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January 2, 2017

Go Beyond Resolutions: A Year of Self-Discovery

Who needs resolutions? All you need for a fresh start is an open mind and a willingness to explore. Why not take the time to learn something new, try out that hobby you’ve been thinking about, or take a trip to a new locale? Below are just a few tips for taking the first steps towards a happier you.
Top image © Sylvie Lancrenon


Take an Inner Journey:

“Everything in your entire life reflects the choices you have made. If you wish for a different result, make a different choice.”

French women reportedly have great genes, but former supermodel and French wellness sensation Estelle Lefébure (author of Flammarion’s Mindful Beauty, seen at top) divulges how they really maintain their fantastic natural looks. Her positive outlook inspires, and she offers a simple, enjoyable path to well-being and looking fabulous forever.

Estelle Lefébure’s Creative Vision of a Better Life:

Suppose we took advantage of long winter evenings to visualize our most deeply desired goals, dreams, and longings. It’s a simple idea; all you do is identify these wishes as clearly as you can and embrace the belief that we have power over our own lives. The subconscious will direct you toward the actions that will transform your aspirations into reality.

And here’s some good news—this exercise in creative visualization costs no more than the price of paper, scissors, and glue. Envisioning success requires no investment whatsoever, except some time and reflection. It’s best to do this on your own, or with close friends, having first collected together old newspapers and magazines.

To begin, decide how you will undertake the project:
Use an entire wall in your home?
A large white or colored piece of cardboard?
A compartmented file that you can easily carry with you?

All you have to do is post drawings, photos, and quotations that inspire you. What makes you dream? Write down words that motivate you. Try to always formulate your thoughts positively, picturing yourself surrounded by abundance rather than deprivation.

The objective is to reflect sincerely and profoundly on your deepest longings, whether in private or professional spheres, in family life, romance, or any other area of your life that is important to you.”


Choose a Healthy Alternative:

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Put down that hamburger and try this healthy and delicious lunch idea from Smith Street’s Jar Salads. Who wants a soggy salad? The trick to a perfectly fresh and crisp salad that can be kept in the refrigerator the night before is all about the layering: the dressing at the base, followed by protein or grains, then nuts or seeds, with the leafy greens and herbs on top.

Veggie Taco Salad
Makes 1

Ingredients:
1 Lebanese (short) cucumber, diced
90 g (3 oz / 1/2 cup) cooked black beans
2 tablespoons chopped jalapenos
1 tomato, diced
3 tablespoons corn kernels
1/2 avocado, sliced, with lemon juice squeezed over
2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
A handful of chopped coriander (cilantro)
A handful of baby English spinach leaves, to fill

Coriander & Lime Dressing:
3 tablespoons Greek-style yogurt
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
Large handful of coriander (cilantro), finely chopped
Pinch of caster (superfine) sugar
Sea salt
Mix together. (more…)

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