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December Goals 2016

12-2016December  goal time is here! I feel like I have very simple ones, yet in my head, I have broken them down a whole lot more to give them some depth. I like to make simple things really complicated sometimes.

Exercise – 30 minutes or 3 miles, at least 3 times a week.  I need to really get some fo this weight off and get into a better mood. I know that exercise is really the only thing that is guaranteed to help me!

Devotion & Prayer – I have to get into a better routine of this. I know this is needed in my everyday life as it grounds me. Reminds me  what really matters. Plus, it is part of my daily habits that I do most every morning.  I have 5 things that I need to do every morning to keep my mornings sane! Are you in need of myTop 5 Secret Tips to a Peaceful Morning? Drop your email in  the comments and I will get it out to you right away! You won’t regret it, as it was a game changer for my sanity!

January Content – I want to have my content calendar for January fully written out, and quite possibly scheduled!

Read 2 Books – I don’t even care what they are. I want to get in the habit of reading more so that I am watching less crap TV. I love me some Bravo, Hallmark, and Lifetime, but I sure could be more productive with my time.

Plan Q1 – I need to focus my first quarter of 2017. I need to figure out some scaleable business streams to really get me off and running. I don’t care how big they are to start, I just know that I need to get them started so I can out myself on the path to better setting myself up for lofty goals I have written for next year.

These are my plans, now what are yours? To be clear, I also probably won’t start these until Monday. I like to start things on Mondays, and it is my birthday. How better than to start off a new year of my life than with goals in mind?

Also if you would like a copy of my Top 5 Secret Tips to a Peaceful Morning – please drop your email in the comment section below!

 

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Start Your Day The Right Way

Start Your Day The Right Way!You heard it here – start your day the right way. There are so many things that you probably do as a routine each and every morning once you get up.  Yet somehow, you still feel as if you are not getting as much done as you had hope, feel rushed, or just feel like you cannot get it together at all.

After having 3 moves, 3 jobs, 3 different daycare drop-offs in the last 5 years – I can tell you I understand. I had to stop, sit back, and take a look at what was happening and what wasn’t. There comes a time where even your regular routine needs to change.

Change is a scary word, but it is often necessary, especially when things end up putting you in a completely new job, town, or even state. Heck, even when you just continually find yourself angry at what you are not accomplishing during a day.  This is why I have many times sat down and really looked at what I do daily. I have changed routines and quickly thrown out what does not work, and implemented what has. Even though most things work for many, that doesn’t mean it will work for all.

However, in the different places I have found myself and my routine, I know there are certain things that absolutely work. They can also help you. I call them, my “Top 5 Secrets to a Peaceful Morning.”

I am going to share these 5 secrets with those who are on my email list starting December 1st – all the way through the end of the month. You don’t want to miss out on that and many other time-saving tips and tricks for life in general! If you want to make sure you are included in this, just drop your email in the comments below!

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5 Things To Have On Hand This Holiday Season

It never fails, we are enjoying summer, school starts, and then BAM! The holiday season is upon us! This means the gifting season has begun. Teachers, neighbors, friends, party hostess gifts, and more. My list of the 5 things to have on hand this holiday season will help you survive that last minute “oh, crap!” sensation that will almost always happen.

#1. A Bottle of Wine

always-have-a-bottle-of-wine-on-hand-2This is a great gift for the holiday parties that will be happening. I realize that not everyone is a wine drinker; however, there are many people that are. I suggest one that is not terribly expensive, as you may want to keep a couple on hand. These are gifts that can easily be consumed at the party so that if the person who is hosting doesn’t like wine, they can just as easily open it for the guests to enjoy.

#2. Gift Bags  & Tissue Paper
Having a few gift bags and tissue paper you picked up from the dollar store, or even ones that you purchased after the holidays last year on clearance, will save you time and money for last minute gifts. There is no reason to fuss over wrapping, and most people are either really good at it or suck. There is no shame in dropping a gift in a bag. Just make sure you add the tissue paper so that it doesn’t look like you really just dropped it in the bag.

#3. Coffee Gift Cards 
Most people I know are living life one cup of coffee at a time. No matter where you are there is most likely a Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, or a local coffee shop that people frequent. Stop by and grab either a few $5 cards or $10 cards. I sometimes even ask if I can get a couple of the cups to put them in (the small ones so it looks cute) when I give them out. It looks just a little fancier than the cardboard envelope they give you. Plus when they pull it out of the gift bag. Try it and I know you will be hooked. These are great for those gifts of people you know you should gift too, but don’t want to spend a fortune one, and it still looks like you put in the effort with the cup!

#4. Gift Mugs
Almost every holiday store has a holiday mug you can pick up. Something festive and possibly with a cute saying on it as well. Grab 5 of them, grab some holiday chocolate, and then put it in some clear wrap.  Done. These are great for teachers of any kind, admin assistants, and those that help you with tasks throughout. I usually grab about 5-6 of these and make them all up in about 15 minutes. Then you are always ready when you need them instead of trying to remember to get back in touch with that person to give it to them. You may even opt to not get a holiday mug, this way they can use it after the holiday season has passed.

#5 Your Favorite Book
always-have-a-bottle-of-wine-on-hand-3It doesn’t matter if it is a personal development, cookbook, or fiction book. Grab a couple of them and pass them out! People need to slow down and read every once in a while. Why not help them out by providing them a great read? This type of gift is very personal and will let the person you gift it to know that you thought enough of them to grab them a copy as well. Again, I typically grab 4-5 of these off of Amazon so that I can get a great deal.

These are my go-to gift ideas and items that I typically have in the house at all times starting at the beginning of November. I hate forgetting people, and I do not like to feel last minute, even when my notice for the event was last-minute. Every person who helps you out in life deserves to be thought about. If budget is tight, don’t forget that the discount stores also carry many of these items for under $5 each. A hand written note also goes a long way.

What are your holiday gift items that you always keep on hand?

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