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Reno New Year's Resolutions

Make the New Year Better for Yourself and Others

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If you are one of those Reno residents who makes New Year's resolutions, here are some ideas for getting started toward a good new year and new decade. Reasonable goals improve your chances of success, so latch onto things you can actually do and get going toward better times ahead. I resolve to...

1. Get a job, or a better job

Things are grim in the work world right now, but there are jobs out there. If getting a job is on your resolutions list, my Reno Job Search, Education, and Training Resources article could be your ticket to employment.

2. Improve my finances

Tired of being ripped off by big banks? Reno/Tahoe credit unions are good places to start getting your finances in order. Customer members are actually part owners, so everyone has a stake in creating a fair, thrifty, and honest financial institution.

3. Be a more thrifty shopper

Around the Reno/Tahoe region, there are numerous places to get what you need and want without paying too much. From food to clothing to recreation, there's money to be saved. Check out my Reno Penny Pincher's Guide for lots of ideas about being a thrifty shopper.

4. Support locally-owned businesses

Let's keep our money circulating locally rather than sending it out of town. When we Buy from Locally Owned Reno / Tahoe Businesses we support our neighbors and stimulate our own economy - it's a win win for all.

5. Get in better shape

This is a common resolution, but always in vogue for a good reason - we tend to overeat and pack on the pounds during the holiday season. Get thee to one of our Reno Gyms, Health Clubs, and Fitness Centers to get your body back (the one inside those extra pounds).

6. Attend one of Reno's big events

If you have missed one or more of Reno's big annual events, resolve now to attend at least one of them. There are plenty from which to choose and they're all major fun - Earth Day, Reno Rodeo, Hot August Nights, Reno River Festival, Tour de Nez, Cinco de Mayo, Artown, Hot August Nights, Reno Air Races, and lots more. Lighten up, have some fun, and support everyone in our community who works hard to help create good times for all.

7. Learn something new

Old dogs can learn new tricks through UNR's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). The organization is directed by and for its members and provides a variety of learning and social opportunities for active older adults. The Workforce Development and Continuing Education (WDCE) program at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) offers non-credit classes designed for personal enrichment and various types of business education. Extended Studies at UNR offers certificates and short courses to give you hands-on skills and knowledge that can be applied in the workplace.

8. Spend more fun time with my kids and family

Reno families will find a variety of things to do in the Reno / Lake Tahoe region. Families with children can choose from amusement parks, art centered activities, and adventures in the great outdoors. Whatever you and your children enjoy doing, there are activities everyone in the family can enjoy.

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