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New Year’s Resolutions: Facts, Trends and Santa Barbara Specific

Plus, 20 laugh out loud New Year’s Resolutions culled from Twitter

View on Santa Barbara from the pier to show why the town is perfect for keeping new year's resolutions Can you believe it’s already been a year since we made and broke all our New Year’s Resolutions? I can’t. According to research on the topic, about 60% of us admit that we make New Year’s resolutions, but only about 8% of us are successful in achieving them.

Resolutions mark a time of renewal, re-commitment, and reflection. Making New Year’s resolutions at the end of the year is a time-honored tradition worldwide. Everyone hopes for a bright future, especially when the year we’re leaving behind has been kinda rough. 

Interesting Facts About New Year’s Resolutions

Women make health-focused resolutions while men tend to pledge to find a new job and lay off the alcohol. Saving money is one of the top 5 New Year’s resolutions. Whatever the resolution, more than half of the 2000 respondents said they fail their resolution before January 31st.

So, what are you wishing for in 2019? Here are some of the most popular (by percentage of those polled) New Year’s Resolutions with info on how living in Santa Barbara can help you keep them all year long:

  • Farmer selling organic veg at market on a sunny day to show why Santa Barbara is a geat place to keep your new year's resolutions Diet or eat healthier (71%)
    Abundant sunshine and a moderate climate here in Santa Barbara and environs contribute to a cornucopia of fresh local produce – much of it organic — year-round.

    The locavore and slow food movements are popular here, and chefs source food mostly within a 100-mile radius. We have farmers markets nearly every day, where fresh produce is plentiful. While the markets are all a bit different and are all worth a visit, the signature ones take place on Tuesday afternoons when downtown’s State Street morphs into the ultimate place to be; with food, music, and beautiful people. Watch for white-jacketed chefs who are there to snap up thick bunches of fresh herbs to use that night along with just-caught local sea bass or black cod. You’ll also notice kids giving gratitude to the local farmers who offer samples of juicy apples, and dancing to the guitar-strumming folk singers at the market. Doesn’t get any more “California” than this. Consider this your chance to try something new like funky looking cherimoya, nicknamed “custard apple” for its creamy white inner fruit. There’s also fresh avocados and eggplants, figs and fennel, melons and squashes, pears and persimmons. The food, along with the people, make for an unforgettable afternoon.

    Can’t make it on Tuesday? Try La Cumbre Plaza (Wednesdays), Carpinteria (Thursdays), Montecito (Fridays), Downtown (Saturdays), and Camino Real Marketplace (Sundays). 

  • Exercise more (65%)
    Santa Barbara is a wellspring of wellness for your body, mind, and soul. You can choose to nurture yourself at the many spas, yoga studios, fitness classes, energy healing centers and meditation workshops located within city limits.

    As I explained in a previous blog, ranks Santa Barbara, aka the American Rivera, number 30 in the top 100 best places to live, mainly because of all the exercise opportunities here. Another thing that adds to the appeal of living in Santa Barbara is the city’s walkability: a form of exercise many can do. In fact, Santa Barbara has been designated a Gold-Level Community by Walk Friendly Communities.

    Besides walking, living here offers you plenty of exercise-related options. We have our fair share of great gyms to choose from, but if you’re an outdoor enthusiast you can work up a sweat in the great outdoors all year long. Or, maybe you prefer water sports. This is the place to charter a ship, rent a yacht, a kayak for two, a surfboard or paddleboard.

    If hiking is your thing, Santa Barbara and the surrounding areas feature some amazing trails to explore. You’ll find everything from easy, flat paths through manicured gardens, some difficult climbs that reach towering heights over the Pacific. Scenic views are everywhere.

  • Lose Weight (54%)
    Losing weight is easy when you live near some delicious, seriously wholesome cuisine, right? Clean eating is key to the wellness equation, and The American Riviera has a robust line-up of restaurants, cafes and juice bars that serve up fresh-as-it-gets, vitamin-packed, delicious superfood goodness.

    In fact, there are several health-conscious restaurants in town, such as Mesa Verde, which caters to vegans, vegetarians, and gluten-free diners; Green Table, which boasts the largest selection of Matcha green tea blends in all of California; Lilac Patisserie, our first dedicated gluten-free bakery and café; and longtime downtown favorite, Natural Café. Yum!

  • Spend more time with family and friends (13%)
    In addition to plenty of beaches and parks, Santa Barbara has loads of attractions and outdoor opportunities that will satisfy kids of all ages.

    Some of my favorites include The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History with its most famous and exciting exhibit: a complete, 73-foot long skeleton of earth’s largest animal, a blue whale. Then there’s the Santa Barbara Zoo, a low-key and easily accessible spot with 30 acres of lush gardens that overlook the ocean, the mountains, and Santa Barbara itself. The Santa Barbara Museum of National History Sea Center offers an engaging, interactive, hands-on experience that’ll excite budding marine biologists and their parents alike. There’s a lot more. This list only scratches the surface.

LOL sign Funny New Year’s Resolutions
This year, I’m highlighting the people who don’t take themselves too seriously and make funny New Year’s Resolutions. Here are some of our favorites culled from Twitter for 2019:

  • Don’t cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time making it
  • Eat more bacon and drink more whiskey
  • Take more naps
  • Be a more positive, better person…and wear more fake eyelashes
  • Drink healthier liquor
  • Be lazy all year long
  • Pet more dogs
  • Drink more coffee
  • Stop using LOL so much
  • Don’t go to the gym on days ending in “y”
  • Say you’re going to do something, then procrastinate about it
  • Incorporate “I don’t roll that way” into at least one conversation a week
  • Spend less time interacting with people and more time with your phone
  • Escape from reality and live in a fantasy land
  • Find the lost city of Atlantis
  • Remember to write 2019 instead of 2018
  • Brush Tom Brady’s hair
  • Become as fat as you were the first time you thought you were overweight
  • Exercise your right to eat more tacos
  • Stop hanging out with people who ask about your New Year’s Resolutions 

If your New Year’s Resolution includes buying a home in Montecito, Hope Ranch or any of Santa Barbara’s upscale communities, or selling your home on The American Riviera, I’m here to help. Please call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at  Together we’ll find the perfect place where your dreams can come true in 2019! Happy New Year!


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