Try New Things and Shake It Up
Over the years, there have been several organizations, ideas, blogs, products and services that have changed my life for the better. Here’s what has worked for me and I’d like to pass it along to you.
I have a “Great Ideas” file and whenever I hear a great idea, slogan, quote, brand of perfume, website, blog, business strategy, song, commercial, something funny the kid’s said, brand of shoes, mom tip, newspaper article or book idea, I write it down for a day I may need it. It may not work for me now, but it may later.
iPod with Favorite Music:
Find that special place, whether the park, the local running track or just in your neighborhood. When you feel good and listen to upbeat music, you’ll walk faster, get your heart rate up, work out issues that weigh heavily on your mind. You may forget you’re working out.
Partner with an organization, where you connect with non-profits that utilize your gifts to serve others. Bring fresh water to African nations by giving your money, your time to build wells for clean water: Help identify and implement solutions to physical and spiritual needs in their community. It’s nice to drink clean water.
Pull out the old Tennis Racquet and build a healthier you: It doesn’t matter whether you are good or if you even know the rules – who cares. You’re moving. You can’t take care of others, if you’re in a mess yourself. There’s a free public tennis court on every corner. Put on cute gym clothes. Statics show, if you look good, you feel good and it makes you want to take care of yourself . . . or maybe you’ll feel guilty if you don’t work out. : )
This is a blog about finding YOU again, after having kids, weight gain, being pulled in every direction, till you can’t find YOU anymore. It offers encouraging articles and videos about finding that “Sexy You” again and creating a dream list of things you’d like to accomplish for yourself.
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Books – A Good Read:
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Boundaries by Henry Cloud
In reading these books, I discovered that “NO” is a complete sentence. You have to take control of your life, or others will do it for you. An organized house can bring peace to the soul and paying for items in cash can truly keep you out of debt.
I came from the old school: If you have a check, you’ve got money. If you have money, spend it. If you don’t have to pay until 2012 for furniture, don’t. Wrong Answer! I never thought I’d pay cash for a vehicle, but that’s the only way we pay for them now. We buy a 1 or 2 year old car for 1/2 the price with 10K miles on it and enjoy it till it pants it’s last breath. If you save for something, there is a great sense of accomplishment, that you’ve truly earned it and No One can take it from you.
Flavored Coffee (My favorite): It’s a hug in a mug and we all need a reward!
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Toffee Mocha Latte
(here’s a tip: soy milk with no whip, takes 100 calories off a grande size drink)
Free Phone App – RunKeeper
Keeps track of distance: how far I walk or run: shows calories burned, average miles per minute, current pace, shows GPS Map of your walking pattern, and will post to Facebook, if you choose.
Apple provides an amazing assortment of programs and applications to allow your creative spirit to soar; designing your own home movies, writing a blog or book, burning dvd’s, downloading your favorite itunes, cropping and editing pictures for a fun slideshow and the list goes on .
Old Navy – Vanilla Mint Lip Balm (sold at the counter)
When I’m out and about, without makeup, there is something refreshing about putting on a fun, minty lip balm to soften those lips and give you an extra kick in your step. You almost get an attitude. : )
An amazing assortment of sassy ladies’ shoes that you don’t always find at the local shoe store. It may even spark an “out of the ordinary – let’s try a new look.” Hey, can’t hurt to shake things up a little.
I hope some of these ideas help you kick start a New You. Here’s to Shakin’ it Up! Would love to hear your ideas.