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On New Year’s Resolutions

It’s finally, really time to say farewell to 2020. Looking forward to 2021, I wonder if we should resolve to stop making New Year’s resolutions.

Studies have shown that of the people who make New Year's resolutions, less than 25 percent stick with them after just 30 days, and only 8 percent actually follow through on their resolutions.

One lesson we learned from 2020 is that the only thing certain is change. I suggest it is time to embrace the change our collective future holds, with self-acceptance, resilience and a new attitude.

What if instead of resolving to change a behavior, a habit or a situation, we decided to be more joyful, fulfilled, balanced and at peace? Although these are very general goals, we can start by mapping out the “baby steps” needed to move in their direction.

And then, what if we took the focus off of the goals and instead dug into the process, which is where real change is made?

By that, I mean taking pleasure in the actions we take toward our goals. Staying committed to the present, without looking ahead to the end results. Taking one day at a time and not beating ourselves up when we get off track, just getting back on it the next moment or the next day.

I am interested to see what taking a different approach to New Year’s resolutions will look like when I reflect on 2021. I will let you know!

In the interim, we have some things planned at SWC to help you with your goals, starting with our new Transform and Transcend workshop on Saturday, January 23rd at 9:30 a.m., led by Ellen Patrick.

At SWC, we are also looking forward to some exciting changes. While we will no longer have daily yoga, we will continue to offer yoga workshops and, of course, our unique classes with SWC’s expert faculty. To make it easier for you to register, we will be using Eventbrite for almost all offerings. We have updated our website to make it simpler to navigate.

We invite you to join us and can’t wait to welcome you!

Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year filled with hope, love and happiness!

With love and light,


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