It’s A New Year

These motivational items can help you start it right

Whether you are at home, at work, or in the car, don’t miss a chance to be uplifted, inspired, and empowered. From wise words to luscious landscapes and sweet songs, these inspirational pleasures can help you get through your day and, ultimately, the year.

Great minds think (and quote) alike.

A compilation of quotes from the greatest philosophers, businessmen, athletes, and orators of all time, 1001 Motivational Quotes for Success: Great Quotes from Great Minds (Garden State Publishing; $10.99) is an empowering reference of encouragement for those striving to achieve excellence. Words from former Secretary of State Colin Powell, comedian Bill Cosby, sports legend Michael Jordan, and activist Nelson Mandela — as well as many others — help make Thomas J. Vilord’s book a worthwhile read.

Day by day. Not just a way for you to keep up with the days of the week, the 2007 Successories Motivational Classics Wall Calendar (www.successories.com; $12.99) can help you get through the month with a smile. Accompanied by a quote, each month offers gorgeous settings such as rolling rivers, lush forests, and even outer space. When your environment is hectic and stressful, this calendar offers the opportunity to travel anywhere — even if it’s only for a brief moment.

Just press play. Premier contemporary gospel saxophonist Angella Christie’s newest album Draw The Line (www.angel lachristie.com; $16.99), offers listeners a reflective, melodious inspiration for any time or place. This 13-track album features Christie’s distinct and eloquent instrumental take on current favorites such as Fred Hammond’s “No Weapon” and “Open My Heart” by Yolanda Adams as well as traditional jubilees such as “Oh Happy Day” and “Sanctuary.”

A calming sip. Quotable’s mission is simple yet meaningful: to inspire as many people as possible. The “Peace – Unknown” mug (www. fridgedoor.com/quotablemugs. html; $10.95) is just one of its many gestures of inspiration available for purchase. Inscribed with the quote “Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart,” this 14-ounce ceramic mug makes a great post-holiday gift to yourself.

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