Ready for the New Year?

What do you do to get ready for the New year?  Do you set resolutions?  Create goals?  Pick a word or a feeling you want to embody for the year?  I’ve done all of these and more each year and I’ve found some years to be more successful than others. Throughout my years of experimentation, I have found two things that have been crucial to a successful year – regardless of how I plan for the year.  Ready for the secrets? Tie whatever you plan to do to your values.  A few years ago I went into depth on this topic (check out the post HERE), but the gist of it is to make sure your goals align with your values.  If they don’t, you will be hard pressed to follow through because you’ll always be feeling uneasy about your plans for the year. If you aren’t excited about it, you won’t succeed. No matter how detailed or specific your goals or resolutions are, if you aren’t really jazzed about them, it’s going to be very hard to actually take the action steps needed to succeed.  So don’t bother creating goals you feel like you “should” do, create ones you can’t wait to get started on.  Even if they don’t make a lot of sense right now, excitement and the energy that goes along with it will take you a lot farther than a detailed plan of ho hum steps. I’ve decided this year to go back to the basics and come up with a list of 3 or 4 BIG goals for each area of importance in my...
Need some Goal Setting Inspiration?

Need some Goal Setting Inspiration?

It’s January.  The month of setting resolutions.  Or creating a word for the year.  Or drafting an extensive list of goals.  Whatever method you choose, there is no denying that most of us take stock in January and try to figure out how to make changes in our lives to improve the areas we feel need improving. This year, I’m taking my time and really thinking about what I want in 2016 and how I want to feel.  Am I creating goals?  Of course, but they will be centered around how I want to feel by the end of the year, not what I want to “accomplish.”  It’s a slow going process, so I probably won’t be sharing them until the end of the month. In the meantime, perhaps you’d like some assistance or a new way of looking at goal creation.  I’m sharing my favorite courses, books and online resources for goal creation.  Some of the links are affiliates, some aren’t, but ALL of them are something I’ve tried myself and felt was valuable. Time Management Looking for a quick way to create a better start to your day?  Get my FREE 3-day e-course “Discover the Perfect Start to Your Day.” Money Saving Mom has an EXCELLENT 14 day course called Make Over Your Mornings – it’s super affordable and easy to follow. What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings–and Life (A Penguin Special from Por tfolio) – quick read and full of great tips. My favorite planner – this is the one I use everyday to make sure everything...
Add some excitement to your shower!

Add some excitement to your shower!

Another official creative endeavor for the month!  I thought this would be easy, so I merrily went along creating my batch of amazing heart shaped bath fizzies after combining about a zillion different recipes I found.  I’m sure you can guess where this is heading . . . epic fail. Here is my first batch: Yep, just a big clump of stuff! I didn’t give up, I just did a little research and discovered that my mistake was in adding the water too quickly.  So if you give this recipe a try (and I would since it really was simple once I got the hang of it), go slow with adding the water.  I plan on breaking the failed batch in pieces and using them myself, so even if you mess up, they won’t go to waste! Successful Bath Fizzies 1 cup baking soda 2/3 cup citric acid (find it in the canning section or Amazon: Citric Acid – 1 Pound – Food Grade , Non-GMO, Organic, 100% Pure) 1 cup arrowood (or you could use cornstarch if you prefer) 1 and 1/2 T olive oil or jojoba oil essential oils (I made three batches:  Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lavender) water in a spray bottle Step 1:  Stir together the baking soda, citric acid and arrowood until well mixed. Step 2:  Pull out 1/3 of the mixture into a smaller bowl (makes it easier to handle and also to create different scents).  Add 1/2 T oil and 5 to 10 drops essential oil.  Mix well.  Repeat this process with rest of fizzy mixture. Step 3:  Here is where things get tricky . . . spray...

Need a Blog Makeover?

I am seeing blog makeovers right and left these days – I’m not sure why, maybe it’s the fresh Spring air, but everyone (me included) seems to want something new and pretty!  If this sounds like you too, you MUST check this deal out by Blogelina. For Mother’s Day, they are offering 1000 (yes, you read that right – 1000) blog makeovers for a $10 donation to cure.org.   Pretty darn cool, right?  For all the details (and to get involved), check out the post HERE – $10 is such a steal, that I highly encourage you to consider doubling that if you can afford it – I mean this is a seriously generous offer. So if you are wanting a fresh, pretty new look, check it out!  Good luck...
Are You A Learning Junkie?

Are You A Learning Junkie?

Are you a learning junkie?  If this title sounds a little too spot on, check out my article over at The Huffington Post on how to pull yourself back to...

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