How to Ditch Your New Year's Resolutions and Keep Your Momentum

How to Ditch Your New Year's Resolutions and Keep Your Momentum

Whether your 2017 deserves a high five for its kindness or a major eye roll for bringing the drama, you’ve survived the highs and lows and made it to the new year. For many, January 1st marks a new beginning. A chance to start fresh and create New Year’s resolutions to help them create change and obtain successful outcomes, whether it’s working out more or starting a new career. 

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5 Mantras to Silence Anxiety in the New Year

5 Mantras to Silence Anxiety in the New Year

Has 2016 left a bad taste in your mouth about the new year? 

Past disappointments and setbacks can produce anxiety about the future, especially when an unexpected life event puts your life in upheaval and chaos. Sometimes the anxiety screams loudly and is often unapologetic. It works in conjunction with fear – its favorite sidekick and partner in crime – to overthrow hope and kick it to the curb.

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Navigating Loss and Change During Christmas: A Personal Reflection on the Holiday Season

Navigating Loss and Change During Christmas: A Personal Reflection on the Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Until it’s not.

But my favorite holiday song continues to blare on overhead as shoppers make their way through crowded aisles, searching for the perfect gift for their loved ones. Kids in shopping carts stare bright-eyed at the toys on the shelves. Checkout lines continue to grow along with my irritation and frustration. And if one more person asks the cashier about a ten percent off coupon, I vow to put this item back and walk out.

 

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How to cultivate a heart of gratitude in a challenging season

How to cultivate a heart of gratitude in a challenging season

My hubby and I decided to spend Thanksgiving at one of my favorite local restaurants. We strolled in a few hours before closing time, ordered the restaurant’s Thanksgiving dinner and watched football on the flat screen. Just the two of us. It wasn’t our initial plan or the ideal holiday dinner I envisioned, but it turned out to be what we both needed.

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4 types of people you need on your support team: What running for chocolate taught me

 4 types of people you need on your support team: What running for chocolate taught me

I ran three miles for chocolate last Sunday.

Now I’m aware that this makes me sound extra greedy even as a “foodie,” so let me clarify. I ran for hot chocolate alongside thousands of other people on an early and windy morning in downtown Chicago. And it was so much fun!

 

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How to be basic and get ahead: Simple time-saving tricks

How to be basic and get ahead: Simple time-saving tricks

No one wants to be known as basic nowadays. It’s not flattering, cute and it’s definitely not considered a compliment. If you were trying to get to know someone and a mutual friend pulled you aside and said, “He/She is soooo basic.” That person would lose some cool points, and you’d probably keep it moving. Unless basic is your thing (and that’s cool too...no judgment here).  

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