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7: …It's 2021! Here’s The KEY to a Happier You, this New Year.

Updated: Jan 11, 2021

Happy New Year. It is 2021, we made it. Hallelujah. 🙌 -- We’re kicking it off, with our first ever episode of 2021! While many of us are thinking about New Year resolutions (and already flinching at failing them!)

Zuri shares how choosing a ‘word’ of the year could be the ideal way to frame our intentions, to show up as your best self for your AND your relationships.

Next up Z chats with relationship expert, Dr. Jenn Hardy, who gives us some really great advice on high pressure or toxic resolutions, having the boundaries convo with a loved one, finding a sense of balance and control to protect yo’ peace, and how to handle it in the event that we fail at our resolutions because let's be honest, it’s gonna happen! Remember, the achievement is all in how we adjust and adapt to obstacles.

Make sure you stay ‘til the end for our first Giveaway of 2021 + this week’s ‘Party Trick’: 3 Things to Remember as We Take on 2021.

The Hot Happy Mess Party Trick of the week:

3 Things to Remember as We Take on 2021

1. 2020 was very traumatic and heavy, so assume that you are [still] tired and that you are recovering from something from it. Be realistic, you're not going to fix everything in a week. You are going to need to really give yourself time to recover and heal.

2. When you think about resolutions, consider: what is the best timing for these resolutions and be really honest with yourself So be flexible and adapt.

3. Our values are great guiding forces. So look at 2021 and the ways that you want to change, let your values guide the way. If you value friendships and relationships, figure out (a) how you're doing well, (b) what you want to keep around, and (c) what you want to add.


All you have to do to enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card:

  • Give the podcast a 5-star rating

  • Leave a 5 star written review — and in your review tell us: 'what your one word for 2021' is.'

  • Make sure you put your IG or Twitter Handle, so we can DM you (if you win!)

  • Giveaway ends Sun Jan 24, 2021, @ 11:59p ET


Dr. Jenn Hardy is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Maryville, Tennessee. She has specialized training in psychodynamic and feminist therapy, attachment theory, and career-related issues. She writes on Instagram about relationships, career issues, resilience, self-compassion, and whatever else is on her mind. You can access her e-courses, sign up for a free newsletter, and find links to media interviews like this one at: | Instagram | Facebook | E-Courses

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If you loved this podcast episode, you’ll also love our first episode in our Protect Your Peace Series: Episode #1: How To Be Happy

Come listen, laugh, and maybe even learn a lil something’ -- with new episodes of Hot Happy Mess dropping every Monday on the iHeartRadio App, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts!

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Zuri Hall is an Emmy award-winning TV host (Access Hollywood, American Ninja Warrior) and is the executive producer & host of this millennial-focused podcast that will empower women to avoid “best life burnout” through candid conversation, expert panel discussions, and real-life, human interest stories from everyday women.

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