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January

It’s mid-January; the time of year when people are tired of the gray and cold, the time when kids long for either a big snowstorm or a warming thaw, and the time when new year’s resolutions may have already been broken. The top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for 2014 according to www.statisticbrain.com  are as follows:

Rank

Top 10 New Years resolutions for 2014

1

Lose Weight

2

Getting Organized

3

Spend Less, Save More

4

Enjoy Life to the Fullest

5

Staying Fit and Healthy


I’ll bet that some of those resolutions were the ones you made (and may have already broken) for 2015. Let’s take a look:

1. Losing weight always seems to be number one on the resolution list. This year, the focus is on nutrition rather than calories. Think about the nutritive value of the food you are eating. What healthy ingredients can you substitute for those with little or no benefit to your nutritional goals? Concentrate on little changes you can make rather than tackling everything at once. More ideas can be found at www.littlechanges.comwww.draxe.com, or www.foodbabe.com.
 

2. Let’s face it - when you’re organized, life works better. You can find items you need, you are more relaxed because you know where everything is, and you can cross items off of your “to do” list with satisfaction. Three main categories are organization of space, time, and how to use your time efficiently. We all want to work smarter, not harder. There are many helpful resources to get you started; www.realsimple.com suggests 31 low-cost ideas to get organized, www.hgtv.com tackles everything from inspiring your kids to get organized to dealing with kitchen clutter, and www.smead.com offers methods to reduce stress through organization. If you are in way over your head, there are even professional organizers for hire. Organizing your life and reducing your stress lead to a healthier and more enjoyable life.

3. Who doesn’t want to spend less and save more? It’s not as hard as you think if you are willing to take a look at your habits. It fits right in with your getting organized goal. We have all heard about cutting coupons and eating out less, but what about distinguishing between a “want” and a “need”? Make a list of what you want and wait a few days to see if you really need it. When shopping with children, give them a pen and paper to make their list. Sometimes writing it down is all they need to keep them occupied. Take advantage of sales and do purchase gifts at a cheaper price rather than rushing at the last minute during the holidays. It will reduce stress and save you money. Cut out the junk food and explore ways to make healthier snacks. This will help your goal to eat more nutritiously while keeping more money in your wallet. Sometimes if you shop in your pantry you will find more than enough ingredients to make something. What a great way to spend time with your kids! For more ideas, see www.indestructables.com and www.wealthgathering.com.

4. Enjoy life to the fullest. Interestingly enough, we tend to enjoy life when we give of ourselves. That doesn’t have to be monetarily. Share your time, share your talent, and share what you value.

 Fred Glazer from Vector Marketing suggests the following 3 tips:

  1. Make a positive difference in someone else’s life.

  2. Do something you enjoy each day.

  3. Challenge yourself daily.

By following these principles, you will automatically be working towards your first three resolutions, and you will be happier for it.

5. Even though staying fit and healthy is listed as number five of the most popular resolutions, it is an umbrella under which the other four are found. Eating nutritious foods, organizing your life and reducing stress, saving money, and enjoying your life all add up to becoming fit and healthy.

Whether or not you made any resolutions, it is not too late to start thinking about enjoying your life more and helping those around you to enjoy theirs.

Did you “summer in the snow” last weekend? It was a great time complete with music, glitter tattoos, face painting, planting, snowman soup, and more! Kids were laughing, parents were smiling, and we were all soaking up the good feelings that come with camp! It was an opportunity to rekindle old friendships and to put a positive spin on January. We hope to see all of you this summer! Green Acres Camp; it’s the place to be!

Posted by lynnc on Friday January, 23, 2015 at 02:39PM

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