Episode 13 – Happy New Year!

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A New Year & New Beginnings [1:05]

It’s the last day of 2015. Are you ready for a new year? Many people see New Year’s as a chance to start over with a clean slate. Any mistakes they’ve made can be wiped clean and a fresh start begun. It’s similar to what LILA calls the Monday Program. We tell ourselves “I’ll start on Monday,” as we eat our way through the weekend.

Have you seen the movie New Year’s Eve with Hilary Swank? Although not a favorite of LILA’s, she did find inspiration in the following quote:

“And as you all can see, the ball has stopped half way to its perch. It’s suspended there to remind us before we pop the champagne and celebrate the new year, to stop, and reflect on the year that has gone by, to remember both our triumphs and our missteps, our promises made and broken, the times we opened ourselves up to great adventures…or closed ourselves down for fear of getting hurt, because that’s what New Year’s all about, getting another chance, a chance to forgive, to do better, to do more, to give more, to love more, and to stop worrying about what if… and start embracing what will be. So when that ball drops at midnight, and it will drop, let’s remember to be nice to each other, kind to each other, and not just tonight but all year long.”  – Claire Morgan (Hilary Swank) from New Year’s Eve (2011).

LILA says that it’s good to make a decision to start something that will be beneficial for us, such as diet and exercise. Yet, New Year’s Day doesn’t necessary have to be THE day for a fresh start—ANY day can be a new start.

LILA’s Top 10 Resolution Keeper Guidelines [4:23]

Have you ever made a New Year’s Eve Resolution? If so, were you successful? LILA has made many resolutions over the years—and she admits that she has never kept her resolutions. However, making a New Year’s Resolution can be a positive thing, with the proper motivation and reasonable goals—but they have to be realistic. This week, LILA shares a list of guidelines we can use when making resolutions:

1. Understand your “why” [5:45]
2. Don’t try and fix everything – one a month program? [6:30]
3. Rally the troops – you are not alone. But figure out their roles. [7:23]
4. Define your own success. [8:29]
5. Make something about someone else. – be kind [9:13]
6. Try to build in opportunities to try something new [10:05]
7. Reward your self with things that are REAL rewards [11:12]
8. Put it on the calendar – a goal without a plan is just a wish [12:17]
9. Remember to laugh [13:29]
10. Be who you want to “be” [13:51]

Support Crew [17:33]

LILA gives a shout out to some members of Team 3D LILA, specifically Lucy and Kelly on the production team. They work behind the scenes to make these podcasts possible each week. LILA is thankful for their hard work and support. (You’re welcome, LILA!)

Significant Quotes:

“I have NEVER kept my resolutions. I say that like I’m proud of it.” [4:40]

“I usually have like 10 resolutions (at the same time) and I usually fail, almost all of them.” [6:40]

“While intent may all be there, it can be either positive or negative.” [8:20]

“I never would have found out that I wanted to do distant running if I had not gotten up and tried it.” [10:26]

“You are the Venture Capitalist of your time.” [12:36]

“If you saw me doing burpees, you would understand the humor in what I’m doing—I’m a disaster.” [13:43]

“I’m going to give a prize to the person who says how many times I just said the word “be.” [16:16]


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