Little steps, big changes: a guide for the new year

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Posted on 01 Jan 2020

For many of us, the start of a new year (and in this case, a new decade) is a time to kick start the commitment to making little positive changes in our lives. From exercising more, eating healthier, to learning a new skill, resolutions can help keep us on track with achieving personal goals.

But some resolutions aren’t as straightforward as signing up for (and actually using) a gym membership or eating more kale. If one of your new year’s resolutions or goals for 2020 is to break out of your shell, meet new people, or give back to the community, here are some baby steps to get you started.

Get creative

Adelaide living share your story
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Storytelling is a powerful way of sharing information and connecting with others - and it doesn't always have to be in spoken or written words. Pictures can also tell many a tale. 

Think back to the last time you had the pleasure of listening to someone tell you one of their stories - was it a beautifully shared moment?

Make it a goal this year to not take the simple pleasure of telling a story for granted. We all have memories worth sharing and while it may not be immediately apparent, it will have an impact on another person’s life. 

Share a story on Adelaide Living

Have a conversation

Adelaide living learn english

Adelaide’s increasingly diverse community means we are surrounded by people speaking different languages from different cultures. This also means there are many looking to learn or improve their speaking skills in a social environment. The City of Adelaide’s three community centres offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, where anyone can learn or improve their English in a relaxed, non-judging environment. 

If one of your resolutions is to give back to the community, how about offering up your time to have conversations at these sessions? You might just make a new friend while you’re at it. Contact the organiser for information on how to get involved.

More information here

Cook, greet, and meet

Join the Welcome Wagon AL feature

Meet others from around the world, and locals from the neighbourhood at The Welcome Dinner Project (WDP) - an initiative set up to help create connections over a shared meal between people new to Australia and established community members. The dinners (or lunches) can be hosted in someone’s home or a trusted community space, like any of the City of Adelaide’s community centres. 

You can host a community dinner, or even volunteer to help out at another by getting in touch with the WDP team online.

More information here

Food and friends

Adelaide living cooking class
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The Adelaide South West community centre has partnered with the Hutt Street Centre to provide cooking classes where anyone can come together to rustle up delicious, healthy, and budget-conscious dishes. The classes are open to everyone and you will only need to register yourself to attend. 

If you’re interested in expanding your cooking repertoire while learning a new recipe in a relaxing environment (where all ingredients are provided!), this is the class for you.

Register your spot here

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Michelle Chee

Michelle Chee

Your neighbourhood human being.

Michelle considers herself lucky to be able to call Adelaide home. As a migrant, she's passionate about sharing experiences of others who have also chosen this beautiful city as their place to live.