Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2016 New Year’s Resolution: Prepare to Care

Written by: Corey B. Welcher, volunteer

Many of us begin each new year with goals and plans to do something new/better/different than the last. The sense of getting a fresh start propels many of these well-intentioned goals forward, for at least a little while. What do your goals look like this year? Do your goals include ways to care for both yourself and your community in 2016?  

Ensuring completion of goals is a task itself! Our fresh start can quickly lose speed as calendars fill up and energy depletes.  We become “too busy” to take a class, be nice, eat better, etc. To try and give myself the best chance of success in the new year, I follow these steps: The first week of January I take a look at my goals and make sure they include both personal improvements/changes and volunteer goals. Next, I evaluate them to confirm they are both realistic and achievable within twelve months. Lastly, I make a due date for each goal and put it on my calendar- with a reminder attached! 

One of my resolutions for 2016 is to take a CPR certification class. I first completed my CPR certification when I was thirteen during the Red Cross Babysitting class. Having the certification gave me an added confidence and additional tools to pull from during my babysitting jobs. Now that I teach yoga lessons in my home and at studios around the DMV, I am realizing that it would be a responsible, good idea to complete the CPR training. Should anything happen during class or in my community, I’ll be prepared to help. 

By breaking down your plans for the new year into achievable goals with realistic timelines, we can all meet our goals for the new year. To help round out your resolutions for volunteering, take a moment to check out your local Red Cross, consider donating blood at, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for more information on opportunities for involvement


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