January 11, 2017

5 Ideas for a Happier, Healthier New Year

I know everyone is over new years resolutions – I keep reading about setting new year “intentions,” and “words for the year.” I really love the idea of setting big picture goals and mindsets for the year, but I also think there is value is setting up small milestones of success along the way.

For example, one of my words of the year is “present.” I want to be present – not stressing about work, not looking at my phone, not thinking about what is next. However, I need some milestones along the way to help me reach this goal. Mine? 1) Set the phone in the bedroom at 8pm and don’t get it back out. I’ll check my work email once again before bed, but thats it. 2) I’ll leave an action plan at work each night when I go home, so I can shut my office door confidently.

If you are looking forward to a healthier, happier year, here are a few milestones to consider:

Take a walk each day: Maybe its around your office at 2pm. Maybe you go walk as soon as you leave work. Find time to take a walk before moving from your desk to your sofa.

Count your fruits & veggies: Counting calories isn’t worth it, in my opinion. Why? Because your body uses 200 calories of peanut butter differently than it uses 200 calories of buttercream frosting. So count your fruits and veggie servings each day, and aim for 5-7 servings.

Shut the lights off by 10:30 or 11pm: It may take a few weeks to get in a solid sleeping rhythm, but going to bed earlier will set you up for success.

Put your phone away: Set you phone to airplane – or off – when you get home at night. When you go out with friends, resist the urge to put your phone on the table and leave it in your bag.

Find a workout you love: If you hate working out, pick a new workout. No one said we all have to be runners/spinners/yogis – whatever. I hate spinning, so I don’t go. Even though its an awesome workout. keep trying things until you find something that works for you. And avoid what you don’t like, guilt free!

What are your goals for the new year?


  1. Elizabeth Walen says:

    These are all great tips! I’m a PB lover so I try not to go crazy looking at the calories on the back of the jar when I’m eating it with greek yogurt and an apple! Putting the phone away is such a big one and a goal for me to be better at this year.


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