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One easy resolution for a Happy New Year!

Jan 01 2015

I have an idea for an easy New Year's resolution. Two years ago at the annual IL Association of Marriage and Family Therapists state conference I was privileged to hear Howard Glasser's presentation regarding children and the Nurturing Heart appoach. The most memorable words I left with that day were: Refuse to Energize Negativity.  I like that. Simple. You can catch yourself  if a negative thought should squeeze through your best intentions.

Ever hear yourself say, "I'd love to try..., but I doubt I'd be any good at it." or "I'd love to exercise more, but can't seem to get myself motivated." or  "There are so many books I'd like to read, but I don't have the time." or  "I would really like to take a class in ..., but I'm not sure I could get a passing grade." or  "I'd like to kick this .....habit I have, but don't seem to have any willpower." One little phrase can help counter all of the excuses we offer ourselves. You CAN do this!

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Meet Carol

You might say Carol is constantly on the go. She lives in the West Valley, plays golf, practices yoga, acts in local plays, and volunteers at the Southwest Family Advocacy Center. She loves to travel, and still maintains her license in marriage and family therapy.

For Carol, the key is staying active.

“I think we get old because we stop moving. We don’t stop moving because we get old,” says Carol. Today, Carol teaches a water fitness class and works out for two hours every other day.

“I am rewarded by the stories that come back, the people who say that movement is easier for them now, that they are more flexible or they sleep better at night,” says Carol.

Carol also connects to her community by participating in a neighborhood card group and joining clubs. She misses her family in the Midwest, but encourages others to “take a little risk. Because you need to take a risk if you are going to try something new.”

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