Back in the day before smart phones and laptops, or G-docs and Skype, it was easier to leave work at work. But now, the lines get very blurry very fast, creating tremendous stress and pressure to work longer hours, work from home, work during your commute ... work all the time. But that's a fast track to exhaustion, burnout, and serious physical and mental health problems, not to mention extensive damage to personal relationships.
Every time a new year begins, all talk centers around to make resolutions or not to make resolutions. That becomes the question. Taking a cue from bestselling author Gretchen Rubin, what about coming up with ONE WORD to give use as a theme or guiding principle for the whole year ahead? Here's what the Element staff chose as their words for 2019:
This weekend promises more cold and potential winter weather. No surprise. It's January! And while winter can be magical snow globe of the sparkly stuff and plenty of hot cocoa with the ever-present promise of a snow day for both kids and kids-at-heart), it also can also increase the risk of physical injury for the young, the old, and the in-between. Cold, snow, and ice of the season bring a myriad potential problems.
Recently I was honored to be interviewed by our community newspaper, The Red Hook Star Revue. The Red Hook Star Revue began publishing in June, 2010. They are the only neighborhood newspaper to serve the Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront District, and Gowanus communities.
This time of year, we all have grand aspirations for New Year's resolutions. Expensive gym memberships, high tech kitchen equipment, stringent juice cleanses, and lofty philanthropic goals all start with great intentions but often morph into strangling guilt as the year marches on. But that doesn't mean we can't take bite-sized steps towards our new-year, new-you desires!!