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Set a New Year Evolution.

Set a New Year Evolution.

Every New Year brings a dialogue about why resolutions don't really work, and many (including me) prefer to simply choose a single word or short phrase, a mantra, to inspire us forward. I call these 'NY Evolutions' because I allow them to change as I grow. I also use my mantra to consciously evolve me. But this year, I noticed something different about the process of choosing. At first, I didn’t even want to choose a word. It seems all the same words are out there floating around, and after a...

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