WOOHOO! Another short work week! On the downside, I am headed to Philadelphia Airport with Belinda and Ashley. They are headed home. The last 5 days went way too fast. It was great having them home for Christmas….Okay, before I start to cry AGAIN, let’s get to today’s blog.
We are just days away from the NEW YEAR. Whether you read blogs or are a social media nut (you know Facebook, Twitter, etc) – everyone is talking about new year resolutions. Over the years, I have made New Year’s Resolution and just as fast as I made them, I broke them. Last year, I set goals – not HUGE, unattainable ones just ones that would improve the quality of life for me and my family. Here are some ideas as you prepare to set your New Year’s Resolutions:
#1 Reducing Stress and Overwhelm
Stress is a leading contributor to illness and disease in the body, mind and soul. And an unchecked to-do list does not go rent free in your head. I want you to step back and inventory your life right now. Where are the biggest areas of stress and overwhelm? How can you reduce them immediately? Do you need help around the house, running errands, to make that doctor’s appointment you’ve been putting off?
Make a list of things that are stressing you out! Then simply ask, what would eliminate this as a stress in my life. Maybe it is asking your family for help with the housework. Okay, so it won’t be done exactly like you want – who cares? Maybe it is saying “NO” to being the chair of an event or maybe it is looking for a job that you enjoy going to instead of dreading everyday. Just explore the options of reducing your stress.
Your health is your greatest asset. If you don’t have it, you can’t think as clearly and you have a lower quality of life. Let’s get your body functioning at its optimal level! What changes do you need to make right now to make yourself feel better and live healthier?
This doesn’t mean you have to commit to loosing XX pounds. It simply means making changes in your eating habits that will help you to feel better. Starting in January, I will be cutting down (to almost nothing) sugar. Will I still sneak a cookie or two? YES! Will I still have an occasional glass of wine? YES! But I will be applying the 80/20 rule. By doing this 80% of the time, I will feel better.
#3: Strengthening Your Finances
No matter where you are on the path to prosperity, it’s your birthright to live an abundant life. Do you need to save money? Get out of debt or start a debt repayment plan? Is it time to invest? Change careers into something more lucrative? Find higher paying clients? Let’s get your money in order and set some solid goals.
Okay, paying off debt was my “goal” last year. I have to say that I made progress, maybe not what I dreamed it would be but that is okay. I am paying it off and saving money. I am giving back to my church and the community. I am finding ways to increase my income doing things that I love. I am no longer saying “I hate being in debt”, I am saying “I am no longer in debt”. I am speaking abundance into the Universe. If you haven’t read The Secret, it is a MUST read this year.
#4: Create More Loving Relationships
We cherish our most loving relationships. They give us food for the soul and provide us with inspiration and support through all of life’s seasons. Which are your most loving relationships? How can you create more of those? What changes do you need to make to become more loving?
My goal last year was to spend more time with family and extended family. I am happy to say that I am moving closer to where I want to be in this area of my life.
So, what are your dreams for each of these areas of your life? Not your New Year’s Resolutions, your dreams. Share them with us. Let’s all CELEBRATE and ENCOURAGE each other to reach our dreams this year.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!