healthy living

Happy New Year!

No, that is not a typo, I really am wishing you Happy (2nd half) of the New Year!

June has always been a special month for me, not just because it always signaled the end of school and because my birthday is in June, but because I always view June as a kind of reset so I can finish the year off strong.

People get so excited about the New Year and they make lots of preparations to reach their goals and see their resolutions come to fruition; but as most of you probably know, somewhere down the road (usually around March or April) we start to fall off the proverbial wagon, and we end up starting the next new year with the same set of resolutions we had in the past year.
Right around the middle of May (now) I start to prepare for the second half of the year in a similar way to how I prepared for the beginning of the year. Here are a few tips to help you finish the year strong.

1. Revisit your goals from January and see how much progress you’ve made. Now is the time to either check it off the list, “table” it for now, or shift it around. Perhaps you need more time to achieve the goal, more resources, or other things have become more of a priority.

2. Refocus your goals. If you are still committed to seeing your goal through this year, you’ve got 6 months to make it happen. Now is the time to pull out that planner and start scheduling activities that will help you reach your goal. You cannot hope that you will be successful, success is something you have to plan for.

3. Refresh yourself. Summer is usually the time when people go on holiday or just slow down their pace and try to relax. It’s important while you are working hard to reach your goals that you are also building in time to relax and keep your physical, spiritual, and mental health in tip top shape.

4. Regroup. If you’re anything like me, you may find that you’ve got at least a dozen or so half-started projects. Now is the time to regroup on all the things that you may have started but never finished. Before you decide whether to pick these projects back up, take some time to examine what made you fall off course in the first place. You may have started something that you weren’t full prepared to take on, or something that you didn’t really want to do but felt that you had to do.

5. Restore good habits. If you started off the New Year with a set of healthy habits that have somehow fallen to the wayside, now is the time to restore those good habits so you can finish off the year feeling healthy and fit. This will also help you to have those healthy habits ingrained before the end of the year when the holidays threaten to derail your health plans.

6. Reset. At the end of May, hold your own private New Year’s Eve celebration. Make yourself a nice dinner, pop open a small bottle of bubbly, and hit the reset button. Start June off with the same excitement and enthusiasm that you show on January 1st.

While you’re at it, now is a GREAT time to pick up my book, Your Best Year Yet! 365 Days of Little Changes That Add Up to Big Results! available now @
In the second half of the year, we’ll be covering:

• Fitness
• Relationships
• Meditation and relaxation
• Learning
• Cooking
• Practicing gratitude
• Reflection and a reset for the new year

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So, how about it? Let’s finish the year off strong together.

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out.


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Karen Ann Kennedy’s commitment to wellness and service is at the heart of her life and career. As a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a decorated United States Army veteran, and a longtime Human Resources Director, it is only natural that Karen would launch The Caring Coaching Center, to support others in reaching their health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. As the company’s President, CEO, and “Coach in Chief,” Karen provides individual, group, and corporate health and wellness coaching that is flexible, fun, and free of denial. As Karen likes to say: “Little changes. BIG results!”

Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.

Karen shares her knowledge and passion for healthy living as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Known for her bright smile, boundless energy, and approachability, Karen is an in-demand speaker who has presented training programs for many prestigious organizations and schools in the Philadelphia area, including The National Constitution Center, The Urban League of Philadelphia, Constitution High School, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, City Year of Greater Philadelphia, and the Upper Darby School District.

Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, and now residing in Ocean City, New Jersey, Karen offers Caring Coaching to clients nationwide. In addition to coaching, she loves cooking, marathon running, and writing her blog, Carrots Don’t Scream When You Boil Them.

Karen is also the author of Your Best Year Yet! 365 Days of Little Changes that Add Up to Big Results! Available on


You Are Not a Tree

It’s almost the new year, and I know many of you are starting to put together your new year’s resolutions. Or as I call them, “the list of things that you say you are going to do, but never do!”

Change is scary, I know, I’ve made a lot of changes in my life over the years. Some were good, some, not so good. Some where vitally necessary to my well-being, others, I probably could have done without. But the bottom line is, change is inevitable. It’s going to happen whether you initiate it or not, and whether you’re on board or not.

Here’s the thing. If there is something in your life that you don’t like, CHANGE IT! For the love of God, YOU ARE NOT A TREE! You do not have to stay somewhere that you don’t want to be!

Hate your job? Get another one! Can’t get another one? At least work to make the one you have as good as it can be. And be grateful that you have a job; many are not that lucky!

In a bad relationship? Get out! Stop making excuses. Try fixing the relationship. Can’t fix it? Maybe it’s time to move on. Don’t be miserable and make your partner miserable. Everyone deserves to be happy…THAT INCLUDES YOU!

Your kids suck? Well, you can’t give them back, there is no SPCA for children. But why not sit and think about what the issues are. Talk to your kids. And take responsibility for your role in the issues. Turn off the TV, turn off the XBox, and have a meaningful conversation with your children.

Things don’t get better by chance, they get better by change!

Don’t like where you live? Move! YOU ARE NOT A TREE! Stop whining and complaining and DO SOMETHING!

People stay rooted to things that don’t work for them for lots of reasons. Sometimes it’s fear that keeps us stuck, sometimes, it’s pure laziness. And yes, I know that circumstances sometimes keep us from moving forward. “I’d love to quit my job, but I can’t afford to.” Yeah, I get that! And if that’s the case, then stay where you are, but stop bitching about it! Either make the decision to stay there and make it work, or make the decision to start looking for something more suitable.

So what are you going to do with all those new year’s resolutions? Are you going to have the same ones this year as you did last year? And the same ones next year as you had this year? Or are you finally going to say, “This is MY time! This time I am going to commit to the hard work it’s going to take to make significant changes in my life! This time, I am going to put myself first and make my life work for me!”

Become a change agent in your own life. Stop living by default and start living by design and please, remember this, YOU ARE NOT A TREE!

Write that down! Put a post it note on your dashboard, hang it on your bathroom mirror, write it on a slip of paper and put it in your wallet, but please remember it! If you are not happy where you are, with who you are with, and with what you have, make a change!

I plan on making a lot of changes this year! Come with me and make this your BEST YEAR YET!

And until next time, veg in, don’t veg out!

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