2015 Goals

Hi, All!

I hope that you have enjoyed your holidays and are all geared up and ready for all that this new year has to bring! One thing that I do love about the flip of the calendar is that it generates a new sense of freshness. It’s like a clean slate to fix all of the things that you screwed up the previous year and to continue to progress with the things you’re doing right. For me, it’s also time that generates creativity and defines goals. Here’s a video where I share the information that’s also listed below.

At the end of 2015, I would like to have accomplished the following things in the following areas:

Home

• Continue to create an environment that I feel good about. In 2014 I purchased a new nightstand and a new mattress for my bedroom and those additions alone have brought great joy to my sleeping area.

• Be mindful of the things and people that I invite into my home as well as the type of energy that it brings. It is my goal that when people enter my home, that they immediately feel safe and loved. With this in mind, I am learning that it is important to be a bit more cautious of what and who makes it past the door. There once was a time when I never paid attention to this, because I was so “nice,” but being a mom first and foremost teaches me that not every movie, every piece of clothing, every lyric, every food, every friend of a friend, should be invited into our safe haven.

• Continue My Personal Growth with God

• Continue to watch and guide my daughter in her growth, but to incorporate more scripture into our day-to-day life.

Health

• Create more time for myself to do whatever the heck (Southern girl) my little heart desires. Whether that is to workout, sleep, having a pedicure, write, take hike, cook a meal, I just want to do it with no regrets!

• Sleep- 6-hour minimum, most nights of the week. This is a major improvement in comparison to the 2-3 hours that I’ve been doing in the past.

• Follow a plant-based diet. This has been a HUGE change for me and I’m loving it! I’ll update what I’m eating in a later video and blog.

Social Life

• This is a BIG year! Many of my friends are turning 35 this year and WOW, the celebration requests are rolling in! Many of them are going BIG with every right to, because the gift of life is a celebration within itself.

• Family- My family knows that I love them, but I need to stay in better contact. Point. Blank. Period.

• My plans for this year is to actually send more mail through the postal system, call, and visit more.
Letting go of the “All or None,” mentality

I am learning that a little bit of something is better than a whole lot of nothing. Perfectionism has made and gotten the best of me over the years and I’m gradually letting go. I will talk more about this in a future blog/video.

Well, that is all for now, but I would LOVE to hear from you in the comments section! What are your goals for this year? Are there any areas in particular that you would like to give more attention or time to? Feel free to share!

Laughter is OH, Sooo Good for the Soul!

Life has a way of knocking us all on our butts from time to time. Sometimes it may be something that seems so small and meniscal such as the sky opening and a huge downpour of rain occurs as you’re leaving the salon, to things that are much more massive like losing your job or a experiencing a death in the family. Regardless of the situation, it is important to remember that although we cannot control many of the things that happen around us, we CAN control the way in which we respond or react to them.
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As for me, I’ve realized that retreating to the beach and/or a good laugh often aids in resetting my “happy.” So, that’s what I spent the weekend doing and boy am I so “happy,” that I did. Not only did I visually take in lots of beautiful sites, but also, I laughed so HARD, and in such abundance. You know, that type of laughter that is so deep that it hurts, and trying to stop laughing only makes you laugh harder? Yasssssss! That’s it.

(please note, these pics are not from this weekend, but are a collection of happy moments with friends)
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I’m telling you, laughter with your family/friends and sometimes even alone at yourself has many amazing health/psychological benefits. Here are a few:

1. It decreases stress.
2. It aids in coping skills.
3. It boosts your immune system.
4. Talk about a workout, laughter burns calories and releases endorphins as well.
5. It impacts blood sugar.
6. Laughter also impacts your blood sugar.
7. It manages pain.
8. It’s universal, and aids in boosting your social skills.

So in celebration of healthy laughs everywhere, I would like to giveaway 2 tickets for an upcoming Comedy Show that will be held on Wednesday, September 17th, 6pm, at the Chateau Élan-Hotel and Conference Center in Sebring, FL. This show will feature the following Comedians: Bob Lauver & Grandma Lee (as seen on America’s Got Talent). One lucky winner will win both tickets, because, let’s face it; we LOVE having someone to laugh with, right? I would love to hear from you in the comments section! Do you love a good laugh? Has laughter helped you through a difficult time? Are you capable of laughing at yourself? Speak your mind…
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