Making the Most of 2016.
It’s always easier to get to your destination with a little direction. We sought out the experts in their fields for some guidance and inspiration to accomplish our most meaningful and sought after goals this year.
Originally appeared in the Winter 2015/2016 issue
HEALTH & FITNESS
GOAL: Optimize health, fitness and wellbeing
EXPERT: Dr. Karen Koffler, Medical, Director of Health & Wellness
Carillon Miami Beach
KAREN’S ADVICE: The hustle and bustle of everything leading up to the New Year can be quite disorienting. What we need to do is find our focal point, our center and
purpose in embracing this New Year – a fresh start. Each year we set goals – often unattainable – that end up being left in the first weeks of January. Instead focus on
the little things – direct your attention to gratitude. Being grateful for good health, loved ones, and taking a moment to breathe all of that in will help optimize your wellbeing instantly.
Getting active is a very popular resolution for New Year’s. But instead of trying to do something drastic, make sure the decisions you make to get fitness into your regimen are realistic and attainable, and take it step by step. Understand what will work best for not only your schedule but also for your body. Get outside – even if it’s cold out.
Choose a winter getaway on the mountains or on the beach so that there are plenty of outdoor activities to participate in – all while having fun and creating lasting memories in the process. This will not only optimize fitness, but will cause a domino effect on your health!
Finally, don’t just set goals, set appointments with your doctors and health practitioners. Let experts help guide you toward your optimal health and well-being.
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GOAL: Give back to the community; get involved in a meaningful way.
EXPERT: Linda Jacobs Davis, CEO, Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit
LINDA’S ADVICE: While the holiday season is marked by a spirit of giving, charitable contributions and volunteer service does not need to be seasonal. The beginning of the year is a great time to reflect on our values, connections and action plans for the coming year.
Identifying the things you are most passionate about is a great place to start. What issue or cause is most meaningful to you? Or, if you are lacking a passion for a particular cause, what issue would you like to learn more about or lend your skills to? If you feel strongly about animals, for instance, connect with your local shelter or find out if there is an organization in your community who advocates for animals. Perhaps you benefited from the skills of a tutor when you were a student and want to explore giving back in a similar way. Start by looking inward and let what you find most compelling lead you to action.
Volunteering is the most hands-on way to connect with a cause that is meaningful to you. Volunteers bring meals to the homebound, help with habitat restoration, serve on nonprofit boards, share the gifts of art and music with those who are isolated, and travel to areas of natural disasters to provide relief. The experience can be life-changing for all involved and serve important individual and community needs. It is not uncommon for the volunteer to feel like they are getting more out of the experience than the organization or person being served.
Making a financial contribution is another way to give back and live out what you most value. There are nonprofit organizations doing all sorts of important work locally and globally. Your financial partnership with such organizations is a valuable investment toward the common good. Most communities have a volunteer hub and/or nonprofit resource center that can help with making connections and finding opportunities.
Take time to identify concrete ways you wish to contribute and connect with those who will help you fulfill.
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