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I would be lying to you if I didn’t say the phrase “New Year New Me” or “This is MY Year” in years past.

When you get older, you start to realize how ridiculous that “New Year New Me” saying really is. How selfish and immature it has become. You can’t be this new person. You are who you are. Love yourself. You are not perfect. You might not have your dream job. You certainly don’t have the amount of money you want. You may not be in Hollywood love or even find someone good enough to date. You wish you could travel more. You wish your life was as exciting as everyone else’s on social media. You over think, over spend, over drink, and do it all over again the next weekend.

So this is YOUR YEAR! You will save more, do more, love more, compare less, care less, and be young, wild & free!

No…. in fact that’s what you did in 2014. and 2013, 2012, and all the way back to your 3 am pizza
57561-New-Year-New-Me days in college. Let’s get rid of this “New Me” mentality.

It is more important to share experiences with family and friends  than to share your stories to them.  Creating time for people is easier than finding time for them. Your family won’t live forever. Cherish the time spent with them because regardless of how many “New Me” characters you create, you are still that same son, daughter, brother or sister to someone.

Surround yourself with people who love you for who you are. Surround yourself with positivity, with energy, with optimism, passion, and love. You won’t need to create this new you. That energy will help shape a better version of you.

I can tell you now. Looking into my crystal ball that 2015 will bring you less time to travel. It will bring you more bills to pay, some disappointments and heartaches. It will leave you with decisions and crossroads. Face it, that is LIFE! Nobody, not even this “New You” can stop or hide from the struggles of life. All we can do is enjoy it. My crystal ball shows me that 2015 will have 365 days. I wish I could tell you that you will get to experience all 365 of them, but life isn’t guaranteed. Seize every day you can.

The next time you decided to create this new you. Take a look at everything you have accomplished, experienced, and lived through. Take a look at some of the challenges you will face. Ask yourself. Do you trust this “New You” to carry you through 2015? Or did your 2014 self do a pretty decent job getting you through the good times and bad. Build off of 2014. Look forward to the future, but most importantly enjoy the present.

Life is too short to keep creating a “New Me.”

Have a wonderful New Year Classmates! May 2015 bring you the best health, wealth, and luck one deserves.

-Professor Stern

Flipping tires has become an increasingly popular exercise. This functional fitness move is great for the whole body, but this isn’t about to Goodyear tire on the floor. This is about the tire that is deep inside you. The tire that is weighing you down. The tire that seems so heavy that you can’t seem to move it. An obstacle in your path that you can’t seem to flip. A challenge that you can’t seem to overcome.

Today’s Lesson is about your own tire. It is about finding the strength to get past it. To put the tire in the rear view. If there is something in your life that is holding you back. Something in your life that is weighing you down or stopping you from achieving your goals, today is the day you face that tire. You might not move the whole thing today, but you will start. You NYNJ_August2014-109get your hands underneath, bend the knees, take a deep breath, and mentally prepare yourself for the challenge. The HARDEST part is starting. The struggle to get that tire off the ground. Once the momentum starts to shift and your arms are burning, legs are shaking, sweat is dripping and heart is pounding, you push right through the pain.

We all face daily obstacle in our life. These obstacle do not define us. We have not failed because the obstacle is there, we fail because we let the obstacle stay there. We fail because we lose the confidence and hope to flip it, to get past it, to move forward. Find your tire. Find your motivation. No matter how big or heavy that tire is, you my friend are STRONGER!

 

-Professor Stern