Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Austinites

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 10 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)?

Pizza joints we love include Via 313, Home Slice, East Side Pies, and Pinthouse Pizza. For yoga, try Wanderlust, Black Swan Yoga or Practice Yoga

Detroit Style Pizza from VIA 313

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.

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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.

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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. 

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5. Step out of your taco comfort zone.

Do you get the same tacos from that same place every week? We admire your loyalty, but this city has too many great purveyors (and styles of tacos) to play it safe.

Check these ones off your list first: Veracruz, Violet Taco, Rosita’sJoe’s Bakery, Marcelino Pan y Vino, and Porfirio’s.

violet taco

6. 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. 

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7. Watch less Netflix and more sunsets.

For a real challenge, watch the sunrise from Mount Bonnell and the sunset from the 360 Overlook in the same day.

Photo By: Alison Owen

Photo By: Alison Owen

8. Be outdoorsy—brunch on patios.

You wanted to get outside more, well who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Try L ‘Estelle House, Perla’s, Josephine House, Weather Up and Irene’s.

Dan's Hippy Tonk at Irene's

9. Take a UT Tower tour.

Regardless of whether you went to UT or not, this is one of the coolest views in town.

ProTip: Go for the sunset tour.

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10. See more live music.

This is the “Live Music Capital of the World,” after all. Embrace it. Check out venues like The Mohawk, Stubb’s, Emo’s, and ACL Live for their upcoming shows.

During the summer, be sure to check out free music at Blues on the Green and Unplugged at The Grove

Photo by: Greg Noire

Photo by: Greg Noire

Happy 2017, y’all!