Happy (re)New Year!

Happy 2020, everyone!

The time of renewal is upon us…and the sorting of what positive changes are sustainable and what may be unfortunately, short-lived.  The practice of successful well-being is taking small, experimental steps to see what enhances your life rather than focusing on the dread of taking anything away.  The concept is also called “crowding out” and may help some of the truly positive enhancements to your life finally click.

Here are some considerations:

  • What makes you feel the most comfortable in your own skin? 
  • What makes you feel less stressed, more relaxed, and more available to your friends and family? 
  • Who would you like to spend more time with or learn from? 
  • What activities get your closer to your true raison d’être? 

Let these be the lenses that you evaluate your lifestyle in the new year rather than just waistline goals or lower numbers on a scale.  These elements drive the energy of your life – feeding you as importantly as healthy food.  A fulfilling career, healthy relationships, a spiritual practice, time in nature, and regular physical activity will help you feel balanced, happy and more sustainable. 

At a time when we’re (again) on the brink of worldwide unrest, another political cycle, and the regular pressures of life, keeping these life forces at the core of your focus can only enhance your resilience and help maintain healthy perspective through it all.

For me, I hope to spend more time with friends and positive influences this year.  I hope to investigate and grow my spiritual practices.  I hope to reduce my coffee consumption and perhaps substitute that morning routine, instead, with a 5 minute meditation to continue to enhance sleep, energy and focus during my day. 

None of this has to happen overnight.  None of these are some formal or ridged proclamations.  There just some positive experiments I’m excited to pursue.  What are you excited to try this year?  Share your thoughts below!


Danielle has a degree IN advertising from Michigan State University (Go Green!) and a degree OF sarcasm in life.  Her perfectly imperfect pursuit of wellness is rooted in the research and practice of wellness in efforts to revitalize her mind, body and spirit after 20 years as an executive in the advertising industry and a hobby of collecting home addresses in Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City and Atlanta. You can reach her on The Well-Intended social channels or at danielle@thewellintended.com.

2 comments on “Happy (re)New Year!

  1. More quiet time! 😉

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