So, it's a new year. A fresh start. Even though we actually get a new start each day, the beginning of a calendar year seems to incent many of us to try and better ourselves. And frankly, any excuse that motivates millions of people to take a good look at themselves and aim higher can't be all that bad now, can it?

When you resolve to make a change, there're many ways to go about it. A great place to start is where you're at. Look at what's been going on; what results you've experienced. Many organizations and people complete a 'year in review', where they look back over the past twelve months and make note of highs and lows, trends, habits, what's been working and what hasn't.

What kind of person do you want to be? What kind of life do you want to live? What do you value? Is your lifestyle, your everyday behaviour reflective of your values? If not, why? What would it take to live your dream life? What things would need to be in place? Now what can you do to have those things?

Pick out a notebook that feels good to you. Something in a colour or pattern that lifts you, with paper that is a joy to write on. Now write some of this stuff down. Make yourself a hot cup of tea or coffee. Take a few minutes for yourself to get clear. It's amazing how something as simple as releasing your thoughts down on paper can really ease any burden you feel and give you greater clarity.

Consider people, places and things that you believe will keep you on track and have a tendency to inspire you. Maybe you want to read or watch an interview or documentary you've seen that gives you a boost. Perhaps part of your plan to stay motivated with your new habit includes reading or watching or seeing a person who lifts you once a month (or whatever frequency suits your schedule).

I recall Goldie Hawn in an interview saying that even at a young age, she knew what mattered more to her than fame or money was being happy. She used her level of happiness as a compass to make decisions about what projects to work on and what activities to do.

This year, whatever new habits you create or old ones you break, we hope you grow in a way that brings you closer to your truest, best self. There's a joy, a quiet contentment that comes when we live in a way that's honest with ourself. Just like only you know what food tastes good to you, only you know when things feel right. Develop that trust in yourself.


We wish you a year of prosperity and high quality everything: focused time, genuine and kind relationships, good health, creative pursuits and an abundance of laughter!

January 04, 2022 — Antoinette D'Angelo

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