LET GO: If you have not used it in a year, it is not yours. Give it away to someone who can use it or throw it out if nobody can. Make room for the new. My local library has a sale every fall and encourages donations. This year, after procrastinating for the past three, I did just that. Any book I had not cracked open in the past year I loaded onto the red cart and wheeled it in imagining others who would now enjoy them, not to mention all my new space!
EAT BETTER: Even if it is only one thing in your diet that you change, now is the time. Try oatmeal with walnuts and fresh berries for breakfast instead of a sugar filled muffin. Drink ¾ of a glass of wine instead of two. Start taking high grade fish oil and CoQ10 every morning (always check with a qualified health professional to be sure supplements are right for you). If you like chocolate, buy the pure kind and eat it in moderation.
AX AN UNHEALTHY HABIT: If you like to gossip, next time you feel the urge, say something positive or nothing at all. This will take time and practice, but like any habitual behaviors, replacing them with new ones will become your new way of being in the world.
ENJOY THE SEASON: Take a day off to be with someone whose company you enjoy—go to lunch, to the movies or the park. And take a look at those brilliant changing leaves. We can change, too, and now is a perfect time to give it a try.