Health Column: Recipe for a Happy New Year |

Health Column: Recipe for a Happy New Year

Catherine Fenske
Free Press Health Columnist
Catherine Fenske
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“Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past; have them fresh and clean as when they came from the great storehouse of Time. Cut these months into thirty or thirty, one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many people spoil the entire lot this way), but prepare one day at a time.

Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing — don’t do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected intention. Put in about one teaspoon of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.”

When I saw this recipe for a Happy New Year, I knew I wanted to share it with my readers. It has so much wisdom in it, and since the New Year just commenced it felt like a good way to present my column today.

As a coach I particularly like how this recipe is a metaphor for goal-setting. It cuts the year into equal parts (months) and then cuts those equal parts into smaller parts (days) and advises to prepare one day at a time. This is the same as setting a long-term goal (one well-selected intention) and short-term goals and objectives to meet those goals. The objectives could be the ingredients such as prayer, meditation, rest, and hope that you put into your recipe to help you achieve your goals.

What would your recipe look like if you were to make one for a successful, joyful 2014 for yourself? Could you write one as a blueprint for how you want your year to unfold? Could you include a long-term goal (intention) for the year and short-term goals for each month that will help you fulfill your intention for the year? And what about objectives? What creative ingredients could you fold into your recipe to make a delicious, prosperous, abundant year for yourself?

I believe if we took the time to be creative in how we desire this New Year to look like for us, it would be a worthwhile endeavor. When we bring our thoughts onto paper, they somehow become more real and the outcome becomes more tangible. Once we can see and read our thoughts on paper, it will help bring them into manifested form by the power of feeling and imagination.

I challenge you to create a recipe for a Happy New Year this week before the year begins to get away from you. Keep it in a place where you can see it daily and notice as each month passes how much progress you have made toward achieving your desired goal for the month and for the year. Celebrate each ingredient you put in that enhances the deliciousness of your life. And while you are celebrating, don’t forget to celebrate each slice you can check off as accomplished. Have fun, throw in humor, make time for play and remain in good spirits and you will have the best year yet of your life!

Catherine Fenske is the owner of Live With Intention Coaching. She is a certified life coach, spiritual mentor, and a Reiki master teacher. Catherine can be reached at 970-640-6987 or email at

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