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It’s now 2023, which means New Year’s resolutions are in full swing…well, at least they should be. For Florida, there are usually specific types of aspirations that local residents hope to achieve that are unique to the Sunshine State.
As someone who was born and raised here, I definitely set these goals, which I hope to see turn into habits. But let’s be honest, do we ever really follow along with them all year? Some of them, sure, but others…at least we try!
With a whole year ahead of us, it’s time to list the most common goals that I’ve heard throughout my life that people try to solve every year.
We say we’ll go to the beach more than we actually do.
Florida is known for its clear water beaches and sunny days that make your skin glow with warmth. You might say to yourself, “if I lived here, I’d be here every day,” because you’re on vacation.
Many locals try to make it a point to go and enjoy it more, but let’s face it, not everyone lives nearby. That alone makes it a struggle. Also, not everyone has the schedule to go regularly and many take it for granted.
The beauty of this resolution is that it is not seasonal. You have 365 new days for this promise to yourself.
We budget to live better, but the real estate market won’t stop.
Price tags and penny pinching are things you wish you never had to look at or do again. In reality, if you want to live comfortably in the Sunshine State, you may need to budget.
However, it is difficult when rent and house prices are skyrocketing with no sign of relief.
We can make a decision to budget, but discipline throughout the year is required to not give up or become discouraged.
We say we’ll exercise more outside, but we’re fooling ourselves in the summertime.
It is usually a seasonal excitement. It’s great weather in the winter and spring where you can be in the sun at 70 degrees and hardly even work up a sweat.
If you’re serious about this type of resolution, don’t stop once summer rolls around and those cool temps climb into the triple digits.
We say we will clean up more, but we still need pest control, especially if you live near the water.
No matter how much you clean your Florida home or apartment, especially if you venture near any body of water, you bet you’ll see some type of roach or pest.
It’s a productive resolution to start cleaning more often, but when things don’t go according to plan and you still need an exterminator, remember what you promised yourself on New Year’s Eve.
We say we will cook more, but we want to get to the new restaurants before the tourists do.
Cooking is soothing for the soul and it’s a great solution to help with your budgeting goals.
However, every time we say we’ll do it more, so many new restaurants start opening their doors out of the woodwork.
It’s so hard not to be tempted to hit all the fresh eateries in the major metro areas before the tourists get to them, but sometimes you have to remember the resolutions you set for 2023.
We say we’ll invest in our skincare routine, but who needs moisturizer when it’s this humid?
Self-care is a beneficial practice and of course it is a soothing habit. Whether it’s face cream or spa days, people always make this one of their resolutions to be “better”.
In Florida, it’s so humid outside, you start to question whether this self-care moisturizer routine is even worth it!
I can only joke about it, but it is a small exercise in your daily habits that you should be on top of.
So, when you run out of product, it’s important to make sure you don’t just “fall” on your self-care routine for convenience…and try not to use the weather as an excuse to not moisturize.
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