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Planning for Next Year

Planning for next year has begun in my household. I am actively working on setting goals for my household, my business, and myself. I have things that I want to start putting into a routine with my kids, my husband, my health, my fitness, and my business. I have been so slack on getting things written down so that I could think through the ideas. I find that the more I can think through things and really put actionable items into place, the better I do.

I want to really be more present with my kids and my husband. I want to be intentional about the time that I get to spend with them. That is why this year I am going to do more one-on-one time each of them. I think that relationships thrive so much more when there is devoted time for them.

I want to be able to set a health and fitness goal each quarter and really go for it. I have set many goals this year and they all fell through basically, and I think it is because I failed to plan. I have my first goal set and it is a shorter term goal, which I think should help me. I am pretty excited for this as working towards this goal alone, will help me hit two others along with it.

I want to be able to create a program and sell it successfully. I have already taken the steps of getting a business mentor that will lead me along the path of what works. I will also create a community that allows like-minded people to thrive. I need the push to get things done so that I can really get success in my sights.

I also am ready to help other people not struggle as much as I used to with productivity. I have found that this starts with my morning routine. It may vary from time to time, but for the most part, it is relatively the same. I work through the same basic steps to keep myself on the road to a smooth morning.

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5 Things You Need To Know About Sending Cards This Holiday Season

The time is here! The holidays are upon us and so is the tradition of sending cards. Some people are doing it for the first time as a family, or for the tenth time, and I am happy to share with everyone the 5 things you need to know about sending cards this holiday season!

When it comes to cards you first and foremost need to decide if you are going to do a photo card or a card with sentiments only.  It really doesn’t matter which one you choose for tradition – but just know that if you are doing photo cards you will have some added time and expense involved. Photo cards will need time to be taken, printed, and sometimes you just need time deciding which picture to use! I personally love to have them printed at Minted.com, especially when there is plenty of time and the added expense of express shipping isn’t needed. They have high-quality papers and unique designs that can be altered many different ways.

#1. Send Christmas Cards Early.
Early is better than later so you don’t have the additional worry of the seasonal mail jam.  You want your cards to be received around mid-December so that they can be enjoyed and not forgotten in the hustle and bustle. This means before the second week in December. I try to get mine in the mailbox no later than December 1st so it gets done.

#2 Avoid Digital Cards.
This may seem practical for money purposes and time, but what about the joy of opening a card at the holidays? Many people still love to display their cards on pretty mantle displays, door hangers, and string. Think about how much fun you have seeing them throughout the month. People are very visual, but when that card is also tangible it brings the feeling of the holidays to life.

#3 Always Include Your Return Address.
Never send out a Christmas card unless you have your name and return address listed on the upper-left side of the envelope. This will not only allow the recipient to instantly see who the card is from, but it will also give them the option of sending a thank you card or a Christmas card of their own back to you. You may have  moved since the last known address they had for you! Having your return address on the envelopes will also make it possible for the postman to return any cards that are unable to be delivered to the recipients.

#4 Add A Hand-Written Note
It doesn’t have to be much, but just adding a couple words of happiness can make the card that much more personal. You didn’t just mass send them to everyone without thought, you actually made the time to that specific person know you care. It doesn’t take much to make someone feel special.

#5 Keep Your Message Brief
Most people prefer to receive brief messages on their holiday cards. This works to your busy schedule as well, because it means you can spend a little less time writing on each card. If you do want to send a detailed holiday newsletter along with your card, Tiny Prints offers free back of card designs. I say those are for close family that you care dearly about but may not be able to talk with often.

These are my helpful tips when sending out holiday cards this season. A time honored tradition that can escape the modern electronic twist of making it as fast as possible and sent without thought. This is something that can be done as a family or by yourself, but it will make the person on the receiving end smile. Who doesn’t love mail that isn’t a bill?

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Just Make A List

Just make a list.

People tell you all the time that you should make a list when it comes to things you need to do, things you don’t want to forget, what is coming up, for grocery shopping, and so on and so forth. In reality making a list isn’t what it is about, is it?

You absolutely will learn more by writing things down. A study carried out in 2010 by Indiana University found that the areas of the brain associated with learning worked far better when kids were asked to write words like “spaceship” by hand versus just studying the word off a whiteboard.  Taking notes is what people did before computers, and we have some of the most brilliant people in the world to thank for how far we have come. This was before the time of computers and all these devices. Sometimes just because technology makes things easier, it doesn’t mean it is making us better or smarter.

Writing things down also clears the mind and brain of info that is just taking up space and clouding your memory. Having it written down can clear your mind instead of trying to hold so much in. It allows you think, to relax, and to clear the fog that makes it hard to do simple things that were once mindless.

Writing things down has a real benefit for you. I have come up with a few things that can help you get into the habit!

  1. Find yourself a notebook that is pretty, or is eye catching so you won’t want to leave home without it,
  2. Grab a pen that you love. It really can make writing much more fun when it is in color, or when it is a smooth feeling.
  3. Make it a checklist or find a way to mark items completed or irrelevant.
  4. Make a list of goals or ideas so that you don’t lose momentum.

Making a list and writing things down doesn’t make you old or even getting older. It will help you gain back your brain strength, and allow you to keep moving forward with your life with minimal items left in the dust.

What is on your list?

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