I don’t know about you, but I’m still recovering from the holidays. While I enjoyed spending so much time with family and friends, I’m excited to get back to my routines, including diet, exercise and self-care practices – though I think my son would be glad to continue playing with everyone and receiving new toys! I had planned on the business of club parties, Santa visits and hosting dinners, but I had forgotten about going to look at all of the lights – “Celebration in the Oaks,” “Audubon Zoo Lights” and all of the beautiful neighborhoods full of spirit. Not to mention the cookie swaps, spur-of-the-moment walks and trying to find time to see friends and neighbors. If I’ve learned anything from all of this, it’s that from now on I’m going to schedule in “DNT:” Do Nothing Time, and make it non-negotiable. Maybe that will even be my New Year’s resolution.
Our feature “Renewal in the New Year” offers ideas and tips from eight local experts to help you get down to the business of achieving those health, beauty and wellness resolutions you’ve set. And while you’re planning the first quarter of your year, look to our Registry of Charitable Events: January-April 2019 to fill your calendar with amazing nonprofit events. If you have an event you don’t see listed here, please fill out our online form: MyNewOrleans.com/CharitableEvent. Also, if you have an event May-August 2019 for which you already have a date, fill out that form now to get it on our calendar.
As we age, moving to a place with amenities such as memory and health care can be a smart alternative to living alone. Thankfully, local assisted living facilities also boast spas, restaurants and feelings of independence. Learn about seven of our area’s finest in this year’s Assisted Living Guide.
For those of you who weren’t at our Activists of the Year event in December, I’ve got some exciting news. Starting this year, St. Charles Avenue’s Courts of Carnival will be its own stand-alone publication! It will still be sent to every subscriber of St. Charles Avenue, but it will also be available for purchase. We are so excited to bring this amazing tradition to you in a way that you can collect, and to be the publication of record for our sensational Courts of Carnival. Call 504-828-1380 to subscribe to Avenue and reserve your copy today!
Enjoy this month and the clean slate it gives us to make each year better than the last – and don’t forget to add some DNT to your schedule!
Morgan Packard Griffith