Well, we're just about a week into the new year. Some people are well into their 2017 resolutions, while others might have chosen to wait until all the holiday decorations come down after the Epiphany before getting started. Either way, the time has officially come.
We recently heard someone say that resolutions are divided into two categories: consumer and creative. Consumer resolutions tend to be the ones people want to cut out or cut back on: sugar, for example, or Facebook. Creative resolutions, on the other hand, are promises that we make to enrich our lives. It could be journaling, knitting or drawing every day, spending more quality time with a loved one, praying or meditating more often, or getting more exercise.
Of course, what all of these things have in common is that they take time – something that very few people caring for an older loved one ever have. But they are just as important to our health and overall well-being as the consumer resolutions – maybe even more so.
Here are some ways that you can eke out a little time this year for your creative resolutions:
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