As we embark on the New Year, it is only fair to pay homage to 2017. BUT, since the year brought us nuclear war threats, racial tension, and shone the light on numerous predators in Hollywood and DC, we’re just going to skip over to 2018 in hopes that this year will bring us more joy and hope. That’s why we’ll put all of our focus on bettering you. You may not be able to change the world around you, but you can work on yourself, your family, and the people who make each year a blessing.


Put your Fitness Plan in Motion

If your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, then 2018 is the perfect time to put a workout plan into action. Everyone’s challenge is the heavy question “where to start?” Do you opt for a gym membership, hire a personal trainer or does your schedule only permit home exercises? Well, a step in the right direction is utilizing the Internet. It’s like a 24-hour fitness center with an abundance of fitness videos that you can find on YouTube or Instagram that you can mold your workout routine(s) around. Plus, you can follow a ton of fitness models for that extra motivation! However, if you need an extra push, mobile exercise apps is another great tool to use. There are many free apps that will help you keep track of your workouts, calories burned, and it will even alert you to get up and get moving. Once you have that in place, you can focus on your activewear to look great while you break a sweat.


Eat Less Sugar

A good workout routine is nothing without healthy eating. That’s where the real work comes in play. One of the main culprits of bad eating habits is sugar. Sugar has been proven to be just as addictive as dangerous narcotics and is said to cause a plethora of health problems from heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes. This year, try to cut out sugar as much as possible until you can quit sugar all together. You will notice a great amount of fat loss and you will feel more energized throughout the day as temporary sugar rush sums up to major crashing. But remember, it’s okay to indulge every once in while and eat that cupcake that’s been calling your name. You must enjoy your food after all, just try not to eat sugar foods with every meal. The difference in how you look and feel will make it worth it!


Read More for Pleasure

It’s great to be a superwoman and come to the rescue of others when needed, but it’s just as important to make time for yourself and learn how to enjoy your own company. After all, we can be too hard and over critical of ourselves. The best way to indulge in ‘me time’ is to curl up with a good book that you read just for the fun of it. Reading has a load of benefits, it can awaken your imagination, help you explore, and allows you to relax. Make reading a part of your routine this year, you’ll be glad you did!


Learn Something New

The greatest investment anyone can make is on themselves, so this year, add another skill to your resume! Learning not only opens more doors for you, but it also adds color to your personality.  Maybe you’ve been longing to smooth talk your way in the Italian language, or perhaps you would like to know how to cook everything like bread and seasoning from scratch. Maybe it’s the right time for you to take on your Master’s degree or learn about agriculture. Whatever it may be, it is always wise to add more knowledge to your life. Let this year be your learning year!


Make a Savings Plan

Situations may come up in life that will cause you to be in a bind. This year, prepare for each scenario in the best way possible by saving money in advance. Use these saving tips to map out your finances and put away money for emergencies, leisure, and expenses that may come up. Make it a weekly routine to save money, from loose change to the big bucks, every penny counts.


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