New year, new resoultion.
Every new year, we always try to make a promise to better ourselves. While we try to stay committed, we tend to fall short of a full year’s resolution.
So, this year, let’s make goals for ourselves rather than resolutions.
Goals are specific and more effective. Resolutions are a bit broad and can feel like you’re stuck in a 365-day contract.
Below are some goals to try out and complete in Corpus Christi.
It’s always nice to adopt a new hobby. Especially when it’s an artistic outlet.
One option you can try this new year is dancing. Avant Dance is a local dance studio on the city’s Southside and offers a variety of classes for beginners to advanced dancers. Classes don’t start again until Monday, Jan. 9, according to its website. For only $25 a month, you can learn jazz, hip-hop, lyrical or ballet.
Feel like making something with your hands instead? Check out some of the art classes at the Art Center of Corpus Christi. Head downtown and try a new art class once a month. From $50 to $415 a class, you can learn how to paint, an intro in wheel throwing, how to metal etch and more.
Become social again
While the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, restrictions have eased and vaccinations are available for those wanting to protect themselves and others.
We’ve gotten used to staying at home, bingeing TV series, online shopping and only going out when necessary. Let’s get back in the habit of hanging out with friends and family in social settings and making new friends.
There’s always plenty of stuff to do in the Corpus Christi area. You’ve got the monthly ArtWalk, plenty of bars and clubs to check out in the downtown area, new shopping centers opening on the Southside and local attractions in the city to revisit.
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A popular goal to set for yourself is to try and watch what you eat.
Look, we get it. Ordering takeout is so much easier than thawing meat out, preparing sides, sweating over a stove and then having to clean up the mess. But it’s definitely worth it in the end.
Don’t make hasty changes like cutting bread out of your diet or only eating organic foods. Take it slow. Try limiting yourself to three meals a day and two snacks, or you can try to drink more water instead of tea or sodas. Another good idea is to visit the Corpus Christi Southside Farmers Market at 5800 Everhart Road every Saturday or the Grow Local Farmers’ Market in the Art Center of Corpus Christi in the downtown area every Wednesday.
Get a green thumb
An easy goal to set for yourself is to keep a plant alive this year.
Tina Turman, owner of Planted cctx, said there are plants for all different types of people. In an interview with the Caller-Times in April, Turman said there’s a plant for “the forgetters and the over-lovers.” Swing by her shop at 3857 S. Alameda St. to find the right plant for you and pick up some helpful tips as well.
If you want to take on a bigger project with horticulture, visit Gill Garden Center + Landscape Co. at 2810 Airline Road. With a staff of 40, visiting the local plant nursey will help you with the new plant for the inside of your home or your front yard.
Less TV, more music
As we mentioned before, bingeing TV series has become part of the new norm since the COVID-19 pandemic. So, let’s change that.
According to a study by Harvard, music helps improve your mental health, alleviates stress and anxiety and helps you focus on tasks. Consider limiting your TV time and playing some of your favorite music to relax — or jam out — to for an hour or so.
If you don’t feel like listening to music from your cell phone, check out local music shops Hybrid Records and Disc Go Round. Both businesses sell CDs, cassette tapes and vinyl records.
Another easy goal to set for yourself is to read more. Perhaps one book each month.
You can even set a fun challenge for yourself and have each month be a different theme. For example, January can be a mystery novel, February a romance and March a fantasy. Or if you have books that you’ve purchased in the past year or so, and they’re collecting dust on your side table, crack those open.
Be sure to visit By The Book at 702 Ayers St. The local bookstore has a wide variety of novels for children and adults. Plus, they give away a free book daily on their Facebook page.
It always seems like each year gets a bit more stressful and tiring. Let’s refocus and find our center.
SOMOS Yoga, on Ayers Street, is a local studio to help reduce stress while helping heal your body and mind along the way. SOMOS is the only hot yoga studio in Corpus Christi. Hot yoga is a form of the practice performed under hot and humid conditions, resulting in considerable sweating.
If you’re not ready to be sticky and sweaty in front of others, practice some stress-relieving at home. Take 10 to 15 minutes a day to meditate. Put your phone on silent in the other room, turn off your TV and just sit in silence with your eyes closed. You might fall asleep, but a little cat nap never hurt anyone.
If there’s one resolution everyone picks, it’s to work out more. Instead of being scammed into a yearlong contract where you have to pay an outrageous amount to cancel, we have other options for you.
Join the Downtown Corpus Christi Run Club. The group meets at Lucy’s Snackbar every Wednesday evening and you have the option to run 2 or 5 miles. Once your trek is over, the club celebrates at a local bar with drinks and happy hour specials just for runners.
If you hate running, find a local Zumba class for a more fun experience. Visit Zumba.com to see what dance instructors have sessions coming up. Most classes range from $4 to $10, but some require gym memberships.
Try new restaurants
Since Corpus Christi is known as a city for tourists to flock to, it’s no wonder the amount of local restaurants we have.
There’s a high chance you haven’t tried every single locally owned restaurant in Corpus Christi. Make it a goal to try a new place once a month in 2023. Some new local places that opened in 2022 include Buen Provecho at Six Points, Farmacy Grill in downtown Corpus Christi and Koko’s Crispy Fried Chicken on the Southside.
Some restaurants set to open in 2023 include a new location for Wallbangers on the Southside and Produce Bar Co. in the downtown area.
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While the winter holidays are known to be the time for giving, let’s keep that mindset throughout the new year.
There are plenty of local nonprofits in the Corpus Christi area that you can help out. If you want to help the youth, check in with CASA of the Coastal Bend. Love animals? Reach out to the Gulf Coast Humane Society to help care for dogs and cats up for adoption.
Perhaps you want more of a one-on-one relationship with your volunteer work. Brookdale Corpus Christi is the home to several senior citizens that need some companionship. Requirements include paperwork, a background check, being 16 years or older and understanding you’re there for the benefit of the residents.
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John Oliva covers entertainment and community news in South Texas. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter @johnpoliva.
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