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Change Your Year for The Better with these 5 Micro-Habits

It’s common to avoid making changes, even though we say we want to; especially if you’re someone like me who doesn’t really like change. One reason for this is that we try to make multiple big changes all at once. However, science has proven that making a few small habit changes is the best way to create effective and lasting change. If you are ready to get started making this year the healthiest and happiest yet, you should start with these seven simple micro-habits. 1. Set Boundaries What is the one thing you consistently do that depletes your time and energy? Maybe it’s a committee which you no longer want to be part of, or a weekly get together with friends that you’ve outgrown. Now’s the time to choose yourself over these non-essentials. Plan a way to get out of these time and energy draining activities. And when new opportunities…

Why You Should Start Journaling in the New Year

Journaling is a positive way to channel your creative energies and get focused on your goals. The beginning of a new year is a perfect time to start a journal. The blank page represents the boundless opportunities that await. Here are some things to consider before starting your journal in the new year. Your Journal and Life are Works in Progress Sometimes a journal full of blank pages can be intimidating. But writing can be very therapeutic. Journaling allows you to be self-expressive with no judgment. Writing allows you to clear your head of all the thoughts that might be clouding it. Make one of your goals this year a commitment to be perfectly imperfect. Be yourself, flaws and all. Don’t labor over each sentence in your journal in an attempt to make it polished and worthy of a writing award. Remember that if the writing comes from inside of…

15 Keys for a Successful Year

I’ve been struggling to find my motivation probably since October of last year. After my large annual event at work was over, I wanted to just ship myself to a remote island for the rest of the year.  And even now, at the beginning of a new year,  I’ve been dragging my feet in doing all the things I traditionally do like set monthly and yearly goals, create a theme, create a vision board, etc. Thankfully, the recent snow storm the Washington, DC area had, allowed me to spend time doing all the things I had been putting off.  I worked on my setting goals using my Smart Goals Worksheets.  I also got around to thinking about the major keys to a successful year and decided to share with you the 15 Keys for a Successful Year. 1. Pick a theme or word for the year. Having a theme that…

9 Things to Do to Start the New Year Off Right

It’s the new year and the perfect time for new beginnings. In the midst of setting resolutions and then forgetting them, there are nine things you can do to start the new on the right foot. These 9 tasks below will help you have a fresh start to the year. 1. Print out pictures stored in your phone. If you’re like me, you probably have hundreds or thousands of photos saved in your phone. Free Prints is an app available on Android and iPhone that allows you to get 1,000 free 4×6 prints a year for FREE. All you have to pay is the shipping. So go through your phone and get those vacation photos printed. 2. Clean out your closet and donate old clothes. The beginning of the year is a great time to get rid of old clothes that you haven’t worn in a while. So go through your closet…

5 Tips for Staying Hydrated in the Summer Months

Summers are hot and yet still beautiful. Summertime is the season when we have to take necessary measures to protect ourselves. Of course, this is no new revelation. It’s been like that for years. In order to have a great summer full of nice picnics, hikes, pool days and other outdoor activities, you need to pay attention to one significant aspect of your health – the hydration! Our bodies are 60% water by weight, so proper hydration is an absolute must – especially under the hot summer sun. So let’s take a look at five tips for staying hydrated during those scorching hot days. Chug it! It may sound obvious but you need to know that drinking more water is the most important tip. And even though it’s so obvious that water is the most important nutrient for us, we still tend to forget that fact. Therefore, make sure to…