“I have to warn you, I gave my cigarettes away this morning, and I haven’t had any caffeine today. The time is now. F all of those people who are talking about and setting up New Year's resolutions, News Year's resolutions suck. They are just setting themselves up for failure, again. Why wait and plan failure? The time is now, Carmen” – Exact quote from my awesome hairstylist the moment I sat in her chair this morning. It couldn’t have been said better and yet it happens… every…single…year.

People think that just because the calendar is turning over that they must plan some monumental achievement. OR failure, as this research indicates

"A separate study in 2007 by Richard Wisemen from the University of Bristol showed that 78% of those who set New Year resolutions fail."

I’m not sure I understand where NYR derived from or why people feel the need to better themselves at years end.

Wouldn’t your birthday be a better place to date since that is the day you entered the world?

Another year down should be celebrated by asking yourself if you’re living your life to the fullest and are making the best of your time here on Earth memorable.

Instead of planning the monumental fail, where you’ll forget what you said you were going to do in the New Year, take these three questions and put them somewhere you’ll see them daily:

1. Am I happy?

2. How can I be happier?

3. How will I better myself today?

Everyday starts with your happiness, whether you like it or not.

Ditch the yearly reflection and begin your daily reflection.

Make abrupt changes and make them for yourself.

Your happiness will reflect in others around you.

Happy December 1, 2011