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Ask the Experts: Starting Fresh in 2022

We sat down with Robert Lowery from Buffalo, NY and Marissa Davitt from Rochester, NY to answer seven of our biggest questions on how we start fresh in 2022!


Life and Leadership Coach, Robert Lowery is on a mission to help people create the life and career they desire. As the founder and CEO of RL Experience, Lowery empowers people with life changing strategies by encouraging them to look within to find the answers they need. He specializes in consulting for nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and youth development. Lowery was named to the Business First ‘40 under 40’ list, is a recipient of Buffalo Black Achievers Award, and was named the Boys & Girls Club’s Professional of the Year.


Certified Health & Life Engagement Coach, Marissa Davitt is a mother of two and a certified Life & Health Coach. Her goal is to help smart individuals who are feeling stuck in areas of life create clarity, success, and feel amazing again in their habits, health and relationships! Outside of work, she spends her free time with my daughters, exploring the vast nature trails of the Rochester area.


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01. Pandemic life is unpredictable. How do I move forward when so much is uncertain?

RL: Try to look at the glass as half full. Throughout the pandemic, many people had the opportunity to slow down, take time for reflection, and find their identity. As a result, many people are evaluating their strengths and pinpointing the areas of their lives they want to improve. The current environment has forced changes in our routines, and many people have had life-changing experiences which often gives us a different perspective. It’s important to focus on what is most valuable to you, your family, and the community and make changes needed as a result.


MD: One good practice is the concept of just putting one foot in front of the other. It is true we do not have much certainty regarding when the next quarantine might pop up, what the rules and regulations will be, or whether or not we will have another surge. However, we do not have to be able to see that far ahead; we just need to continue along and roll with the punches. This is a good time to practice stress management techniques.


02. Health concerns, change, economics, and more are challenging. What are some effective ways I can handle stress and worry?

RL: Check in on yourself. Reflection paired with the extra time we’ve had allows us to look at our mental health and figure out what we need. Know it is okay to ask for help and seek expert advice, especially if dealing with conflict or trauma. Getting the help of a professional to get you through it and focusing on improving areas of your life can be extremely beneficial, as well.


MD: Things like these feel like they are out of our control. This can really exacerbate our anxiety and make us feel helpless. Self-care is critical. It is so important to turn inward, and we all have the absolute responsibility to do it. Sleep is so critical. It is also vital to move your body every day, choose good nutrition, plug into nature more, and unplug from tech use. Don’t forget to foster your positive relationships. Other humans in your life who are positive, give you good energy, and build you up are your support. Finally, consider working with a coach, counselor, or support group.



03. New Year’s resolutions are famous for being broken. What are some steps for making lasting change?

RL: This is where S.M.A.R.T. goals come in. This acronym is a popular framework for setting goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-based. Resolutions tend to die out quickly and should be avoided. Replace them instead with specific goals that are obtainable and action-oriented. Goals paired with an accountability partner such as a trusted friend or coach can also help you make meaningful progress.


MD: When you want to make a change, yo