One of our favorite quotes (big quote lovers over here) is “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Lewis Carroll, who is perhaps best known for creating Alice in Wonderland, once uttered that quote.
And it got us to thinking about how important is to look at the year behind us to get a clearer sense of what we’ve all achieved together, and use it to help frame our road ahead in 2019. Now we don’t have time to write down every lesson learned in 2018, but we’ve picked some of our favorites for some consolidated reading below.
1. Taking care of your health reduces stress.
According to the American Psychological Association, 77 percent of Americans regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress. And 48 percent feel that their stress has increased over the past five years. Yikes! Well, guess what? Exercise reduces stress and raises the production of happy-making endorphins – but only 14 percent of people make regular use of exercise to make that happen. The takeaway? Those 14 percent of people are on to something. And it pays to be more like them, and less like the 77 percent.
2. Fitness is fun.
It’s not like we’re talking about eating raw broccoli over here. No, we’re just talking about getting our bodies moving, playing a sport we love, getting outside to breathe some fresh air on a walk, or just plain feeling alive because we’re sweating and building our muscles. Yes, fitness is fun. And who doesn’t want to have fun?
3. Music matters.
No, you won’t find us practicing our clarinets anytime soon (we’re rusty), but you will find us polishing up that Spotify playlist of our favorite workout songs. Here are our top 19 picks to get jammin’! Remember, when making your gym playlists keep it fresh, and you’ll always have something to accompany your sweat sesh. (or dance party – add dancing emoji).
Remember that the road to getting there involves knowing where you’re going. So remember what you’re fighting for – to be the best “you” you can be. To have some more fun. To enjoy the music you always wish you played, but don’t. Remember your ‘why’ as you think of 2018, and make your ‘why’ even more powerful in 2019.