Happy Twenty Fifteen!
It’s a new year and that inevitably means new resolutions for you to break. If perhaps you’re a little fragile from last night’s festivities or you’re just lacking a little inspiration, we’ve done a quick whip around the office and shared a few of ours with you.
Read more books
No – blogs, articles, posts, emails, tweets, grams and ‘zines don’t count. By all means, they’re great (especially ours) but there is something satisfying about sitting down with an actual book, with actual pages. For one, you can do it while eating (if you’ve ever tried to swipe your e-reader with greasy fingers, you’ll understand, the struggle is real). Here are some that we’re enjoying at the moment: Eden by Candice Fox, a terrifying new thriller from the author of Hades, winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Novel,
Start every day with a smoothie
Smoothies are, let’s face it, an easy way to feel like you are doing your body a favour. While you may not have gotten up early for that run or gym session, you can have a smoothie, and that’s kind of the same thing (okay not really, but it will still make you feel good). Smoothies are a great way to get your daily allowance of fruits and vegetables, they’re quick and easy to make and they improve digestion. Here are a few that we’re loving right now: Matcha Mango Smoothies from Love & Lemons, the Berry-Cado Breakfast Smoothie from Lorna Jane or if you over-indulged this Christmas, this Fat Flush Juice from Rachael Campbell.
If you can’t bear the thought of dragging your post-Christmas self to the gym, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Hence we’ve compiled a few options that sound substantially more exciting than riding into the blank wall at the gym. Hire a kayak or paddle board from Currumbin Boat Shed and enjoy a leisurely paddle up the creek, centre your qi with free tai chi and yoga classes or take part in one of the many free or low-cost events that form part of the Active & Healthy Citywide Program. If adventure is what you seek, take a trip up to Tamborine Mountain and take the Tree Top Challenge.
Explore your own backyard
Set yourself the challenge of getting out and exploring your own backyard this year. Visit the wineries on Mount Tamborine, traverse trails through Gondwana rainforest as old as the dinosaurs on the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk, or soar above it with a hang gliding adventure. Or if you find yourself at a loose end one weekend, pack up the car and take a roadtrip down the coastline. Make 2015 a year for adventure and exploration.
Catch up with old friends
If you have a particularly busy schedule it becomes quite hard to maintain regular communication with your friendship circle. If you have been meaning to get in touch with close friends then make sure 2015 is full of reconnections. The Gold Coast has plenty of spots that are perfect for a catch up coffee, drink or meal, not to mention the plethora of activities and events that would be great for rediscovering old friendships.
Pick up a new hobby
There a few things more rewarding than finding a hobby you enjoy, but it can be hard to hone in on the best one for you. Luckily, the Gold Coast has plenty of arts and creative classes that can help you find your calling. The Arts Centre has a bunch of great workshops for kids and adults, join in on a cycling workshop and get active, reconnect with your inner self with some yoga and meditation or help maintain the Gold Coast’s pristine beaches by volunteering for an environmental organisation.