Read Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine Issue 09 | January 2017 - Page 30

Several years ago, I released the menacing concept of adopting a New Year’s Resolution. They make me feel utterly weighed down. In my opinion, New Year’s Resolutions do more harm than good because they invite us to focus on what we perceive is “wrong” and needs “fixing.” If we fail to sustain the resolution for an entire year (much less the first whole month), we’re left feeling defeated and in need of more repair than ever before. Seriously, who needs this baggage?!

In 2009, a popular Disney Channel movie, High School Musical 2, was released in which Ashley Tisdale performs a song entitled Fabulous. It's a fun, over-the-top proclamation that, “I’m fabulous and I deserve the best!” At the time this movie was released, my daughter was eight years old and she and I would routinely play Ashley’s song and dance around the house giggling. It was so much fun singing and laughing with one another and allowing ourselves to feel fabulous!

As a matter of fact, it felt so good playing with the word fabulous that I decided to experiment with it in my everyday life. For example, when I checked out at the grocery store or at the drive-thru window at my bank and the cashier asked, “How are you today?” I’d always respond, “I am fabulous!”

What I witnessed was astounding. Every time, without exception, I received a surprised yet positive reaction. Most typically it came in the form of a wide-

Just Be Fabulous

By Jen Flick

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