7 Charlotte businesses that will keep your New Year’s resolutions for you

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Think back to January 1. You’re nauseous and nursing a headache, thanks to your New Year’s Eve festivities —and all you can think about is how things are going to be different this year. So, you make your New Year’s resolution for a better, brighter 2019 … and you abandon it by January 8. It’s the same old cycle, year after year.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Instead of giving up on your “New Year, New Me” mentality before we even make it to February, check out these Charlotte-area businesses that can keep your resolutions for you in 2019:

(1) If your resolution is to eat healthier

 

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It feels like every year, I declare that I’m going to ‘eat clean’ and finally get my nutrition on track. And honestly, if it weren’t for the grocery shopping and meal prep that goes into making healthy food choices day after day, I might stick to it. But inevitably my busy schedule gets the best of me, and I find myself reaching for whatever’s fast and easy.

That’s the beauty of opting for a Charlotte-based meal service like Get Fit Foods: it eliminates your excuses.

The fresh, healthy meals are ready to go and are just as easy to pick up as Chick-Fil-A (but packed with more protein and vitamins — and likely to make you hate yourself a little less after you’re done eating). You can pick up one meal when you’re in a rush, or cut to the chase and stock your fridge for the whole week.

And no, it’s not all salads. Meal options include everything from to Quinoa Spaghetti & Marinara to Spicy Chicken Enchilada Bowls and beyond.

(2) If your resolution is to keep the house clean

Listen, I watched “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” on Netflix just like the rest of you, and I swore that 2019 was going to be the year I kept my house free of excessive belongings — and its usual layer of dog hair — for good. And then, lo and behold, my schedule got the best of me.

Cue Hux.

In the Queen City, you can use the Atlanta-based company to find a cleaner for your home in 90 seconds or less, comparing cleaners based on price, availability and customer reviews. You can book one-off or recurring appointments online instantly, without any contracts or hidden fees.

It’s really a lifesaver, whether you choose to use it once in a while when you’re panicking because your mom’s coming to town (like me) or on a recurring basis (which gives you some semblance of order in life and comes with a discount based on frequency).

[Related: 7 apps that tackle your to-do list, from dog-walking to car-washing]

(3) If your resolution is to travel more

 

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Whether a) you love taking trips, but find the details of travel planning daunting, b) you can’t decide where you want to visit or c) you just want to experience the surprise and magic of traveling without having to plan every part of a trip — Whisked Away is an excellent option.

All you do is choose the region you’d like to visit and take a quick survey about what you love to do while traveling (and where you’ve traveled in the past, so you get to go somewhere new). Then you’re done!

Two weeks before you travel, you’ll get an email with predicted weather at your surprise destination, what to pack and when to be at the airport. One week before your trip, you’ll get an envelope in the mail with your completed itinerary and surprise destination. Here’s a great blog post with video of a recent honeymooning couple opening their envelope at the CLT airport.

And that’s it! From there, you’re quite literally “whisked away” to get your travel on in 2019. Resolution: kept.

(4) If your resolution is to get your finances in order

This looks different for everyone. Are you trying to pay off your student loans? Save up for a down payment for a home? Start investing your money, or diversify your investments?

Whether you’re looking at these or any other financial endeavors, it helps to have the guidance of someone who knows what they’re doing and can give you a playbook to lead you toward success. Setting up a consultation with a company such as Consolidated Planning can help you come up with a game plan to crush your financial goals this year.

(5) If your resolution is to drink less booze

 

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The holidays can be a pretty saucy time. Between holiday parties, gatherings with friends, family dinners and more, it’s easy to have a few too many beers or glasses of wine — and to feel like a “Dry January” might be in order as you recover from this period of excess.

Whether you’re cutting out just alcohol or all added sugars, UpDog Kombucha is a solid alternative to your usual boozy beverage, specially if you’re still hoping to socialize with friends at breweries and bars, since it’s available on draft and in bottles at spots all over the city.

Kombucha in general is rich in probiotics and antioxidants, meaning it’s good for your digestive and immune health. UpDog Kombucha in particular is raw, gluten-free, and has no added sugars (meaning it’s Whole30 approved, in case you’re on that train this month).

(6) If your resolution is to read more

 

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The problem with resolving to read more is that regularly buying books is an expensive habit (or so my husband likes to remind me). It can be less expensive if you’re reading on a Kindle or iPad, but I’ve always preferred turning the physical pages of a book to swiping a screen.

If you’re a Mecklenburg County resident, then you’re lucky enough to have free access to thousands of books right at your fingertips thanks to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. All you have to do is get a library card, and you can visit any of the 20 branches throughout the city to work your way through your reading list.

Bonus: beyond books, there are plenty of other free things you can get with your library card — including digital versions of current magazines, free classes (in person and on lynda.com), access to Mango Languages courses and more.

[Related: 10 of the best places to curl up with a good book in Charlotte, from a wine bar to a bus]

(7) If your resolution is to give back to your community

In an ideal world, this resolution would be on everybody’s list for 2019. I promise, it’s not as hard as you might think to find ways to support causes you care about in the Charlotte community.

In fact, SHARE Charlotte makes it easy to comb through the area’s 450+ nonprofits to find one that aligns with your values. You can search by who the nonprofit helps (kids, military, animals, etc.) or what it impacts (food and nutrition, arts and culture, the environment, etc.). Or you could simply sift through their list of causes to find one that speaks to you, whether that’s LGBTQ+, breast cancer, immigration, or anything else.

Once you’ve found the nonprofit you’re passionate about supporting, you can find out whether they’re in need of donations, specific items that will help them to be successful in their mission or if they are just in need of your time.

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