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I was inspired by the feature on mindfulness, where we hear from Lisa Wellstead, founder of East Cobb Yoga and Mindfulness about the practice of mindfulness in relation to sticking to your New Year’s resolutions.

It struck a nerve with me as I am someone who is obsessed with organization, planning and making lists. Or rather, the idea of them. Because to be completely honest, no matter how much money I spend on planners and those cute to-do lists from Target’s dollar spot, I rarely use them.

I even go as far as buying crafting supplies (another obsession) to go along with my planning materials … as a means to get me in the “creative” mood to organize myself and jot down my lists. I mean I JUST received some in the mail two days before writing this. And when it arrived, I opened the envelope, marveled at the supplies and neatly tucked them away in my desk drawer at home.

Now you see why this mindfulness article struck a nerve. Cleary, I need a new tactic in getting in a clear headspace so that I can accomplish my main goal of being more organized. Which brings me to New Year’s resolutions. Every year I try to whittle my list down as bare as possible as not to overwhelm myself with too many things to accomplish during the year. And this year I’m going even smaller.

My only resolution/goal/directive is to finalize a TRUE organizational system. And I believe incorporating some mindfulness techniques will definitely place me on the path to success in that area. And honestly, once you get a clear organizational style in place, any and everything else you set to accomplish can be achieved almost flawlessly because you’ve laid a concrete foundation to build upon.

So that’s my one true resolution I’m setting for myself in 2018. What’s yours? Write me and let me know. Tell us on social media → @CobbLifeMag. I’d love to hear your feedback.

And until then … I hope you enjoy this issue.

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Thanks to your many votes, we’ve compiled 14 of your Best Cobb businesses in our Best Of Cobb feature — everything from places to eat, take your kids, experience the outdoors and more. Also in this issue, we take you on an afternoon with the Marietta Food Tour. Yes, something just for foodies! And believe me, it was a deliciously fun day. You’ll be inspired by a glam dining room makeover and help kick-start your healthy eating journey with Eat Fit Go in Vinings.

As always, be blessed and let’s rock 2018!

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LaTria Garnigan is the Magazine Coordinator for Cobb Life. She has more than 10 years of experience editing newspapers and magazines. When she's not working, she enjoys trying out new recipes, traveling and binge-watching and live-tweeting TV shows.

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