It’s page turning time again. Hopefully this year you can finally get to that next chapter.
A new year brings with it reflection…of the past, and of course, the future. The new year brings with it our need to change habits. We take what we really don’t like about ourselves such as being overweight, drinking too much alcohol, smoking, spending too much money etc. and pledge to make a drastic change in this regard starting on January 1st each year.
Statistics show that not many people stick to their resolutions. Things start out strong and mighty and shortly into the first or second month of the year old habits slowly surface again, remaining with us until the next new year is upon us. Once again, we pledge to change that same thing we don’t like about ourselves. It is a vicious cycle that just keeps us from accepting and loving ourselves.
The following is a “TOP TEN” list of resolutions.
1. Spend more time with family and friends: Polls show that more than 50% vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends.
3. Lose weight: It is not surprising that this resolution is in the top 10. Over 66 percent of North Americans are overweight or obese. Set reasonable goals and shed extra pounds.
4. Quit smoking: Thank goodness I nipped this nasty habit 24 years ago. It’s a big one. Trust me….there is life after smoking…if you quit before it’s too late.
5. Enjoy life more: Life is hectic and stressful. Finding balance is key. You can’t live happy if you are stressed. Find ways to live a more peaceful existence. Your body, mind and soul will thank you.
6. Quit drinking: Another lifestyle change that most may find very hard to do. Thank goodness my hubby and I were able to get rid of this habit over 5 years ago. It was the best thing we ever did. Society’s cup runneth over when it comes to alcohol availability and the “social drinker”.
7. Get out of debt: Get a handle on your finances. Being stressed about money causes many problems….relationships and health to name a few.
8. Learn something new: Experts say education and learning something such as a new language or skill is one of the easiest resolutions to keep.
9. Help others: Volunteer. There are many places to offer your time helping others. If you can’t give of your time then donate your old furniture and unwanted clothing to someone who needs a hand.
10. Get organized: This is a reasonable goal. Life runs so much smoother when your surroundings are organized…from office to car to home. An organized life is a smoother life.
It is time to reinvent your life. It’s time to start living your life the way your really want to. You only go this way once so make the most of it. Get rid of those habits that are causing you such unhappiness. Get focused and make the changes. Put your road map together and start your journey to a happier, healthier, peaceful life.
Trust me….it’s worth the effort.
“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” – Brad Paisley