A new year, a new you – Inside and Out (part 1)

As the year comes to a close, it’s time once again for New Year’s resolutions. We were surfing the internet for the usual tips on losing weight, exercising and anti-aging skin care. What we found, instead, were resolutions that feed the inner self and inspired us to be better. But let’s face it: some of us will still make the resolutions that, if accomplished, may bring us a slimmer body, fuller hair, less visible wrinkles and better blended makeup, and there’s nothing wrong with that!

Let’s just pledge to keep it healthy! Here are some ideas on how to give your inner beauty a boost.


Helping others can make you happy, and happiness is good for your health. Good Housekeeping’s “How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions suggests turning your current habits into volunteer opportunities.  For example,  if you’re composting at home, find a community garden that could use your compost. These days you can even “virtual volunteer” with organizations anywhere in the world. To find volunteer opportunities visit

 We really enjoyed 13 Lifestyle Resolutions for Women Over 50 from Laurie Jo Miller Farr, a contributing writer to Yahoo. She simply polled 50 friends to talk about their lifestyle, beauty, aging, exercising and happiness resolutions. Check out the article for the full list, but we especially liked:

  • Do at least one thing you really enjoy every day.
  • Move your body for at least 45 minutes every day, whether that means a workout, yoga, house cleaning, gardening, walking the dog, swimming or another sport.
  • Try a vegetable you've never had before.
  • Embrace change.

Stop Negative Self Talk

 We’re all far too familiar with that negative voice in our heads. is challenging its readers “to pledge resolutions that reflect how valuable, capable and powerful you are.” Here’s one:

  • Forget your number. Don’t fixate on your weight, measurements or clothing sizes. It turns out that fixating on arbitrary numbers can get in the way of your health. 

 Next week we’ll focus on some of the things you can do to work on that beautiful body, which is also good for the soul! Happy New Year!