My Four Favorite Fascinating Finds: Dig This in December!

December 29, 2014

You know what? December is one heck of a Fickle Frances. On the one hand, it wants to be joyful, peaceful, meaningful, and bountiful, but then it turns around and ends up being a whole bunch of other ‘fuls’, including the worst of the worst: stressful. It has been for me, anyway, which is why this monthly post is coming at the end instead of the middle. It’s also why there are only four finds. Who has time to discover fascinating info to share when they’re busy worrying their internal organs into a macraméd plant hanger? Not moi. But I am trying to change and not so easily get my proverbial tinsel in a tangle. 

If you’re like me and looking to make some changes in the new year, whether it’s managing stress, getting healthier, spending less money, or <insert New Year’s Resolution here>, these articles will give you some helpful tips! 


  1. This fist one is for me, but really it’s for you, too, because I can’t be the only person who worries too much—and actually lets it get so bad it affects my wellbeing. These 19 Natural Remedies for Anxiety can help you relax when your mind gets in a spin. I found #7 (exercise) and #11 (hold your breath) to be especially effective—though not at the same time, obviously! Find a solution that works for you and you’ll be on your way to a much more serene 2015. 
  2. No major overhaul happens all at once, so it makes sense that you shouldn’t expect your resolutions to be successful if you try to chew them all in one big bite. Instead, start realistically and create habits out of easy-to-achieve tasks, like these 5 Healthy Habits That Will Actually Change Your Life. My only disagreement with this otherwise wise article is with #4. And, it’s really more of a caution: not all protein bars are the same, and you should be looking at the nutritional value. The ingredient list should be short and consist of whole foods and words you can pronounce. Check the sugar and carb levels as well—too high and you should wave bye-bye. 
  3. OK, so you have some new ideas to put into practice. Now, Fast Company will tell you How To Actually Stick To Habit Changes. They address the most common obstacles to reaching your goals and then give practical approaches to tackling them. I can’t add any more; this article says it all!
  4. Here we’ve been talking about all the activities we need to start doing, but has a twist, and it’s specifically related to the workplace behaviors we need to stop. The article Ready to Get Ahead in Your Career? Drop These 10 Bad Habits ASAP! has sound recommendations for how to grow and become stronger in our jobs by eliminating the attitudes and actions that inhibit our success.    

That’s all I’ve got! Cheers to a 2015 that is full of goodness, happiness, and prosperity! See you next month!

Allison is currently living out the elaborate fantasy she described to her now-former staff and colleagues in early 2001. With a hearty dose of courage and absolutely no plan of action, she abruptly left her middle-management job to become a writeróand today she is doing just that in her role as Baudville's Senior Content Writer. She's here to tell you everything she's learned in her 20-years+ professional life, plus a lot more. She's wordy like that!

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