20 Local New Year’s Resolutions for 2020 You Can Actually Keep

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New Year, New Me, New You, New Everything = January 1st, as the saying pseudo goes. Or as some skeptics of resolutions like to call it, just another day. Regardless of how you feel to the start of the year, there’s no doubt that December 31st and January 1st usually bring some reflections to most and incite the urge for a fresh start. But when it comes resolutions, most are fizzling out by week two of January, and if you’re lucky, week four or the first week of February. To help combat this resolution burnout, we’ve compiled a list of 20 local  New Year’s resolutions you can *actually* keep — thanks to our readers and followers who shared their ideas.


1. Avoid Amazon + chain stores, and shop locally.

Shop Small Saturday  is great, but have you ever gone into a store, bought something, and watched that actual person receive the benefits of your purchase {and probably did a happy dance once you left}? That’s the feeling that’ll be held throughout the year. “Help the mom and pops,” as @zoester03 responded. Make a promise to yourself to not shop anywhere but locally-owned places this year, as much as possible. Here’s a list of locally-owned brick-and-mortar shops in Hoboken to support. Our JC list coming soon!

2. Bring a reusable tote everywhere.

In 2019, Hoboken and Jersey City instilled laws that prohibited the use of plastic bags, to many locals’ outcry {though really people, it’s 2020 and we need to get moving on saving this planet, #notkidding}. But now that we’re used to it, it’s time to get some reusable totes and actually use them. As several IG users including @dbrilly said, “No more single use — always bring a tote,” and that’s not a bad idea because those charges for a bag definitely add up over time. To get you started, here are some cute reusable totes to purchase, here.

Read More: Born-and-Raised Hoboken Residents Share Past New Year’s Eve Traditions

3. Enjoy local coffee shops only. Sorry Starbucks.

While Starbucks and Dunkin are popular as ever, in most of our Hudson County communities, local coffee shops are a-plenty. Instagram user @brensterr had the same idea, and said that she’d be making that one of her resolutions this year. Here’s a list of Hoboken spots and Jersey City spots to get you started.

4. Take advantage of all the local fitness deals and gym trials.

Easy peasy – check out our Self-Care Guide to 2020 to get you started.

5. Commit to self-care once per month or week locally.

Instagram user @michelle_m_dsa said, “self care: take yoga, get a facial, massage” — and ALL. THE. YES. Even if this happens only once a month or quarter, take some time for you — and treat yo’self.

6. Go to happy hour on the NJ side instead of NYC.

It’s easy to hop across the Hudson and go out for a drink, but as several of our readers suggested, take advantage of all the happy hours offered here in Hudson County {trust us, there are plenty}. And drag your NYC friends with you, even if they come kicking and screaming.

7. Try a new restaurant every week.

Hoboken and Jersey City are filled to the brim with amazing restaurants, so trying a new one each week is an easy resolution to keep, like our readers and IG users @lauren_larezza and @ktina7 will be doing. Try Italian food one week, omakase sushi another, and so much more. You definitely won’t be disappointed. Here’s a good place on our site to get you started. And yes, that’d be 52 new spots. Can you do it?

8. Walk more instead of Ubering.

With so many ride-share services at our disposal here in Hudson County, it’s only right that we take some time to enjoy the cities we live in on foot when we can.

See More: Hudson County Restaurants That Have Been Nationally Recognized

9. Volunteer locally.

There are so many opportunities to donate and volunteer your time here in Hudson County, like IG user @msberkys20. With so many opportunities here, it’s easy to commit to this resolution at least once a month. Find a full list of charities to donate to here and keep an eye out for our monthly local volunteer roundups.

10. Read one book monthly — and get it locally.

Our reader Michelle, via Facebook, shared that she will be picking up one book each month to read from the public library. Committing to a book is a simple task {especially when you give yourself a full month to read it — life can get busy quickly}. The Hoboken Public Library has a great selection of books to rent, while local bookstores like WORD in Jersey City and Symposia + Little City Books in Hoboken offer a great selection available for purchase.

11. Attend more community events — try for 12 this year!

It’s no secret that we love our local communities in Hudson County. Luckily, we always have fun and/or informative community-focused events happening in each week {just check out our weekly events guide} to help us learn more + connect with other locals. Plus, since these events happen so frequently, it’s easy to commit to going to one at least once a month. Try for 12- and make sure to save the date for our formalwear sale on March 28, 2020 and Hoboken Wellness Crawl on April 26, 2020.

12. Complete a walking tour of Hoboken. 

Hoboken has a number of walking tours available. From the historic walking tour offered by the Hoboken Historical  Museum, something that reader Irina via FB has suggested doing, to taking a Frank Sinatra tour on foot, it would be great to take advantage of these opportunities in the new year. Don’t forget to tag us in your pics.

13. Try something new — {a new class or learn a new skill}.

Trying out one new thing is easy to do. From the slew of unique cooking classes offered in Hoboken +  JC, as well as the improv classes offered at the Mile Square Theatre {suggested by FB user Zabrina}, an art class at Urban Arts, or a rock climbing class at Gravity Vault, there are tons of options to pick from in 2020.

14. Explore beyond Hoboken + Jersey City.

It might seem as if Hoboken +  Jersey City are the centers of Hudson County in our worlds, but Hudson County is actually home to slew of other cities offering just as many fun + unique activities. Check out our guide for fun things to do in North Hudson County and our Hudson County Bucket List to 2020 — which touches all the different cities in our area including North Bergen, Weehawken, Secaucus, and Kearny.

15. Take advantage of local public libraries.

These days, libraries are for more than just books. The Hoboken Public Library boasts an array of fun events regularly for locals to take advantage of, and no matter which Hudson County city you live in — borrowing a book to read 1x/month is a great way to {inexpensively} expand your reading horizons.

16. Travel to/from work a different way.

The PATH, the NY Waterway  Ferry, the Light Rail — there are tons of different ways to commute in HC to add some new routes to your morning commute in 2020 per our reader Stephanie’s suggestion via Facebook.

17. Take the scenic route to dinner or brunch.

Take advantage of those gorgeous views our local waterfront has to offer, like our reader Lara suggested on Facebook, at least once a month {or more if you’re up for it!}. Perhaps it’s even switching your walk or bike ride to work.

18. Make a serious effort to meet new people in town.

Sure, #nonewfriends, but also — there are SO many cool people in our area. With fun weekly events {including free} there are tons of opportunities to meet new people in Hudson County in 2020. Take some time to make an active effort to attend these events and mix + mingle with other local people. And stay tuned for our next “Find a Friend” Hoboken Girl Social — coming in February!

Read More: Where to Meet New People in Hudson County

19. Live sustainably – buy clothes 2nd hand, recycle + compost.

It’s easier than you think – especially you’ve got Vintage on 1st, Zero Kids, Mint Market JC, Salvo, and St. Mary’s Advocates for second-hand {but 1st rate} clothing. As far as composting goes, we have a whole post on that here.

20. Subscribe to a new podcast.

Dare we suggest Tea on the Hudson, our lifestyle podcast that shares news, local interviews, self-care spots, and more…but if you want to make your own decisions, check out a local Hudson County list of podcasts here.


We love our readers and work hard to provide you with the most up-to-date info on all the happenings right here in Hoboken and Jersey City. Check our site daily for new articles, news, and more. Shopping locally is a thing — but so is reading locally! Here’s to an amazing 2020.

xoxo, Team HG

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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of HobokenGirl.com. With deep entrepreneurial roots in Hudson County — as her grandparents owned textile businesses on Tonnelle Ave in North Bergen dating back to the 50s — she started the site as a Hoboken resident to discover the amazing things happening in the area. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her two pups, or watching Bravo TV and ordering takeout with her husband.