Local experts offer their best advice to help Blufftonians live healthier, more fulfilling lives.
We turned to a number of local experts for insight into how Blufftonians can reach their fullest potential in the New Year. Here is their best advice.
Engage your creativity. Creativity is in all of us, but sometimes if we don’t have what we perceive as artistic talent, we don’t allow ourselves the joy that comes from creating. Go ahead and make something for the fun of making it. If it isn’t “good,” nobody has to know!
Keep growing. People tend to get caught up in their routines and responsibilities, and they get stagnant. Growth is essential for fulfillment. Best advice – challenge yourself to try new things. Feed your mind by reading or taking classes. Take some risks by changing up your routine or traveling.
Feed your spirit. Spend time in nature, meditating, praying, attending church, practicing yoga, reading scripture or books on spirituality. However you connect to the divine, do it and do it regularly.
Jenny Lockhart, Owner, Relish Life Coaching
Be consistent over the long-term with workouts. Plan on consistently working out on the same days each week and at the same times. This creates better habits.
Eat healthy consistently. Never skipping breakfast is a must. Also, a simple rule I follow is combining a small portion of a lean protein such as chicken, a small portion of a complex carbohydrate such as sweet potatoes and a small portion of either a fruit or vegetable every time I eat. By combining these, you can continue to increase your metabolism, day after day.
Set goals. Last year, I set a goal of doing my age in push-ups every day for the entire year. I had to complete 45 push-ups every day. The more specific the goal, the easier it is to achieve. And, yes, I’m still doing my push-ups!
Chad Cannon, Owner/Operator , CannonFit Transformation Center
Set limited goals. Even if you have a big goal you want to achieve, such as saving money to buy a home, you have to start somewhere. If you set small, easily achievable goals and focus on them, it will keep you motivated. So, instead of thinking about needing tens of thousands of dollars for a down payment on the car you want to buy, think about saving $100 this month. Then, the following month, think about saving another $100. Next thing you know, you will have the money for the down payment.
Be honest when setting those goals. Being honest with yourself will allow you to set up realistic goals. Even though you may have an expensive habit and cutting it out could get you to your financial goals more quickly, focus instead on cutting out the small things.
Establish your goals up in such a way that you get little rewards along the way. For example, if your goal is to pay off all of your credit cards next year, the common wisdom is to pay off the ones with the highest interest rate first. This is solid advice and will save you money, if you are able to stay disciplined. However, if it will take you a year to do so, your dedication may begin to wane because you don’t “feel” you are making progress. Instead, choose to pay off the small balance cards first. It will give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction because you “feel” that you are making progress when every couple of months you have paid off another card and now have a little extra money in your pocket!
John Kirkland, Vice President, Palmetto State Bank
Treat others the way you would like to be treated, hopefully with respect, empathy and curiosity regarding different points of view. This is the “Golden Rule” restated.
Cultivate gratitude. Identify things or people you are grateful for each day and express gratitude for/to them. Positive psychology research indicates that sincere expressions of gratitude are the best way of improving one’s mood and outlook.
Get outdoor exercise at least 2-3 times per week to enrich the body and mind. Greenery and water are very soothing to the soul, and exercise stimulates the mind and strengthens and energizes the body.
Pair neutrals with vivid colors. Grey is out, and caramel tans are in for your go-to neutral. Bright, vibrant colors will take center stage in your decor.
Incorporate exciting new fabrics into your home décor. Tribal prints and hand-drawn botanicals will be big for prints, along with lots of soft textures.
Embrace accessories. Antique mirrors and hand-thrown pottery will be popular in 2018. The focus will be on the beauty of imperfections. Minimalist design is out, and a more layered, eclectic look is in.
Sarah Pejeau, Design Assistant, Al-Harry Furniture Design
By Allison Hersh