Four friends, surfers, running into the water early in the morning with surfboards in their hands. Sun is rising in back.
Four friends, surfers, running into the water early in the morning with surfboards in their hands. Sun is rising in back. AzmanL

Be the change you want to see

Nothing motivates you to work on yourself and improve your habits like the New Year.

No doubt you already work your butt off, juggling the million things required to survive in the 21st century.

There are always simple changes everyone can make to positively impact themselves, others and the environment (and we're not talking about the vow of doing 100 crunches before bed each night).

Instead of obsessing about fitness this year, why not attempt a goal that will help others?

Choose to support local farmers, help protect the planet or make an effort to better nourish the important relationships in your life.

It all starts here in 2019.

So with that, here are a few resolutions to ponder.

Hopefully one (or more) resonate with you and your individual life journey.

Start buying produce at a farmers market:

This resolution is a great one, not just for you but for the whole community.

Buying produce local not only supports nearby farmers but quite often the food is in much better condition than what you would buy from the supermarket.

Did you know research by FIAL found that 88 per cent of pork in Australian supermarkets is imported from overseas? This means the product is frozen for months/years before it lands on supermarket shelves.

Cutting out the middle man reduces your food's carbon footprint (transportation emissions), puts the money of your groceries in the pockets of the farmers and gives you a healthier, fresher product.

It's a win, win scenario for everyone!

Here's just a few of the local markets to pencil in for your weekly grocery shop.

Caloundra Street Fair

Sundays from 8 am to 1 pm

Bulcock Street Caloundra

Kawana Farmers market

Saturdays from 7 am to 12 pm

200 Sportsmans Parade Birtinya

Fisherman's Rd Markets

Sundays from 6 am to noon

Fishermans Rd Maroochydore

Big Pineapple Growers and Artisans Market

Saturdays 6.30 am to 1 pm

Big Pineapple, Nambour Connection Rd, Woombye

Hinterland Harvest Markets

Saturdays 7 am to noon

The Wellness Mill, 5 Mill Street Nambour

Noosa Farmers Market

Sundays 6 am to 12 pm

155 Weyba Rd, Noosaville


In this day and age, it's rare to have all your loved ones situated in one town. Siblings, children, cousins and friends are usually spread all over the country if not the world.

In 2019 make a New Year's resolution to keep in better contact with your loved ones.

While waiting for a bus or in a line, delayed at the airport or on a long drive, use the time as an opportunity to call your loved ones. (If you are driving, make sure you are using a hands-free kit.)

After a while, it will become a sweet little habit and the effect of a simple phone call will go a long way in strengthening a special relationship.


2019 is the year to start doing that hobby you've always dreamed of but never had time for.
2019 is the year to start doing that hobby you've always dreamed of but never had time for.


Starting a new hobby can be intimidating in your adult years.

It feels awkward not knowing what you are doing and it's hard to shoot down those inner-feelings of embarrassment.

But just think, if you're 25 and you start now by 30 you'll be a pro.

If you're 50, by the time you're 60, it'll be second nature.

The sooner you begin the better you'll eventually become.

So, grab that first surfboard, sign up to that dance class and get yourself out of your comfort zone.


Adopting a sustainable lifestyle is challenging but the secret to achieving long-term success is to approach it one simple task at a time.

If you don't already use a re-usable coffee cup, this is a great starting point.

For the first little while it's annoying.

You keep forgetting your cup or you've accidentally left it in the car unwashed, one too many times.

But keep persisting. Soon enough being without your cup will be like being without your phone (stressful and unproductive).

You'll help to reduce the excessive one billion cups that fill up our exhausted landfill dumps every year and you may even get a few cheeky discounts.

Once you've nailed this new habit start working on the next one.

Try investing in a re-usable straw or re-filling your dishwashing liquid container at a nearby bulk food outlet.

By the end of the year you'll have nailed at least four new environmentally friendly habits and 2020 will be awaiting four more.




This year is the year to finally get yourself on that overseas holiday you've been dreaming of.

The first step is to open a locked savings account.

Many people already have saving accounts but even if you are vigilant about transferring money into it each pay cycle, how easy is it to dip into this account when that cute dress is discounted or when those tickets for that gig go on sale? Yes, raise your hands in guilt.

Talk to your bank about setting up a locked account that only allows you to transfer in and not out.

Many of them will put withdrawal charges on the account, which will deter you from dipping your hands in prematurely and will ensure you only use the money in case of an emergency (or a holiday).

It's also worth sitting back and reflecting on any habits or luxuries in your life that you could potentially cut out. For those of you who buy coffee every day, think about purchasing an espresso machine.

It may cost you a bit at first but in the long run, you'll save you a heap.

If you buy multiple coffees, teas or smoothies a day try cutting back to one.

It's a tiny sacrifice that could save you some serious mula.


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Bored by your job? Keen to learn something new?

Never think you are too old, too dumb or too experienced to study.

It doesn't necessarily have to be the commitment of a university degree.

Why not sign up to a language night course or a Tafe photography or fashion course?

Even if you love the role you're in, there are many courses that can help you excel even further, no matter what the industry.

Studying can take you all over the world and there are many different types of financial support options offered by the government and educational institutes themselves.