Written by Kylie Ross Sibert

Nearly two out of three Americans are making New Year’s resolutions in 2021.

  • 61% are making New Year’s resolutions
  • 39% are not making New Year’s resolutions
  • 80% of those making resolutions plan to stick to them.

Most Popular 2021 Resolutions (among those making resolutions)

  • Fitness, Exercise – 67%
  • Healthier Eating – 59%
  • Lose Weight – 56%
  • Positive Outlook – 40%
  • Financial – 39%
  • Get Organized – 32%
  • Family – 31%
  • Love – 28%
  • Help others – 27%
  • Travel – 25%
  • Job – 23%

The Hampton Roads community has gotten behind local businesses this year, at a time when they needed support the most. Retail Alliance is providing some suggestions for how they can continue to support local while also keeping their new year’s resolutions. Here’s a list to get started:

  1. Shop/Support Local

Download the Local LOVEVA app, start shopping and earn rewards while supporting local businesses and achieving your New Year’s resolutions.

  1. Read More

Pick up a new bestseller at Prince Books in Downtown Norfolk or Book Owl Books in Portsmouth. Love comics? Pick up your favorites at Jersey’s Cards & Comics in Hayes, Hampton, or Yorktown.

  1. Exercise More

Workout at Logic Fitness in Hampton or Pure Barre in Newport News. Take a group bike ride with Village Bicycles in Newport News.

  1. Eat Better

Get nutrition counseling from a registered dietician at Nuleuu Nutrition in Chesapeake or book a virtual consultation with one of the weight loss team at Dr. Clark’s Center for Weight Loss Success in Newport News. Make healthy food choices at Alkalicious in Chesapeake, Heritage Natural Market in Virginia Beach, and CLTR Vegan Joint in Virginia Beach.

  1. Save More/Budget

Meet with a financial planner at Inspire You Agency (a Division of Five Ring Financial), ChaNJe Money Matters, all based in Virginia Beach, First Command Financial Planning in Newport News, or contact Fulton, Dollar, Sona, Southern, Towne or Old Point Banks. Considering an investment portfolio. Contact Vestalyze in Virginia Beach. Or find a new job that pays more with Reliance Staffing Services in Chesapeake.

  1. Reduce Stress

Talk to a PhD nurse educator about CBD at HempHaven in Chesapeake or enjoy a massage at The Beauty Tree Spa in Virginia Beach or Changes City Spa in Norfolk. Or escape to the salt caves at Williamsburg Salt Spa. Visit C.A. & J. Farm in Mathews County to enjoy life closer to nature or take a nature tour with The Nature Bus.

  1. Sleep More/Better

Get a new mattress from Willis Furniture in Virginia Beach, Decorum Furniture in Norfolk or Esprit Décor in Chesapeake.

  1. Travel

Plan that dream getaway with Dream Vacations Let’s Pack & Go in Portsmouth.

  1. Learn Something New

Attend a workshop on how to make terrariums, centerpieces, or wildflower arrangements at HortiCulture Design Co. in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Attend a virtual wine tasting with Crystal Palate in Norfolk.

McDonald Garden Centers are conducting Facebook Live online seminars with gardening guru Mike Westfall on topics such as wintertime gardening as well as how to prepare your yard for the spring.

Create a mixed media cabana beach scene on a 9×12 canvas using mixed media supplies at Cottage LunaSea in Virginia Beach.

Try out your DIY skills in a craft class at Lilac Lane in Yorktown or Coast DIY Bar in Norfolk.

Or try skateboarding with a new board from Siren Skate Shop in Norfolk.

  1. Get Organized

Call Oasis Home Spaces for help decluttering your office or pantry. Or ask WoodFellas to build a closet system that won’t break the bank.

Get a specialist to help make your spaces work for you. Kathy Knack Interiors in Norfolk or Moonefield Interiors in Smithfield can help redesign a room or your whole house.

To find more local businesses for your resolution needs, click here.