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Year End Strategy I am using: Vision Board I believe most people have heard of the idea of turning our written goals into pictures to empower the subconscious mind to find strategies that will help us achieve our desired outcomes.   This simple tool, when placed in a prominent space within our homes (bathroom mirror, kitchen counter, on your refrigerator, etc.) reminds us to direct our focus towards goal attainment. That being said, I question how many of us actually take the time to create a vision board?  To be transparent, I have not done this project for at least a decade.  However, this year with the help of my brother, I am proud to say I have created a really cool looking vision board.  We used the company Vista Print to print off our projects on an 18 x 24 inch foam board to give them a really professional look.  Get creative, make them inspiring and enjoy being the architect of your life! Podcast I am re-watching: Rich Roll Ep. # 511 with Charles Eisenstein A Yale graduate, speaker, author and social philosopher, Eisenstein is extremely well spoken and has a message for humanity.  If you are interested in how you can redefine all of the challenges we have faced this year and turn them into a positive, check out this enormously impactful hour and half. Quote I am pondering: "We have the opportunity now to forge a new, more compassionate normal.  COVID-19 has gifted us a reset." ~ Charles Eisenstein A narrative that has come out of this last year of struggle has been the idea that when there is disruption in our daily lives, it creates the space for a new way of doing things.  An opportunity to view the world differently.  It shakes us enough to step back and attempt to reassess how we have been doing things all along.  From a health perspective, I hope that this last year has shaken you enough to not fall back into your old ways of relying on other people to take care of your health.  I hope you do NOT desire to get back to the "normal" way of letting your insurance company dictate your healthcare.  To your previous method of waiting until you are in a health crisis before starting to think critically about how we eat, move, think and your structure.  I hope that you can really drill down on what you believe is possible for you in regards to your

Strategy I am using: Year End Recap At the end of each year I have found that it is incredibly helpful to review the previous 12 months to look for bright spots and challenges.  The idea being that if you can duplicate what is working and eliminate the things that aren't, each successive year should get better and better.  I recommend going back through the photos on your phone, looking through your Google calendar or taking a look through your journal in order to be reminded of your behaviors and thoughts.  Make a list of things you want to include and things you want to exclude in the next year.  The more specific, the better.  I have found that life will continuously throw you the same problems until you decide to become more deliberate about how you spend your time.  This one step, done correctly, can massively transform your 2021! Exercise equipment I am wearing: Winter Running and Cycling Gloves If you are like me and enjoy working out in the morning you have certainly noticed a massive drop in the temperature.  To combat the extreme numbness and stiffness I have been experiencing on my runs and bike rides lately I purchased from Amazon these thin but warm gloves.  I like this pair due to their price ($17), the extra grip in the fingertips and palm as well as the fact you can use your cell phone with them on.  So far, they have made a huge difference in my comfort and for that I am grateful! Quote I am repeating: Years end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom experience can instill in us.  Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.  ~ Oprah Winfrey It is easy to place enormous emphasis on the end of the calendar year 2020.  However, let's remember that in the grand scheme of things Jan 1, 2021 will be just another day.  Another chance to do things better.  A chance to be more committed to our healthy habits, be more kind to our loved ones and strangers.  And another opportunity to be the kind of person we will be proud of.  I look forward to striving forward with you next year! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC

Top 3 books from 2020 I am recommending:  Each year I try to consume approximately 20 books. This year to prep your list for Santa Clause before Christmas/Hanukah etc. here are my top picks from the year!      1.)  Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins      2.) Atomic Habits by James Clear      3.) Finding Ultra by Rich Roll Top 3 products from 2020 I am using:  This year I have attempted to only purchase items that will have a continual return on investment, have a price within my budget and align with my passions.  Here are a few items that I now use on a regular basis that bring me joy.       1.) My bike.  If you don’t own a bike currently I encourage you to pick one up (preferably used) and get outside for a quick ride.  You will smile more!      2.) Thermal compression pants. I find myself wearing these all the time now that the temp in the morning has dropped considerably.       3.) Xterra Wetsuit. Whenever I am wearing this, I am in the ocean, with friends and working out. I also love the look and function of this suit for only $149 brand new! Top 3 lessons I learned in 2020 I am spreading:       1.) A vacation does NOT need to be a week long, include air travel and cost a lot of money. We drove to Sedona and Zion this year separately for 3 days and had an amazing time for very little money. I recommend using your credit card points for hotel stays.       2.) Being in nature and doing exercise is my happy place.  I don’t know what else to say except I have loved swimming, biking, running, walking, hiking, etc. outside.        3.) Everyone has their own opinion and we all feel like we are correct.  Understanding this and becoming empathetic to myself and others situation has been the biggest challenge and break through of the year.  --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC

Donation I am encouraging: Toy's For Tot's Drive at Aligned Life Wellness It's that time of year again!   Bring a new, unwrapped gift to the office in order to provide some joy for military families in need!  We only have until December 16th before we have to turn in our donations so please make it a priority.  Our goal this year is 75 gifts which will really help to support our local community in a year in which we need to help out more than ever!  Thanks for your kindness and for being the example of how to treat one another in our community! Book I am reading:  Endure: Mind, Body and The Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance by Alex Hutchinson Have you ever wondered why on one day you feel like a world beater and on another a slug?  Have you ever had a race or competition in which everything felt amazing and then the next time you competed felt as if you couldn't do anything right?  If so, this book takes a historical and scientific look at the factors associated with uncommon performances over long distances and time.  Side note:  This was the audio I was listening to while running my first half marathon on Thanksgiving morning!  Great motivation. Quote I am loving:  "Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.  No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity."  ~ James Clear (Author of Atomic Habits) One of my favorite books of the year was Atomic Habits.  James Clear describes how to create habits that serve you and eliminate habits that hinder your progression.  He also tells of how the most important part of becoming a better version of yourself is selecting your new identity.  Once you have chosen who you want to become, it becomes easier to determine what habits you would need to implement in order to make being that person a reality.  In a recent podcast with Rich Roll, Clear also talked about how spending time with people who have already become the type of individual you are looking to be, can create and maintain your new identity quicker.  If better health, better posture, a healthier lifestyle and positive attitude are characteristics you are looking to attain I can't think of a better place to spend time than Aligned Life