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Chasing the Dream: Make 2013 your best year yet

Sarah Walker Caron is an award winning journalist, freelance writer and editor. She lives a happy life in Maine with her two children, where they love to hike, visit the beaches and have lots of silly fun. Check out her food blog at Sara...

Strut your mom stuff in the New Year

Happy New Year!
Strut your mom stuff in the New Year

With the big date change comes the grand opportunity to update how you do things. That means better working, better parents and better strides toward achieving your big life dreams. Ready?

As you toss out 2012 and usher in 2013, bring with it changes to make your life fuller, richer and more lived. That's right: You have the power to make this year your best yet. How? I turned to some of my favorite interviewees from all the Chasing the Dream columns in 2012 for some really great advice.

Try new things

Caught up in your routine? Shedding what's comfortable and venturing out either on your own or as a family with new things can change everything for the better.

"Be willing to try new things, fall down, learn and keep moving in a direction that allows you to expand into your next chapter," says Jenny Fenig, a marketing and soul coach. "You are here to grow. You are here to make an impact. You are here to evolve into the fullest expression of who you are."

Fenig says to make 2013 the year you take new classes, fly away on big trips or sign your biggest clients yet. "It's the year that you love with every fiber of your being and the year that you let people know how much you care," says Fenig.

Have a mantra

Resolutions are fine, but having a personal mantra is even better. It speaks to your goals while also serving as an encouraging reminder.

"Have a saying that fits for you and start each day by stating it and even think ahead about the day's events to see what might be challenging to be aware of," says Stuart A. Kaplowitz, MFT. "A mantra is about personal growth and the way we would like things to be in our lives. You get to decide how your life goes."

Check quote sites or recall impactful lines from literature for some great mantras. Or just make your own up.

Educate yourself

What makes others tick? Find out more about how the human psyche works with a class.

"Learn about the fundamentals of positive psychology by taking a class, reading a book or listening to a lecture... Knowing about why emotional flourishing matters so much to success, and having tools to change your happiness set point can change your life in profound ways," says Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, author of Creating Your Best Life.

Not your cup o'tea? That's OK. Choose a class that speaks to your interests whether it's taking better photos of your kids or improving your writing or something entirely different.

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