New Year New You

By Courtney Applewhite, Publishing Assistant

The tree has been whisked away while parents and kids alike are dragging themselves back to work and school. Full bellies and whining wallets are jumpstarting everyone’s favorite January tradition – New Year’s Resolutions! If your goals for 2015 include losing weight, reading more or volunteering, Bright Sky Press is your source for the ideas and motivation to reach them! The first step toward making resolutions is to create a SMART goal:


Losing weight is a great goal, but you should specify how much weight, prepare to measure weight weekly, make the goal reasonable (you can’t lose 50 pounds in one month), keep the end in mind, and give yourself a time limit. “I am going to lose weight” isn’t a SMART goal. A SMART goal is: “I am going to lose 20 pounds for my sister’s wedding on March 21st by going to the gym three times a week, walking my dog for 30 minutes every day and completing weekly weigh-ins.”

With the SMART outline in mind, take a look at the most common, generic resolutions made in the U.S. every year and start planning!

Resolution #1: Lose Weight
BSP Resource: Cooking with Marie by Marie Hejl
We love home-style cooking and, as many health professionals will tell you, cooking from home is one of the most effective ways to lose weight. If you are new to the kitchen, Marie will help you navigate with recipes from appetizers to desserts. Eating at home and packing a lunch are just two things you can do to make an impact. My favorite recipe from Cooking with Marie is the Salmon with Mango Salsa – delicious and healthy! See below for recipe.

Resolution #2: Volunteer to help others
BSP Resource: The Heart of Houston: Lessons in Servant Leadership by Laurence J. Payne
Be inspired by stories in all sectors of Houston from education to public service to non-profits and go out and help the community. Use The Heart of Houston as a resource to discover service opportunities that are close to your heart. Opt to volunteer at your local homeless shelter or follow in the footsteps of servant leaders, such as Reverend William Lawson, and create your own non-profit agencies. Start small or go big – every effort helps!

Resolution #3: Read for Pleasure
BSP Resource: Marfa Mystery Series by John DeMers
Our favorite resolution is to read more! Between hectic schedules and the prioritization of sleep, it is tough to fit in any time to read for pleasure. To start, try squeezing in 10 minutes each night. It will help you relax before bed, and at that pace you can finish a book each month! We recommend John DeMers’ Marfa Mystery Series: Marfa Shadows, Marfa Rocks, Marfa Blues, and Terlingua Heat. These books are perfect for any reader who wants to add West Texas flavor to their love of mystery and suspense.

Use our resources, your support systems, and fun rewards to reach your goals this year!

Salmon with Mango Salsa recipe

– 2 mangos, peeled, seeded and diced*
– ¼ cup diced red onions
– 1 to 2 jalapenos, diced (seeded if desired)
– ½ red bell pepper, diced
– Juice of 1 lime
– ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro or mint
– Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
– 3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
– 4 salmon fillets (6 ouches each)
– Lemon and lime wedges and cilantro springs for garnish
*Mangos should be ripe (with red and yellow skin), but not too soft. Choose mangoes that are slightly firm; otherwise, they will be difficult to dice.

For salsa, in a medium bowl, combine the mangoes, onion, peppers, lime juice, cilantro and salt. Set aside until ready to serve.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat; add 2-3 tablespoons oil. Drizzle the salmon with remaining oil; season with salt and pepper. Place salmon in the skillet, skin side up. Increase heat to medium-high; cook for 3-4 minutes. Gently flip each fillet; cook for 3-4 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork.

Transfer salmon to individual plates; serve immediately with mango salsa.

If you like to grill, cook the salmon on an outdoor or indoor grill. Or if you have a grill pan to use on the stove, that will work well, too.

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