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New Year’s “Resolutions”

By Charlene Rayburn

new years champagne and confettiThis is a New Year’s Day unlike any other for as far back as I can remember. This year, I’m kicking resolutions to the curb!

When you think of the word resolute, what comes to mind? For me, it’s thoughts of being firmly determined, unyielding, and unwavering. Which is a pretty darned good description of my mindset every previous January 1st as I made a resolution to diet.

But not this year!

Today, what I’m feeling is freedom and gratitude. I’m enjoying the positive side of new beginnings, fresh starts, and the possibilities that the new year offers, with no sense of stubbornness and dread. The Am I Hungry?® program and mindfulness practices have helped me really understand that every moment of every day is an opportunity for a new beginning and a fresh start.

Every choice I make has within it the potential to bring me closer to living the life I value and being the person I want to be. The sinking in of that realization truly gives me something to cheer, celebrate and “clink my glass to”…endless possibilities.

Wishing you a Happy New Year and a Happy New You!

Learn more: Why a New Year’s Resolution to Lose Weight Doesn’t Work


About the author

Charlene Rayburn, CVCC, lives her passion for mindfulness and intentional leadership by serving as a personal and professional leadership coach, by managing a department of dedicated employees for a Fortune 500 sized health insurance organization, and by facilitating Am I Hungry?® workshops and coaching sessions. She has coached extensively with individuals and groups outside the corporate world, as well as with executives, leaders, and teams in non-profit, private, public, governmental, and educational organizations spanning the globe. Charlene received her coaching certificate through the Center for Coaching Mastery at Coachville, LLC, and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management from Davenport University. She is a member of the National Management Association. One of her most emotionally challenging and rewarding experiences was serving as a volunteer at the Center for Battered Women. Charlene currently lives in Michigan and enjoys spending time with her husband of over 20 years, reading, learning, cooking, practicing yoga, and watching her grandson grow, who lives with his dad, her stepson in Fort Worth, Texas.

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