Jess Hines, Chief Blogger
“Eat less junk.” “Drink more water.” “Meditate.” “Exercise…at least once.”
These are some of the most typical New Year’s resolutions we’re used to hearing as January 1 creeps around the corner—in 2018, nearly half of Americans set goals in the new year to lose weight or get in better shape (guilty…).
While taking care of ourselves physically is always an honorable resolution and something we should practice every day, sometimes we overlook aspects of our holistic wellness—the mental, emotional and spiritual parts of us that not only make us better people but also impact the people and the world around us.
This year, instead of resolving to attend that weekly fitness class or try to tame my sweet tooth, both at which I have a pretty solid track record of failing, I have vowed to simply be more intentional—with my words, my actions, my decisions, and with the way I connect with people.
My first action in practicing my new resolution was to reach out and connect with fellow Tyson Foods team members to learn about similar goals they set for themselves in 2019, and I was blown away with the goodness they plan to put into the world this year.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Kate Kalil, Customer Development Manager
Continuous improvement is something for which we all strive, and the start of a New Year is a perfect excuse to keep up the good work! This year, my foremost resolution is to dedicate greater focus to the world around me, which means: diminishing my exposure to social media, building quality relationships “in real life,” and staying more informed about my community and the world at large.
Nick Jones, Pedigree Production Manager, Cobb-Vantress
My New Year’s resolution is to make a difference in more people’s lives and here is the short reason why.
This year my wife and I lost our daughter at 18 weeks into the pregnancy. When this was discovered on the ultrasound, the doctor said we need to go to the hospital and check-in to the labor and delivery department. My wife, Emily, was too far along to have a D&C. The doctors induced labor, gave Emily an epidural, and she gave birth to our little Embry Kate early in the morning on September 9th, 2018. Since then we have not been the same people. We have grown closer to each other than ever before. We were faithful and spiritual people prior to this experience. However, our faith and love for God has been tested to the limits, survived, and grown ever larger.
Caroline Ahn, Manager of Executive Communications for Sustainability
For 2019, my resolution is to be less wasteful in all aspects.
I often find myself throwing away food in the back of the fridge at the end of the week or tossing leftovers instead of saving them and incorporating them into other meals. I’m going to be more intentional about meal planning so that my husband and I only purchase the groceries we need and be more mindful about how I can refresh my leftovers and turn them into a new meal for the next day.
I’m also a HUGE fan of skincare and cosmetics, and I’m always trying new products. This means I’ve accumulated a ton of half-empty bottles, jars, and tubes that I’ll eventually just throw away—especially lipstick! This year, I will not be purchasing any lipstick (or other cosmetics, for that matter) until I’ve completely finished the ones I already have. Not only will I be reducing waste, I’ll also be saving money, which is just a perk to living more sustainably.
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Published January 4, 2019.
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