I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, they’re always too ambitious or restrictive. But, I do find the beginning of a new year is a great time for a fresh start — a time to reset and refocus goals and make sure I remember what’s really important to me…family and friends, my health, and keeping my brain active and inspired.

It’s so easy to be distracted by everyday life, so I like to write down my ideas, goals, and intentions for the year. I don’t write a novel, of course…who has the time for that? I just write a few sentences or some keywords to help me start the year right and stay focussed through the year. Here are my thoughts for the coming year:

Make more time for my people…By ‘my people’ I mean the people around me — family, friends, and friends that are family — that create a sense of community; that believe in each other and encourage one other to follow our dreams and achieve our goals; that are there to help one another out when needed; and celebrate life’s little and big wins together. Sometimes we share common interests, but we always share values and appreciate and care for each other. One of the keys to happiness is relationships…not the number of relationships, but the quality.

Get moving…Doing a little something every day is better than one random, long, sweaty jog or work out. By doing something every day — like walking or swimming, or taking a yoga or boxing class — I hope to build and maintain my cardio fitness, flexibility, and strength, and move towards and maintain a healthy body. Aside from the physical benefits, it’s well-known that exercise makes you feel good because it releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that improve mood. In short, I’m not planning on having rock-hard abs or being able to run a marathon (though, crazily, it crosses my mind now and then), but just thinking healthy.

Take up a hobby…I have been promising myself for years that I will do a ceramics class, and this year I have finally booked myself in! Having leisure time and creativity in our lives is so important. Whether it’s playing Scrabble, knitting, or learning to paint, a hobby helps to satisfy both of these needs. Hobbies help to clear your mind; connect you with like-minded people; break up routine; and challenge your brain in new ways. I find when I’m doing something I love — something I don’t have to do for any other reason other than the fact that I love it — I feel a sense of excitement and joy.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, ‘Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.” 2019 is here, live it your way! And, don’t underestimate the power of writing your thoughts down so that you can come back to them throughout the year to maintain a clear direction.

Team Wonder


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