Here’s to a Joyful New Year

I’m not one to make New Years resolutions, but if you are, here are a few little changes you can make to improve your health, life, and happiness over the next year.

  • Say no. No doubt, you’ve heard this before. It’s difficult, but your time and energy are valuable. So practice saying “no” when you can’t take on anymore, or to things that won’t nourish you. It helps to be prepared with a reply, and you can find some ideas here.
  • Laugh more. Don’t be so hard on yourself the next time something doesn’t go well, or when something seems like a total fail.
  • Schedule regular massage (Come on, I’m a Massage Therapist, I had to include it). Massage can help with stress and pain. If you think you can’t spare the time or funds for massage, consider this: what’s it worth to give your family, friends, and coworkers a happier, more productive YOU? (A lot. It’s worth a lot.) Regular can mean weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Whatever works for you is just fine, but stick to it.  Do it! You can schedule online here  or call me now at (217) 552-1670 to get started.


We often look at the New Year as a clean slate. We start a new calendar and make resolutions with the hope that this year we can begin again, and do it all better. As I reflect on this past year, some things were great, some could’ve been better. But I don’t look back and regret the “unsuccessful” bits. The things that didn’t go as well are just learning experiences. Didn’t Thomas Edison say something like: “I have not failed 700 times. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work.”

Cheers to the New Year!