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Five New Year’s Eve Safety Tips

New Year’s Eve is a fun time of celebration and anticipation. With all the festivities, we wanted to take a moment to remind you to be safe this New Year’s Eve. Here are some simple tips for a safe New Year’s holiday.

No matter how you are celebrating this New Year's, make it a safe holiday.

No matter how you are celebrating this New Year’s, make it a safe holiday.

1. Embrace the “buddy system.” Whether or not you will be consuming alcohol this New Year’s Eve, you should always let somebody know your whereabouts. Should anything unexpected happen, this person can alert any authorities necessary. It is always a good idea to have somebody to whom you are accountable for your safety if you are planning to go out on New Year’s Eve.

2. Don’t drink and drive. This one is obvious, but it bears repeating. In addition to hanging up your keys if you are planning to drink, don’t attempt to walk home, either. This article from homesecuritysource.com explains the potential dangers of walking home while inebriated, including falling on cement, getting hit by a car, or being followed by a potential assailant. If you are going to drink, arrange a safe mode of transportation home ahead of time.

3. Never leave your drink unattended. If you are attending a party where drinks are offered, never put your drink down. Leaving your drink alone makes it vulnerable to somebody slipping something into it.

4. Avoid the roads. If possible, avoid driving too much on New Year’s Eve, as there are many people out drinking. A great option is to ring in the New Year at a hotel where you can stay overnight.  If you will be driving this New Year’s Eve, be cautious.

5. Stock a first-aid kit in your home and car. If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party, make sure to have a fully-stocked first-aid kit on hand in case of any unexpected injuries or accidents.  For your car, make sure to keep both a medical first-aid kit, as well as a kit full of simple car repair items in case you experience any car trouble. This article by Jason Fitzpatrick on lifehacker.com is a great resource for what items are helpful to include in a car first-aid kit.

This New Year’s Eve, enjoy yourself, but also take measures to stay safe. If you are celebrating in Colorado Springs and are looking for a great place to stay on New Year’s Eve, we encourage you to check out The Lodge at Garden of the Gods Club. Lodge guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious New Year’s Day breakfast buffet, access to a our relaxing Spa & Salon, as well as the best view in town!

We wish you, your friends, and your family a very happy New Year!

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How to Prepare for New Year’s Resolutions

Aah, the New Year. Though new beginnings are often like a breath of fresh air, they can also be a bit scary. It can be a challenge to decide what you will “write on the blank page.” Even after you decide areas in which you would like to enact meaningful change, making those resolutions stick can be difficult. When it comes to greeting the springtime with your resolutions still intact, preparing well is half the battle. Below are some thoughts on how to prepare well for your New Year’s resolutions.

Whether your New Year's resolution is to get fit, run a race, or simply enjoy a new adventure, preparing ahead of time will help your resolutions to stick.

No matter what your New Year’s resolution may be, preparation will help them stick.

1. Evaluate the previous year. C.S. Lewis was onto something when he said, “We all want to progress, but if you you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is most progressive.” Taking time to review your past year can reveal the areas in which you truly want to grow, as well as any new areas of interest that you would like to explore. By taking time to do some “soul searching” before you decide on resolutions, you provide yourself with the right motivation. In an article for O Magazine, Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., a psychology lecturer at Stanford University, explains that it is important to avoid making resolutions from a place of not feeling “good enough.” Instead, choose resolutions based on what really matters to you.

2. Quiz yourself. In her Psychology Today article “Formulate an Unbreakable New Year’s Resolution,” Leslie Becker-Phelps, Ph.D., suggests asking yourself some important questions before deciding on your New Year’s resolutions. Considering the time involved in reaching a goal, whether or not it is realistic, and whether or not you can create a plan to reach your goal is important. For example, if you’ve never run a 5K, it may be unrealistic to make a resolution to run a marathon. Make resolutions that you can realistically keep.

3. Be flexible. No matter what resolutions you set, realize that somewhere along the way, you will probably make mistakes. This is OK. Choose resolutions that allow you to reevaluate if something’s not working. Cut yourself some slack, and revise your plan if it’s not working. Periodically reevaluating your plans for reaching your goals will help you to stay on track while keeping your resolutions fresh and relevant.

4. Gather inspiration. Despite the best of intentions, we all have moments when we are simply not that motivated. Take some time to gather inspiration that will keep you going on through those tough moments. Consider creating a collage with pictures and inspiring quotes, writing a letter to yourself, or placing inspirational notes around your office or home. Be as creative as you want with finding ways to keep yourself motivated.

The New Year is full of fresh possibilities, so use your imagination and a sense of adventure when it comes to creating your New Year’s resolutions! Taking some time to prepare beforehand will help you come up with goals that truly matter to you.

If you are interested in exploring new ways to get healthy, meet new friends, or relax and recharge, we encourage you to check out the variety of membership opportunities available at Garden of the Gods Club. To do so, contact Membership Director Tracey Kalata at 719.520.4980 or tkalata@ggclub.com. Do you have any other thoughts on how to set meaningful, effective New Year’s resolutions? If so, we encourage you to share them in the comments box below.

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Season’s Greetings From Garden of the Gods Club

Season's Greetings! May the joy and peace of the season be yours today and always. -The team at GGC

On behalf of the entire team at Garden of the Gods Club, happy holidays to you and yours! 

Pictured from left to right:  David Kronshage (engineering director), Steve Weber (executive chef), Christina Regnier (sales & catering director), Erik Pedersen (food & beverage director), Krystyna Pudlo (housekeeping director), Billy Peterson (general manager), Christina White (communications director), Gene Gabelmann (golf director), Samantha Iskra (human resources manager), Lauralee Beerman (fitness manager), Tracey Kalata (membership director), Shea Gunkel (golf course maintenance director). 

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Reader Special: Relax With 20% Off a Massage Today or Tomorrow

Are you feeling a bit stressed out with last-minute holiday to-do list items or preparations for out-of-town guests to arrive? For a minute, imagine what it would be like to wake up on Christmas Day feeling totally refreshed and rejuvenated. To say “thank you” for reading our blog, we would like to help you do just that!

Enjoy 20% Off a Relaxation Massage at Our Spa & Salon today (12/21) & (12/22).

Enjoy 20% off a massage at our Spa & Salon today & tomorrow (12/21-12/22).

Visit The Spa & Salon at Garden of the Gods Club either today (Friday, 12/21/12) or tomorrow (Saturday, 12/22/12), to receive 20% off a Signature Massage! Our Signature Massage is very close in pressure to a Swedish massage, and it uses botanical oil to make it a memorable treatment. Our massage therapists use various modalities of therapeutic and relaxing massage to achieve the ultimate in rejuvenation and an overall feeling of health and well-being. Massage has been shown to ease stress, anxiety, muscle aches and pains, and tension.

Whether you have family coming in for the holidays or you could simply use a little pre-Christmas relaxation, we invite you to take advantage of this special offer! To schedule your massage, please contact our Spa Concierge at 719.520.4988 or ggcspa@ggclub.com. You may also request an appointment online by clicking here.  We hope that you have a wonderful and relaxing holiday!

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Things to Do in Colorado Springs This Weekend: Dec. 21-23, 2012

The Lodge at Garden of the Gods Club

The Lodge at Garden of the Gods Club

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Below are a few ideas for how to enjoy the wintry holiday season with your family this weekend here in Colorado Springs.  If you’re a Member or a guest staying at our Lodge, don’t forget to join us tonight or tomorrow evening for Happy Hour , where we’ll be serving up fabulous drink specials, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and one of the most festive atmospheres in the area.

  • A Christmas Story — Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 2 pm & 7:30 pm, and Sunday, 2 pm, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.  From the FAC website:  “The modern holiday film classic concerning Ralphie Parker’s quest for a Red Ryder B-B gun becomes a live theatrical experience for the whole family. All of the elements from the beloved film are here, including:  the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; and more.”  Tickets $15-37.
  • Theatreworks’ “You Can’t Take It With You” — Friday, 7:30 pm, Saturday, 2 pm & 7:30 pm, Sunday, 4 pm, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (UCCS).  From the Theatreworks website:  “Welcome to the home of the Sycamores, a lively family of very free spirits. Enter the daughter’s fiancé and his strait-laced parents, turning up for dinner on the wrong night. Happy mayhem and lots of fireworks in this beloved classic comedy for the holidays.”  Tickets: $35 per adult, $15 per child under 16.
  • WYNOT Radio Theatre’s It Came Upon a Midnight Deadly — Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm, and Sunday, 2 pm, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. From the FAC website:  “Following their successful engagement at the FAC in April of 2012, WYNOT Radio Theatre returns with an original holiday-themed, action-packed episode featuring the insipid detective Rick Luger in It Came Upon A Midnight Deadly, an over-the-top parody of the Golden Age of Radio with over 90 characters, 200 props and costumes, commercial spoofs, and audience participation.”  Tickets $15.
  • Electric Safari — Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 5:30-8:30 pm, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.  From the Zoo’s website:  “Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is excited to celebrate 22 years of holiday lights and winter family fun at Electric Safari! Over one million sparkling lights illuminate crisp winter nights, including more than 40 animated light sculptures. Seeing the city’s lights from the Zoo at night is an added treat. Warming fires throughout the Zoo offer a reprieve from the chill, as do select indoor animal exhibits that remain open during the event. And for the first time ever, the new Elephant Barn will be open to the public – only during Electric Safari!”  Ticket prices vary; please see the Zoo’s website for details.
  • Christmas Symphony — Sunday, 2:30 pm, Pikes Peak Center.  Celebrate the season with family, friends, and musical favorites.  Tickets $19-59.
  • Wild Winter Christmas Celebration — Sunday, 9-10 am, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (nearby Divide, CO).  Festivities will include breakfast burritos with the wolves and a meet & greet with one of the Center’s ambassador wolves.  Tickets:  $25 per adult (kids 12 & under will be admitted for free).

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