T.The best way to keep your New Year’s resolutions is to keep them simple.
Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions you can make right outside your front door this year.
I make the following resolutions:
1. Broaden your artistic horizons.
With the opening of the Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex, Joplin has more access to local, regional and national art than ever before. If you’re into photography, dance, music, and theater, Cornell Complex is for you.
Some ideas to get you started: In February, Connect2Culture will present Aquila Theater’s production of Jane Austen’s classic romantic comedy Pride and Prejudice. The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas is hosting a major retrospective of muralist Diego Rivera this spring.
2. Adopt a new member of the family.
Local animal shelters are bursting at the seams. Adopting a new kitten or puppy or taking care of an older pet can make new friends in your family. Many shelters offer foster care programs if you are unsure of your commitment.
If furry animals aren’t your style, how about adopting bees? These important pollinators are in need of help due to habitat and pesticide decline. The Joplin Area Beekeepers Association regularly holds beginner beekeeping classes at the Joplin Greenhouse.
Looking for something more discreet? Try adopting houseplants from a local plant store like Plant Parenthood 417.
3. More fun in the sun.
In 2022, the US Senate did something extraordinary. The bill passed unanimously. The Sunshine Protection Act will make daylight saving time permanent, allowing Americans to get more hours of sunshine in her year.
It’s not legal, but make a decision now to start enjoying the sun. The Joplin area offers a great opportunity to get outside. Hike the Wildcat Glades in Joplin, bike the new trails in Morse Park at Neosho, and spot buffalo at Prairie State Park.
4. Clean out your closet.
Remember when everyone seemed to be cleaning up with Marie Kondo on Netflix in 2019? Honestly, I haven’t touched my closet since. Make the decision to declutter your closet and organize your space.
Those unused clothes can go for some good reason in the area. Southern State University of Missouri will begin collecting used men’s and women’s clothing for Dress to Impress in early March. Local organizations such as Watered Gardens and Lafayette House’s Second Chances Resale accept donations and provide needed clothing for their clients. Sammy’s Window on FosterAdopt Connect accepts donations of children’s clothing and provides them to young people who have been adopted or adopted.
5. Learn to cook.
If you want to learn how to boil pasta, or just pronounce it “charcuterie board,” the area has plenty of options to help.
Doughman Kitchen offers over 20 different cooking classes per month in Joplin. They range from simple to gourmet. Equipped with an upgraded commercial kitchen, Joplin Empire Market will host cooking classes this year. For students, the Franklin Technology Center offers a culinary arts program and a “Master Chef” style competition judging by local chefs.
6. Throw Joplin’s birthday party.
On March 23rd, Joplin will celebrate his 150th birthday, or 150th birthday. Celebrate His Joplin has events scheduled throughout the year to celebrate Reverend Harris G. Joplin and the founding of this mining town.
April will host the Acapelosa Youth Vocal Clinic, honoring Joplin’s Barbershop’s contributions to harmony and ragtime. Events are also planned to appreciate Joplin’s baseball heritage, Iris her garden, and its location in the movies. Stroll the Joplin Heritage Trail. A new sign tells Joplin’s story.
Take the time to celebrate Joplin’s history this year, just for an amazing birthday cake.
7. International travel.
Experiencing another country doesn’t mean sitting in the middle seat of an airplane for 15 hours watching 2006’s “Failure to Launch” while the airline loses your suitcase. is not. There are many local options to enjoy another country and its culture.
Missouri Southern State University’s International Themed Semester focuses on a different country each year. Over the past few years we have covered Japan, South Korea, Brazil and the Czech Republic. Events typically include food, film and cultural presentations and are open to the public. The International Student Association of Pittsburgh (Kansas) State University also hosts events throughout the year, such as Globalfest, an international night market.
8. Exercise more.
Losing weight and exercising more are the most popular New Year’s resolutions.The Joplin area is filled with road racing, 5K and running clubs to help you reach any goal.
Choose a theme to match your running mood, whether it’s a turkey trot, a run with the wizards of Harry Potter, or a 5K series of summer trails. The main event on the local running scene is the Joplin Memorial Run in May. It’s the perfect opportunity to tour the town and reflect on its recovery from the 2011 tornado.
9. Take your child to art class.
2023 is Disney’s 100th anniversary. Walt took painting classes at his Institute of Kansas City Art as a child when his Disney family lived in Missouri. Several local arts organizations offer student classes throughout the year for your own budding artist. By taking your child to class, you might be able to create the next Mickey Mouse, Olaf, Moana, or even Grogg!
10. Volunteer in your community.
One of the best ways to improve yourself is to improve your community. There are numerous volunteer opportunities in the area.
Become a lifeguard and help staff member Joplin Poole through the summer. Join local lookouts and help prevent crime before Ring camera footage shows up on your local Facebook group. Children need big brothers and sisters, rivers need cleaning, nursing home residents need friends. There’s no shortage of opportunities to make your town, and you, better in the new year.