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Your Best Year Yet: Setting Meaningful Goals for the New Year

Posted by: Mira Roberts
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As 2018 comes to a close, you may find yourself considering what to leave behind and what to take with you into this new year of your life. Whether you prefer to set goals or not, the change in calendar year is always a good time to take stock of what you’ve accomplished and consider what you’d like to do next.

Rather than spend another year chasing fad diets or buying expensive exercise videos and programs, choose to set meaningful goals that bring you into closer connection with yourself, your choices and the ones you love. This year, consider finally tackling your finances, cultivating mindfulness and having more fun. If you want to make changes to your health and lifestyle, start by addressing the way you do or don’t listen to your body, and consider paying extra attention to the foods you eat and the way you move.

If a new year is a chance to start fresh, then start with meaningful goals designed to help you achieve balance, peace and joy for years to come. Here are a few meaningful goals you may want to consider making this new year!

Begin a Mindfulness Practice
Time moves fast, and every year, it seems to somehow go faster. If you often find yourself spinning between commitments, responsibilities, social time and simply being an adult, it might be time to stop, drop and cultivate mindfulness. In the new year, commit to a daily mindfulness practice like meditation, breathwork, daily journaling or yoga. Use this time to quiet your mind and body so that you can bring more clarity and calm to your busy days. Even 10 minutes a day of mindfulness practice is shown to have a big impact on stress and overall sense of well-being, and the time to start is always right now.

Have More Fun
If 2018 was a year filled with hard work and trudging through the trenches, commit to making time to play and have fun in 2019. Consider joining a local sports team, taking up music lessons or simply taking time each week to do something that brings you joy. Simple acts of play and unstructured free time can do wonders for your mood and overall mental health.

Listen to Your Body
After another busy holiday season, our bodies can begin to feel run down and out of sorts, so the new year is the perfect time to get back to basics and tune in to the messages our bodies are telling us. Rather than start a crash diet or begin an aggressive new exercise routine, start by promising to listen to your body throughout each day. Doing this will likely help you make better nutritional choices, and help direct you to move in ways that feel good for your body. Listening to your body can help you know when you need to rest and when you need to play, and it can help you to make choices that better align with your long-term goals.

Read More Books
Pledge to switching off your screens and devices this year in favor of reading. Instead of scrolling social media or answering emails late into the night, pick up a book by one of your favorite authors, and escape by way of feeding your brain. Before the new year arrives, make a list of books that you’d like to read, and visit your local library to find out which ones are in stock. Set up a book club or a book exchange with neighbors, and make reading a priority in this new year.

Get Your Finances Right
Putting off financial issues only tends to make matters worse, so commit to addressing your finances head on this year. Consider setting up an appointment with an advisor from your bank to help you sort through issues like debt and overspending, or to help you make long-term goals in saving and investing. No matter where you are on your financial journey, taking the time to get your finances in order now will go a long way to helping you create a life you love.

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Mira Roberts

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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