Click on the image above to learn how you can join the Rochester Salvation Army to address homelessness in the community.
Founded and established by families who have faced childhood cancer themselves, Brighter Tomorrows exists to provide emotional, spiritual, and educational support by listening to, understanding, and supporting families touched by childhood cancer.
Ray Lunasin is raising $10,000 for Brighter Tomorrows by taking on the "Ironman 70.3 Triathlon", a long-distance triathlon consisting of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bicycle ride and a 13.1 mile run. You can support him here (click "here"), or by taking the kids to a movie, Saturday June 1st!
1) "We must always change, review, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden."- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
2) "If all you can do is crawl, start crawling."- Rumi
3) "Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page."- Henry Ward Beecher
4) "You will never win if you never begin."- Helen Rowland
5) "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." -Theodore Roosevelt
6) "Don't worry about being worried. You're heading out on an adventure and you can always change your mind along the way and try something else." - Teddy Kidder
7) "The beginning is the most important part of the work." - Plato
8) "The secret to living the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams today, in every little way you possibly can."- Mike Dooley
9) "Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect."- Alan Cohen
10) "There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth... not going all the way, and not starting."- Buddha
11) "Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." - Carl Bard
12) "And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been."- Rainer Maria Rilke
13) "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other."- Abraham Lincoln
15 HEALTHY NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS YOU CAN KEEP
According to website The Frisky, here are some doable resolutions:
1) Only eat when sitting down. It's true, we tend to eat mindlessly and "graze" more when standing up. Sitting down encourages us to be present and eat with more focus--things that can prevent us from overeating. Plus, using a smaller plate, research has shown, leads to taking smaller portions. If you're trying to avoid overeating, this is a simple trick.
2) Park in the back row at the grocery store. If you routinely hit the grocery store two or three times a week, walking an extra quarter mile to and from the store is an easy way to get more exercise into your busy day. You can adopt this policy everywhere you park, or just at the grocery store for starters.
3) Take the stairs at work. If you are only going up a flight or two, make a promise to yourself that you will take the stairs and give your legs and lungs a little workout mid-day.
4) Switch out coffee for green tea. Green tea has a multitude of health benefits, including warding off cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease, stroke and dementia. If you can't do without your cup of joe every day, then start with just Mondays. Remember, the goal is to make small, manageable resolutions that you will keep.
5) Sign up for a 5K. Not a runner? Walk. The very act of signing up for a race will make you more accountable to lace up your sneakers and train for it.
6) Give your spouse one compliment a day. It's so easy to nitpick and criticize our partners, but make a positive change in your relationship by offering one nice, thoughtful exchange a day.
7) Start a journal. You don't have to write pages and pages. You don't even have to write in it every day. But honestly jotting down your thoughts, emotions, goals and hopes can be very healing to our souls.
8) Ditch naysayers. Life is too short to surround yourself with people who are negative, thoughtless, selfish or not healthy for you. Know how to tell? Monitor how you feel when you're around them-do you feel drained, angry, anxious or insecure? Might be time to weed them out of your life. In addition, make a commitment that you are going to surround yourself with those who make you feel great, warm, happy and comfortable. You'll notice a big difference in your energy when you're with them.
9) Give up soda. You don't have to completely rid your diet of all sugar and processed foods (although, that's great if you do), but replacing soda with water each day will make a huge difference in your health.
10 Sign up for a class. It doesn't matter what it is-yoga, Zumba, dance, photography, creative writing-anything that you are interested in and want to learn more about is great. In order to keep our minds healthy, it's important to continue learning new things.
11) Turn off the local news. You've probably noticed that the local news is often filled with negative, draining stories about violence, shootings, murders, thefts, etc. Definitely not a good way to start or end the day. Instead, get your news through reputable papers and online sites where you can pick and choose what you want to read.
12) Commit to vegan days. Take Meatless Mondays a step further and ditch the dairy too. Just one day a week of freeing your diet from all animal products can make a tremendous difference to your health, our environment and the life of animals who are often treated cruelly and inhumanely at factory farms.
13) Read more. Let's turn off the TV and our computers an hour earlier each day and read. Commit to reading one book a month and feel the difference it makes in your mental and brain health.