and I’m sure you could add to the list. xx

  • Reply Patrick Weseman February 6, 2019 at 11:21

    I love these tips. I know that I will be trying some of these. Thanks for sharing. #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 12:04

      Good for you, Patrick! Have a great week!

  • Reply Kathy Marris February 6, 2019 at 11:44

    2018 was my year for reconnecting with three childhood friends that I haven’t seen in a while. One of my friends I hadn’t seen in 40 years, so you can imagine we had a lot of catching up to do! I do love all of these ideas Sue and I think you and I are on the same page.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 12:05

      Isn’t it lovely catching up with friends you haven’t seen in ages? What a lovely plan in 2018 to make it your year to reconnect with childhood friends. I love that idea! We are very similar I agree. xx

  • Reply Johanna Castro February 6, 2019 at 12:30

    Absolutely agree with all these tips and thank you for reminding me that I do need to find an exercise routine that I enjoy and to stay positive about ageing. My energy levels have been down lately and I hurt my back bending down to put something in the dishwasher last week which has made me very pathetic and lacking in oomph! Shared on Pinterest , Twitter, and Flipboard 🙂 x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 12:06

      Hi Jo, you are just so busy that I can totally understand that your energy levels are down. You need to take some time out for yourself and have a pampering session. Take care and I hope you are feeling better soon, back pain is horrible. xx

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt February 6, 2019 at 13:23

    Sue, these are all wonderful ideas and well thought out! While they are all outstanding, I like the idea of #1 to strive for expertise in a subject. For me that would be photography! Still have a lot to learn but the journey is fun! Thanks for the motivation! Sharing from #MLSTL!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 12:09

      Hi Terri, yes it is okay to learn something but isn’t it good to become passionate enough to strive for expertise. Your photography is a great example and I just love how professional it is. Have a great week and thanks for sharing. xx

  • Reply Jan Wild February 6, 2019 at 13:50

    I saw this list on Instagram this morning and immediately loved it. The greatest risk to us as we age is to get stuck – whether that be what we wear, staying with old habits, not challenging our thoughts. We risk rapidly becoming irrelevant if we don’t evolve ourselves and anyway evolving is so much more fun – you never know what might happen. Pinning this x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 12:23

      Hi Jan I’m so pleased you liked the list and it really is a starting point. There are so many things we can try and I’m sure you could add a few to the list. I think the day I stop trying new things or to just learn is the day I die. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a beautiful week. x

  • Reply Donna February 6, 2019 at 16:27

    Hi, Sue = These are awesome tips and reminders. I especially like #8. It makes a huge difference!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 12:25

      Hi Donna, yes having a positive attitude to aging is vital. We all know that we are getting older but we have a choice we can embrace life and enjoy each day or we can sit around a wait to die. I know which one I would prefer. xx

  • Reply Molly Stevens February 6, 2019 at 21:01

    I’m already doing a few of these, Sue, but I could get really excited about trying several that would take me out of my comfort zone. As a new retiree, I’m going to print the list and use it to help me branch out and grow now that I have more time. Take a trip by myself! How radical!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 12:29

      Hi Molly, how are you enjoying retirement? It took me quite some time to adjust and I wish I had known then what I know now. I didn’t have a plan and that can make for very long days. I’m sure you will start finding your way and enjoying life and yes, this list is a great start!

  • Reply Victoria February 7, 2019 at 01:41

    I had to laugh at the take care of your skin. I just started a new skin care routine thanks to a daughter. Not sure I can afford to continue it but time will tell. I don’t think I have any fears holding me back but there are a few things I would like to try at some point in my life.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 12:32

      Hi Victoria, you are going through such a difficult time at the moment that I’m sure a little pampering with new skin care would make you feel good. I’m sure that coping with your husband’s cancer has been enough of moving out of your comfort zone for both of you at the moment. Sending love and hugs to you both. xx

  • Reply Pat February 7, 2019 at 02:15

    Love this list…. made me want to create one of my own, with specifics for my life. Like cook one new recipe each month (#1) , or plan & execute book promotion (# 2 fear). Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 12:33

      Hi Pat! Yes, make your own list and share with us. This was just a starting point and I’m sure everyone has many ideas we could add. Have a great week! xx

  • Reply Leah February 7, 2019 at 04:53

    Hi Sue,

    Great ideas for new things to try. I believe that life-long learning is a key to happiness and making the most out of life. I’ve pinned and tweeted to share. As well as posted to My Cup of Cocoa’s FB page. #MSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 12:34

      Hi Leah, I agree about life-long learning and it also has many health benefits as well. Thank you for sharing and linking up to #MLSTL! Have a great week. xx

  • Reply Debbie February 7, 2019 at 09:28

    Hi Sue, you are always full of inspiration and these are great ways to try new things! Sharing for #mlstl

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 7, 2019 at 12:34

      Thanks Deb, just make sure you are taking care of yourself first. xx

  • Reply Shannon @ Skip to My Life February 8, 2019 at 05:34

    I like number 9 and have been pondering reconnecting with friends from the past. It’s a bit scary, because there are no guarantees they will reciprocate, but your post is giving me the courage to try.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 10, 2019 at 10:00

      Good for you Shannon! I went to a 40th school reunion which I never thought I would do. As a result I am friends with women I went to school with who I wasn’t friends with then but we have more in common now. Reach out and the worst that can happen is they don’t reciprocate but wouldn’t it be great if they did! Let me know how you go. xx

  • Reply Christina Daggett February 11, 2019 at 15:10

    Hi Sue, I really appreciated this post. When I was growing up, I was very insecure, and my biggest fears were failure and change. I’m happy to say, that in midlife, these are the things that make me thrive, and I’m so much happier. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It’s reassuring to know that I’m on the right track.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 14, 2019 at 08:49

      Hi Christina, I used to feel exactly the same as you growing up. I was insecure and lacked self-confidence. It is still sometimes a battle but I challenge myself to overcome this by trying new things. Glad you liked the list and yes you are on the right track. x

  • Reply Suriya Jahan February 11, 2019 at 20:30

    very helpful…if getting the video which will be more effective.

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan February 12, 2019 at 23:35

    Great list! Would love to have you add this to this month’s Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone, last day of February. You will inspire many with these little ways to grow in 2019.

    I am going for cut and color on Thursday. I prefer my hair shorter and everyone else prefers it this length. And for a day after a shampoo, I like it this length, too, then it gets flat and mousy. Ugh. I have had a life-long battle with boring hair. I am going to ask her to help me jazz things up.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 14, 2019 at 09:07

      Hi Cuz! We must be related because my hair has always caused me problems because I think it is boring or I can never make it look like the hairdresser does! I forgot that this might be good for the Stepping Outside my Comfort Zone so will definitely link up. I’ll look for the link code. x

  • Reply Marya February 13, 2019 at 08:35

    I’m doing most of these- but thinking about aging positively is kind of challenging!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 14, 2019 at 09:12

      Yes it can be challenging Marya but it can also be a very positive and happy stage of life. x

  • Reply Miriam February 15, 2019 at 09:11

    I love all of these ideas Sue. It’s always good to try new things and to step outside of our comfort zones. I’ve been doing a few things by myself lately which has been invigorating. Thanks for a fab post. Happy Friday Sue xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 18, 2019 at 09:07

      Thanks Miriam, I just love to stretch myself and it doesn’t mean bungy jumping just trying new things and taking life’s challenges in our stride. Have a gerat week. xx

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