10 {New Ways} to Enjoy FebYOUary in Jersey City

10 {New Ways} to Enjoy FebYOUary in Jersey City

Posted in Eats on February 15, 2018

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February is a month of love, of either celebrating with a partner, spouse, or friend. But, what about yourself? Here are 10 everyday ways to turn February from a month of loving others, to Febr{YOU}ary. Because #selflove!

1. Listen to a New Band {or Rediscover an Old Love}

Whether you are finding a new sound to love, or rediscovering that one you left on repeat for four weeks, music is an amazing way to clear your head, heart, and soul. Take an extra few minutes of your day to rediscover your favorite, and escape from the world for a bit! Even head over to White Eagle Hall to listen to some jams.

Here are some singles that I'm listening to:

  • Caitlyn Smith Contact High
  • Bob Schneider Peaches
  • Samy Wats Fading

2. Try a New Food/Drink

We all get stuck in our comfort zone, ordering our usual every time we go out, with the same glass of cabernet. Although these are always good, trying something new can be exciting! (Even when we hate the new thing we ordered, at least we know we can rely on our old favorite!) On my list, the butternut squash soup at Square 1.

Here is what I am trying:

  • A Side Car
  • Sushi with mango in it
  • Butternut Squash Soup

3. Celebrate Yourself!

It can be easy to lose yourself in the everyday. Take a second to celebrate yourself, where you are, and where you have come from. Set some new goals, and plan how you can achieve them.

Here is what I am going to do:

  • Be proud of what you've accomplished and tell someone!
  • Take and post a selfie
  • Make a daily list of successes

4. Read a New Genre of Book

As a graduate student, I constantly read so the last thing I want to do when I want a break is to read. But I have found that reading things outside of your norm can alleviate this. Check out Word Bookstore's selection of good reads.

Here are three things I am reading:

  • Steven King's It
  • Angela Garcia's The Pastoral Clinic
  • Neil Gaiman American Gods

5. Expand your Horizons on Netflix/Hulu

Okay, I get it, we all love to binge watch shows. Don't get me wrong, I exit my room after watching 6 hours of Ozark not knowing what hour/day/year it is, but hey why not take a break from the normal? Watch something new—both Netflix and Hulu have countless movies and documentaries. Don't break up with your shows—just take a quick break!

Here are some things I'm watching:

  • Janis: Little Girl Blue (Netflix)
  • 2 Dope Queens (HBO Go)
  • The Path (Hulu)

6. Take a Breather

We live in a fast-paced environment, where it can be hard to realize you just want to sit and vegetate for a minute. (I don't want to sound like anyone's mom, but taking a minute out of the day to just breathe can be a great help). There are tons of resources online, apps, and classes that can help you take the hardest step: starting. Jivamukti Yoga Center might be a great place to do just that!

Here is what I am going to do:

  • Meditate for 5 minutes, twice a week
  • Find a local meditation class that I can attend
  • Doodle more

7. Join a New Group

There are tons of resources for expanding beyond the people in your inner circle, such as MeetUp.com. There are pages for finding likeminded people, to learn something new, or practice something you already love. You may even find a new hobby or friends! Local shop Bucket & Bay even has gelato making classes!

Here are some things you can learn to do:

  • How to cook
  • How to line dance
  • How to write your first python code

8. Spend a Day with Yourself

Take yourself on a date: go see a movie, to a documentary screening, or to karaoke! Do something different or discover a new place! Trust me, even doing this once can feel invigorating and freeing! Or go to a regular spot and try something new like at Downtown Yogurt where their froyo flavors rotate constantly.

Here is what I am doing:

  • Taking the water taxi into Manhattan
  • Using the water taxi to go the Oculus
  • Treating myself to frozen yogurt

9. Do Something on Your Bucket List!

When people say this, usually they mean 'go sky diving!' But, what about the smaller objectives on your bucket list? Try to do attainable things, and save the big stuff for when you really can. Jersey City has so many exciting things to try—like one of the local gyms, for instance.

Here is what I am going to try to do:

  • Take kickboxing classes
  • Planning a trip with my friends
  • Take a solo road trip

10. Go for a Walk or Rent a CitiBike

I have a dog, so I am always walking and looking for new routes to take her. Walking or biking is a great way to get out of the house, and actually enjoy the city around us!

Here is where I'm going:

  • The Colgate Clock
  • Liberty State Park
  • Hamilton Park

Written by Angela Ashman

Angela is a graduate student of cultural anthropology. While living in JC for the past two years, she has developed quite a taste for champagne, eclectic bars and exploring dog parks with her adorable cardigan welsh corgi, Olive. Follow her adventures with Olive on her Instagram @angie_ash!