This year, don’t make it so easy to disappoint yourself. Below, a few highly achievable resolutions and how to carry them out in 2014.
I want to be eco-conscious, but I also want to be a badass.
The military-minded gents at Zero Motorcycles can help you cut ties with the petrol station and ease your parking anxiety, while Parker Dusseau specializes in smart but functional wardrobes for the pedal-powered commuters among you.
I want to drink more. Like, a lot more.
The small-batch, barrel-aging brewmasters at Cellarmaker have the cure for ho-hum suds in their SoMa tasting room, but if international oddities are what you seek, the mad scientist brews of Denmark’s Mikkeller are on temperature-controlled tap in the TL.
I vow not to use my cell phone as often.
Give yourself a break from your smartphone tethers with an unplugged weekend retreat, care of Beyond Tech and their Mendocino campground — fresh air, gourmet food and nary an Internet. Or take matters into your own hands with the self-guided adventures of the Outdoor Project.
Water sports. I’d like to get into those.
Take up kiteboarding with the expert instruction of Captain John von Tesmar of Kite the Bay, or just put your skills to the test with one of his premier expeditions. And if a trip to SoCal or Bolinas is in your future, your new board and trunks are waiting for you at Oakland Surf Club.
I want to get the hell out of dodge.
For a romantic getaway to start the year off right, look north to Lake Berryessa and The Inn at Park Winters — the victorian B&B of her dreams — or head south (now that the smoke has cleared) to the woodsy comfort of Glen Oaks and their Big Sur Roadhouse.