When January rolls along, everyone thinks of New Year’s resolutions. While some celebrate Boxing Day, or putting away stuff we no longer need, it is a good idea to start the year on the right foot and with a fresh mind, body and heart.
I always think of renewing gym memberships in January. After all the eating and drinking over the holidays, January is indeed a good time to cleanse. To sweat it out and tone those muscles long underused because of sitting down and stop and go runs around the mall or around the office.
Then, it is a good idea to do clutter control. Throw out the old they say so the new will come in. This includes old calendars, planners, greeting cards of past years, and other stuff you did not even know you had.
It is time to fix our closets and remove everything we have not used the past six months. Our shoes will soon show age and disintegrate by themselves. Sometimes I think of my closet as my suitcase, or vice versa. You can really last with just a few pieces, which you can mix and match. A few good shoes. One or two for each purpose- hiking, office, casual wear.
And most of all, it is time to cleanse our hearts. Remove the bad vibes, the memories of people who have crossed you or otherwise made you feel bad in the past. Remove bad memories so good ones will find a place. After all, our memory is finite. It is not so easy just to get another memory card. Unless you try to increase memory retention with mind exercises. Or increase the chances by taking turmeric.
Then make some plans to renew and recharge. Include travel to new places you have never been to. Make a bucket list and make it long. I always have a globe on my desk so I can spin it and check places I have never even heard of. Or places where coffee grows like Tanzania, Kenya and Burundi. (That is my list, of course).
Instead of a new year’s resolution list, make a wish list of how to recharge and renew your life. Travel. Learn a new skill. Attend a conference. Adopt an advocacy.
Be a renewed YOU!
Tips on how to start the New Year well:
• You may want to connect to groups like the Wellness Council of the Philippines so you can get inspired to eat well, meditate and live well. Facebook: Wellness Council of the Philippines.
• There also is a conference in February in Bangalore, India called International Women’s Conference organized by Art of Living. www.artofliving.org.
• You may want to visit Nurture Wellness Village in Tagaytay for some recharging. Just leave your mind blank and welcome the new year with an open mind.
• Or enroll in ECHOyoga for a new you! Meditation, Yoga for Beginners and Ashtanga too. Facebook: ECHOyogaShala
Happy New Year!
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Chit Juan is a founder and owner of ECHOStore sustainable lifestyle, ECHOmarket sustainable farms and ECHOcafe in Serendra , Podium and Centris QC malls. She also is President of the Women’s Business Council of the Philippines and President of the Philippine Coffee Board Inc., two non-profits close to her heart. She often speaks to corporates and NGOs on social entrepreneurship, women empowerment, and coffee. You can follow her on twitter.com/chitjuan or find her on facebook:Pacita “Chit” Juan. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.