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How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

With every new year comes a new year's resolution; there is no exception as we enter 2016. Everyone is either wishing to get more organized, get more focused, or get their mind right… by getting their body right (show of hands: who has "lose weight" on their list?).

But it's not enough to just wish for a "new year, new you." You must work on it. But how?

This article in Time Magazine, penned by a psychology professor, struck a chord. We almost always make new year's resolutions to change a systemic trait of our personality. We want to get in shape, we want to focus on our careers, we want to stop that negative habit. The problem: those goals are too general.

If you find that you always give up on your resolutions, or that you've even stopped making them because they "just don't work," try this: make goals that are actually attainable. It's not enough to say you want to work out more. Instead, make it a goal to schedule your workout sessions on specific days and times that fit into your schedule. So rather than "work out more," your resolution could be "work out three times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Then, stick to it.

Choosing dates and times is much more concrete than trying to change an underlying trait of your personality. And that's the key to keeping your new year's resolution! Good luck!

On behalf of everyone at the Youth and Family Center, Federation of Families Miami-Dade Chapter, and Youth MOVE Miami, we wish you a very happy new year!
Other Interesting Stories from December 2015
  • I bought an iPhone because I'm not as sad as I used to be. So often what we hear is that technology is making us, and our youth, isolated and sad. But what I love about this story is that it's just the opposite. This author makes the case that telling everyone that he did not need a fancy iPhone (with its multiple social networking apps) was a crutch for masking his depression. I especially like this excerpt: "For a long time, I’ve been a pretty sad person. I still am (and I probably will be for the rest of my life!), but I’ve learned how to deal with it, the same way you might learn how to deal with a chronic pain in your leg. Treating it like a condition to be overcome seems so obvious now, but it wasn’t before, because that’s how depression works: you think it’s the real you (because it is!), and you become skeptical, afraid even, of being happy, as if being happy is inauthentic."
  • Florida state leaders look to improve mental health funding. Gov. Rick Scott has proposed an increase of $19 million for mental-health and substance-abuse treatment services in his recommended budget for the next fiscal year, with the lion’s share going to treat people with mental illnesses in the community instead of in a state-run institution.
  • Sixteen ways to improve your mental health in 2016. You might find this article with different tips on maintaining mental wellness quite beneficial—with tidbits like educating yourself, meditation, and leaning on your support system.
Coming Up in January
  • Hip Hop Dance Classes and Latin Heat Workout continue every Thursday throughout January.
  • We will be providing a Mental Health First Aid for Youth workshop on Tuesday, January 26. Click here for the flyer.
  • On Wednesday, January 6, our 13-week Crianza con cariño program begins. Crianza con cariño is an internationally recognized program for parents and their youth to build esteem, empathy, and discipline for a more unified family.
Plus more! Make sure to click below on the calendar to enlarge it!
What We Did Last Month

Our Step Up Miami Class Graduated!

In partnership with Catalyst Miami, the Youth & Family Center hosted Step Up Miami, a 12-week intensive leadership development program that aims to generate a critical mass of neighborhood leaders interested in addressing poverty in Miami-Dade. The program guides participants through an examination of current best practices in community development approaches and hands-on application of problem solving techniques.

Pictured above are 20 of our Step Up Miami graduates from the Haitian Community. "I enjoyed the training. The best part for me was meeting new people in my community," said one graduate.
Thank You to Amigos For Kids

We want to give a very sincere thank you to our valued partner Amigos for Kids. In December, Amigos for Kids donated presents to Federation of Families Miami-Dade Chapter for 26 of our youth—and ultimately made their holidays in the process. Thank you!

Congratulations to Jackie, Joshua, and Tad on Their One-Year Work Anniversaries!
Activities Coordinator Jackie, Lead Peer Joshua, and Peer Specialist Tad have all passed the one-year mark here at Federation of Families and The Youth & Family Center! Congratulations are definitely in order! We all celebrated with a bit of cake (as you can tell).

We're all so proud of your accomplishments in this one short year, and we can't wait to see what other achievements are in store!
Welcome, Neeko, to the Federation of Families Team!
We want to give a warm welcome to our newest team member here at the Youth & Family Center and Federation of Families: Neeko Veargis! Neeko has been working as a volunteer at the Center for several months, attending outreach fairs, participating in activities at the Center, and has been working toward his peer certification—and now he has officially joined our team as a peer specialist. Congratulations, Neeko!
What Are Your New Year's Resolutions?
"To read one book per month, to network more, and to run my second half-marathon."
—Jackie, Activities Coordinator

"To keep running! And to go on at least one eco adventure per month."
—Ciara, Youth Engagement Specialist

"I want to journal positive moments more for posterity."
—Ronely, volunteer

"I want to work on my wellness more, especially my physical fitness."
—Joshua, Lead Peer

"To be at peace with myself regardless of the outside circumstances."
—Diana, Peer Specialist

"To be more mindful of how nutrition affects my wellness."
—Janet, Executive Director
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