5 Resolutions You Can Keep

Happy New Year, All!!

Okay, okay, we know, it’s almost the end of the first week of January, so Happy New Years seems as dusty as those leftovers of plum pudding. But we’re here on the fifth for a reason – because only five days into 2012, many of us have probably already given up on our New Year’s Resolutions.

I mean, let’s be honest, resolutions are hard. First of all, chances are good that half your resolutions are direct responses to behavior you’ve been reveling for a solid month, correct? Eat well after a month of christmas cookies, drink less after the booziest month of all, go to the gym after, well, let’s not talk about how long it’s been since we’ve set foot in there – we’ve been busy, right?

We here at Liz Caplan Studios want to suggest some resolutions for the year ahead that are 100% totally keepable. We promise! So let’s dive on in, shall we?

1. Support the arts.
This is probably the easiest resolution ever, because it’s really just fun. Go see a movie (we’re partial to the truly beautiful and deeply moving ‘Shame’, and not only because our own Liz Caplan is in it!), go see a show, go see an opera, go to a museum, go read a book. You’ll be better for it, and the arts will too – they are a vibrant and necessary part of all of our lives, and they all need audiences. So put your money where your heart is (or don’t, there’s lots of good free stuff around too!) and make 2012 the year that you experience as much as you can.

2. Go for a walk.
We know, we all should exercise more. But let’s be honest, sometimes going to the gym is boring and expensive. You know what isn’t? Going for a walk. It’s good for you, and totally free, and you might just find yourself noticing things you never do, like birds or people or the free performance that is New York City all of the time.

3. Find your voice.
We’re especially partial to this here, because Liz Caplan is all about finding your voice. But let’s be honest, if you’re reading this now, you’ve at least sung in your shower pretending that you’re the next American Idol. So why not give yourself the gift of learning how to use that fierce instrument to its best advantage? Liz Caplan Studios released a number of different iPhone apps in the past year, all of which can help you train your voice for less than the cost of a fancy cocktail. So why not treat yourself, and kill at your next karaoke office party? Don’t let your shower tiles be the only things that hear you sing!

4. Go somewhere.
Travel! Get on a plane! Get on a train! Get on a subway! Get on your feet! Go somewhere you’ve never been in 2012, preferably many different places. We’re all citizens of the world, there’s nothing greater than getting to see as much of it as we can.

5. Give yourself a break.
This resolution encompasses all of the others. Most of us work way too hard, and then we are way too hard on ourselves about what we look like, what we do, what we can’t do. It’s vital to give yourself a break every once in a while, both in the sense of taking time to go for a walk or see a movie or sing a little song or learn to breathe, and in the sense of forgiving yourself for whatever shortcomings you think you might have. Because one thing’s for certain in 2012: you’ve got you. And shouldn’t you treat yourself right?

So best wishes for the year ahead – no matter how you choose to spend it, we hope it’s happy and healthy!

About lizcaplanblog

LIZ CAPLAN, has been teaching and coaching voice since 1978 in New York City and guest lectures throughout the United States and Europe. Her students are currently featured in principle roles on Broadway, National tours, Off Broadway, regionally, and as artists in the recording industry. Some have also been nominated for the prestigious Tony and Grammy awards and have been Emmy award winners. Besides working vocally with recording artists, Liz does consulting work for all the major record labels. Liz Caplan Vocal Studios is located in New York City, and is one of the premiere vocal studios in the country. Now staffed by Liz and a group of highly trained and talented Voice Teachers, it is able to bring Liz's mission of 'balancing the state of the artist' to many.
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