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New Leaf

In the vast world of technology there is something so traditional about maintaining a paper or white board calendar. In our house, a large paper calendar from an office supply store takes up the wall of the laundry room. While our personal and work obligations are dutifully put into our phone, the family calendar is lovingly maintained on paper. All the dentist, doctor and ortho appointments are jotted down, as well as all the after school activities and commitments. It isn’t pretty, there are inevitable scratch outs and arrows, but there is a comfort in some things staying exactly the same, technology be damned.

Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event. -Oscar Wilde

This year our wall calendar sports some pink spots from a too early unwrapping and a run in with spilled punch, it is a visual reminder that the new year and new month shouldn’t be taken too seriously. This is a perfect segway to our topic for the week which is, turning over a New Leaf. January is the time of year where your social media feeds are inundated with 30 day challenges to go vegan, abstain from alcohol, lose weight, try something new…. But here is the thing, new years is just another trip around the sun and for different religions and cultures, the new year doesn’t even begin in January. So don’t feel as if you are lacking if you aren’t motivated to do or try SOMETHING new.

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
-Neil Gaiman

January is no different than last November or December unless you want it to be. If you want to turn a new leaf and challenge yourself, do so, if you want or need to continue working on something that you started on last year, keep up the great work!

We will say this, if there are things you have been wanting or needing to work on or do, January can be a great time to actually begin. Focusing on your mental and physical health this month is a great goal to follow through on. It is surprisingly easy to get an appointment to see your doctor at the beginning of the year. A few test and exams to consider:

•Colonoscopy
•Mammogram and Pap Smear
•Cholesterol and Sugar levels
•Vitamin B12 and D
•STD panel
•Vision and Dental Exam

The beginning of the year is also a good time to reevaluate your mental health:
•How are you feeling?
•Do you feel ready to start therapy?
•Is your current therapist a good fit?
•Is medication something you want to discuss?
•Is your current medication working well?

As long as I am breathing, in my eyes, I am just beginning. -Criss Jam

January is a random reset according to the Gregorian Calendar, so this is just a reminder that you are doing great, you don’t have to accomplish anything special this month. Change what you think will serve you the best and keep what is already working. Don’t follow a trend or hashtag for the sake of doing it, set goals that are worth setting and completing. Be gentle with yourself and don’t be disappointed if you try something new and don’t want to follow through. Celebrate your wins and acknowledge what doesn't work.

Happy 2022 everyone!
Team SG

All I ask the new year for
is to fall silently into the spaces
that the last one left empty.

Maybe it will even remind me
that all the mistakes I will collect over the next year
are not as bad as the chances I missed in the last one.
-Laura Chouette

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