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10 Things to Try in the New Year

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by Lydia C. Lee (subscribe)
Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at or
Published December 13th 2012
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[ADVERT]Stuck in a rut? Always doing the same old thing? Start planning to make some changes - they don't have to be big, or cost a lot, but trying new things is an easy way to spark some enthusiasm into your life.

Here's ten ideas to get the ball rolling:

1. Try something new. Ask for a voucher for Christmas for something you've never done before, like go karting, jetpacking with Sydney Jetpack Adventures, or the Bridge Climb.

2. Try a new cuisine, or something you've never eaten before; a very simple idea, but we do tend to stick to the foods that we know and like. WeekendNotes has reviews of hundreds of restaurants so start exploring what's out there. You may find a new favourite!

3. Hire a boat. Summer is coming so get out on the harbour or explore a waterway in a National Park. Something every Sydneysider should do at least once. (Kayaks and rowboats available here or grab a tinny and head to a remote beach here). Or you could start travelling by ferry, just for the sake of it!

4. Try a new sport - shooting, fencing), or even just ask Santa for a croquet set and make it the new picnic sport.

5. Go on more picnics and go to parks you've never been before. Sydney has amazing outdoor spaces on the harbour that are free for all to use, and better than your own backyard. Get a group together and make the most of it. It's a small effort but the reward is well worth it. WeekendNotes reviews plenty of picturesque spot here.

6. See some art. There are galleries all over Sydney so check out a small gallery or even seek out some street art and make your own tour.

7. Go for a bush walk. Sydney has plenty of easy bush walks without having to leave the city limits and some take you to beautiful harbour views/city views or unpopulated beaches. Exercise and spectacular scenery, and doesn't cost a cent. My favourite is the resolute track but Weekend Notes lists a plethora here.

8. Live like the rich and famous; save up and treat yoursel'. Stay in a five star hotel in town, fly to lunch or go for high tea. Even just get a water taxi for lunch and a lazy afternoon on Cockatoo Island.

9. Get out to the Sydney Festival. If you don't want to pay for tickets, head off to the free events, of which there are many. See the Domain Concerts, covering all types of music with world class act,s or the arrival of the Duck in Darling Harbour. There's plenty to choose from.

10. Make the most of this site. There's a huge range of articles covering a broad interest. Maybe start trying those activities and events that you normally wouldn't. You'll be amazed where it leads and the fun you'll have. Soon enough you'll be delighting in the days events as you drive home into the sunset.

Remember, as Norton Juster wrote "Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life."

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