Getting Ready for
the New Year

The last few weeks of the year are a great time to start switching attention to what’s to come—a new year! This time of year can be full of holiday and seasonal things to do. But most of us can find some time to start taking the first few steps to prepare for the new year. Taking this time can go a long way to getting you off to a great start. Here are a few ways that you can prepare for 2022!

Take stock of what’s gone well this year
Take the time to appreciate what you’ve done well this past year—and this has been one heck of a year! While it’s only human to set your sights on what’s next, pause and take stock of what you’ve accomplished this year. Really take your time here. You can even create a list of all your accomplishments—big and small.

Tip: Have a look back in your calendar or social media as a reminder of some of the things you’ve done.

What were your biggest lessons learned?
If 2021 was a year where you learned a significant lesson, then pay attention to that. This can be a great way to prepare for the new year! Look back on 2021 and create a list of all the lessons you want to take with you into 2022.

Here’s Wishing All the
Best over the Holidays and a
Great Start to the New Year!

Start the planning now
Are there meetings, or appointments you’ve been putting off? This can be anything from the mundane to the day-to-day (like a car service, or a doctor’s visits). Put them in the calendar now and it will go a long way to accomplishing them in the new year. Keep in mind that there might never be a ‘good time’ to, but sometimes you just need to ‘bite the bullet’ even if it seems more like an inconvenience. In the end it'll be worth it!

Closet Cleanout: Get Rid of Clutter for Good
This is a great time of year to declutter your wardrobe. You might even receive some Christmas gifts like a new shirt, and you’ll need to add them to your wardrobe. But nonetheless, cleaning out the closet and drawers can be a great exercise. Take every item out of your wardrobe, give it a good clean, and then only put back the things you love wearing or have a practical purpose. Donate the rest!

2022 is not far away. Taking a few steps now to prepare for the new year will pay off—even if it just makes you feel better. What

Managing Stress over Christmas

December is one of those months that can be super busy. Busyness can leave us feeling anxious or stressed. Practicing mindfulness for just a few minutes each day can benefit our wellbeing at this time of year.

Here’s one simple exercise you can do to help lay a foundation of mindfulness. All you have to do is be still and focus on your breathing for just one minute.

Mindful Breathing

  1. Start by breathing in & out slowly—a cycle should last for about 6 seconds
  2. In through your nose & out through your mouth
  3. Let go of your thoughts, and the things you have to do later
  4. Focus on your breath as it enters & exits your body

This exercise requires very little effort. It can be done pretty much anywhere at any time. Why not try right now?

Health & Wellness

Winter Citrus Smoothie

This is a great immunity boosting smoothie that will be sure to wow brunch guests over the holidays.

What you’ll need:
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • ¾ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
  • 1 small raw red beet, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cara cara orange, blood orange, or grapefruit, peeled & segmented
  • ½ cup pomegranate juice
  • honey to taste (optional)


  1. Blend until smooth: mango, lemon juice, turmeric, cayenne, ginger, and orange juice. Pour into a tall glass.

  2. Rinse the blender out. Blend until smooth: beets, raspberries, orange, and pomegranate juice. Add more pomegranate juice if needed to make it more smooth and creamy. Pour over the mango mixture and stir gently to swirl.

Servings: 2 smoothies
Calories Per Serving: 202 kcal

This recipe is not only nutritious and delicious. It also looks spectacular and can be a great crowd pleaser.

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