A New You in 2009? You Might Want to Think Again

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Is cosmetic surgery on your list of New Years resolutions? A fun new novel might change your mind about creating a new you.

Before the last stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, thousands of people everywhere will have written out their 2009 New Years resolutions. This evergreen practice is an encouragement to make the following year a little bit better, to reach goals and dreams. A time of introspection as the final minutes of the year tick by.

Typical resolutions include elements of personal empowerment. Dieting is one of the most popular and usually tops the list, eating less and exercising more. Stop smoking is another popular goal for many. However, in the last few years cosmetic surgery is becoming more popular and making one of the top ten slots of resolutions, a new nose, or a new silhouette. A new you in 2009?

A recently released novel written by Randi Altschul and Kathleen Shaputis may give pause about adding an appointment for plastic surgery to a list of resolutions. "What if you arrived at Heaven but couldn't get in because you'd had cosmetic surgery. You're not…you. For vanity's sake, you changed the original packaging and altered your destiny," said Kathleen Shaputis, ghostwriter. "The story line lends itself to discussions around the water cooler at the office. Especially with the popularity of television shows such as 'Nip & Tuck'."

"Sorry, You Can't Enter Heaven," published by iUniverse, brings the subject of cosmetic surgery into a different light. CEO Lisa Michaels finds out death isn't her only challenge. This book is a fresh take on empowerment and the choices people make in their lives.

Put having fun at the top of a 2009 resolution list, to read more for entertainment such as "Sorry, You Can't Enter Heaven," to escape stress and worries at the local movies. Especially in these more economically challenging times facing 2009, write out resolutions to make a difference in your own life or someone else's. A new you in 2009 can be as easy and inexpensive as smiling more.

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