Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms, The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.

I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. I say, It’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman, That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered What they see in me. They try so much But they can’t touch My inner mystery. When I try to show them, They say they still can’t see. I say, It’s in the arch of my back, The sun of my smile, The ride of my breasts, The grace of my style. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.

Now you understand Just why my head’s not bowed. I don’t shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing, It ought to make you proud. I say, It’s in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need for my care. ’Cause I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.

-Maya Angelou

Happy New Year! New Years resolutions can easily be broken if you put too much on your plate all at once. With the start of a brand new year, we might want to reinvent ourselves and do everything we can to be more motivated, more productive, and better than the year before. But this, however, can put a lot of pressure on ourselves. If we don't reach all these goals we set out for ourselves, we may grow frustrated and disappointment in ourselves. In order to ensure we don't fall into this trap, it's important to incorporate lifestyle changes that you can easily achieve without pressure to make 2022 a better year than the one before.

“New Year is the glittering light to brighten the dream-lined pathway of future.” - Munia Khan

One of the easiest things you can start your year off with is making a commitment to walk every day. Even if you can only walk 5 minutes a day, it will still provide you with energy, decrease anxiety, and lift up your mood. So get outside and start moving, and if you live in a colder climate, you can always hit the treadmill. While speaking about exercise, it's important to eat healthy. There are so many healthy options out there, a lot more than we've ever had before. You don't need to diet, but focus on nourishing your body with healthy nutrients that will give you energy and make you feel good.

Another great thing you can do it tidy up. If you notice something in your closet you haven't worn in a year, it's time to toss it out. Donate whatever doesn't suit your tastes or fits you anymore. With more room in your closet, you can get some new pieces for your wardrobe, one's that you'll be excited to put on. Perhaps starting with your closet will encourage you to clean out other things as well, like your pantry. No more old food that will never be used. If you see something with an expired date, it is time to throw it out. We are all about freshness and stocking up on items that you know you'll use.

"The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all." - Josiya Martin
How To Start The New Year Off Right

One of our favorite ways to start off the new year is to think about any apologies we may need to give to someone. Maybe you owe an apology to an old friend, to your mom, or to your partner. Whatever the case may be, holding on to negative emotions and feelings is never fun and can make life a lot more difficult. One of the best things you can do to release this discomfort is to either make things right again or to release it. Why hold onto something if it doesn't serve you? Apologies are not just for the receiver, but the person giving them as well. A weight will feel like it's been lifted off your chest and you'll go into the new year a lighter person.

Finally, you can set some goals for yourself. They can be as simple or as big as you would like them to be. That's up to you. But no plan starts without momentum. The most important thing to remember is even if you don't check off everything on that list, you are still moving ofrward and prgroessing. Just writing down and setting our goals makes us feel accomplished. 2022 is a new year with new hope and new opportunities. We hope that this year provides you with everything last year did not. Let's make this year better than last year. Let's make 2022 our year.

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