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Five Lessons From This Year

Dec 24, 2020

At the end of the year you get to reflect back on the experiences you’ve had.  The good and the bad.  What fun adventures you had.  What you achieved or didn’t achieve.  But, also you get to see what you’ve learned.  Each year comes with new opportunities to learn and grow.  Here are five lessons from this year.

 

1. Life Is Uncertain

If anything, this year has taught us that life is uncertain.  You cannot predict the future.  The only thing you can do is face what happens with courage and continue putting one foot in front of the other.  Have faith and believe that there is nothing thrown at you at that you can’t handle.  The truth is, life has always been uncertain.  This year was especially proof of that.

 

2. Be Present

Life can change in a moment.  Nothing is guaranteed except the present.  It’s important to be present to what’s going on around you.  Be present to...

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How To Reflect On This Year

Dec 17, 2020

As this year winds down, it’s time to reflect.  Think back to where you were earlier this year.  If you journal, go back and see what you were writing about.  See what feelings come up and what was going on in your life.  Look through pictures from this year and recall the memories.  It’s important to reflect on what you want and don’t want to carry forward into the new year.  Grab a pen and a piece of paper.  You’re going to want to use these in order to write down your thoughts and responses as you reflect on this year.

 

Feelings

Remember experiences from this year.  Come up with one word that describes how you’ve felt.  This could be a feeling of success, loss, doubt, hope, etc.  Next, figure out what caused you to choose that word.  It could be due to certain events that took place.  Reflect over what has happened in your life over this year and how you’re currently feeling...

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How To Create More Pure Joy In Your Life

Dec 10, 2020

Think about the things you do for pure joy in life.  These are the activities that you can get lost in.  You become so engrossed in these activities that when you check the time, hours have passed, yet it barely feels like any time has passed at all.  Doing things for pure joy is a way to play and have fun.  It makes you feel good and reenergizes you.  Find pure joy activities that you truly enjoy, that light you up, inspire you, and ultimately make you feel more fulfilled in life.  Here are four areas you can create more pure joy in your life.

 

Hobbies

Hobbies are a great way to add more pure joy into your life.  Maybe you enjoy knitting, painting, or building things.  You can feel quite accomplished when you create a finished physical product with your own two hands.  Think about the last time you were so deep into project that you wouldn’t quit until you saw it through to completion.  These are the activities...

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How To Make A Joy List

Dec 03, 2020

A joy list is similar to a gratitude list, but it’s more than just listing things that you’re grateful for.  While a gratitude list may include your house, spouse, or pet, a joy list will dig deeper as to why those things bring you joy.  A joy list is more descriptive and specific.  Here is how to make a joy list.

 

Little Things

First, focus on the little things that bring you joy.  These could include warm clean sheets out of the dryer, the feeling of bright sunshine on your skin, or crisp fall leaves beneath your feet as you walk, etc.  There are plenty of little things to be joyful about.  Find joy in the little things because big life events can be harder to come by.  It’s much easier to focus on the little things in your life that bring you joy.

 

Be Specific

Your joy list should be specific as to why it brings you joy.  Use descriptive words that evoke the feeling of joy.  For example, the smell of warm...

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Choose Joy During Hard Times

Nov 26, 2020

Life is full of ups and downs.  This year has been no exception.  When you’re feeling all the pain, worry, and stress, shift your focus to the positive.  You can still feel joy and sadness at the same time.  Do not dismiss the feeling of happiness just because you feel sadness.  If you’ve lost something this year and feel in despair, it’s okay to still laugh, smile, and feel a sense of joy in your life.  Both can be felt simultaneously.  If you want to get through your difficult time you must let some light in instead of holding onto the darkness.  When you choose joy, you will feel more equipped to get through the hard times.  Here is how to choose joy during hard times.

 

Schedule Your Joy

If it’s not scheduled, it’s not real and happening.  If you want to experience more joy in your life then you must schedule it on your calendar.  It won’t magically appear.  You must plan out...

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Five Tips To Make It Through Hard Times

Nov 19, 2020

Life is very uncertain.  Especially right now with a global pandemic.  The fear of the unknown is scary.  However, you don’t have to wallow in your fear of the unknown.  Here are five tips to help you make it through hard times.

 

1. Find Healthy Habits

When you experience a crisis, you begin to question a lot of your daily activities and what’s most important in your life.  Take a look at your daily life and assess what brings you joy.  Find things that remind you how important your life is.  Resolve to carry these things forward and make them habits that you include in your daily routine.  Then, let go of the habits that are not serving you.  Stick to your healthy habits and the things that make you feel good.  Your habits will provide you with a sense of certainty when everything has been turned upside down.  Your daily habits take out any decision making as you move through them without much...

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How To Spice Up Your Daily Routine

Nov 12, 2020

If you’ve ever struggled to maintain a daily planner, it could be because you don’t feel like you have enough variety of activities going on each day to fill one out.  But, even if you feel like your days are on repeat, it’s important to have a clear view of what’s happening each day.  If you’re wanting some more variety in your life, then there are a few things you can do that will spice up your daily routine.

 

New

If you feel like your days are stuck on repeat then spice things up by scheduling in something new and exciting.  This could be cooking a new recipe, taking a road trip, or trying a new hobby.  Do something that’s a new adventure for you.  This will give you something to look forward to.

 

Sometimes the easiest way to spice up your daily routine is just to give yourself a new look.  Instead of seeing the same old you in the mirror, spice things up by doing your makeup differently.  Get a...

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Create Your Successful Morning Routine

Nov 05, 2020

Setting yourself up for a successful day means starting the day off right to begin with.  Having a healthy morning routine will ensure that you get your day started on the right foot.  Increase your focus, productivity, and happiness by having a solid morning routine.  Use these three areas to help you create your successful morning routine.

  

Move

In the morning, start with a full glass of water to get hydrated.  Then wake up your body with some daily exercise.  Get your heart pumping and sweat.  You don’t have to do crazy cardio.  Even a nice brisk walk or yoga and stretching can energize your body after a full nights sleep.  Exercise not only gives you energy in the morning but it’s also a great way to reduce stress and make you feel good about your body.  Focus on your breathing while you work out.  Breathe deeply and increase the oxygen flow to your body.  Start your morning off by moving to get your...

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Create Your Perfectly Planned Day

Oct 29, 2020

Your perfectly planned day doesn’t have to be difficult.  Your morning and evening routines are the end caps to your perfectly planned day.  Then, you can start filling in the rest of your day based off your energy levels.  Here is how to create your perfectly planned day.

 

Morning Routine

Have a morning routine to wake yourself up and get you in the right headspace for the day ahead.  Drink a full glass of water to hydrate yourself after a long nights sleep.  Exercise to get your blood pumping and stretch out your muscles.  Fuel your body with healthy food like a green smoothie.  Listen to something inspirational to feel positive.  Avoid scrolling through social media first thing in the morning that may trigger comparison or negative thoughts.  Also, check your email later in the day so you don’t get sidetracked with other people’s agendas.  Set yourself up for success with a solid morning routine.

 

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Create Certainty With A Structured Day

Oct 22, 2020

In a world that feels so uncertain, it’s important to give yourself some certainty by creating structure in your day.  Having structure in your day may seem mundane and boring.  However, having your day planned out allows you to choose how your day is going to look.  Plus, you’ll know exactly what you need to get accomplished.  Begin to create a sense of certainty with a structured day.

 

Freedom

You may believe that by having a structured day, you don’t have any schedule freedom.  You prefer the idea of having the freedom to do what you want, when you want, rather than being tied to a structured schedule.  Yet, there is still freedom in a structured day.  You have the power to choose what you decide to put on your schedule.  You are in control of planning your day.  Yes, there will be things that happen that are out of your control.  But, for the most part, you get to decide what you’re going to...

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