12 Austin New Year's resolutions
It's easy to just hit a few buttons and watch a turquoise t-shirt clad person show up and hand you a lukewarm bag of goodness. But instant gratification is expensive, y’all.
Buy books and actually read them instead of just collecting and stacking those babies—ahem, you know who you are. BookPeople is a great place to start. The shelves are full of book recommendations handwritten by employees and you’ll get the yasss-i’m-shopping-local feels.
Check out CRAFT, the Eastside DIY crafting studio where you can either walk in during business hours—with access to all of their art/craft supplies for $10 an hour—or attend (or, optionally, host) a crafting workshop.
Now that you've cut back on your Favor orders, it's time to learn how to cook—or at least upgrade your current skill set. Sign up for classes with Kitchen Underground and learn to bake bread, make sage ravioli with browned butter and gumbo yaya with fun and quirky chef Maggie Perkins. Bonus: all classes are BYOB!
Learn to meditate: benefits include reduced stress and anxiety, a longer attention span, improved sleep and blood pressure. Check out Meditation Bar for casual mediation or Austin Zen Center, Kadampa Meditation Center and Diamond Way Buddhist Center for Buddhism-based meditation.