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Welcome to 2013!

With the Mayan Calendar ending on Dec. 21, 2012, for some, the idea we would all still be here for the year 2013 was unthinkable. But if you are reading this, then it is proof we made it.

So happy 2013 — everyone deserves a pat on the back for making it through a very interesting year. We witnessed our federal politicians maneuvering to avoid the fiscal cliff following a heated election that nearly divided the country, countless fatalities to senseless murder-suicides that no one will ever be able to make sense of; the voice behind the iconic red friend Elmo being denounced as a sex offender, and people are still facing a very uncertain economy.

Now that the champagne and sparkling grape juice have gone flat, the midnight resolutions have been broken or kept it is time for a fresh start. Even without the drop of an extravagant ball in Times Square people can still mark the beginning of a new phase, or the end of a bad habit to improve their lives.

According to a study by USA.gov, the typical new years resolutions include:

• Drink less alcohol

• Eat healthy food

• Get a better education

• Get a better job

• Get fit

• Lose weight

• Manage debt

• Manage stress

• Quit smoking

• Reduce, reuse, and recycle

• Save money

• Take a trip

• Volunteer to help others

As the cliche goes, every journey begins with a single step. Accomplishing goals and regaining happiness and fulfillment in your life can be achieved in the same way.

To loose those extra pounds get out and start a new morning routine of walking to the coffee shop. To drink or smoke less the steps to breaking the habits and addictions can be deep rooted and tricky. Find what works for you. Find a way to take your mind off of it and talk to people who have gone through it before. Chances are you aren’t the first to have troubles, so it is alright to ask for help.

Comments should be directed to denpubs@denpubs.com.

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