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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Set New Year’s Resolutions This Year

 

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We’re all for resolutions and goals here at LK, but sometimes it seems people drop their New Year’s Resolutions as soon as the ball drops.  (That’s a sure way to failure!)  Set some resolutions this year—just be sure you aren’t setting yourself up to fail by doing it for the wrong reasons.

Here’s where resolutions go wrong and how to make them right:

1.  Because everyone else is doing it.

Like mom always says, just because everyone is doing it doesn’t mean you should, too.  If you already have some goals in place, why set a whole bunch of new ones?  Just focus on achieving your current goals well!

2.  Because it’s New Year’s Eve and you haven’t come up with anything yet.

Same advice as above.  Only make new resolutions if they’re meaningful.

3.  Because you want to achieve one very large, very lofty goal.

Lofty goals can be good, but if you want to achieve something grand, you’re better off to break it down into bitesize pieces.  Set some short-term goals underneath the larger goal.  For example, say I want to land a double axel this year.  I might set some smaller goals like, “this much air time in a large single axel” or “land five double axels off-ice.”  Each smaller goal achieved is a mini celebration on the way to the loftier goal!

4.  Because you want something impressive to post to social media.

New Year’s Resolutions and goals aren’t about other people—they’re about you.  If you are driven to reach for bigger and brighter things just because you want everybody’s eyes on you, your motive is mistaken.  There’s nothing wrong with being great at what you do, but at the end of the day, you have to be satisfied—even if your achieved goals are never cheered on by all those around you.  Make sure your goals mean something to you.  Honestly, if your goal is important to you, it will be much easier to work toward achieving it!

New Year’s Resolution’s aren’t bad by any means.  So set some this year—just make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons! J  And don’t only set them—go out there and get them!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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Why You Should Head Outside: Benefits of OUTDOOR Exercise

Benefits of OUTDOOR Exercise

It's summer weather here by us and thoughts of summer are just so lovely.  The warmer weather seems to entice us outdoors a little more than the in-between seasons of fall and spring.  (Note:  As winter sports lovers, though, we do love a great day outside in winter, too.)  Any season, exercising outdoors may be a little more fun.

Studies have suggested that exercising outside may increase positive feelings while decreasing negative ones.  Outdoor exercise tended to be more enjoyable than indoor exercise--and participants in outdoor exercise wanted to exercise at a future date more than indoor exercisers.  Those who exercised outside also felt more mental wellbeing.  (For more information, read the abstract of the journal article by Thompson et al. here.)

What we've experienced, studies have suggested--exercising outside can be quite refreshing and fun.  Take a hike, ride a bike, go for a walk, run and talk, paddle on a lake, or take a stroll at daybreak.  Have fun!  

It's a Spring Thing

It's a Spring Thing:  Looking forward to the bright season

Florals, flowers, and finally green everywhere . . . spring is a season of everything fresh and bright!  As the beautiful quote perfectly says: 

Secret Garden Quote

And to celebrate this season of both sunshine and rain, we’ve collected our spring favorites.  Today, we’d like to share with you what we think the perfect spring-inspired music and skating dress would be!

Music:  “Spring” by Vivaldi (click here to watch Julia Fischer play this lovely classic!)

Dress:  our sketch (inspired by the designs of LK Bennett)

Skating Dress

Only 16 days until spring!

Christmastime

Perhaps Christmas is a little bit more!

Giving Thanks

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.  -William Arthur Ward