Make goals – Don’t get a flat tire

Set goals in each area of life, avoid a flat tire

Set goals in each area of life, avoid a flat tire

 

With the new year, did you make some resolutions?

Turn those resolutions into GOALS! Set at least one goal in each area, and work on them throughout the year.

Avoid getting a flat tire. Some of these areas will be easier than others. But the point Zig Ziglar makes is that each area must be tended to, or you will risk that part of your whole being. If one you slack in one area, your tire will become low, and will throw off the rest of your wheel. Much like driving around with a low or flat tire, you will be less efficient in other areas, you may get steered off track, or worse, wreck.

When setting goals, make sure they are SMART.
Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Realistic
Timely

What goals have you made for 2014?

Read This: Infuse Every Intention with Positive Energy

Infuse Every Intention with Positive Energy.

I love this message from this beautiful woman!

You should check her out, and follow her blog!

I have the wonderful pleasure of meeting her through American Mothers, Inc. She is such an inspiration, and I look forward to hearing her speak in person every year.

Dreams

dream-rock

 

Our dreams are the blueprints of our hope, they show us what we are to build with our lives. Leslie Parrot – You Matter More Than You Think

I wish I could insert the song by the Cranberries Dreams. I love that song. “Oh, my life is changing everyday, In every possible way.” Okay, so one interpretation could be falling in love, with another person.

But I choose to think it is about falling in love, with yourself.

Do you love yourself?

Do you love what you are becoming?

Do you love what you are building with your life?

If not, maybe it is time to start dreaming. You could choose to work on this yourself, through journaling, and lots of self reflection.

You could choose to work with a life coach, who is trained to go through this process with you, helping you along your own path when you get lost or stuck.

Self Talk

Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening

 

 

What message are you sending yourself?

Self-sabotage is killer:  your spirit, your esteem, everything you truly know yourself to be.

What kind of things do you tell yourself?

Start Planning Your Summer Vacation Now

Kids

How was your summer vacation this year?

Did you spend it working all day trying to make ends meet?

Were the kids at the babysitter’s house more than their home?

What about your kids?

Is all you heard “I’m bored. When can we do something fun?”

Start planning your next summer vacation now.

First – Create your budget. Be realistic. How much can you scrape up between now and next summer?

Set your budget goal. Break it down over how much time you have to save. How much per month? How much per week? You will either need to earn that much more or save that much more from your current monthly budget.

Whether your budget is large or small, you will also want to have an emergency fund for your vacation fund. Think of the unexpected. What if your car breaks down while you are several hours away from home. Will you have enough for repairs? A rental car if a complete car-disaster happens. Or an emergency medical bill due to an allergic reaction to a bee sting. Or a few small inconveniences.

So start to think of how much overtime you will need to work. (be thinking who will take care of the kids during this time)

Can you cut back on some things throughout the year? (do you need to eat out for lunch or dinner every other day)

Can you pick up an extra part time job at Christmas time? (and not spend it all on presents)

If you have bunch of “extra stuff” in your garage or attic, you could have an early summer garage sale. (I love this idea)

Start to think about all of the ways you can save up a nice budget for your next summer vacation.

Next Summer Vacation Planning post will be about location.

Do you have enough to fly, or drive?
Do you have to stay local, or can you travel a small distance, maybe a few hours away?
Or do you want to work on a long distance vacation?
The further away from home, the more planning and prep work you will have to do, and the more money you will need.

Please post any questions or comments you may have.

Good Morning Sunshine

morning sunshine

“My future starts when I wake up every morning… Every day I find something creative to do with my life.”
Miles Davis

What a powerful little statement. Almost every morning I begrudgingly wake up, I drag myself out of bed. One of the first things I do is make coffee so I can greet people with a smile. Usually I am thinking about all of the things that I have to do today. Not very inspiring or creative.

But as the above quote states, every day is a new day, a new adventure, a new start on life. What if we woke up and thought about all the things we get to do today. We get to spend time with our children, our spouse, our friends, our co-workers. We get to work, while it may not always be fun, hopefully we can look at it as an opportunity to learn and grow and earn some money.

But what can we do that is creative or adventurous? Take a short walk before you leave for work, or on your break to enjoy some fresh air. Drive a different route to work (be sure to leave a little earlier to allow for traffic). Read a book or blog about something you find interesting. Order something new off the menu at lunchtime. Look up a DIY project for your home, and make plans for the weekend to get it accomplished.

Whatever you come up with that is new for you, you are taking an adventure in your life. Get out of the mundane of your boring life.

Now I am not the most creative person, but there are plenty of things that you find interesting, and chances are someone has it “pinned” a project or craft on Pinterest. (just don’t get sucked in and waste your whole morning)

What are some things you can do to make your day creative and adventurous?