As we approach the new year, many folks are thinking about their resolutions for 2013. Here are the top 10 resolutions people most often make and some suggestions for how you can keep them.
1. Help People / Give Back.
If you're looking for a way to give back in 2012, consider volunteering at the DC Center! You can find out more about volunteer opportunities here by liking us on Facebook: Center Volunteers or follow us on twitter at: twitter.com/centervolunteer. We are always looking for volunteers to assist with Packing Parties at the Green Lantern. Join us every Tuesday night at 7:00 to assemble safer sex kits. Another great resource for volunteer opportunities is Burgundy Crescent.
2. Quit Smoking
When you are ready to quit smoking, the DC Center is ready to help. We have a new 7-Week Freedom from Smoking Class starting up in January. This class is designed to give you the best possible chance at success. Don't try and quit by yourself, get the support you need. Click here to learn more, or you can e-mailt firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Become More Physically Active.
There are plenty of ways to fit more physical activity into your schedule! If you're interested in making new friends and playing sports, click here to learn more about local LGBT Sports Teams.
4. Spend More Time with Your Family
Spending time with your loved ones, whether it be your traditional family or your family of choice, is important. If you are an LGBT parent, an excellent resource is Rainbow Families. Rainbow Families DC is the organization for all LGBT parents / prospective parents and our allies in the DC metropolitan area. Find out more at: www.rainbowfamiliesdc.org.
At the DC Center, we are hope to find more ways to support you as you build your own family. Like us on Facebook at: Center Families or follow us on twitter at: twitter.com/centerfamilies.
5. Lose Weight
Women who identify as belonging to a sexual minority group (e.g. lesbian, queer, bisexual, 2-spirited, gay) to participate in Mautner on the MOVE (Making our Vitality Evident). The weight loss program (called MOVE - Making Our Vitality Evident!) encourages women to select one of four eating plans, participate in a purposeful movement activity on a regular basis and offers an opportunity to openly discuss issues related to weight. Find out more at: move.mautnerproject.org
6. Quit Drinking / Quit Using Drugs
If you or someone you love is experiencing problems with alcohol or drugs there are great LGBT-affirming resources available in the District of Columbia. Two places to start are:
* Dupont Circle Club, 1623 Connecticut Avenue , 2nd Floor (over the Melody record store)
* The Triangle Club , 2030 P St., N.W. Washington , DC (upstairs from Lustre Cleaners) (202)-659-8641
7. Enjoy Life More
Put some more fun in your life. Click here to see a list of LGBT Social Groups in our area. There is something for everyone.
Also, this DC Center is kicking off a monthly happy hour at MOVA that takes place the second Tuesday of every month. Each happy hour will feature a different program of the DC Center, so it's a great way to meet new people and learn more about the DC Center. Upcoming events include:
- January 8th: Center Global Launch Party: find out more
- February 12th: GLOV Happy Hour Reception: find out more
- March 12th: Center Military Kick-Off: find out more
- April 9th: Youth Working Group Reception: find out more
- May 14th: DC Queer Theatre Reception: find out more
8. Know Your HIV Status
Okay, this is not actually one of the top 10, but for gay and bisexual men and the transgender community, knowing your HIV status is crucial. Knowing that you are HIV-positive gives you the ability to protect your own health and the health of your partners. You can get a free HIV test at the DC Center the second Saturday of every month. To find out more visit: www.fighthivindc.org. You can like us on facebook at: twitter.com/fighthivindc.
9. Get Out of Debt
If you are in debt, free assistance is available. You can receive financial counseling and education in person, over the phone, or online. Click here to find a list of approved credit counselling agencies in your area.
10. Get Your Career on Track
The DC Center Career Development Program brings trained and experienced volunteer human resource professionals to offer support with job searches, interviews skills, resume writing and individual career goal counseling. If you're looking for a job, consider joining us on Wednesdays! Find us at www.centercareers.org. You can also like us on facebook at: Center Careers or like us on twitter at: twitter.com/centercareers.