With the days ticking down to 2019, it's time to start coming up with an achievable, yet admirable resolution idea. Resolve to be a better New Orleanian in 2019 with these 10 ideas.
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1. STOP ENDING UP AT THE GOLDMINE // GRITS EVERY TIME YOU GO OUT
Look, there is nothing wrong with a good night out at a somewhat sketchy bar that plays primarily nineties hits and doesn't turn up until 1 am. However, this joy becomes a bad habit filled with regret real real quick. I'm just saying maybe go get some Taco Bell instead.
2. START DRIVING YOUR GLASS RECYCLING TO TARGET
Is it a travesty that we live in a major metropolis that that doesn't accept glass recycling curbside? OF COURSE IT IS. But great news, this has made it completely acceptable to now tote a dozen empty champagne bottles into Target with you. Save your glass and drop it off on your next aimless walk around the dollar spot.
3. FINALLY ADMIT TO YOURSELF THAT CRAWFISH EVERY FRIDAY IS NOT A LENTEN SACRIFICE
Come March, meatless Fridays will begin again and the crawfish season will hit it's peak. I'm not saying stop eating crawfish on Fridays, I'm just saying don't pretend you're only doing it because you're Catholic.
4. BE NICE TO TULANE STUDENTS
The ultimate transplants, descending upon Uptown each fall and spring. While yes, they contribute greatly to crowds at the park, bars or any new restaurants, they also had the good sense to choose New Orleans as their home away from home. With the majority of them staying behind after graduation, it doesn't hurt to get a jump on meeting your next neighbors now.
5. LEARN HOW TO TURN LEFT OVER THE NEUTRAL GROUND
I'm only going to say this once - If you're turning left over the neutral ground and you hit a red light, it's illegal to keep going! You don't just get a pass because you took a left. Even Nola.com says so! It's complicated because no one follows this rule, but the truth all the same.
6. LEAVE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD MORE OFTEN
Do I need to board an ocean liner to get to Gentilly from Uptown? Maybe not. But does it feel like it? Yes. While our perfect Nola neighborhoods are great little self-contained bubbles, the best stuff is often just around the corner.
7. LIMIT YOUR COMPLAINING ABOUT JAZZFEST
Is it crowded? Is it expensive? Is it hot? Yes, yes and hell yes. However, it's still a big beautiful festival that is worth seeing at least once. Let the festival junkies have their joy.
8. LET SOMEONE ELSE REQUEST GET READY, READY | DJ JUBILEE
Because someone is going to do it - it doesn't always have to be you.
9. STOP PUTTING YOUR STRAW THROUGH YOUR DRIVE THROUGH DAIQUIRI
All hail the drive through daiquiri shop. You've known since childhood that the straw makes it an open container - stop acting like you don't know better.
10. BE NICE TO YOUR UBER // LYFT DRIVERS
For making life in New Orleans possible. So what, they have to pull over in the dead middle of Magazine Street halting all progress? It's still worth it!
Any other Nola-inspired resolutions for 2019? Drop a note in the comments below.
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Happy Almost New Year, y'all!