It’s 2017 and we are going to make it count.

Happy New Year!  I hope you all have had a fantastic holiday season!  I know I did.  I was able to visit friends, family, and even meet some family for the first time.  I was able to spend time with my husband, get some house work done, and play with my pets.

With the New Year, there are always new goals.  We all make them, we all break them.  Remember to make your goals small and attainable.  If you, like everyone else, want to be healthier, then break that down into smaller goals.  The goal of “I’m going to lose weight”, is bound to fail.  However, the goal “I want to work up to walking for 30 minutes 3 times a week”, is much more attainable and will contribute to helping you lose weight.  I have a few plans in motion to help you set goals for healthy habits, but I’m not quite in the announcement stage just yet.

I will, however, share a few of my own personal goals for 2017:

  • Read one fiction book a month. This is a big commitment for me, it might not sound like it to most, but it is for me.  I am a slow reader, and I’m most often reading non-fiction.  I love books, so I decided to prioritize them for myself.
  • Build a bookshelf. My husband and I recently got our hands on a lot of second hand wood working tools.  When I was a kid I used to do simple woodworking projects with my dad, and I loved it.  Like I said, I love books, but we have no place to put them all.  So I’m going to make a place for them.
  • Finish the first draft of a manuscript I’ve been working on. Ideally by the end of this month.
  • Meditate daily. Even if I can only squeeze in 5 minutes.

I do have a few goals for my practice as well, but you’ll have to stay tuned for the announcements.

I do know that a lot of people have voiced their frustrations with 2016.  A lot of negative things did happen, but so did a lot of positive things too.  I am going to be honest, negative things will happen in 2017.  Sorry to burst your bubble.  However, it’s how you handle those negative things that matter.  If you need help learning to cope with negative events in your life, and live in the Stratford, ON area, send me an e-mail and we can book and appointment for you.  If you don’t live in the Stratford area, keep an eye on my blog as I will post tips and articles.  Also, see if you can find a therapist near you.  Therapy can greatly help people deal with life’s negative moments.

I want to challenge everyone to try to focus on the positives this 2017.  Even if it’s a small moment like someone holding the door open for you, having a good cup of coffee, driving on a freshly paved road, or a great song on the radio.  Celebrate it.  Live in that moment.  Let it make you smile.  Make 2017 your year of awesome, regardless of what is happening on the world stage.

Wishing you the best,

Jennifer Jennings

My cat Benedict Cumbercat is loving the Christmas tree. Because she loves it, I kind of don't want to take it down.

My cat Benedict Cumbercat is loving the Christmas tree. Because she loves it, I kind of don’t want to take it down.