New Year resolutions often include a promise to work out more, feel less stress, and be a part of the community. (File photo)

Resolving to improve yourself in Hope for 2020

Tips to a better you while staying local

Have you resolved to improve your life in 2020?

If so, you’re not alone. Whether you’ve resolved to save money, travel more, or get healthier, it’s that time everyone is setting goals for the year to come. There are options to fulfill your resolutions all around Hope, if you know where to look.

We’ve gathered some local ideas, from quitting smoking, to getting moving, and to finding ways to volunteer — all locally.

Get in shape

This one gets on most people’s lists at some point in life. And the staff at the Hope Recreation Centre is prepared to meet their clients at whatever point in the journey they’re on.

Joining a class can mean trying out chair yoga after an injury or illness, or jumping on a spin bike and pushing yourself to go the distance. There’s kickboxing, strength training, swimming classes, and even fun times on the ice set aside for families to play hockey together.

For those looking for indoor walking options, a walking club has been started at Riverside Manor. It takes place Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Smoking cessation

Smoking is a hard one to quit, whether it’s cigarettes, vaping or smoking marijuana. And quitting is no easier for teenagers.

Thankfully, there is some local advice and guidance available.

The Hope and Area Transition Society has partnered with Fraser Health to deliver a campaign aimed at raising awareness around vaping, tobacco and cannabis use. Their initiative will host various family focused information sessions: Hope Secondary School on Jan. 22, Silver Creek School Jan. 23, and Boston Bar Jan. 14.

For more info, contact Bonnie Millward at Hope and Area Transition Society at 604-869-5111.

Learn something new

There are opportunities to learn all around Hope. Non-graduated adults can work toward their Dogwood at Two Rivers Education Centre, and find more information about education options at the UFV Hope Centre. And for those who want to get out of a classroom, there is always the Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning. Options this winter include avalanche safety courses and snowshoeing instruction. Watch their website through the year to keep your resolution active.

If learning something new means taking up the arts, then the Art Machine is a good starting point. They offer a variety of affordable group classes that run the gamut from paper arts to pottery.

Volunteer more

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any community. If you want to give more time to the community this year, look close to home first. Maybe your child’s team needs a skill you can provide, or your church is looking for help from time to time.

There are often volunteers needed in the medical community, and for those opportunities, Fraser Health has a webpage with a full list of their needs and how to apply. Volunteers are needed in youth groups, within local service groups, and in groups like Communities in Bloom or even Hope Search and Rescue.

Also, make sure to sign up for the volunteer pool through the Read Right Society to receive regular emails about volunteer opportunities that could fit your skills.

Lose the stress

Go for a hike, a walk around the block, or try out some yoga and meditation at one of the various studios around Hope. There are monthly women’s circles at Kaleidoscope Healing, community meditation workshops at The Space, yoga lessons at the Recreation Centre, for example.

Get more organized

Get your journal working for your with a bullet journal system. A free workshop is being held on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Hope Library. Explore goal setting, intentional living, and life balance approaches through this popular tracking, planning, and creativity outlet. This is a workshop suitable for all levels of experience. Supplies and door prizes provided.

Get out of debt

The Read Right Society offers financial literacy programs throughout the year. Their financial literacy course is an eight-week series on budgets, savings, investing, needs vs. wants, debt, and financial safety. This is a great course for anyone wanting to get better control of their finances. Learn more at


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