6 Ideas For Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Updated Jan. 2, 2018

Happy 2018! Now, about your New Year’s resolutions…

We have six ideas to help you expand your world, reduce your waistline and tidy up your life.

1. Get a New Job

If you think 2018 is a good time to dust off your resume and look for a new job or a new career, take a look at these opportunities:

2. Find a New Love
Photo of a shelter dog.

Maximus is 3 years old and looking for a home.

Considering adding a new pet to your family? Visit the Animal Shelter and meet adoptable dogs and puppies, cats and kittens, bunnies, guinea pigs, ferrets, gerbils, birds, snakes and more!

Adopt an Animal


3. Get More Exercise
Photo of ballroom dancing class.

Try a ballroom dancing class.

Yeah, yeah, we know. Every year, you resolve to exercise more and lose weight and then February comes and the only thing lost was interest in exercising. But maybe the culprit is just the same old, boring exercise routine? This year, try something different, like a dance class , ice skating  or go swimming at a RECenter at you.

Find a Class or Program


4. Meet New People

Escape the winter doldrums and participate in a program at a Library branch near you. Meet new neighbors and discover new books together!

Find a Library Event


5. Declutter
Paint cans on a black background in a messy tray

Ick! It’s time to get rid of your old paint cans.

It’s time to get rid of the old paint cans, piles of cardboard and 1980s TV set sitting in your basement. Fairfax County has two facilities with convenient hours to help you dispose of your trash including electronics and hazardous waste.

Recycling and Disposal Services


6. Help Others in Our Community

Learn how you can save someone from an heroin overdose or a mental health crisis.  As we continue to highlight resources available for mental health and substance abuse in our community, consider taking these classes:

Or you can help the hungry in our community by participating in a Stuff the Bus food drive event. For many local, nonprofit food pantries, this is the time of year where donations drop to one of their lowest points. The county is hosting 14 Stuff the Bus events between Jan. 13 and Feb. 24.


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