Hope you are enjoying this holiday season with your loved ones! Iâ€™m getting pretty excited about the New Year (as in I can hardly sleep because I have so many ideas running through my head) and was thinking you might be too! I have a couple of tips and tools to help us start the New Year off with a bang!
- Itâ€™s Gotta Go– Iâ€™m constantly trying to live by the motto â€śless is more.â€ť I like to blame it on my having A.D.D., but for me, too many choices overwhelm and paralyze me from taking action (and like you, I plan on taking some massive action this year). With that being said, I am taking some time to rid myself of clutter and keeping out just what I need, the rest has gotta go. Iâ€™m a fan of garage sales (I have one every 6 months). If Iâ€™m ready to get it outta here immediately I head straight to Goodwill. If you need to organize your things I love going to The Container Store.
- Thank Heavens for Dave Ramsey– If you donâ€™t know about Dave Ramsey, here is his website: http://www.daveramsey.com/. If youâ€™re like me and need to learn how to stick to a budget, but need it to be explained to you in laymanâ€™s terms, not alien, then Dave is your man. My dad is certified to teach Dave Ramseyâ€™s methods, so yesterday he sat down with me and helped me go through my finances with some of Daveâ€™s workbooks. I canâ€™t begin to tell you how surprised I was by the simple process. It felt great to be in the know about my finances, and to be able to set a budget and to set financial goals for 2015.
- Put Your First Things First– Last week, I had a session with my therapist and I was venting about how I was having a hard time parenting Ellie. My incredible therapist told me that instead of avoiding the issues, I needed to put more focus and energy into my parenting. For me, this meant some other things in my life had to go. I had to take a good look at what was taking up my time and energy and reprioritize. Ellie is of course at the top of my priority list, but because I was frustrated and uncomfortable with my parentingÂ I wasnâ€™t making her my top priority. As hard as it was to let go of some of the other priorities that I enjoyed doing, it felt good to know that I was putting my first things first.
- Dream Dream Dream– One of my favorite things to do before the New Year is to take time to dream, write, and be creativeâ€”all in regards to what I want more of in the year to come! Iâ€™m a very visual person so sometimes I will create dream boards by cutting out images in magazines that inspire me, gluing them onto a board, and putting it somewhere I can see it. The images represent the life that I want to create in 2015 (some people love to do this on Pinterest). Other times I write out a list of all the projects I want to complete and then a list below each project of what steps I need to take each day to complete that project. Lastly, I love to get jazzed up for the year by reading or listening (I love audible) to a great biography about someone who overcame the odds to create the life of their dreams. Super inspiring!
I hope you found these tips and tools helpful for getting you set up for a successful 2015! Iâ€™m headed out on a family cruise tomorrow where I plan to apply these tips while on the sea! I would love to hear what you do to set your year up for success! Canâ€™t wait to read your tips in the comments below. Thank you so much for reading my blog and I wish you a happy, happy New Year! Blessings.