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10 ways to live your best life in 2020

Be Local businesses to help you meet your goals

January 10, 2020 by Centaine Hlushak on ATB Financial, Beyond Paper Bookkeeping, BluPlanet Recycling Inc., Blush Lane Organic Market, Calgary Arts Development, Calgary Dollars, Calgary Reads, Claudia T Photography, Community Natural Foods, Deane House, Dogma Training & Pet Services, Dorward & Company Chartered Accountants, Dr For Moms Family Health Center, First Calgary Financial, GenerousSolutions, Goodpin, Greengate Garden Centre, JMK Admin Services, Mission Wealth Advisors, Momentum, Mortgage360, ProVision Coaching, Righteous Gelato, Soiled Diapers Composting,, Stephanie Jackman Consulting, SwizzleSticks SalonSpa, The Apothecary in Inglewood, Thrive, True Büch Kombucha, YYC Beeswax

It’s a new year and a new decade, a perfect time for reinvention or refresh your routine. Here are 10 New Year’s Resolutions and the Be Local members that can help you stick to them:

  1. Eat better -- Whether it’s post-holiday food guilt or just looking to adopt an overall healthier lifestyle, nutrition tops the list for New Year’s resolutions every year. A great way to eat better is to eat local, sustainable food. Shop for your next grocery haul from Blush Lane, Community Natural Foods, or SPUD. Nutritionists such as Be Local alum Amber Approved can help you overcome unhealthy food habits and help you love your body again.
  2. Give back -- There’s never a bad time to make a good impact on your community. To help you help others, consider Mortgage360 to give back with your mortgage, GenerousSolutions to give back with event sales, and Goodpin to spread the wealth -- literally -- to your audience to give back. If you want to do good in your neighbourhood, talk to Philip Lozano at Thrive to actualize your idea.
  3. Manage stress -- Self-care is an important piece of the puzzle for changemakers. Consider visiting SwizzleSticks SalonSpa for an indulgent pampering session or Dr For Moms Natural Health Center for alternative medicine and wellness practices from chiropractic to yoga.
  4. Save more money -- Whether it be personal or business finances, staying on top of them is extremely important. Consider banking locally at financial institutions like ATB Financial and First Calgary Financial. Utilize local bookkeeping and accounting services like Beyond Paper Bookkeeping, Dorward & Company Chartered Accountants, and JMK Admin Services. Or invest your money and watch it grow -- through Calgary Dollars, or a socially-responsible portfolio at Mission Wealth Advisors.
  5. Learn a new skill -- Expand your horizons and develop new passions such as gelato-making courtesy of Fiasco Gelato’s Gelato Academy, candle and lip balm-making with YYC Beeswax, or teach an old dog new tricks with Dogma Training & Pet Services.
  6. Go green -- This year, consider making small changes to make a big difference for our planet. Plant a garden with seeds and equipment from Greengate Garden Centres, find zero-waste lifestyle products from makeup to sandwich bags at The Apothecary in Inglewood, get your business or condo on the recycling and composting train with BluPlanet Recycling, and get your family’s diapers taken away for composting by Soiled Diapers Composting
  7. Read more -- Set aside more time to read this year with great books like The Small Mart Revolution by Michael Shuman and An Army of Problemsolvers by Shaun Loney to renew your faith in the world around us. Want to read more with your kids? Connect with Calgary Reads and its Children’s Reading Place for free books for kids of all ages.
  8. Find a better job -- Whether it be leaving your own business -- where ProVision Coaching can help with succession and exit planning, starting a new business or learning new skills -- where Momentum’s business coaches come into play, or reviving your work’s brand strategy -- where Stephanie Jackman Consulting provides support, this year is full of possibilities.
  9. Drink less alcohol – Taking your long-term health into your own hands is something to be proud of. To find your new favourite beverage, kombucha like True Buch is a great alcohol-free alternative. In fact, the founder Conrad Ferrel started brewing kombucha for parties when he could no longer drink beer due to Celiac’s disease.
  10. Spend more time with family and friends -- Calgary is a beautiful city to explore with the people you love. Deane House reopens for brunch, lunch, and dinner starting January 24th, and you can check out Calgary Arts Development’s event listings for art shows and performances of all kinds. Or book a family photo session with Claudia T Photography to make memories that last a lifetime.


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