New Year’s Resolutions

As 2016 comes to an end, many of us still debate about making and keeping a new year’s resolution. I am sure you have seen this ultimate list that everyone seems to steal from:
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While all of these are good, maybe we need to be more specific and make some small “easy” goals along with larger ones that will make us look back at 2017 with pride in ourselves. I want to give you a few ideas for making some resolutions.
For starters, it can be a huge, daunting task to commit to something for a year day in and day out. As much as our heart is willing, our flesh is weak. How about starting a monthly resolution first? Say for the month of January you will make it a priority to go for a walk every other day. For February, you will see to it to keep track of your food intake and try to make healthier choices. For March, try doing some food prep on Sunday afternoons for a few weeks to see if that helps with curbing your desire to run through a fast food place. Here is a similar chart for month to month resolutions that can help.
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There may be a few of you that committed to a healthy life style change last year and kept your resolution. If so, that’s amazing! Keep up that good work and maybe reflect on some resolutions to focus on living more spiritually “zen”. Sometimes our bodies can be healthy and happy but our spirit and attitude keeps us from being mentally happy. These life changing attitude adjustments can be just as difficult to keep as the physical fitness ones. Check out this idea list:
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I read once that a woman who has an organized closet can take over the world. I believe this to be true. When my house is organized from top to bottom I just feel invincible. It is hard work and can loom over you if you try and do it all in one day or weekend. Give yourself more time, you can’t neglect your family while trying to tackle your clutter. Try this 21 day list but spread it over 21 weeks instead.
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If all this is too much for the upcoming year, I understand! We can’t do it all. If I could give just one simple resolution to myself and my readers, I would say to enjoy the little things. Take the time to enjoy the sunshine on a spring day, a cup of coffee with a friend, a home cooked meal with your family, a walk with your dog even on a rainy day, a few hours to read a book in the library, etc. As Ferris Bueller would say, “life goes by pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.”

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