Happy New Year!

You’ve now had one week to think about whether your new year’s resolutions are practical, attainable, a bit lofty, or just ridiculous. Or maybe you decided not to make any, in which case you can’t let yourself down.

I’ve heard it said that it takes three weeks of a new routine in order to make it a habit. So, for those of you still working on it, hang in there. Two weeks to go!

A friend of mine said recently that we should stop making resolutions; they just set us up for failure. Maybe we decide to just make one small change. For example, no eating after 7 p.m.; or, electronics off at 9 p.m., only reading allowed after that; or, simply, fancy takeout coffee only on Wednesdays…

Does that seem a bit easier? Less daunting than the dreaded “Resolution?”

How about instead of all those ‘don’ts’, we try a ‘do’ instead? Do add one piece of fruit or veggie to your diet every day. Just one. Commit to just one month of guitar lessons. Read one book that’s out of your regular genre. Take one class that pushes you out of your comfort zone.

That sounds more fun to me. I have enough ‘don’ts’ in my life.

My granddaughter and I share a love of reading. We mostly like similar kinds of books, but not always. She has urged me to read the Harry Potter series. I’ve been putting it off, but this is my commitment. I’ll probably like it, and she and I will have even more to talk about.

A colleague shared her ‘do’ idea to visit with a girlfriend once a month, in person. Not texting or a phone call, but a real conversation face to face. Another is to drink an additional eight ounces of water each day.

Are you thinking of a ‘do’ for yourself? If not, I’ll throw out a few suggestions.

The Area Agency on Aging offers many opportunities to grow in knowledge, learn something beneficial to you, try something new, and likely have some fun along the way.

Our Computer Learning Center has a great new lineup of classes starting in January, ranging from Beginners and Microsoft Excel to eBay and iPads. The new sessions begin January 8!

We also will offer iPhone and iPad tutoring one-on-one. If you think you’re already a bit savvy with technology, consider volunteering at the Center. We always have need for teachers and coaches. Maybe you have a technology skill you would like to share. We would love to hear from you. It could be short-term, or you could become a regular part of our team.

There are also several physical and emotional health and well-being classes offered. You can get more details on our website, or check us out on Facebook. We offer many classes at no cost, and some at a very low cost. Some scholarships are available; just inquire.

These are just a few of the offerings coming up in early 2018. Please call for more information or to register for one of our classes. 269-983-0177. We would love to be part of your ‘do’ list in the new year.