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New Year, New Possibilities by Janelle Powers

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 12:58 PM

 

As the first decade of the new millennium comes to a close we should take a few moments to stop and reflect on the things we have done. A new year is not only for making resolutions but also to take a breath and enjoy whatever success or experiences you have had. The best way to truly make a fresh start is to wipe the slate clean and really allow yourself a new beginning.

With this new beginning we have a rare opportunity to take a step back, to clear our minds and to reevaluate our goals and our lives. Take a moment to really think about what you want from this New Year. We have all seen Bridget Jones’s Diary, is there a particular type of man that you know is bad for you. Do you always go for the bad boy and get your heart broken? Do you always go with the safe squeaky clean man and discover you’re bored out of your mind? Maybe this is the time to really step out of your comfort zone and try something new.

It really is the little things that count. Maybe you want to be more environmentally friendly but you don’t have hours to sort out all of your trash for recycling. Or you don’t have the budget to go totally organic, it’s all right to start with something small. For instance instead of using plastic bags at the grocery store buy reusable canvas bags to lug your groceries. Or instead of using a styrofoam cup for your coffee ask for a paper one instead, not only are they biodegradable but most paper cups are made from recycled materials. Every little bit counts and can make a big difference.

What about that diet every woman vows to go on for the New Year? Do you find that it’s really easy to start and to maintain for a few weeks and then you lose your motivation? You promise yourself you’ll start fresh; you will eat right and go to the gym every day. Then of course every day turns into every other day and before you know it you’re too busy to make it to the gym and you eating take out because you don’t have time to cook! That is what happens to all of us so don’t get discouraged. Small steps are easier to maintain and to build on. Take a twenty minute walk every day either before or after work, or go for a quick jog around the block before dinner. Remember if you start small you’ll have a greater chance at success! Most good meals are easy to make, and only take about thirty minutes to make. If you go online or to your local book shop you will find a fantastic selection of cook books that have lots of smart and fast meal choices.

So remember ladies, as this New Year approaches all of your goals are within your reach. Dieting, dating, or even making a conscious choice to be more environmentally savvy, whatever your goal is, it’s all up to you. Don’t get discouraged and don’t stop. Pushing forward even when you think you can’t go on is the only way to make real progress.

Categories: Lipstick Corner, Janelle Powers

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