A new year means a fresh start, a chance to better yourself or your life in some way. Whether it’s exercising, eating healthy, giving back, or getting financially fit, we’ve created a resource filled with helpful ideas for Nashvillians. We hope this Nashville New Year’s Resolutions Guide will help you start and maintain your motivation to make 2017 your best year yet. It’s time to turn over a new leaf!
Ok, this is a given, but being more active seems to be one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. Nashville makes working out and being active easy. There are plenty of gyms, fitness programs, yoga studios, hiking trails, and personal trainers to get you moving. Check out our Top Fitness Programs Guide to see which one is best for you. Also, the 2017 Running Events Guide and Best Parks in Nashville List might be helpful.
Laugh It Up
Laughter is a simple way to boost your quality of life. Most people laugh a lot less as they age, so sometimes a little assistance goes a long way. Nashville has some comedy options to get you chuckling. Zanies Comedy Club is the go-to. Zanies has performances almost every night from top national acts to local Nashvillians trying new material. Acme has weekly local comedians on Wednesdays. And don’t forget to check TPAC’s calendar for your favorite comedians, and save the date for Wild West Comedy Festival in April.
We all know being more active is great, but what about eating better? Eating healthfully has become very convenient in Nashville. Eateries like Avo, Juice Bar, Calypso Cafe, Sunflower Cafe, AMOT, and Wild Cow are all health-conscious options if you’re looking to dine out and stay healthy. For dining at home, The Turnip Truck (East Nashville or Gulch) is a locally-owned, natural foods grocery store with thoughtfully-sourced food and ingredients. Both locations are also good spots to grab a juice, smoothie, or hot lunch on-the-go.
Also, if you’re looking for a new healthcare option, research Dose, a company bringing back house calls for just $99. They’ll send a doctor to you in under two hours. We aren’t endorsing this because we’ve never tried it, but it sounds like an intriguing, newer Nashville company. Get more details.
Exchange Netflix for Books
Netflix binging usually grinds to a halt in January (or until the next full season of your favorite show gets released), so reading becomes more of a priority. Parnassus, a local bookstore in Green Hills, will get you energized. And if you need a bit of a push to read more, they also have a reputable book club that provides three meeting times each month to cater to everyone’s schedules.
Learn a New Skill
There’s nothing more rewarding than learning something new. It makes you feel smart and empowered. Luckily, there are Nashville organizations that make learning a new skill in-person simple. There are several places that offer educational programs, but our favorites are:
- USN Evening Classes – everything – USN offers classes in pretty much every category. These one-time classes range from $18 to $35 and are only 1.5 to 2.5 hours long. See the 2017 catalog.
- The Porch – writing
- Art and Soul – art
- Salud! Cooking School – cooking
Lend a Hand
It’s often evident when starting a new year that being more selfless should be a part of the plan. Nashville has many non-profit organizations that make it simple to give back to the community.
Some specific volunteer opportunities that are easy to get involved in include:
- Second Harvest Food Bank has several volunteer opportunities. The Individual Food Sorting option is popular since there are many time slots each week and it’s easy to sign-up. Get more details (click on “Individual Food Sorting” to get information about that opportunity).
- Friends of Radnor Lake hosts a volunteer project on the fourth Saturday of each month from 8am til noon. Get more details.
- The Nashville Rescue Mission always needs volunteers to work in the kitchen or teach a class. They have opportunities year-round. Get more details.
- The Oasis Center, an organization providing safety and support to Nashville’s most vulnerable and disconnected youth, has many volunteer opportunities. One group option is to organize the “Threads ‘n Treads” closet, which provides many homeless youth with clean and presentable attire. This is also a great place to donate your nice clothes and shoes. Get more details.
For additional volunteer opportunities, also check out:
- Hands on Nashville
- Nashville Humane Association
- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville
- Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee
Get Financially Fit
Finally get control of your finances this year. The Nashville Financial Empowerment Center offers free, professional financial counseling. Nashville is one of the few cities offering this free service. The Empowerment Center is ideal if you’re getting out of debt and need help saving money. Get more details.
For more in-depth and ongoing financial advice, companies like Peachtree Planning can assist you with a wide-variety of planning, from insurance to business to estate. If you’re trying to figure out life insurance, wills, investing, or saving for retirement, it’s worth checking out. There are no upfront fees. Get more details.
Make a Move
This is your year to soak-up the city life in Nashville. Whether you’re moving within the city or moving to Nashville from out of state, we have some resources to help you. See the Best Apartments Guide for insight on some of the hottest apartment communities and the Moving to Nashville Guide for details about each neighborhood.
It’s easy to get stuck in the same ol’ routine. Here are some new things to try that will freshen things up.
- Join a recreational sports team or participate in an upcoming tournament via Nashville Sports Leagues. They do everything from corn hole to kickball to soccer.
- Give a new local restaurant a try. See the best new restaurants of 2016 and what’s opening in 2017.
- Get adventurous and become a Team Green Adventures member. Explore the outdoors and do fun activities like rock climbing, hiking, and backpacking with other Nashvillians.
- Go to Bonnaroo this summer. One of the world’s largest music festivals is just a short drive away!
- Experience Nashville’s museums and art centers like The Frist Center, Cheekwood, Country Music Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, George Jones Museum, and Johnny Cash Museum.
- Try fun indoor activities, like Nashville Escape or Indoor Trampoline Jumping.
While it’s easy to order everything from Amazon, don’t forget to support your favorite local Nashville spots. Here’s a list of places you can shop and dine locally.
- Restaurants – Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
- Coffee Shops
- Women’s Boutiques
- Music Shops
- Gifts and Gift Stores
Enjoy Nashville’s Live Music Scene
It’s Music City, but sometimes we take the talent for granted. Go out and enjoy Nashville’s music scene and venues. Check the calendar for these top venues:
- Ryman Auditorium
- Ascend Amphitheater
- Grand Ole Opry
- Schermerhorn Symphony Center
- Marathon Music Works
- Cannery Ballroom / Mercy Lounge / High Watt
- 3rd and Lindsley
- 12th and Porter
- Listening Room
- Bluebird Cafe
- The Basement
- Station Inn
And if you’re an aspiring musician, it’s time to get your voice heard. Here are some friendly open mic nights to showcase your tunes!
How are you going to make this year great? We’d love to hear more New Year’s resolutions in the comments below!