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How to Create Meaningful New Year’s Resolutions

We’re quickly approaching the New Year and with it comes a sense of joy, renewal and happiness. If you are searching for ways to become a better you, I recommend creating some simple and meaningful New Year’s resolutions to help keep your goals on track in 2018. How can you be sure to follow through with your plans? Keep reading for my advice.

Happy 2018!

3 Steps to Forming New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Determine Your Goal

Are you creating New Year’s resolutions because you feel like you have to, or because you want to? As Spire&Co explains, “The point isn’t what you’re making your New Year’s resolutions. It’s about who you’re making them for and why you’re making them. When we simply write out a list of the things we think we should do and don’t really and truly want for ourselves, we seldom experience success. A feeling of obligation towards resolutions from the outside world rarely breeds positive, sustainable change.” Believe it or not, it’s okay to skip resolutions if you don’t feel like they’ll add value to your life.

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3 Ways to Express Gratitude This Holiday Season

It’s time to talk gratitude. Now that we’re into the heart of the holiday season, it’s the perfect time to take stock of your life and relationships and say, “Thank you!” What are you most grateful for this year? While it’s important to show your gratitude all year round, the holidays are a particular time of thanksgiving. Here’s how you can show those around you that you care.

thankful on leaves

What are you thankful for?

Share Your Gratitude with the World in 3 Simple Ways

  1. Take the “Post-It Note Challenge”

Have you heard of this fun way to express your gratitude this holiday season? The “Post-It Note Challenge” is a great way to leave compliments and say thank you to those in your life. Here’s how it works: carry a pad of sticky notes and a pen around town and when someone does a nice thing or you want to give them a compliment, write it down and leave the note for them to find. You can do this anonymously or sign your name, but the purpose is to think about moments that bring you joy and share your thoughts with others.

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The Importance of Living in the Moment

Are you living in the moment, making the most of every second you have to live on Earth? You can never make up for lost time, but you can live in the sacredness of right now, realizing that this is your point of power. You are born into the human mystery called TIME. Throughout this crazy journey we call life, we measure our moments in time, beginning with birth: we record the day, hour, year and location you enter the world, which begins your unique history.

The Trap of Waiting for Happiness

Most of your life is spent in waiting for something to happen, or not to happen, and in the intensity of this waiting you can miss countless opportunities as precious time speeds by. This cycle of waiting will devour your life with anticipating, dreaming, hoping and planning for the next moment, because there’s an illusion that what you want to do next is more important than what you are doing now.

As you age, you begin to count your blessings that you are still intact mentally, physically and emotionally. Through this realization, your life will become simpler and you will have more reason to be content. When you wait for what is next, you lose the joy of now; the remedy is living in the moment.

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Life Lessons: How to Find Your Purpose

Are you feeling lost in life, like you don’t have a purpose? Every season you experience from birth to death has a purpose, and it may take a lifetime to understand this. Just as every season has its ebb and flow, we also have a deep need for balance as human beings, as does our planet Earth. Every season is filled with aliveness and purpose, and this is our ideal for daily life. Read on to learn how to find your purpose and cultivate your talents into a beautiful existence.

Have you found your purpose?

Finding Your Purpose in Life

Without a purpose, life becomes meaningless; it exhausts your spirit and dissipates your passion for living. On the converse, purposefulness intensifies energy, excitement and the exuberant fire of youth. Your purpose gives you a reason for living and the courage to change and grow. It empowers you to move beyond the limits of what you think you can do and what you feel you can become. With purposefulness you acquire the ability to be clear-minded and self-determined.

Your Purpose is Your Meaning

Your purpose gives meaning to everything you do. It affects how you think and how you feel about yourself, and is related to what you emotionally feel you deserve. When you are committed to your purpose, when it is reinforced with self-confidence and self-esteem, you will succeed. 

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3 Amazing Benefits of Reading a Book!

How often do you get to sit down and read a book? If you’re like most people, reading can be a hard activity to make time for in a busy world filled with home responsibilities, social media activity and work obligations. However, squeezing in a few minutes a day for reading can do wonders for your body, mind and spirit; read on to learn how!

Reading is great for your body and mind!

3 Benefits of Reading

  1. Reading Boosts Your Body’s Natural Functions

Want to kick start your body and mind? Pick up a book! According to Real Simple, “Just like going for a jog exercises your cardiovascular system, reading regularly improves memory function by giving your brain a good work out. With age comes a decline in memory and brain function, but regular reading may help slow the process, keeping minds sharper longer.”

You’d better believe it, reading can help improve your memory and reduce the likelihood of brain disease as you age. “Frequent brain exercise was able to lower mental decline by 32 percent,” reports The Huffington Post.

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A Guide to Self-Empowerment: How to Create Positive Expectations

Have you ever wanted to feel more in control of your life and become self-empowered? The good news is changing your outlook can make all the difference! By creating realistic positive expectations, you gain the power to go beyond your previously limiting beliefs and attitudes. Positive expectations enable you to move through feelings of fear, failure and disappointment.

Working with goal-orientated, flexible plans empowers you to achieve your dreams!

What Can Positive Expectations Do for Me?

With positive expectations, you gain intensity, excitement, ambition, imagination and the dynamic spirit-soul energy needed to realize your goals. By knowing how to expect the best (and plan for the worst in a healthy manner), positive expectations help to make your goals a reality.

The Challenge of Positivity

I’m not saying it will be easy; to balance the power of positive expectations with the weight of reality is hard. It comes down to your ability to fuel your dreams with faith and trust, and still be able to release inordinate attachments to getting what you want, when you want them. When things aren’t going your way, it may be tempting to give up, or focus on lesser dreams. I encourage you to keep trying!

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Summertime Self-Care – Making Time for Happiness

Are you excited that we’re heading into the summer months? While this time of year brings excitement, happiness and outdoor time, it also presents an amazing opportunity to take stock of your life, and put a little bit more focus on self-care and personal happiness. If your work finds you busier than usual during the summer months, you aren’t alone! Read on for three simple strategies to try that help your happiness soar.

Be happy this summer!

3 Ways to Prioritize Happiness in the Summertime

  1. Try Meditation

If you don’t have tons of time to yourself, luckily a quick ten minutes of meditation can rejuvenate your body in a similar way to an hour-long nap. Meditation is a great way to clear your mind and helps you tackle the rest of the day with a clutter-free head and “can do” attitude. Simply sit quietly for a few minutes each morning and reflect on the day ahead. If you’re new to meditation, check out this article for some great advice.

  1. Eat Nutritious Foods

The old adage, “You are what you eat,” has a lot of weight behind it; feeling happy begins with fueling your body with excellent nutrition. While eating well goes hand in hand with exercise for encouraging happiness, foods like walnuts, yogurt, fish, mushrooms and leafy greens are a great place to start.

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How to Succeed When You Feel Like You’re Failing

No matter who you are or what’s going on in your life, you will experience a failure at one point or another. Every person has felt down, like the future seems bleak – the trick is to move through this negative emotion and come out a stronger person in the end. As you learn through your day-to-day experiences, your failures can turn into success. Here are three tips for processing failure, and moving on to reclaim your happiness.

Change your perspective with this advice.

3 Steps to Find Success in Failure

  1. Remember the Feeling Will Pass

Although it may feel all-consuming when it happens, it’s important to remember that failure is only a temporary shift – a slight change in direction. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that what you’re feeling, like all negative feelings you’ve had in your life before it, will pass.

  1. Thank Yourself for Taking a Risk

Failure is the honest assurance that you are a success for trying and for taking chances. If you wouldn’t have taken a risk, you never would have learned what failure felt like. If you don’t learn from your mistakes, you aren’t growing as a dynamic and accomplished person.

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Loving Yourself: The Gift of Power and Freedom

When’s the last time you took a moment to focus on self-love? The greatest challenge you may face in your life is to love your whole self: body, mind, emotions, soul and spirit. Throughout our culture (in family life, social life, the media, economics, politics, religion and education), we are taught to believe that we can be inferior and undeserving. These attitudes are perpetuated on many levels, both consciously and subconsciously. Through spoken and unspoken attitudes, cultural practices and unequal treatment, we can begin to believe we are powerless to make decisions that affect our lives or the lives of others. Understanding the dangers of trying to live up to these inordinate expectations empowers you to reclaim your self-esteem and change your life.

Love yourself, today and every day.

The Importance of Self-Esteem

Fostering positive self-esteem will give you the ability to say no to anyone or any situation that attempts to destroy your sense of wellbeing. Loving yourself is the ability to see yourself as whole and unique with natural beauty. It is appreciating your inner beauty and the expressions of your emotional self in all of its forms. Reverence and self-love is essential if you are to move past the negative attitudes encouraged by our society.

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Regain Your Power: How to Free Yourself from Emotional Blocks

Did you know that being emotionally ‘stuck’ robs you of your inner power? Your emotions are energy states that change as you change; your perception of reality is the ever-changing dynamic that is you. As they are directed by your thoughts, your emotions move through your body like a fish moving through water. Emotional changes influence your attitudes, behavior, and reactions to people and situations as they arise.

Are emotional blocks keeping you from being truly happy?

When you get stuck in any emotion, like anger or fear, you will not be able to move through your life freely or happily. When resentment invades your thoughts and actions, and builds with no relief, you become stuck. How can you regain your power and move through to the next state of being? Read this post for advice.

The Dangers of Emotional Barriers

The longer you remain stuck in one particular emotion, the deeper it grows. When this continues, your body can rebel in the form of chronic ailments. Your relationships may also begin to suffer because of your emotional imbalance. Your friends will avoid you because of your negative energies. Remaining emotionally stuck can become a dangerous discomfort zone unless you are determined to change it. Emotional states thrive when they flow like waves on the sea. When these waves become too large for too long a time, there is devastation. Your emotional state is much the same; without awareness nothing in your life will improve.

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