With the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind us, we’re seizing the New Year as an opportunity to slow down and reflect—to approach 2015 with clear eyes and a fresh perspective. As for our New Years resolutions, we’re resolving to do good—for ourselves, for the planet and for others.

To get started, we’ve made a list of the top five ways we plan to do good in the New Year. Check them out below—then get inspired to make resolutions of your own!

1. Try something new.

Returning from holiday vacation, it’s easy to fall back into old routines. Backlogs at work and dreary winter weather only add to the monotony! Make an effort to shake up your routine. Taking a baking class or trying out a delicious new recipe (a savory fritatta or indulgent speculoos latte are among our favorites!) are small steps you can take to brighten your days.

Bread Baking Class

2. Treat your body better.

With the holidays being a time to indulge, many look to the New Year as a time to commit to making healthier changes, big and small. Want to go vegan? Look out for the carrot icon on our menu indicating a dish is 100% botanical, or try out a vegan recipe at home. Not ready to give up meat and cheese? Try out our tips for eating raw in moderation. And, listen to how your body is feeling. Breaking from your desk—whether to stretch with desk poses or check out a yoga class—will keep you feeling rejuvenated!

raw foods

3. Practice mindfulness.

In our busy lives, it’s easy to fall into a rut—of blindly going through the motions of our daily routines, dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Allow yourself to break from always doing to just be, and commit to being present. Tune into whatever’s in front of you rather than letting your mind wander between a million different things. Should something not go your way, give yourself immediate feedback—then move forward.


4. Keep a journal.

Whether or not you kept a diary as a child, you’re never too old to start journaling. In fact, in our culture of constant going and doing—where moments of introspection are few and far between—you may find journaling more therapeutic than ever before! Taking a moment to collect and jot down your thoughts forces you to connect with them, no matter how hectic life gets.

Resolution Journal

5. Keep up the holiday spirit.

Of course, the end of the holiday season doesn’t mean we should stop making time for friends and family. Whether you bake a cake to share or continue to entertain, keep up the convivial spirit. Friends and loved ones and bring warmth to cold winter days!

What’s your New Years resolution? Share with us in the comments below—then stop by your local LPQ to let us help get you started.

Happy New Year!

Bakery photo via Tiny Oranges