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New Year, New You!

Did you know that according to the US News and World Report, 80% of New Year's resolutions are broken by February 1st? We've all probably fallen into this statistic at one time or another. Maybe instead of creating resolutions,

we should instead make personal goals we'd like to see for ourselves in general - no timeline, just what we can do to be better people for ourselves and others. Those pesky resolutions would fall into place by themselves anyway. By calling them resolutions, we almost immediately set ourselves up for failure. So what can we do? Both Forbes and have some ideas that seem pretty easy to start with helping us just be better to ourselves!

1. Don't be afraid to say no: If last minute requests make you uncomfortable, then decline. And never hesitate to turn someone down when they've been unfairly unkind to you or critical of you.

2. Set boundaries for yourself: Of course we have to step out of our comfort zones at times and do more than we should, but not protecting our schedules runs us ragged by the end of the week.

3. Prioritize: Don't be afraid to put what's most important first (within reason of course).

4. Speaking of sleep. Get more sleep: In our fast-paced world, so few of us get enough.

5. Exercise: This is good for the mind and body.

6. Do the right thing. No matter what.

7. Stop taking things personally. So much of what we feel from others is frequently not about us at all. Sometimes people are just having a bad day. Or week. Or month.

8. Keep your word: Be honest. Be reliable. Be trustworthy. People value honesty far above being told what they want to hear. Follow-through for others, they will learn they can rely on you, and trust you to be there.

We wish you all a wonderful 2020! Be good to yourself and others!

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