Millions of us are familiar with this scenario:As the calendar year begins, we make well-meaning goals and resolutions — determined to make a fresh new start and create positive changes. Maybe we promise ourselves to lose weight, quit smoking, seek a new job or new relationship, or otherwise change the way we run our lives. Then reality sets in, and we invariably start cutting corners and falling back on bad habits or poor choices.No wonder we start feeling guilty and defeated because our resolutions fell by the wayside. No wonder we feel STRESSED OUT and frazzled. Many of us totally give up.But there’s a simple, ingenious and creative way to calm oneself, restore inner peace and help get you back on track. DOODLE! It’s probably something you have already done many times, without realizing its value. This creative strategy can help quiet the mind and help you refocus your priorities — for just pennies a day.It’s time to pick up a pen and bring yourself back to a more productive, happy and even lucky 2013, filled with life improvements that STICK.WHO DOES THIS?Everyone has found such creativity at some point in life. Famous examples are Pablo Picasso, President John F. Kennedy and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.Can you remember the last time you has occasion to just creatively draw or scribble? Maybe you were sitting (probably annoyed) at the airport as your plane was delayed… or nervously waiting in a doctor’s waiting room… or next-up for that all important job interview. Perhaps you even doodled your way through school. You probably didn’t realize how taking pen in hand and creating those effortless scribbles, designs and visual musings put you at ease and helped you become more focused. You might have thought you were only killing time. But know this: what you were doing was NOT a time-waster! Why? Much like meditation, your drawing creativity can help reduce excessive and worrisome mind chatter and allow you to feel more relaxed, stay alert and help you ultimately accomplish more.And there is even more great news about this topic: You don’t need to be an “artist.” You don’t need to have an eye for color or perspective or true design. If you can draw a straight line (using any type of writing instrument) you can be a doodler, whether you are 5 or 95. For virtually no money, you can re-capture and re-tackle those New Year’s Resolutions and begin once again, any month of the year. Only this time include some quality time for yourself, every day to help progress and move forward.Unleash your hidden creativity and let your stress simply melt away one doodle at a time. The less overwhelmed you feel, the easier it is to advance toward your goals and celebrate this new year of possibilities. Be sure to treat yourself and buy a notebook just for these pursuits. Of course don’t forget to sign and date each drawing. Then let your troubles disappear with each twist and turn of the pen. Remember, a doodle a day can help keep the stress away!