New Year. New Goasl

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Kristin Mallon
March 26, 2024
5 min read
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New Year.  New Goasl

As a new year unfolds, it's a ritual for many to introspect and set resolutions. Longevity and optimal health and wellness is a common goal. For many, this practice isn't confined to just the beginning of a year; it's an ongoing journey. We're continually learning and evolving, fueled by the insights our life provides. This year, I'm excited to share some of the simple steps I'm taking towards an optimal life in 2024. 

For the past four years, I dedicated each year to enhancing different health themes: sleep, exercise, diet, and meditation. This year, rather than focusing on one discipline, I'm choosing many smaller tweaks to continue to build upon who I want to become.

Here are the seven simple yet impactful changes I'm making in 2024 

Composting

I've dabbled with composting before, but I'm fully committing to it this year. Starting with a kitchen compost bin, I'm embracing an eco-friendly lifestyle, reducing waste, and giving back to the Earth.  

Tweaking My Diet for Better Health: Constant Optimization 

Hydration is key. I'm committing to drinking more water to combat dehydration, evident from my usual chapped lips. Additionally, I'm switching from less coffee to more tea for its polyphenol benefits and cancer prevention qualities. Notice I didn't say,  "No coffee." who would do that? 

Cultivating My Mind: One Non-Work Book a Month

I LOVE reading. I love learning. This year, I'm dedicating time to reading one non-work-related book every month. This month, it's "Children of Ash and Elm," a fascinating dive into Viking history. Reading has been found to bolster mental health significantly, reducing stress by up to 68%, as it offers a mindful escape, enhancing empathy and understanding. This immersive experience alleviates anxiety and enriches cognitive functions, fostering a more profound sense of well-being and knowledge.

Choosing Fresh Bread Over Preservatives

As a chronic migraine sufferer, I'm acutely aware of the triggers. Preservatives like MSG and potassium bromide, often found in bread, are big no-nos for me. Hence, I'm turning to fresh, preservative-free bread.

Embracing Skincare: The Magic of Retinol

I'm incorporating retinol into my weekly skincare routine to maintain my skin's health and keep those fine lines and wrinkles at bay. It's all about nurturing the skin I'm in.

Fueling My Creativity: Glass Blowing

I've always believed that creativity is within all of us. I've signed up for a glass blowing class to water my creative garden. There's something profoundly liberating about creating something tangible with your own hands.

The Joy of Home Organization

Last year, I started organizing my home, and the difference it has made is astounding. A well-organized space brings clarity and calm, reflecting the order I seek in my life.

With each passing year, we accumulate wisdom from the tapestry of our experiences, and 2024 holds the promise of further evolution. Rather than tethering ourselves to a singular discipline, this year invites us to embrace the cumulative power of incremental changes. These simple yet potentially largely impactful steps can help pave the path to a richer, more fulfilling existence. As we embark on this odyssey of self-improvement, we embrace the essence of continuous growth, recognizing that our lives are a canvas awaiting the strokes of transformation, one small tweak at a time.

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