Ringing in the New Year symbolically turns the page to a blank canvas offering perhaps the wish for  continued happiness or the hopes for better times to come.  And although we cannot know what the future holds, we can perhaps influence our path in the right direction through the many choices that we make.

New Year’s resolutions often revolve around weight loss, exercise and time well spent.  All very valid and well intentioned targets but without a clear plan these goals can be hard to achieve and can fall by the wayside quickly as life gets in the way.

So this year, instead of looking down the road of a marathon, let’s go step by step with simple strategies to help us achieve our goals.

My offerings to you…

Be mindful

Stop looking ahead and enjoy where you are right now.  If we keep looking forward we miss now and now is where we have the opportunity for our greatest happiness.

Be mindful of what you eat and what you drink.  Don’t just feed your body, nourish it.  Food matters.


Exercise means different things to us all.  Don’t start off at the level you want to be at, meet yourself where you are.  If that means going for a walk each day, grab your Fitbit and go!

Don’t sit for more than an hour at a time.  Get up and get that blood circulating.

Get Good Quality Sleep

Sleep is where we detox and repair.  Make sure that you sleep in a dark room with no electronics close by.  Have a bedtime routine.  Don’t eat right before bed.

And finally…

Cut Yourself Some Slack

Be realistic!  Achieving good health isn’t crossing a finish line.  It is a life long commitment to treating yourself with respect and graciousness.  Make it your goal to do one good thing a day for you and build upon that.  This could be anything from drinking lemon water in the morning, to setting aside time each day to listen to your favourite music or reading a good book.

My wish for you is a year and a lifetime of abundant happiness, dreams that become reality and the opportunity to share them with those whom you hold dear.

Happy New Year!

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