Hello, 2024! For many, the crisp January air brings renewal and opportunity. It's a time of fresh beginnings and setting new goals. Last year, 37% of Americans reported making at least one New Year's resolution at the start of the year. However, the average lifespan of a resolution is only four months. If you don't want to be among those who lose sight of their goals, experts say the key to ensuring your goals stick is choosing action-oriented rather than avoidance-oriented goals. Check out these tips to help make your resolutions last through 2024.
Wellness is a common resolution theme, and one strategy to accomplish that goal is to limit alcohol consumption. Many adopt "Dry January" to help modify their drinking habits. Launched as a public health initiative in the UK in 2013, Dry January encourages people to give up alcohol for 31 days. The challenge can benefit those looking to curtail consumption or wanting to start the new year on a healthier note. If you plan on participating, try one of these fun, alcohol-free mocktail recipes.
On January 6th, clear your calendar and grab your fuzzy blanket for National Cuddle Up Day. As one of the coldest months of the year, staying warm may be top-of-mind in January. Whether you're cuddling with a loved one, pet, or that special blanket, there are many health benefits, including easing stress and lowering blood pressure (which can result in even more health benefits, such as better heart health and improved sleep). All good reasons to stay in!
Are you a cheese lover? Plan for a gouda time on National Cheese Lover's Day, January 20th. If you're looking for a way to celebrate, invite friends for a cheese-tasting party. Mozzarella, brie, cheddar, and Havarti are popular options, but you could expand your charcuterie board offerings with more unique cheeses, such as Neufchatel, burrata, or Roquefort. Or consider making your own cheese! It's not as intimidating as you may think. Here are some simple recipes to try at home.
Lastly, January is National Financial Wellness Month, a reminder to start the year with a renewed focus on goals and financial well-being. We want you to feel confident about your financial health going into the new year and beyond, so now is a great time to schedule a review of your finances. We'll ensure your plan is still aligned with your objectives and prioritize making any updates or corrections. In the meantime, let us know if you need anything – we're always here to help. Cheers to a fantastic new year!