11 Easy Things You Can Knock Off Your Bucket List Before the End of 2017
The end of the year can bring a lot of mixed emotions regarding what you did, what you'd wished you'd done and what you wish you hadn't.
Sometimes, it can feel like you didn't accomplish much in the year. While we bet you did a lot more than you realize, we also want you to know it's never too late to do more.
Not sure what you can still accomplish in 2017? Keep reading to discover the easiest things to knock off your bucket list before the new year.
1. Catch Up on a TV Show
Lagging behind on a show when all your friends are totally caught-up can make you feel completely out of the loop. Whether you need to brush up on just a couple of episodes or a whole season, it's fully possible to binge-watch your way to the finish line. If you're not sure you can do it, try calculating the watch time with a tool like Binge Clock. Then you'll finally be able to stop avoiding those Riverdale spoilers like the plague.
(Stranger Things via Netflix)
2. Learn to Cook Something
If you don't really cook, the thought of preparing your favorite meal from scratch can be super intimidating—but it might not be as tough as you think. Google a recipe and you may be surprised how doable it actually is. Print out the instructions and carefully follow them step by step. If it's a disaster, at least you tried. If it turns out great, you just learned a really useful new skill.
3. Finish That Book You've Been Meaning to Read
If you're anything like us, you tend to buy way more books than you ever get around to actually reading. Now's the time to make a dent in that unread pile. Even a half an hour of reading before bed each night will put you on the fast track to finally completing that book.
(Riverdale via The CW)
4. Try a New Look
Eager to change up your image for 2018? Do a test-run before the new year. Whether it's something small, like a makeover or a new outfit, or big, like a drastic haircut, winter break is the perfect time away from school to toy with a new look. If it doesn't go according to plan, there's always time to readjust before spring semester.
5. Fix a Pop Culture Blindspot
Everyone has weird holes in their pop culture knowledge. Now's as good a time to fix that as any. If you've never seen a Star Wars movie, or The Goonies or Titanic, it might be time to sit down for a few hours and finally make that right.
6. Go Meatless for a Week
Whether you want to be kinder to animals, be healthier or just be more eco-conscious, occasionally going meatless is a great solution. Try new vegan and vegetarian restaurants and take a look at the meals you love to see if any of them don't contain meat. If you can get your parents in on the plan, it'll be a lot easier.
(The Simpsons via Fox)
7. Start Learning a New Language
We don't expect you to become fluent in another language in a day, but it's easy to start on the path to learning one. Even taking in a few words and key phrases can inspire you to take it more seriously down the line, and with apps like Duolingo, it's super easy to immerse yourself and learn the basics, fast.
8. Stay Up Until Sunrise
If you've never stayed up all night to see the sunrise, why not do it before 2018? A long break from school is just right for drastically changing your sleep schedule for a night, and accomplishing it doesn't take much more than determination—and the ability to not fall asleep.
9. Visit a New Place
It's time to step out of your comfort zone and visit a new location, but that doesn't mean you have to drive out into the middle of nowhere. Make a pitstop in a part of town you've always been curious about, or try that restaurant you've driven past a million times with your family but never frequented. You just might discover your new favorite place.
10. Learn to Meditate
Meditation is awesome for reducing stress, increasing your focus and healing your spirit, but if you've never meditated, the thought can be pretty daunting. It's easier than it sounds, and here we have a ton of meditation tips for beginners.
(Star Wars Rebels via Disney XD)
11. Conquer a Fear
Everyone's scared of something, but confronting your fears head-on can make them seem a lot less scary. Try riding a steep roller coaster if you can't stand heights, or visit the reptile section of the pet store if you have a phobia of snakes. Really understanding why you're scared of things, and why you shouldn't be, can make you a stronger person.
Already thinking about 2018? Click HERE to find out the perfect new year's resolution for you, based on your zodiac sign.