– By Karin Maloney Stifler

Set a Theme for 2014

What a difference a day makes.  Each January marks a “second chance” along the journey of life.  The New Year is a natural reflection point, and reminds us of the opportunity to hit the reset button and realize unfulfilled potential in our lives.  Setting New Years resolutions is essentially a tradition of promising yourself to do or be something different.  Hopes and motivation run high, at the starting gate to a new year, and we are inspired to make promises to be kinder, thinner, stronger, wealthier, smarter, or in some way better than ever.

Road Trip

Resolutions, like the good old standards “lose weight, get organized, and save more,” aren’t easily fulfilled.  Sometimes they don’t happen at all, despite good intentions.  The fear or expectation of failing to fulfill New Years promises deters many of us from even trying in the first place.  That’s precisely why my friend Patrick doesn’t bother to make resolutions.  He simply doesn’t expect to succeed. read more...