Resolutions or not?

Happy 2018 — I hope your new year is off to a great start! Until a few years ago, every January I would make projections and plans for what I wanted to accomplish in the next 12 months. These were usually focused on my failures, along with pledges to do better. But there were always too many variables, so I stopped.

I no longer make New Year resolutions; instead, I've decided to celebrate success. Every January, I reflect on the past year and remember the good things I did. This helps me recognize progress and accomplishments and realize my life has, in fact, been quite fruitful.

As I move forward in 2018, I intend to do the best I can by being still, grateful, strong, and courageous, even in the midst of challenging times. With my parents' increasing health needs, I've had to give up a lot of things over the last few months, and I'm trying to adjust to a lot of changes and unknowns. Life isn't always easy, but I'll take it day by day and remember to recognize my progress. 

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Many people overwhelm themselves with new diets and exercise at the beginning of the year, then get discouraged when it falls through by February. I want to share my tips for NOT doing that, instead practicing a few simple habits that don't require gym membership, expensive equipment or lots of time. 

For example, my daily routine is to wake up at a set time — yes, even on weekends. Before I start my day, I spend 10-15 minutes doing stretches, squats and weights to strengthen my bones, deep breathing to clear my mind, and a little meditation on my focus for the day. Next,  I enjoy a cup of coffee without rush. Then I start my day's work.  I am not perfect and some days I don't get all of this in (except for coffee, of course!) but I do make sure I stretch and lift my weights every day. 

Try practicing eating healthy without pressured diets that will fade away. Eating healthy does not have to be daunting. Make small changes: add some vegetables to your plate; cut down on portion sizes; decrease the intake of processed foods. And guess what? You don't have to give up sweets entirely — just make better choices with the products you consume and choose cleaner, healthier options (such as the desserts we offer at our bakery).

Take time for mental relaxation simply by being "in the moment", staying away from your electronic device for a bit, and appreciating what's around you. 

I'll leave you with a  quote I live by:
"Time moves quickly and we with time."  

Wishing you health, happiness and prosperity in 2018!