A new year means new adventures. Sometimes it’s easier to attack the year with gusto when you have a list of things to do, so here are twelve special resolutions just for us Austinites. Do your best to complete them by year’s end, and tag us in your photos along the way!
1. Eat pizza and do yoga in the same day
We live in the land of endless pizza AND yoga. Why not make yourself feel less guilty about indulging by taking a yoga class before or after (but preferably before)?
2. Don’t complain about the ACL lineup
Every year there is a wrath of backlash when ACL announces the lineup for the city’s biggest music festival. We get it, it’s impossible to create a lineup that pleases everyone—but let’s focus on the positive, please.
Also, rest assured that alt-new-age-grass-metal band you were hoping for will still come to Austin at some point this year … they all do.
3. Welcome the outsiders
We know, we know, “Don’t Move Here” has replaced “Keep Austin Weird” as our city’s unofficial slogan. It’s a side-effect of living in the greatest city on Earth. But let’s welcome newcomers and be good hosts.
4. Do more night swimming at Barton Springs
Swimming in Barton Springs is a rite of passage for every Austinite. Do it right and dive into a full moon swim after dark.
5. Step out of your taco comfort zone
6. Walk off all those tacos and explore the city on a Tipster Walking Tour
Explore the city while getting your exercise! Learn something new about the place you live (and love). Try their East Side Beer Tour for a combo of walking and boozing or the music tour to learn a little bit more about why we’re “The Live Music Capital of the World.”
7. Volunteer, and save money while doing it
Replace one happy hour a week with taking dogs for walks at the Animal Shelter. Your heart and your wallet will thank you.
9. Be outdoorsy—brunch on Lake Bird Lake
You wanted to get outside more, well who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? We’ve launched The Brunch Boat with Austin Tour Co. where you can enjoy brunch and regular pizza from Via313, Whole Foods Breakfast Tacos, Open Bar, Live Music and city views!
12. Walk or run the entire Lady Bird Lake loop
Okay, so you don’t have to do all 13 miles in one day. But make an effort break it up into a few days. The trail is awesome, you can enjoy so many different views of the city!