2014 could be your best year yet, but it’s all about how you play your cards. January is Vitality Month at Travaasa, a time when we focus on celebrating the beauty of day-to-day life, absorbing each experience and learning something new each day. With a New Year, comes another opportunity to revive yourself from the inside out, discovering new things and enjoying life. The past is a memory, the future is a dream, but the present is a true gift. Based on Travaasa’s five pillars, here is a bit of New Year’s inspiration to propel your goals into a new year, and a new you. 

Adventure

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” – Andre Gide

Stepping outside your comfort zone is sometimes the best way to grow as an individual. Try a new adventure this year. Whether it be a mental, physical or an emotional one, you are sure to learn something about yourself that you would never have discovered had you not stretched your limits and tested your boundaries. 

Culinary

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw

No one says you have to be a gluten, but certainly do not deprive yourself of one of the most rewarding experiences of every day life. Make healthy choices, drink lots of water and remember that moderation is key. 

Fitness

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

Exercising and establishing a heathy fitness routine can be intimidating to get started. It takes 21 days to form a habit, so start your year with healthy habits and try different approaches to exercise: dance, aerobics, jogging, yoga, swimming, circuit training, the list goes on. Once you find something you love, stick to it, not because if makes you feel skinny, but because it’s making you healthy on the inside. 

Spa

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” – Ovid

Part of revitalizing your mind and body includes taking a break every now and then. Meditate, get a massage, treat yourself to a relaxing spa oasis for an afternoon. With the intense schedules and go-go environment we live in nowadays, its important to stop every now and then to decompress and unwind. 

Culture

“Culture is the process by which a person becomes all that they were created capable of being.” – Thomas Carlyle 

If you learn nothing else in life, you should learn to accept differences and embrace various cultures and ways of living, because that is truly the root of growth and understanding in today’s society. Keep an open mind every day, and seek knowledge from those around you. You never know who you will meet and what they may have to offer you and your journey.