The end of the year is always the time to reflect — reflect on the changes we want to make, how we can better our lives, and ways to enrich the lives of others. Setting goals helps us see the path ahead. It helps us acknowledge that there is something to be achieved, to be learned, to be missed, and to be loved. Laying out the path for the new year helps us take the hardest step — the first step toward achieving a life goal.
Here are some of the things
I’m doing differently in 2016.
It’s Fitness Revolution!
1. Meditate for five minutes every day.
2. Be more physically active every week.
3. Eat fresh fruit once a day.
People believe that being healthy involves eating healthy and maintaining an active life, what many of us don’t know is that being in a healthy state also pertains to our emotional being. Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person — body, mind, spirit, and emotions — in the quest for optimal health and wellness.
Find the happiness
4. Walk a little slower and take in your surroundings.
5. Stop beating yourself up over mistakes. Learn from them, and move on.
6. Smile to at least one person every day.
While this one might seem easy at first glance, it’s deceptively tricky. There are times when it’s hard to see the good in anything. Times when, perhaps, you start your day by spilling hot coffee in your lap. Or maybe your car breaks down, your significant other gets sick, or you’re facing a demanding work schedule. It’s important to find at least five minutes of time to yourself and acknowledge the good you’ve got going for you.
7. Say “no” sometimes.
8. Get out of your comfort zone and explore more.
9. Strive to stand up for yourself more often.
No, I don’t mean shout everything at the top of your lungs. However, do share your ideas, thoughts and even your objections, with those around you. You deserve to be heard because you matter. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.
Invest in your growth.
10. Read for pleasure.
11. Write a short story.
12. Take art classes.
One of my best teachers always said, “You are never done learning. Ever!” I find her words to be my lighthouse in a dark sea of doubt. You are never done learning — no one is. So why not invest in growing that knowledge base? This keeps your mind active and challenged. Don’t neglect it!
13. Complain less.
14. Lern to forgive but not forget. Learn from your mistakes and move on.
15. Give more away—even if it’s something you want for yourself
Unlike John Lennon, I don’t believe “love is all you need.” But, I do believe love helps you grow and brings a sense of happiness to your day. Don’t ever forget to love and appreciate the ones around you. With that, I love you all and wish you a happy new year!