Last month I was fortunate enough to interview Norwalk native Frank Lato, who now resides in North Carolina, on the heels of him publishing "Tobacco Road," a self-help book for anyone who wants to stop using tobacco. I have yet to have the good fortune of meeting Frank in person, but we've made tentative plans to grab a cup of coffee when he's back in his old stomping grounds for a book signing or two.
We bonded instantly because we are both equestrians, but even if we weren't, I have a feeling we would have gotten along anyway. Frank seemed like the type of guy who could get along with anybody.
Publicity materials for the book say, "Frank could be your neighbor-- he rode show horses, worked in the family construction business, served in the Marines, drove a truck, and worked as a real estate broker, developer and contractor. Like many smokers, he tried to quit many times, leaving him feeling defeated and hopeless..."
The reason I bring Frank up in the first issue of 2011 is I realize this is a time when people are making New Year's resolutions and struggling to keep them.
So Frank can be an inspiration to us all. He's someone we can all relate to.
I have friends and family who struggle with stopping smoking--so I know how difficult it can be.
Frank's journey as a smoker began when he was a teenager. After 22 years and some 166,000 cigarettes, he found a way to stop smoking. His book and methods are backed by the American Cancer Society.
But even if you are a non-smoker, let Frank inspire you to come up with a plan to reach any goal you may be trying to achieve in 2011--whether it's losing weight, drinking less, etc.
And remember New Year's resolutions don't have to be about giving something up, they can be about adding something to your life, like a new hobby or new ways to relax more. How about discovering ways to find the extra time and money to allow you some mini vacations this year if something extravagant is out of the question?
Earlier this week the extended studies brochure from Norwalk Community College was in my mailbox. It's chock full of lifestyle classes that will inspire you to savor hobbies, wellness/fitness, art, culinary art, and much more in 2011.
Here are a few examples: The Aura About You--Students will learn how to tap into their intuition and increase awareness in their lives through meditation and energy exercises. It promises to be insightful and stress-reducing; Brazilian Reggae Cardio Workout--A great dance workout to energetic music; Overcoming the Fear of Success--In this class learn how to overcome your resistance to stand out; Women and Money--This class will teach you how to become a savvy investor.
For additional classes, visit www.ncc.commnet.edu.
What are you waiting for?
As Frank says, "A dream without a plan is just a dream. But a dream with a plan is a goal."