Publisher's Letter

Published on January 3rd, 2017 | by Publisher, Natural Awakenings New Mexico


Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

There is something exciting about starting the New Year with a clean slate and filling in the blanks. We can literally re-write our lives. It’s the law of cause and effect. Where our attention flows energy goes. Statistics say that people without goals or aspirations bring about fewer changes than those that do. While I’m sure there are a handful of people that are perfectly happy with their current lives, most of us are striving to improve our careers, finances, health, appearance or relationships.

Whether you glean a result from writing down your aspirations is not as important as the exercise itself. We all should spend quality time at least once a year reflecting about what we really want, what we’re passionate about, how to resolve the things that irk us, and ways to improve our health. It’s as simple as making a list and sharing it. This exercise alone will bring about a shift. You will be surprised If you look back a year later how much your life has shifted because of this exercise of reflection.

Here are the top 10 New Year’s resolutions:

1 Spend more time with family and friends
2 Get fit
3 Lose weight
4 Stop smoking
5 Quit drinking
6 Enjoy life
7 Get out of debt
8 Learn something new
9 Help others
10 Get organized

Let’s get started. Here’s to us, our passions, more love and happiness!

Let’s think about how much time we routinely focus on things that are unimportant. My own personal observation: I spend at least 30 minutes each day perusing social media. While that seems like a reasonable amount of time for a publisher, if you add up this daily habit, you’ll note that I literally spend an entire week each year getting sidetracked with social media. And that’s a tiny amount of time compared to some people I know; so many of us are staring down at our phones instead of engaging with one another. We forgo quality time with family and friends for the instant gratification that the internet and social media offers us. However, people with limited time to live rarely look back on their lives and say they wish they would have spent more time online. Instead, they share that they would have carved more time in their schedules to do more of the things they love with people they loved.


We can all get sidetracked about the uncertainty of the future. At the same time, we underestimate how many things we actually can affect. Just changing something small can bring about a major change. It’s time to take a break from the TV, outside distractions and social media and focus on life around us and where we can make a difference, no matter how minor.



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