5 Tips for Making the Most of 2020

Family History
16 December 2019
by Jennifer Billock

New Year’s resolutions are often focused on changing something about yourself, like working out more or starting a new diet.

This coming new year, why not challenge yourself to turn to family and friends instead, building deeper relationships with loved ones?

Here are a few tips.

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Plan a Trip

Experiencing new places together is a ​tried and true hack for bonding, so hit the open road with friends and family in 2020.

Plus, it’s the perfect way to connect more with your unique history.

This year, finally take that trip with your brothers to see the ancestral cottage in Ireland. Grab a friend or loved one and go to their grandmother’s Italian village. Or road-trip to your great-aunt’s wedding church.

Learn a New Hobby

Science proves it: Continual learning will help you stay happy and healthy longer, plus it will keep you mentally sharp. So never stop learning. Make a point of it in 2020 by picking up a new hobby.

​Need a hack for picking a hobby? ​You can look to your past for a connection. Maybe your family tree includes painters, photographers, authors, or even knitters.

Celebrate your heritage by picking up a skill that already runs in your family.

Push Your Culinary Boundaries

If you’re a meat and potatoes type person, now is your chance to mix it up. Your heritage is more than just a farm plot—your roots ​can be your inspiration for cooking up something new.

If you had ancestors in the south, you can try making hush puppies. Italian heritage? Perfect a marinara sauce.

You may even be able to find recipes like this one for Appalachian apple stack cake on Ancestry®.

Build Your Family Tree

Is your family growing, making it a bit of a challenge to keep track of everyone? A family tree is the perfect way to explore the connections you all share, who’s connected to whom and how.

And it can bring up all sorts of interesting family stories, like maybe where your grandparents were living when they married—or how old they were when they started their family.

Perhaps a relative of yours has already created a tree and found fascinating historical tidbits about your family. You can build on their work and take your findings back to the rest of the family.

Enjoy Time with Family and Friends

Dig deeply into your drive for connection, making a year-long effort to spend time bonding with family and friends. Don’t limit it to just one trip or event.

Take the opportunities with family to have those meaningful conversations. Ask questions to fill in the blanks on whatever you don’t know about your family story.

You never know what you might find out. You could find out you’re Dominican and not Puerto Rican. Or discover your grandfather’s World War II love letters.

Get a jump on 2020 with a free trial of Ancestry today.