January is a time to put our lives into perspective. Many people ponder about making changes to improve their lives. Some of the top Resolutions are losing weight by going on a diet and/or starting an exercise regime, getting a better handle on finances: resolving to spend less and save more, and to get organized. Unfortunately, most of these good intentions will not be successful endeavors. An action plan is imperative to keep yourself on track. Research proves that having a plan helps. Specific measurable tasks can help you achieve your goals.
Want some ideas that you can incorporate into your life for 2021? I came across this online article on Good Housekeeping, it’s really good. “55+ Achievable New Year’s Resolutions for Healthier and Happier Living” It lists important resolutions that you might not think of like getting more sleep and cooking 1 new dish each week (our family has been doing this for a couple years). We probably did a new dish 2 to 3 times a month. It’s fun to try new recipes.
We enjoy trying new recipes so much that we enrolled in several different Meal Kit Delivery Services. We have tried Sun Basket, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron. We are learning about different spices and cooking techniques. Most of these services give discounts to new subscribers.
Dr. Ivor Benjamin, director of the Cardiovascular Center and professor of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Benjamin, a Cardiologist, tells his patients “Remember to look for progress not perfection.” Making small improvements and being realistic with yourself is key.
Melissa Kirsch, New York Times Journalist, article entitled “Make Tinier New Year’s Resolutions This Year”. "For 2021, why not go gentle on the resolutions, keeping in mind that your nerves might be frayed, your zest for a life overhaul a bit depleted? Just as, earlier in the pandemic, I suggested making tiny changes in your day in order to create a routine instead of adopting a rigid schedule, you might look at resolutions as ways to tinker with your habits, not to totally replace them."
I will share my Resolution (Intention) with you. I want to Meditate on a regular basis. I downloaded an App: Calm. I paid $70 for the year. I will be much more likely to Meditate now since I paid for it. Money is a big motivator. I want to be less stressed and more mindful in 2021.
Gift Card Tip:
Create a digital folder in your e-mail inbox titled “gifts”. Move emails that have gift cards or gift certificates into this folder. I also recommend creating a reminder to redeem them in your calendar.
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