We all begin the new year with plans and good intentions for changing habits, healthy eating or exercise regimens to improve our overall lives and surroundings. Sometimes, however, we may try to accomplish more at one time than we can handle, initial enthusiasm wanes, or we haven’t identified the right resolution for us personally. This has a great impact on the success of what we want to accomplish; it’s no surprise that more than half of all resolutions fail.
How do we make our new year’s resolutions stick?
Setting a goal and having a plan to reach it is the most important step to keeping a resolution. Start small, maybe start with just one project, and give yourself a reasonable time frame to accomplish it. Choosing a goal that is personal and not one others are telling you to choose is also key. And remember that perfection is not the goal – accomplishing the goal is.
Most importantly, ask for support from friends, family, a professional organization – or your local library.
There are great resources at the library that can help you get started with whatever your new year’s goal is. Stop by and browse, or ask the reference librarian to assist you in finding the right resource – a book, magazine or online class. The list of tools below can help you get started.
Here’s to a successful new year for you!
∼ Cheryl Crow, Warrenton central library
- 7 Money Mantras for a Richer Life: How to Live Well With the Money you Have by Michelle Singletary
- Food Can Fix It: The Superfood Switch to Fight Fat, Defy Aging, and Eat Your way Healthy by Mehmet Oz
- Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? By Mark Hyman
- Good Housekeeping Simple Household Wisdom: 425 Easy Ways to Clean & Organize Your Home edited by Sara Lyle Bow
- Have a New You by Friday: How to Accept Yourself, Boost Your Confidence & Change Your Life in 5 Days by Kevin Leman
- How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying directed by David Swift
- The Real Simple Method to Organizing Every Room: And how to Keep it That Way by the editors of Real Simple
- Stuffology 101: Get Your Mind out of the Clutter by Brenda Avadian and Eric M. Riddle
- *This Year I Will… How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True by M.J. Ryan
- **Yoga for a New You
*Available through RB Digital: Download the RB Digital app and register. Then browse from the app or the library’s website (select E-Media).
**Free online course available through UniversalClass: Start at fauquierlibrary.org, select “E-Media,” under e-learning select “UniversalClass;” register in just a few easy steps and begin learning something new. Free with your library card. Don’t have a library card. Apply for a library card online or stop by your local library today!
[This article originally appeared in the January 23 edition of The Fauquier Times.]
The lists start to appear in December and become more prevalent by early January: Favorite books of the year, the year’s best sellers, the best book of the year. The list of lists goes on and on.
Have you ever wondered what the most popular books are where you live? The following are the most popular books of 2018 in Fauquier County, based on checkouts throughout the year. Is your favorite on the list? (more…)
Tax Assistance for seniors and low income residents of Fauquier County will once again be provided through a partnership with the Foundation for Tax Assistance Saturday, February 2 – Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (more…)
Fauquier County Public Library is pleased to announce the 2019 Sunday with the Library schedule. The series, which began in 2017, offers free monthly programs for families and adults ranging from author presentations to flower arranging. The program, which is sponsored by Friends of the Fauquier Library, was attended by more than 400 individuals in 2018. Mark your calendar for these dates and topics: (more…)
Read. Shop. Buy smart.
Health screenings are a part of preventive health care. But often the screenings are done too frequently, not at all, or with inaccurate tests. The January issue of Consumer Reports, available at your local Fauquier County Public Library, looks at 18 different screenings including bone density, cholesterol, and skin cancer, with information on why the screening is done and for whom it’s recommended.
Consistent exercise is proven to be good for people, but according to the latest survey by the Physical Activity Council, more than a quarter of all Americans get virtually no exercise. While climbing and walking are some of the most popular forms of aerobic exercise, many people prefer to exercise alone at home. Check out this issue’s ratings for treadmills and ellipticals.
Pasta and sauce is a quick and easy comfort food meal for many Americans. In 2017, Americans spent around $2.6 billion on ready-made pasta sauces. Tomato sauce counts toward the 2-3 cups of vegetables recommended per day; although some jarred tomato-based sauces are high in sodium and sugar, many are still healthy options. In this issue, the Consumer Reports team of nutritionists and professional food tasters rate the taste and nutritional value of 35 tomato-based sauces.
Consumer Reports magazine is available in print and online to Fauquier County Public Library card holders, providing access to articles, reviews and ratings on over 8,000 products and services. The library has copies of Consumer Reports dating back to 2015.
Genre is a term often used when describing categories of literature; familiar and often-cited genres include poetry, non-fiction, romance and mystery. Did you know that “personal narratives,” “vampire fiction” and “pastoral fiction” are also genres of literature? In fact, libraries use an extensive list of genres to identify materials. Using a Genre Search to browse the library catalog is a useful tool.
There is something near magical about curling up with a good book when it is cold outside. If you are searching for the perfect book to while away an afternoon, look no further than our book clubs 2019 reading lists. (more…)
Rock ‘n’ roll has had a huge impact on world culture. From setting the trends for pop music to influencing fashion, rock ‘n’ roll has touched generations around the world. In 1983, recognizing that impact, Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder and chairman of Atlantic Records, formed the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Each year since 1986, it has recognized performers, songwriters, producers, record executives, and journalists who were a major influence on rock ‘n’ roll. (more…)
Holidays conjure up visions of family get-togethers and office parties, piles of presents under the tree, and cookies baking in the oven. These same things can also be at the root of holiday stress. You can, however, combat the stress and put the “ho ho ho” back in the holiday.
Without thinking, we readily agree to bake cookies for the office party, spend every free moment shopping for the perfect gift and attend every holiday soiree on the calendar. Experts agree that saying no can be a holiday sanity-saver. “Take care of yourself by saying no to at least one – and maybe more,” urges George Pratt, PhD and psychologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Instead, make workouts, book clubs and other regular activities you enjoy a priority, and don’t overbook your holiday calendar with extra activities.
Turn Off Your Phone and Turn Up The Music
The constant distraction of cell phone rings, email alerts and text messages – which likely increase around the holidays – can be exhausting and increase stress levels. However, research at the University of Maryland has shown that listening to music can be calming, relaxing blood vessels and increasing blood flow. Try turning off your phone during holiday gatherings and turn up the music instead.
Visit Your Local Library
Yes, libraries are a haven of calm, but a pre-holiday visit to the library can also arm you with tools to fight the holiday frenzy. The following are 10 stress-beating resources you will find at your local Fauquier County Public Library. Search our online catalog for additional resources, or stop by the reference desk on your next visit.
- Aromatherapy (*Universal Class)
- Chakras 1010 (*Universal Class)
- The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration & Meditation: ancient skills for modern minds by Joel & Michelle Levey
- In This Moment: five steps to transcending stress using mindfulness and neuroscience by Kirk D Strosahl and Patricia J Robinson
- Meditation for Beginners: techniques for awareness, mindfulness & relaxation by Stephanie Clement
- Overload: how to unplug, unwind, and unleash yourself from the pressure of stress by Joyce Meyer
- The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis
- A Simplified Life: tactical tools for intentional living by Emily Ley
- Stress Less, Achieve More: simple ways to turn pressure into a positive force in your life [electronic resource] by Aimee Bernstein
- Yoga 101 (*Universal Class)
*Universal Class is an online database of courses available free to library patrons (valid library card is required) which include streaming video, insightful instructional content and helpful tutors. Classes are self-paced and available 24/7. Courses are compatible with both PCs and Macs and are Android and iOS friendly. To browse the course catalog, go to https://fauquierva.universalclass.com.
Lisa Pavlock, Public Information Coordinator, Fauquier County Public Library
Handmade Holiday: Gifts You Can Make
If you are looking to give a handmade gift this holiday season, Fauquier County Public Library has a multitude of resources to help. From handmade soaps to paper crafts, the library’s collection has a wide range of books that can help add a personal touch to holiday giving. (more…)