For many, the flip of the calendar to January 1st signifies the start of New Year’s resolutions. Clicking through the blogosphere could easily lead one to believe that they are in the minority if they don’t have an action plan for making 2019 “the best year yet.”

Let me put those of you who have this form of FOMO (“Fear Of Missing Out”) at ease. According to YouGov Omnibus, which has access to an online panel of over 2 million respondents, over half of Americans report they never made a resolution for 2018 and only 26% have one for 2019. Furthermore, only 31% of those who did make resolutions stuck to them.

Maybe it’s through life experience and/or scientific validation that the majority of people have now accepted that setting a goal is a heck of a lot different than trudging down the path to accomplish it. This especially holds true for New Year’s resolutions with estimates of failure at the year’s end ranging as high as 80-92%. (source, source, source, source, source)

As I stated on this topic previously, “resolutions based solely on guilt from the previous year’s “regressions” are not long-lasting.” Rather, to fulfill one’s intentions a comprehensive approach using incremental steps is needed. I believe a key component to this is a supportive network. After all, relationships are a major determinant of health, behavior, and social regulation.

For the extremely determined individuals seeking the strongest positive support to stick with their goals, this dataset lists the cities best known for keeping New Year’s resolutions. Changing one’s geographic location, however, is often not appropriate, reasonable, or the best option for many. This association is useful regardless of the caveats of moving in that it provides more evidence of the power of community to enhance, or hamper, success. Thankfully, due to today’s technology, we have a more feasible option for its application.

With the World Wide Web at our fingertips, we can instantly “connect” to like-minded, caring individuals without leaving our chair…or stand-up desk. Although being constantly “plugged in” has its downside, I believe that using social media and virtual communities to enhance implementation of nourishing changes is an amazing benefit of the internet. This is why I’m so dedicated to providing my BreakFree Medicine readers with resources on how to apply current science, ancient wisdom, and modern medicine into their lives with one click.


A Year to Review and Moving Forward into the New One

For the start of 2019, I am providing a look back at some of my most popular article series to support one in moving forward… blog-by-blog. I have listed the concluding post which all contain the links to the previous ones.

Important Note for Hormonal Harmony Seekers!

I have new content from my article series on a Naturopathic and Functional Medicine Perspective on Balancing Hormones- the Third Consideration!

So, without further ado, I present…

BreakFree Medicine’s Top 5 Blog Series of 2018:

  1. Three Factors to Consider When Choosing an Essential Oil
  2. The Continuation of the Lavender-Tea Tree-Hormone Controversy: In Defense of Essential Oils Synergy and Nature’s Wisdom
  3. Examining the “Hormonal” Effect and Safety of Essential Oils
  4. Addressing Hormonal Problems from a Naturopathic and Functional Medicine Perspective– The Third Consideration for Achieving Hormonal Balance (NEW!)
  5. What’s All the Fuss About in Choosing the “Right” Frankincense Species

Bonus Article: How Essential Oils Can Help Support Healthy Behaviors (for the New Year)

I’d love to hear your feedback on whether this approach has helped you in making satisfying steps toward a better life throughout the year.

Please comment below!


Coming Soon in 2019….

The review everyone is waiting for….

CBD Oil- Hype, Harm, or Heck Yay!

Stay tuned!


Thank you for taking the time to read and better your life!


This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)

Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.