Seven Easy New Year’s Resolutions

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by Mari Twins

We find ourselves nearing the end of the year again, which immediately prompts us to reflect on our lives. We look back and realize that we let most of our resolutions fizzle away.  We are hard on ourselves for not committing to our goals that we so confidently set last New Year. Year after year we treat New Years in the same manner, as a new beginning and another chance to make things better. We want to make every year the best year of our lives. If we do in fact want to make it the best year, we must create resolutions that are easily adaptable into our lives. We should focus on small changes in our daily routines that will have beneficial outcomes in the long run. It is 2014! This is your year! Here are some easy resolutions that you can start right away:

  1. Don’t text and drive. We are all aware of the dangers of texting and driving, yet we still have the urge to look at our phones. Be proactive by storing your cell phone away. Texting and driving has become a life or death situation, it can definitely wait!
  2. Barriga llena, corazon contento! Give yourself additional time in the morning to have a well-balanced breakfast. Consider making healthy choices such as soy or almond milk. This is the most important meal of the day, don’t skip it!
  3. Make water a huge part of your day. Water helps you control calories, energizes your muscles, keeps your skin looking young, helps your kidneys, and helps maintain a normal bowel function. Make water your best friend in 2014 by keeping a bottle of water in your car, and at your desk at work.
  4. Volunteer. Help make the world a better place by volunteering at your local food bank, community event, or non-profit organization. Not only is it rewarding, you will meet great people and gain a new sense of appreciation for life.
  5. Pick up a new hobby. Take the time to learn a new language, read a book or the  newspaper weekly, or start a journal that tracks your daily activities. Also consider doing something outside of your comfort zone, such as trying new foods every month.
  6. Make more time for family. Our schedules tend to be very hectic, pick a day that the family can get together and enjoy each other’s company over dinner. Make certain to turn off cell phones and other electronic devices. Use this time to catch up on all the events that took place during the week.
  7. Smile! Wake up every morning with a positive outlook on life. Be ready and opened to  learning new things. Identify your stressors and take action. Don’t allow obstacles to overwhelm you. Remember to always keep your smile on, it evokes happiness and is 100% contagious.

This New Year, make resolutions which are easily applicable to your life. Don’t choose resolutions that are long term, and require you to have deadlines that ultimately set you up for failure. New Years is a hopeful time and we are all excited with the anticipation of a fresh start. Focus on creating new daily habits. If you find yourself not keeping your new habits, simply try again. You only get one 2014, make the most of it!

Maribel and Marisol Joven, better known as the Mari Twins were born in New York City from Ecuadorian and Spaniard Parents and they serve as positive role models in their community. They are passionate about their culture, health and wellness, education, and fashion. Currently residing in New Jersey, Maribel and Marisol have successful careers in the Education and Healthcare fields. Maribel and Marisol’s efforts to better the well-being of others or create awareness can be found in their volunteer work. The Mari Twins are proud to represent the Icla DaSilva Foundation, Literacy Volunteers of America, Handfuls of Hope, and are Sunday School Teachers at their local church. These young ladies are also involved in pageantry. Maribel is the current Ms. Latina Galaxy and former Ms. Belleza Latina International 2013. Marisol is the current Ms. New Jersey Belleza Latina. They are proof that through hard work, dedication, and passion anything can be accomplished. In addition to their professional responsibilities and spending time with family and friends, their other interests include travelling, music, movies, reading and concerts. The Mari Twins think it is important to inspire, educate, motivate and support others. They strongly believe that anyone can achieve their goals. You can learn more about the Mari Twins and their work as Community Activists on