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Start Your New Year with Passion: 6 Changes to Make Now

Written by: Ebony Langston, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.


The beginning of a new year is a wonderful time to commit to making some changes in your life. What changes would you like to make? You can ignite your passion and experience a more vibrant existence by making changes now.

Use these strategies to begin making changes:

1. Pay special attention to your health. This is a key first step. Prioritizing your own health and wellness puts you in a position to give your best self to everything else you do. Revitalize by eating well, getting in regular activity, and getting proper sleep. These changes will boost your focus, energy, and productivity.

  • Let yourself get excited about the changes you’re making regarding your body and overall health.

2. Read more. Although you may prefer other activities, reading is one pastime that expands your mind in many ways. Focus on reading about topics you enjoy or want to learn more about.

  • If you love to travel, read travel guides and stories set in the places you’d like to visit.

  • Learn a new skill just for fun.

  • Take time to read articles and online forums related to your industry to continue to position yourself as an expert.

3. Each week, have a date with the love of your life. Dates are meant to enhance your closeness and make your relationship stronger. They also add an element of fun to your partnership.

  • Whether it’s a Tuesday evening pizza and movie at home or a Saturday night dinner followed by dancing, spend special time each week with your partner. Ignite the fires of passion and change your lives for the better.

  • Scheduling time for just the two of you each week enhances communication and deepens your connection.

4. Set priorities and keep them straight. There is no such thing as time management, there are only 24 hours in a day. You can, however, manage your priorities. Keep your priorities top of mind when making decisions on how to spend your time.

  • Start this year by behaving in ways that demonstrate your priorities. Maintain your focus on what’s important to you throughout the year.

  • When your existence matches your priorities, you’ll be more passionate about what you’re doing at home, in the workplace, and on your own.

5. This year, do something you haven’t done before. Nothing gets the juices flowing like engaging in a novel activity. Try a scavenger hunt around your city or take that dance class you have been contemplating.

  • Maybe your new experience will be something you’ve wanted to do for years, or perhaps it’s something you’ve just decided to explore.

6. Put your best foot forward at work. If you’ve reached the point where you’re bored with work, it’s up to you to spice it up. Find opportunities to engage in new activities. Volunteer for that new project, take on an undesirable task, or simply expand your efforts each day.

  • Even if you decide it is time to take a new direction, engaging more in your current job can create new opportunities and relationships that can help you excel your career forward.

Do everything you can to live your best life, starting now. You’ll soon discover that you’re feeling more vibrant, interested, and passionate in all aspects of your life. Happy New Year!

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Ebony Langston, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Ebony Langston is an Executive and Health Coach and founder of You Deserve You. After spending 15 years in the corporate world in senior-level positions, Ebony realized that she was often in positions of devaluing her own health and self-worth to achieve more at work. She decided enough was enough and started prioritizing her health and well-being and found that she was able to contribute even more to those around her. Now she helps other women leaders achieve more by shifting the traditional “work harder” mindset to one that prioritizes your own well-being first to better serve others. Ebony has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Duke University; M.B.A from Webster University, Primal Certified Health Coach, NASM Personal Trainer certified and is pursuing board certification in Executive Coaching.



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