Tag: New Years

New Year’s Thoughts

2015

1. Let go of all thoughts that don’t make you feel empowered and strong.
2. Let go of feeling guilty for doing what you truly want to do.
3. Let go of the fear of the unknown; take one small step and watch the path reveal itself.
4. Let go of regrets; at one point in your life, that “whatever” was exactly what you wanted.
5. Let go of worrying; worrying is like praying for what you don’t want.
6. Let go of blaming anyone for anything; be accountable for your own life. If you don’t like something, you have two choices, accept it or change it.
7. Let go of thinking you are damaged; you matter, and the world needs you just as you are.
8. Let go of thinking your dreams are not important; always follow your heart.
9. Let go of being the “go-to person” for everyone, all the time; stop blowing yourself off and take care of yourself first … because you matter.
10. Let go of thinking everyone else is happier, more successful or better off than you. You are right where you need to be. Your journey is unfolding perfectly for you.
11. Let go of thinking there’s a right and wrong way to do things or to see the world. Enjoy the contrast and celebrate the diversity and richness of life.
12. Let go of cheating on your future with your past. It’s time to move on and tell a new story.
13. Let go of thinking you are not where you should be. You are right where you need to be to get to where you want to go, so start asking yourself where you want to go.
14. Let go of anger toward ex-lovers and family. We all deserve happiness and love; just because it is over doesn’t mean the love was wrong.
15. Let go of the need to do more and be more; for today, you’ve done the best you can, and that’s enough.
16. Let go of thinking you have to know how to make it happen; we learn the way on the way.
17. Let go of your money woes – make a plan to pay off debt and focus on your abundance.
18. Let go of trying to save or change people. Everyone has her own path, and the best thing you can do is work on yourself and stop focusing on others.
19. Let go of trying to fit in and be accepted by everyone. Your uniqueness is what makes you outstanding.
20. Let go of self-hate. You are not the shape of your body or the number on the scale. Who you are matters, and the world needs you as you are.

CELEBRATE YOU IN 2015!!

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Love Yourself Enough!

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Love yourself enough to not settle for less than God’s best for you.

Love yourself enough to realize how much God loves you and wants what’s best for you.

Love yourself enough to not allow yourself to get tangled up in situations that don’t glorify God and suck the life out of you.

Love yourself enough to only be with someone who truly values you and not only all that you do, but also who you are.

Love yourself enough to pamper yourself and love on yourself every day by taking care of your body – your hair skin and nails and everything else in between in your own special way.

Love yourself enough to praise yourself when no one else tells you how fine you are.

Love yourself enough to be your own cheerleader while realizing in Him you are a superstar.

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For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. {Ephesians 2:10}

Things I Gotta Get Done Before The New Year!

The new year is coming up & I have lots to do!   I’m sure more things will come to mind but for now, here’s my list:

Buy a 2015 calendar: It’s that time again! Off with the old & on with the new – calendar that is. It’s time to take those important dates from 2014 & transfer to next year’s calendar (if you haven’t gone digital, that is). What to do with the old calendar? Recycle it! I’ve even been known to save my little pocket calendars just so I have a reminder of years past.

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Set up all my doctors apt for the year: Considering I don’t go the doctor’s very often, the end of the year (or the very beginning) is the perfect time to set up all those appointments before my ever-so popular doctor/dentist get booked up. Sometimes it can take months just to get an appointment, or at least several weeks so it’s best to get that out of the way now.

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Clear my inbox: I have thousands of unopened emails between all of my email accounts. Some I’ve read & not responded to while others just haven’t even been opened. As much as I love sending emails to people sometimes all of the responses can be overwhelming.

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Get rid of my old clothes: It’s time to give to Goodwill! I have so many clothes that I either can’t fit anymore or haven’t worn in years. There’s really no need for me to hang on to them so I need to plow through my closet and donate my gently worn clothing to a place where they will be appreciated.

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Make amends: There are some people I have fallen out of touch with or had a falling out with altogether. Now is the time to put all that negativity behind me and renew old friendships.

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Get rid of folk: Before the year ends I want to purge everything I don’t need. After I get rid of some old clothes, I plan on getting rid of some old friends. Everyone wasn’t meant to be in my life forever – some for a reason and some for a season. I’ve grown apart from some while others haven’t reciprocated the friendship. And I need good friends, not necessarily a lot of friends.

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Plan to get outta debt: This is a perpetual goal of mine; LOL! Even if I get out of debt, something always comes up that causes me to get right back in. Fortunately, I’m not in any major debt but it would be nice to have one less bill every month!

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Make a vision board: Don’t just think about or say what you want, make a vision board! This is a visual way to keep you accountable for your New Year’s resolutions. And it actually works!

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Write a letter to myself: Every year I write myself a letter listing out the goals I have set for the upcoming year. I like to open it up at the end of the year to see just how much I’ve accomplished.

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Write more blogs!: I really like getting my thoughts out there (no matter how crazy they may seem). I will continue to write them for as long as you continue to read them. Thank you!

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Pack Some Patience!: Travel Tips For The Holiday Season

Are you getting ready to travel for the holidays? I’ve given out some travel tips before (click here) but here are some more to take heed before heading out on your winter vacation –

  •  Don’t waste your money buying expensive luggage – The baggage handlers toss around your precious Louis Vuitton just the same as the next person’s Samsonite luggage from the 1970’s. Just because you are sitting in first class does not mean they treat your luggage any better. Remember ALL luggage is thrown under the plane, regardless of how much your ticket costs

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  • Bring a three plug extension for when you’re sitting at the gate and need to use a power outlet. Even if you’re the only one using it, trust me – you’ll make some new friends 🙂

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  •  Go sightseeing – A lot of people are not aware that most airports have an observatory where you can watch the planes landing and departing. It’s a really nice way to burn some time if you have a long connection especially when the weather is good. Nothing beats a beautiful view on a clear day!

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  •  If you are carrying medical equipment you don’t have to pay baggage fees – According to many airlines websites, you are allowed to bring your medical equipment for free. Now I don’t know if they actually verify what’s in the bag before they decide whether or not to charge you, but it may be worth trying even if you just dump some of your “regular stuff” in a medical duffel bag. (But don’t blame me if it doesn’t work though)

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  •  Whenever I’m on a flight that has a free meal, I ask the flight attendant to give me whatever is least popular. It’s pretty much guaranteed that I’ll get fantastic treatment after that. You see flight attendants like it when you are easy going and not a difficult traveler. So while other people are arguing over getting the good meals, I opt for whatever is easiest & quickest for them to serve me. It’s a small gesture but one that is greatly appreciated. Besides, if I know I’m going on a long flight, chances are I’ve already eaten

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  • Anytime there’s a chance that you can change your seat to help a flight attendant you should. You never know – you just may end up getting upgraded or even a free voucher! Anything you can do to make their lives easier automatically wins you “cool points” for the duration of that flight. And does it really matter where you sit on the plane? After all, we’ll all land at the same time!

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  • Don’t you just hate falling asleep & missing the food and drink service? Well, if you want to be awakened for meal/drink service, leave your tray down. Typically, this indicates that you are willing to be awoken to eat.

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  • Tear off your old luggage tags. Luggage has been known to go to the wrong place because of this so be sure you have the right destination and/or airline carrier on your tags. It takes less than a minute & can spare you unnecessary drama when your luggage doesn’t arrive when you do.

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  • Don’t bring hot, smelly food on board! Is it really too much to ask for you to wait to enjoy your General Tso’s when you are not sharing oxygen with 200 people in a small, pressurized space? Be considerate of others before whipping your leftovers/airport food in front of everyone else.

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  • Don’t smell on the plane – This goes without saying!

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Happy travels!!

 

A Twentysomething Party Versus A Thirtysomething Party

In honor of the New Year’s celebration tonight, I thought I’d post another article from BuzzFeed. I can relate to many of these. Enjoy!
 

A Twentysomething Party Vs. A Thirtysomething Party
by Jessica Misener, BuzzFeed

 

Twentysomething party: The fun doesn’t really get going until 11:30 p.m.

 
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Thirtysomething party: Everyone arrives promptly at 8.

 
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Twenties: You invite a million people and don’t care how many people are coming.

 
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Thirties: Your guest rolled in with five of her friends and didn’t RSVP???

 
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Twenties: Just throw your stuff wherever, it doesn’t matter.

 
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Thirties: You gather coats and put them on your bed. Or on an actual coatrack!

 

Thirties: You gather coats and put them on your bed. Or on an actual coatrack!

The punch at a twentysomething party: a vat of Sunkist orange soda and Popov.

 

The punch at a twentysomething party: a vat of Sunkist orange soda and Popov.

Thirties: EVERYONE brings a bottle of red wine.

 

Thirties: EVERYONE brings a bottle of red wine.

Twenties: huddling in the bedroom to do drugs.

 
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Thirties: huddling in bedrooms to look at someone’s wedding dress Pinterest board.

 
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At a twentysomething party: checking out someone.

 
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Thirtysomething party: checking out someone’s Vitamix.

 

Thirtysomething party: checking out someone's Vitamix.

OMG, I’ve wanted one for so long. How is it????

Twentysomething party: dancing to the latest tunes.

 
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Thirties: discussing your passionate feelings about Jonathan Franzen.

 

Thirties: discussing your passionate feelings about Jonathan Franzen.

Twentysomething party: Food is a couple of bags of random tortilla chips.

 

Twentysomething party: Food is a couple of bags of random tortilla chips.

Thirtysomething party: Someone brought something homemade and uber-fancy to show off how good they are at cooking.

 

Thirtysomething party: Someone brought something homemade and uber-fancy to show off how good they are at cooking.

Twentysomething party: Your neighbors ask you to turn the music down.

 
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Thirties: YOU ask you to turn the music down.

 
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Twenties: That one person brings an ironic six-pack of Smirnoff Ice.

 
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Thirties: That one person brings their baby.

 
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Twenties: getting mad when you catch people hooking up in your bedroom.

 
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Thirties: getting mad when you catch a guest doing the dishes for you.

 
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Twentysomething party games:

 

Thirtysomething party games:

 
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Twenties: Take a bunch of shots with your fun quasi-alcoholic friend.

 
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Thirties: Talk in concerned, hushed tones about how your quasi-alcoholic friend needs to “get it under control.”

 
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Twenties: getting mad when people steal your stuff.

 
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Thirties: getting mad when someone accidentally takes home your casserole dish instead of theirs.

 
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After a party in your twenties: You let the mess linger for days. (Maybe even…weeks.)

 

After a party in your twenties: You let the mess linger for days. (Maybe even...weeks.)

Thirtysomething party: You clean up that night (and your friends pitch in!).

 
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Twenties: After the party it’s the after-party, then after the party it’s the hotel lobby.

 
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After a fun night with your friends, at any age:

 
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There Are Only Three More Weekends Left In the Year. Use Them Wisely

The first weekend of December just passed, which means that the final month of the year is officially here. With only one more month left, now is a good time to ask yourself: Are you making the most of 2013?

Here are a few last minute (or last-month, I should say) things you should take into consideration before the year ends:

1)      Christmas shopping – The best Christmas deals are going on right now. Whether at the store or online, prepare to depart with some serious cash before the year ends!

2)      Grocery shopping – With friends & family coming in from out of town, the kitchen needs to be fully stocked. Just don’t wait until December 24th to hit the grocery store because we all know how crowded it will be

3)      Make New Year’s plans – It’s time to think about how you want to ring in the new year. If you’re planning on going out of town, now is the time to search for those last minute flights. Or if you are looking to purchase tickets to a New Year’s celebration, now is the time.  The countdown to New Year’s officially begins after Christmas

4)      Gather your belongings for Goodwill – If you’re like me, you probably need all the tax write offs you can get. So get all of your old clothes, knick knacks, etc. and donate them to the Salvation Army or your local Goodwill.  Let someone else enjoy your old stuff in the new year

5)      Get your taxes ready – Ah, yes. Tax season is right around the corner. If you’re cleaning house, be sure to set aside all important receipts and other legal paperwork for next year’s taxes

So, enjoy the remainder of your 2013 and expect more in 2-0-1-4!!

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