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Posted in Healthy Living | January 2014

Freshen up

New Year’s resolutions can sometimes be a little daunting to keep, depending upon how strict you’ve chosen to be with yourself. It’s always a great idea to think of ways to change yourself or your life for the better, but if you want to avoid the feeling of defeat that comes with a broken resolution, we have a plan! Just consider simply resolving to start the new year with a positive attitude, a clean slate and a healthy outlook.

Making a conscious effort to look on the bright side and do things that are good for you, both physically and mentally, can steer you towards positive people, experiences, places and moments. Best of all, it can turn into a pattern of positivity that may last all year long—and all without making a single resolution!

Here are some ideas to inspire you to start fresh and shake things up:

  • Purge! Do a quick scan of your home or office and get rid of anything you don’t want, need or aren’t using regularly enough to justify its existence.
  • Try to be open to one new experience every month, even if it means trying escargot for the first time.
  • Keep learning. Take an online course in Italian, try a pottery class, or ask your employer about professional development opportunities that you may be eligible to explore.
  • Be daring for the fun of it and make a personal change. Try a new haircut or color, grow a moustache or give “skinny jeans” a try no matter how old you are.
  • Start to tackle a solvable problem, be it as big as a faulty relationship or as small as a broken appliance. Problems behind you leave possibilities in front of you!
  • Think about food differently. Learn about one of the new eating trends, like the paleo diet or vegetarianism, and consider giving it a try.
  • Make a point of carving out some “me time” where you focus on your own needs, even for just a few precious moments a day.
  • Let go of what you see as the past year’s failures. Don’t carry that burden into this fresh new year of possibilities.
  • If you’ve been feeling a little spiritually bereft, consider trying something new. Visit a different church or spiritual center, or give meditation a try.
  • Shake up your routine. There is certainly comfort in having a daily routine, but there is excitement and wonder in mixing things up every now and then. Instead of your morning coffee on the couch, walk to your local coffee shop. Instead of macaroni Monday, try a brand new recipe from a completely different culture. Instead of reading alone, join a book club and chat with like-minded bibliophiles.

Always keep your eyes open for opportunities that allow you to experience life in fresh, new and exciting ways. No matter how old you are or what your physical limitations may be, there are always wonders to explore, new people to meet, and enriching life lessons to be learned along the way.

Happy New Year!

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