Make a significant change in your life with resolutions that work and are less difficult to maintain.

Every year, we list down and vow to make changes in our lives with resolutions that last somewhere between two weeks and one full quarter of the year. We’ve all been there and we all know how difficult it can sometimes get as more and more temptations and reasons to break our resolutions come along. Fortunately, Treetopia has listed a few, often-aimed-for life-changing resolutions and ways you can stay on track.

Be Fitter

Fabulous and Life-changing Resolutions for 2013

People automatically equate being fit to extreme dieting and rigorous exercising. Remember that our bodies respond differently to stimuli so what works for that ultra-thin celebrity does not necessarily mean that it will work you. If your goal is to be fit, you have to understand your body’s needs first and create a strategy tailor-made according to it. Come up with a reasonable fitness goal. The contestants of The Biggest Loser may have lost a lot of weight in the first few weeks, but keep in mind that they were also living in seclusion with nothing to do but diet and exercise with the help of experts. Create fitness plans to work around your other priorities and you will see your efforts pay off when your fabulous new self emerges at the end of this fitness roller coaster ride.

Learn Something

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More often than not, one of our awesome but idealistic goals is to learn something new, whether it is a new language (Oui!) or a new skill (want to be the next Master Chef?), or to pursue your dream that’s been put on hold (today the shower, tomorrow Broadway!). Here’s a secret to reaching your goal: if you want it bad enough, just go for it. It’s never too late and you’re never too old to learn something new, especially something that would add to your already wonderful and charming personality. No one ever gets it right the first time, but with patience and enough passion, you will achieve your goals.

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If you’re looking for fantastic places to visit, follow the trail to some of film’s most epic journeys. One of the things that makes adventure films great is getting introduced to fantastic places you would otherwise not have known about. Films have taken us from the deep recesses of Earth to the outermost areas of space using green screens and other advanced technological techniques employed by filmmakers. However, there are films that used real places as a backdrop to some of the most epic film journeys ever made. Consider visiting these unbelievably amazing places on your next vacation:

Middle Earth

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January 3 of each year celebrates the birth of one of the most prominent literary figures of high fantasy, John Ronald Ruel Tolkien, more commonly known as J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and The Silmarillon, among other books concerning the epic story of Middle Earth. Follow in the footsteps of the fellowship of the ring when you visit various places in New Zealand. Explore Kaitoke Regional Park, the enchanting land of Rivendell where Arwen Evenstar dwells, or pass solemnly by Mount Owen, recognized by Gimli son of Glóin as Dimrill Dale, where the fellowship rested after their escape from Moria where Gandalf the Grey fell in battle against the Balrog.

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get your gears turning
The long holiday certainly bought extra time for merry-making and anything-but-work activities but now that the holiday season is over, it’s time to head back out to the real world. If you’re like most people, you’re probably experiencing difficulty getting things back on track. Here’s some good news: Treetopia has come up with a list of things to do to jump-start your brain and get your gears turning smoothly again.

Exercise

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It’s the “E” word that most people include as part of their New Year’s resolutions, but it’s not always the one that goes beyond the two-week mark. Having the discipline to follow through an appropriate exercise routine can help turn your gears because it eases stress and gives you enough energy to power through your day. It also releases endorphins to enhance your mood.

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Now that the Christmas festivities are over, people are getting ready to celebrate the arrival of 2013. While New Year’s Eve is a night of fabulous parties and food-filled activities for some, it is also a night linked to tradition for others. Take a look at some traditions of how people from different parts of the world ring in the New Year.

Carnival and Color

New Year's Day Traditions

In some areas in South Africa, the arrival of the New Year is celebrated with a burst of color and a carnival atmosphere. People take to the streets wearing colorful costumes as they dance to the beat of the drums.

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happy mothers day greeting

Moms are the best! They have boundless amounts of energy to work all day and still prepare dinner and kiss the kids good night. This Christmas, show them you appreciate everything they do for you. Here are some holiday gift ideas that will be appreciated by moms in every stage of motherhood:

Something Needed

One way to make sure that your gift will be fully appreciated is to find out what mom needs around the house, whether it’s an actual household item or a task that needs doing: a new non-stick pan, a set of bed covers, a nice painting to fill the bare wall, a new pair of shoes for walking in the park—or even repairs around the house. Just make sure that you call in the experts for repairs if you’re not one. Do what you can to make her life easier for the rest of the year.

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Over the past few years, books have made a comeback as a result of popular and compelling film and television adaptations. While there have been many fans of such cinematic adaptations, many people choose to either preempt or follow up literary films with original texts, and there are purists who strictly prefer the written form. If you’re wondering what to give bookworms this season, Treetopia has several delightful and useful gift ideas.

Waterproof Book Covers

gift ideas for bibliophiles: plastic book covers

Any book lover would agree that it’s not fun to read damaged books, especially books with pages stuck together from being a casualty of water. Gift any book lover with a waterproof book cover (or a set of them), and they will surely cherish the extra protection it gives their beloved books—and cherish you for your savvy and thoughtful idea.

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Christmas is our free ticket to go all out and satisfy our appetites all in one day. It’s also the day when we get together with our dearest of family and friends. While everyone appreciates receiving gifts, giving that fruitcake a break this Christmas will certainly be a welcome decision. Since Christmas is also all about scrumptious food, here are a few gift ideas you can use for the food lovers on your gift list:

Collection of Herbs

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For those who appreciate the huge difference herbs make in any dish, a collection of fresh or dried herbs makes a great gift. If you fancy the dried herbs option, purchase a few bundles of a variety of herbs from your local farmer’s market. Store these in clear, airtight containers, and label them accordingly. Food lovers with green thumbs will appreciate receiving a small potted herb garden that will make a great herb starter kit.

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Teachers are everywhere and it’s no secret that being a teacher is a difficult job. There are some who end up as your intellectual guides or concerned friends when school is over. Whether the teacher is a friend or someone who has made an impact at some point in your life, here are a few fabulous gift ideas for the people working in the profession that teaches all other professions:

A Box of Scrumptious Pastries

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Teachers are busy. They spend most of the day in the classroom and spend the rest of the day grading their students’ papers. Since cookies and pastries make for great pick-me-ups, give the teachers a reprieve by gifting them a box of scrumptious pastries that will melt the stress away with every bite.

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Now that we have stuffed ourselves with a delightful Thanksgiving feast sprinkled with love, we can direct our attention to the next big feast—Christmas. Christmas is certainly one of the holidays with a treasure trove of traditions, but do you know why and how exactly these traditions came about?

Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree carol Christmas Traditions
The most popular Christmas icon, especially for children, is the Christmas tree. We’ve all been though the phase of counting how many beautifully wrapped gifts nestled under the tree have our name on it. But did you know that the tradition of decorating trees came long before Christmas itself? It is believed that ancient pagan societies that practiced animism brought and decorated trees indoors to please the spirits and ensure a good harvest. Trees only became linked to Christmas when Christianity started to spread across Germany. The popularization of the modern Christmas tree came about when Prince Albert, originally from Germany, introduced the Christmas tree to England after he married Queen Victoria in 1840.

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Black Friday should not just be about lining up the whole night to get awesome shopping deals. If you don’t want to line up or are simply looking for other things to do on Black Friday other than shop with a huge crowd, try out some of our fabulous suggestions for alternative activities.

See the Great Outdoors

Alternative Activities to Black Friday Lake

Really see the great outdoors by going camping, hiking, or swimming. If you’re not the active type, you can simply enjoy the scenery and take pictures. Whatever your level of activity is, you can be sure that nature will take you on a great journey of discovery.

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