Not another New Year message

The beginning of a new year is always a timely occasion to recap the accomplishments of the cycle about to end and set the goals for the one about to start. Most of us take part in this exercise, perhaps not in a formal way, but at least we dedicate a moment to reflecting on it.

We all know the theory, but putting it into practice is a bit more challenging. Usually, a few weeks after this inspiring moment, routine kicks in, and we get swamped dealing with everyday chores, paying the bills, avoiding rush hour traffic, and so on.

According to various studies, only about 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions, while around 80% don’t keep them after two months. The success rate can vary depending on factors such as the specific resolution, individual commitment, and support systems in place.

My coffee journey

I have drank coffee since I was approximately eight years old. Before anybody freaks out, the ratio in my early years was about 95% milk and only 5% coffee. This is better known as “Café con Leche” or Latte Coffee. As years passed, that ratio steadily inverted until reaching an average of 50% coffee and 50% steamed milk, a mixture better known as “Cortadito” in Miami. Occasionally, I go for single espressos without milk when an energy boost is much needed at 5 pm. Regardless of the coffee style, the only common element that has always been present throughout my coffee-lover life has been, you guessed it, SUGAR.

A few weeks ago, when beginning my coffee ritual, grinding my Kirkland´s Colombian Coffee Medium Roast in my Breville Barista Express machine for my morning “Cortadito,” I reflected on how sugar is not suitable for my body and thought, what about trying to leave it out of my coffee? I’ve tried this before but haven’t been successful. This time, however, was different. I was able to truly enjoy my coffee ritual without the need to add unnecessary sugar. I could savor the coffee flavor without any interference like never before.

And you may wonder why I describe every detail about my coffee journey to you on a random weekday in February.

The power of every step

For many years since HAIELLE’s inception, I have talked about how making positive lifestyle changes affects our health, body, and mind. As I mentioned, we all get the theory but struggle to implement it.

I am with you on this journey. I hear you, and that is why I felt very proud of the recent positive change in my daily coffee ritual and thought it was a good milestone worth sharing. To be 100% honest, I still add sugar to the 5 pm occasional espressos, but at least I know I am moving in the right direction.

Regardless of when exactly you set the goals for the new year and what stage in your life you are currently at, I sincerely hope you are sticking to them and are taking firm steps to achieve them. May we all be part of the 8% that successfully achieve their resolutions this year!