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Shoot for the moon, so that even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.

Aside from the festivities, setting goals and coming up with our New Year’s resolutions is certainly a highlight of the season, and you get to call all the shots. Whether you decide to set a larger, long-term goal for yourself, or a couple of short milestones that you aim to clear on a daily basis, it’s all fair game.

But the world (and life) is expansive, and sometimes we don’t quite know where to begin - that is perfectly fine. In such cases, it’s probably best to start small, then work your way up to larger goals over time.

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Pick up a new hobby

Let’s start off with the widest available category: picking up a new hobby.

There are countless possibilities to explore in this department, and many of them, like chess, origami or blogging can be done from the comfort of our own homes. The latter is a particularly versatile space, and there are many folks with casual blogs covering topics they’re passionate about. So, if you adore nature documentaries, this is one potential idea to consider, and you’ll have no shortage of material with a TV+ pass set up.

Sure, you might not be an expert blogger by the end of the year, but the journey will essentially be its own reward. Plus, you never know when your hobbyist skills will come in handy down the line. Esports athletes illustrate this scenario perfectly, considering their careers are literally built on what the vast majority of people would consider a mere “hobby”! 

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Embrace better self-care

Understandably, many folks might be worried about the time commitment of picking up a new hobby, and that’s ok. Remember, there’s no goal too small, so maybe you could settle for something even simpler, like taking better care of yourself.

Amidst the stress and challenges of daily life, many of us forget the importance of having actual “me time”, and this often leads to burnout and exhaustion in the long-term. So, this year, perhaps you could aim to spend more time ensuring you get the space you need as an individual.

Sleep in on a weekend, go for a massage, eat your favourite food, play a couple of video games – it’s fine as long as it is something you want to do. Modern technologies like delivery apps and NVIDIA GeForce Now place so many of these services right at our fingertips, so don’t be afraid to make use of them. As long as everything is done in moderation, you’ll be happier, and more importantly, healthier for it. 

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Save up for...anything, actually

Last but not least, we return to one of the most common (and practical) of New Years’ resolutions, and that’s to cultivate a better saving habit.

While saving for rainy days is, quite frankly, less of a resolution and more like a necessity, the New Year is just as good a time to start as ever. At the end of the day, regardless of what they are, it’s you that stands to benefit from any of the goals you set (and achieve).

Now, saving up extra money so you can go on vacation is a common, but excellent idea. Consider this an extension of the aforementioned self-care section if you will, but you could also see it as a way of broadening your knowledge of other cultures. There’s no replacement for first-hand experience in this context, and with helpful add-ons like TravelProtect to provide an extra layer of coverage, you can go ahead and enjoy your foreign escapades to the fullest.

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Of course, while goal setting and New Year’s resolutions are all well and good, your efforts will be for naught if you forget about them. With that in mind, you’ll want to keep them somewhere you can see them often, and in this day and age, our smartphones should fit the bill nicely.

Speaking of phones, if you fancy rounding out your “new year, new me” with a brand-new 4G SIM card, we might be able to help you out with that (and more). Goals and resolutions aside, we’ve come to the end of a hectic but exciting 2022, so from all of us here at StarHub, we’d like to wish you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year!