The New Year is my favorite time of the year. A new beginning. A fresh start. While everyone else is out celebrating on New Year’s Eve, I usually stay close to home. I cook a new meal that I have never made before, count my blessings for the year gone by, and most of the time I am in bed at 12:01 AM.
On New Year’s Day, I start the day with yoga, and then break out a new journal and Pilot Precise V5 pen and plot my resolutions for the year. I love making resolutions and I have gotten pretty good at keeping them. I am actually still working on my New Year’s resolution from 2015.
I tried to be positive about 2016. I know everyone feels like it is the worst year ever, but I feel sorry for 2016. Like everything, it had some high points and it had some low points. I loved Rogue One and Stranger Things. I read lots of good books. The Cowboys are 13-3. I started working here at the library, a job I love. And then the bad. So many celebrities died. George Michael? My first concert. My 12-year-old self is devastated. Carrie Fisher? My childhood hero. I even had a headband for my cat with Princess Leia buns. Make that, I used to have. I don’t have it anymore because my cat died too! Seriously, 2016?
I gave myself some time to mourn and watch videos of my dear departed cat, Faith. Then, I stopped ugly-crying and started focusing on how to make 2017 better by getting a head start on my resolutions. So, if you are like me, you are ready for 2017. Like right now.
My approach to resolutions is to be positive. Start small and make tiny positive changes that are cumulative. Remember my 2015 resolution? I resolved to start being more active. Now two years later, I have lost 40 pounds and am still going.
So stay positive. Keep reading. And if you need some ideas on how to get started on your own resolutions, here are some books to help you on your journey.
2016 … You were the best of times and the worst of times and we are glad to see you go. Hello 2017. Here’s hoping you are the bomb.
Eat What You Love: Quick & Easy my Marlene Koch
If you would like to eat healthier and cook more at home this year, this is a great cookbook series to try. Author Marlene Koch is a registered dietician and her cookbooks includes nutritional information, including Weight Watcher Points for all her recipes. The recipes are low in fat and calories, yet tasty. If you are looking for more inspiration, check out her other cookbooks in the series: Eat What You Love, Eat More of What You Love, and Eat What You Love Everyday.
Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-day Program by Sharon Salzberg
Have you been meaning to try meditation but don’t know where to start? This is a great starting point. Author Sharon Salzberg explains the benefits of meditation and outlines a four week program on concentration, mindfulness and the body, mindfulness and emotions, and lovingkindness. The book includes a CD with meditations that are referenced in the book.
52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You by Brett Blumenthal
If you aim to live a healthier lifestyle this year, this book outlines a new healthy goal for each week of the year. All of the tips are easy to achieve and the book keeps a running checklist for you throughout the book.
No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring you a Lifetime of Fitness by Michelle Segar
Starting an exercise program can be daunting. That is why I love this book. It advocates for increased movement throughout your day and gives you tips for motivation. Each chapter contains a list of takeaways. The author has a master’s degree in kinesiology as well as a doctorate in psychology and appropriately touches on the psychological and physical aspects of fitness.
The Joy of Yoga: Fifty Sequences for Your Home and Studio Practice by Emma Silverman
Yoga is a great practice to incorporate that benefits both your body and your soul. This book gives yoga sequences for all levels, illustrated with adorable stick figures. The book has chapters on Yoga for Travelers, Yoga at Home, Yoga for At/After Work, and Sun Salutations. My New Year’s Day yoga tradition is to do 108 Sun Salutations. If you are new to yoga, please take it easy to avoid injuries. You might want to check out a yoga DVD from here at the library or find a local class to get you started.
One Year to an Organized Financial Life by Regina Leeds and Russell Wild
This book contains a year-long plan for financial goals. Each month has a main goal, with sub-goals for each week of the month.