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10 Tips To Make Today More Meaningful

10 Tips to make today more meaningful

I joined a new subscription website this morning. It’s a bit like Quora. You select topics you’re interested in, you follow a few
people and they fill your news feed with interesting stuff from other people.

Why would I need another news feed, you may ask? Don’t I get enough email notifications already?

They say that you should read more. Reading gives you wisdom, expands your horizons, makes your life more meaningful. So in the spirit of making my life more meaningful, I subscribed. I need inspiration for my life and for my blog. Blogging can be hard sometimes, trying to come up with new material frequently. Setting aside the time to blog is my most difficult issue – but I digress.

My new news feed brought me the following inspiration this morning.

10 Ways to Make Your Day More Meaningful.

These are tried and tested – you’ve probably heard most of them before. But I like to bring them altogether for you in one round-up post, so here goes. Now these are in no particular order, nor are they a list of what you must do everyday. These things, interspersed into your day, will help you to lead a more fulfilled life. Don’t forget, none of us knows how much more life we have. Don’t waste a single day of yours.

Is your life that
taken for granted
that you’re okay
wasting a day of it,
possibly your last day?

Do you want to die
with thoughts of regret
about what you didn’t do?

Do you want to know you
lived your life
to the fullest
even if you don’t get to live
a statistically full life?

10 Solid Pieces of Good Advice!

  1. Wake up early. At least half an hour earlier than you are getting up now. Get outside and enjoy the sunrise. Relish the quiet, slow pace of the early morning. Use this time for mindfulness, to meditate, pray, reflect, write, exercise, etc.
  2. Prioritize. Remember to do the most important things to you and your family first. Don’t get bogged down with all of the things that call for your immediate attention. (Like writing my next blog post).
  3. Read books that answer your deepest questions. Read plenty and often. It doesn’t have to be just books, though. Articles on Quora and Medium or any other website that gathers great thinkers and writers can be just as motivating and inspirational as a 300 page novel.
  4. Eat your food more slowly and actually enjoy it instead of just treating it like fuel. Don’t watch the news and play with your phone while eating. Just eat. A piece of advice I should follow – I am appalling at actually making the effort to eat!
  5. Go for a walk and enjoy nature. Sit in a park and watch and listen to the birds. Go to the beach, especially in Winter, and listen to the waves crashing against the shore. Really smell the roses.

    Smell The Roses

  6. Watch something funny. Not just something mildly funny, like the average sitcom. But your favorite episode of your favorite comedy, your favorite late night comedy sketch, or something else that will make you laugh until your eyes water. Have a damn good belly laugh every day. Share it with a friend if you can. Laugh till you’re both rolling on the floor! Go to damnyouautocorrect.com and laugh till you cry.
  7. Begin a project or hobby you’ve been wanting to start, but have been putting off. Take the first step. Then take another.
  8. Spend time with the people most important to you, not just the activities most important to you.
  9. Do one thing at a time. Whatever is most important to do right now, do it. Let everything else wait. Don’t even think about the next thing. Multi-tasking gets things done, but not done as well, and not done as meaningfully.
  10. Help others. Get out in your community with your family and friends and do something to help others who may not be as fortunate as you are. Then, be mindful of the good you have done for others and the good you will continue to do, in your work and in your personal life. Pay it Forward and Karma will look after you.

    10 Tips to Make Today More Meaningful

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A Simple Way To Break a Bad Habit

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In this Ted Talk video, Judson Brewer shares a simple way to break a bad habit, such as smoking or over-eating.

Judson asks, “Why is it so hard to pay attention?” We humans are constantly in a battle against one of the most evolutionary controlled learning patterns:

It’s called “Context Dependent Memory”.

We eat. We consume calories, we need calories for our survival, so we justify our eating. We feel good. There you go. You’ve formed a Context Dependent Memory. Trigger, Behavior, Reward.

This also explains why we sometimes head to the cupboard or fridge when we’re mad or sad. Chocolate or ice-cream when mad or sad = feelings trigger the desire to eat. We remember the good feelings that accompany eating, and we want to feel them, and so we resort to eating (whether we need the calories or not).  Our bodies are used to using this trigger, behavior, reward pattern.

The same goes for smoking. Judson uses the analogy of the Marlborough Man. He was cool. We see cool, we want to be cool too. We take up smoking. See cool, smoke to be cool, just like the Marlborough man. How easily our learned behavior tricks us into doing something inherently bad for our bodies!

We’ve gone from learning to survive to literally killing ourselves, using these naturally learned brain processes that help us to form habits. Obesity. Smoking. Alcoholism. Drugs. All killing us.

The most natural and the best learning process human beings have evolved is trigger, behavior, reward.

With mindfulness training, Judson and his research team focused their research subjects on being curious. They encouraged participants to be curious when smoking or when eating. Using this mindfulness, the participants were able to move from knowledge to wisdom. They were able to know in their bones exactly what was going on when they were taking a long drag on that cigarette. It actually tasted bad. It hurt their lungs. It made their fingers and teeth yellow. It made their breath and their clothes smell. It certainly didn’t make them feel cool.Trigger Behavior Reward

These research subjects went on to learn how to be present in their moments. Being wholly present, they were able to make informed choices about what they were doing and why. The majority of the smokers were able to quit smoking.

Being curious about what’s going on in your body when you’re indulging in a bad habit. e.g.: smoking, over-eating, over-drinking, REALLY being curiously aware when you’re doing something, will help you to become wise in these situations.

Judson goes on to explain that cognitive behavior goes offline when you are stressed. The pre-frontal cortex, which controls cognitive behavior, understands on an intellectual level that smoking is bad. Over eating is bad. Drinking too much alcohol is bad. Taking drugs is bad. But the pre-frontal cortex shuts down or “goes offline”when you’re stressed. So we fall back on our habits and our learned behaviors.

That’s where mindfulness becomes an important tool to have learnt – being mindful helps us with seeing what we get up to when we’re stressed. We can see the eventual results of our actions and prevent that action before we take it.

Be interested in what’s happening in your body and mind at any given moment. Be curious – it’s naturally rewarding.

Cravings are body sensations that come and go. We can manage these bite-size things.

Mindfulness can help us step out of bad behaviors. It is twice as good as therapy in helping let go of old bad habits and forming good ones.

Have a willingness to turn toward your behaviors, to get curious, to understand that body sensations occur… these are bite sized moments, not a huge overwhelming fear.

Judson’s researchers found that experienced meditators have a particular portion of their brain activated, which most of us don’t. With mindfulness training, we can also activate that same portion of the brain. Mindfulness helps us to step out of bad habits, and to form new context dependent behaviors. Tap into your natural capacity to be aware of what’s happening in your body. Notice when you feel an urge, get curious, feel the joy of letting go of that urge… and repeat!

Simple Ways to Change a Bad Habit

Now, if you don’t smoke or stress-eat.  If you’re not an alcoholic or addicted to drugs, maybe you’re addicted to checking your email or Facebook.

The simple acts we undertake out of habit form habit loops. For example: you see a text message, pop up on your phone, you respond, you feel satisfaction. And you repeat. How quickly can this escalate into a learned behavior? Next thing you know, you’re a slave to your phone!

But if you use mindfulness to be curious in such moments and to really understand why you feel the necessity to immediately respond, then you can easily let go of the urge. The response to that text can probably wait. Besides, what gives that person the right to be the most important interruption at that point of your day? You were in the middle of something else, weren’t you?

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3 Things To Consider Before Diving Into your Goals

AGoalIsADreamWithADeadlineI know you feel so giddy about the idea that came to you just now.

I feel you.

Everybody has had that familiar feeling equated to having sugar rush once an idea worth following crosses one’s mind.

But hold your horses; let’s go over your goals first and look at these things to consider.

Before you exhaust yourself on something, it’s always good to re-evaluate and verify its worth.

Is It Realistic?

It may sound harsh to you but let’s face it, sometimes your ideas may be too weird or sound too improbable to you considering your current situation that it will most likely just stay as it is: a goal inside your head.

Start with smaller goals for now that will eventually lead to that bigger aim. As what they say, a journey starts with the first step.

Learning a new skill could be your goal first before actually getting to your real goal.

Learn how to crawl first before you go sprinting.

What Are The Potential Problems That Might Prevent You From Achieving It?

There will always be problems along the way.

This does not seek to discourage you but just to tell you that these things are normal. It would be very suspicious or alarming if you don’t have any. But before facing them, you can equip yourself and be ready for them by identifying them first. List down the possible drawbacks you might face or your competitors (if necessary). In that way, you won’t be sending yourself to the battle unarmed.

Have You Established Milestones to Review?

Establish milestones that you can review periodically. In that way, you will be able to assess how far you’ve gone since the first day you started on making your dreams happen.

Like playing games, you’d brag to your friends as to what level you are on because you know how far you’ve come from where you’ve started.

This is also a good way to motivate yourself.

Give yourself a tap on the back once in a while, it will surely boost your confidence.

If you have reviewed all of these during your goal-setting and if you can confidently say that your path in pursuit of your dreams is laid out, then, by all means, go and make them happen.

Do not let anything hold you back from the fulfilling the picture you are seeing for your future.

Start small but dream big.

Be ready for anything that will come along the way and lastly, reward yourself from time to time for everything you’ve gone through.

 

 

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Living on a shoestring budget – How To Live a More Frugal Lifestyle

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It’s easy to say that you want to save more money. It’s harder to actually implement that. Living a frugal life calls for a lifestyle change. You have more options with a frugal lifestyle. … far more.

There are plenty of reasons to live a more frugal lifestyle.

You might be saving up for a big vacation or new car. Me, I’m saving to demolish my house and build two new ones. Maybe you want to reject consumerism and trim your budget.

I’m new to this frugal lifestyle, and I have to say I’ve surprised myself how easy it’s been. You see, I’ve never been a cheapskate. I am also a shopaholic, so I thought it would be really hard for me to stop spending so much. But, no. It has come easily. All I needed was absolute conviction to my SMART goal and to bring the family along for the ride.

Conviction to your goal or lifestyle choice is like a knot in your stomach. Like something gnawing at the back of your skull. It’s there all the time. You can feel it, see it, dream about it. It envelops you, adds another layer to your life, subsumes you.

But, not everyone can find that conviction to spending less and living with less.

Here are some tips to help you ease into the frugal life.

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Simple Ways to Slash Your Budget ‎

  • Using an online coupon service is an excellent way to help your family save money and live a more frugal lifestyle
  • Read up on personal finance
  • Avoid other fees
  • Cut the cable
  • Trade and borrow with friends
  • Use the library

Travelling on a budget

  • If you’re married, share a car with your wife
  • Pay auto insurance annually, instead of every six months. There’s usually a nice discount if you do this.
  • Carpool.
  • Don’t speed. You use more gas when you do and you risk getting a costly ticket.
  • Plan trips where you have friends and family.
  • Always negotiate for hotel rooms.
  • When flying, bring your own snacks.

Buying on a frugal budget

  • Buy your basic clothing at a thrift store.
  • Buy staples in bulk
  • Don’t enroll in your bank’s overdraft protection program
  • Foster a DIY mentality

It’s surprising how easy it is to make little changes throughout the different areas of your life. You will be amazed to see how fast these small changes can add up and leave you with extra money in your pockets and in the bank. And you also might be surprised to find out how fun being frugal is–really! It becomes like a game where you’re always trying to figure out ways to cut costs.

Frugally take care of yourself

  • The healthier you are, the less likely it is that you’ll have to make visits to the doctor and spend money on medications
  • Exercise and eating right are simple things you can do to stay healthy and reduce medical costs
  • Take care of your teeth. Dental corrections like fillings and root canals can cost an arm and a leg. Invest three minutes of your day, morning and night, to proper dental hygiene
  • Stop smoking
  • Ditch the gym membership and create a DIY Gym

Eat WellFrugality with shopping and food

  • Shop with a list
  • Cut back on packaged food – buy fresh
  • Cut back on convenience foods
  • Learn how to make cheap meals yourself
  • Make leftover friendly food
  • Brown bag your lunch
  • Make your own coffee
  • Drink more water
  • Limit going out to eat to one time a week or less
  • Eating out is fun, but far more expensive than eating at home.
  • If you explain to your friends and family that you’re trying to live a more frugal lifestyle, they’ll be less likely to pressure you into one more round of drinks.
  • Grow your own vegetables
  • Buy store brands
  • Have a weekly menu

Spending less on services

  • Feed your mind online
  • Keep an eye on subscription services
  • Rethink your hobbies
  • Use free tools and software for all your computing needs
  • Refill ink cartridges instead of buying new ones
  • Change your own oil
  • Print in draft mode. It uses less ink
  • If you have a cell phone, get rid of your land line

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Being frugal when you need to buy something big

  • When you buy new computers or printers, keep the old cables
  • Buy refurbished
  • Buy quality
  • Have a 30 day waiting period for big purchases
  • Use cash
  • Learn to haggle
  • Buy your car used

Keeping your frugal purchases for longer

  • Buy quality
  • Regularly clean the coils on the back of your refrigerator
  • Keep your freezer full

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Be frugal with your power usage

  • Whenever you leave a device plugged into a wall socket, it continues to constantly draw a small amount of energy. All those plugged in appliances can take a toll on your electric bill
  • Put on a sweater or open up a window
  • Turn off the lights
  • Use compact fluorescent bulbs or LEDs
  • Plant shade trees
  • Install aerating, low-flow faucets and shower heads to limit your water usage
  • Lower the Water Heating Temperature

Save money with frugal Gifts

  • Make your own gifts
  • Offer to give a service, like mowing someone’s lawn each week for the entire summer instead of buying them a gift.
  • You can put together a coupon book for someone like your wife, with coupons redeemable for things like “one free back rub”.

Doing things on the cheap

  • Board games
  • Matinee and Dollar movies
  • Free cultural events and lectures that are open to the public

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If you want to start to live frugally, you’ll best get there slowly and methodically — as unglamorous as it sounds. But in this slow-and-steady approach, it’s easy to lose sight of the ball. Remember that you decided to start living frugally for a reason, and that reason is attached to a goal. If you stick to living frugally in a manageable way and track your progress, you’ll reach those goals — and then some.

Your frugal lifestyle is just that — a lifestyle, not a passing fancy.

In my post about “10 Ways to Dig Yourself Out of Debt“, I touched briefly on this subject. But I never really set frugality as a goal for myself until this year. This is my year for ridding all of my debt and embarking on a BIG project next year when the debt is gone.

The better you get at being frugal, the more fun it is and the more motivated you are.

 

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I hope you’ve found some ideas above,
and I hope that this post has spurred
you into action to living frugally.

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10 People Who Turned the Impossible Into Possible

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If you feel hopeless while achieving your goal and you need some motivation, read this. These are the people who don’t need to introduce themselves anymore because of their achievements in their lifetime. These people are particularly inspiring because they’ve gone through rejection and failures too, but that didn’t stop them from becoming who they are today.

J. K. Rowling

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Before she earned millions, she had to face a failed marriage, being almost entirely broke while raising a child on her own and going to school. When she finally finished writing Harry Potter, she was rejected by a number of publishing companies before getting published. She even had to depend on welfare to survive but now, she’s just one of the richest women in the world.

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He failed his sixth grade because he struggled in school. He failed in politics for many years every time he ran for the public office. At 62, he became the prime minister of the United Kingdom. He was twice elected as such and was also awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature in the year 1953.

Theodor Seuss Geisel

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Publishers thought his books were not sellable so they rejected him; in fact, 27 of them did. Now, his books are read by children all over the world. He wrote under the pen name, Dr. Seuss.

Ludwig van Beethoven

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He was very awkward on the violin. His teachers thought he was not brilliant enough but it did not stop him there. He composed five of the best-loved symphonies of all time even when he was going deaf.

Michael Jordan

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He was kicked out of his high school basketball team. He missed more than 9,000 shots and lost 300 games. Now, he is known as the best basketball player of all time.

Henry Ford

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He was broke five times and his early businesses failed. Now, he has gone down in history as the owner of what is considered one of the best motor companies in the world.

Walt Disney

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He was fired by his newspaper editor believing that he lacked imagination and had no good ideas. He went bankrupt and failed a number of businesses. He went on to be the founder and owner of the billion-dollar company profiting from the most famous merchandise, movies, and theme parks.

Thomas Edison

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His teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He got fired from two of his jobs because he was unproductive. He failed 1,000 times with his invention. Now, we are using his idea to light our homes.

Charlie Chaplin

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He was always rejected because his acting was nonsense and will supposedly never sell. Now, he is an icon for making the best pantomimic comedy movies.

Vincent Van Gogh

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He sold only one painting his whole life to a friend who paid him a not so considerable amount. He was never successful in life, sometimes even starved. Now, he is one of the best-known artists in history.

 

So if you ever feel you’re in an impossible or terrible situation right now, just look at their lives. It should be enough to tell you to go on and get that dream. It should be enough to push you to dream more and work more for it.

 

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Holding Yourself Accountable In Making Your Goals Happen

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It’s always easy to blame other people or other things when you fall short of reaching your goals or when you lose the will to pursue them.

You might have gone through this kind of frustration before, and you probably just can’t afford to look at yourself as someone to blame for the said disappointment.

Well, you can’t really deny the fact that you should hold yourself responsible whenever you arrive at that point in your life. But before even falling deep into that pit, you can actually prevent it from happening by following these tips:

Have the Right Mindset

This is one of the most important things to have when pursuing something. You need to have the right mindset first before doing anything else in achieving your goal. It will set your sail across the ocean you chose to travel upon. When drawbacks or frustration comes, you know where to stand if you have the right mindset. And with that, you will pursue your passion against all odds.

Make Your Priority A Habit

They said it takes literally 21 days to make a deed, a habit. If you have already listed your priorities or the things you need to do to get to your goals, and you find it difficult to do them, try your best to do it religiously for the next three weeks. It’s not only subscribing to an experiment but actually a way of disciplining yourself into following the path you want.

Learn More About Your Goal

Yes, the learning doesn’t stop when the idea strikes. You have all the more reason to educate yourself about what you want to achieve once it does happen. Take the time to read! Or watch videos that are helpful. Absorb more about what you want to achieve because it will also equip you in the process of getting to the top.

Holding yourself accountable is about managing yourself.

These are the things you can do to sustain and help yourself while going through the process of pursuing your dream. Mind you, that road is very rough and hard to take but it will be worth all the sacrifice after you’ve reached what you needed to achieve. Lastly, be patient with yourself. Don’t be too hard on yourself when things go wrong. Always go back to having the right mindset. When all else fails, who else do you have to rely on? Of course, you! So start appreciating what you’ve achieved so far. There may still be a long way to go but at least, you’re on your way.

 

 

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Get Organized at Home

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Here are a few ideas to help you Get Organized at Home.

New Year’s Day is just around the corner – well it feels like it – the years fly by so fast, pretty soon we will be plummeting toward Christmas and the year will be done again. I know it’s only February, but if this year is anything like the last, it will fly!

If you’re going to make resolutions, every day is the time to be doing so. You may find some of these resonate with you.

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This post was the first in a series of posts about New Year Resolutions Ideas. My goal for the year was to simplify and organize my life better so that I could enjoy life more “a year from today”.

So I started planning my goals for the year ahead, and I created my own New Year Resolutions Ideas in the following areas:

  • Get Organized at home – get my clutter under control
  • More quality time with my sons
  • Give my children the most essential life skills
  • Get my daily / weekly and monthly to-do lists organized
  • More looking after myself holistically – pampering, me-time, fun and enjoyable activities.
  • Nurturing my friendships and relationships with family
  • Financial goals – overcoming those credit card debts within a year from today
  • Improve my internet presence and make a real difference with what I put on the world wide web.
  • Improve my health and well-being – reduce my stress – get a work/life balance

My Goal Number One when I wrote this post was to get my clutter under control and get organized at home.

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How did I do?

I like looking back on my old blog posts. It’s an opportunity to see how well I’ve done at goal setting and achieving.

I have to say things really have improved at home since I wrote this post in 2014. I’ve certainly got my clutter under control. I’ve pared back my wardrobe and my son’s. The linen cupboard has been rejuvenated. I’ve thrown out kitchen paraphernalia galore and tossed piles of magazines that were over 10 years old. I regularly walk around the house looking for things to donate and I keep a very large bag in the garage to accumulate these things till my next trip to “Savers” to donate them.

I have a couple of “hot-spots” where I allow myself to accumulate things – three baskets in different rooms where “things” that don’t have a home get put, till I find them a home. Belongings are not scattered throughout the house. As we walk in the door, we put things away (or in a hot-spot) and not strewn about.

I’ve developed a routine for doing the dishes (I don’t have a dishwasher) which isn’t onerous on any of the household members. I do one sink of dishes in the morning – I come home and he’s put them away and the sink sparkles. This has stopped a lot of arguments from him who gets home earlier than I and didn’t like arriving to a sink full of dirty dishes. I know this might sound crazy to you organized housewives, but it was something that took me years to get under control.

I routinely employ “just 5 things” to keep on top of messes before they become overwhelming.

If you too are interested in simplifying your life so you can get a better balance, here are some ideas that might help you to break down your own goals or re-invigorate your New Year Resolutions:

  • Call the charity collection people and make a booking – this sets you a date to aim for.
  • Use up all the “planet-friendly” shopping bags you’ve accumulated over the years and bag up all your “clutter”. Clutter consists of the things that have sat in cupboards or on shelves for years and never been used. Go into each room with a bag, and collect anything that you haven’t used in the last year or so. Put these aside for the charity collection.
  • Together with your children, sort through their toys for items that can be donated. This is a great activity that your children can learn. During this exercise, you teach your children that others are not so fortunate, and this activity can become a beautiful exercise in generosity. Put these aside for the charity collection.
  • Pare back on everything in your closet. Strip out all of the things you can’t wear, whether this is because they’re too small, too large or out of style. This includes all the knickers, pantyhose and socks that have holes! These go in the rubbish bin.
  • Donate the shoes and clothes in good condition that you don’t or can’t wear.

 

  • Clean up after the holiday season. Take the Christmas decorations and tree out to the shed or basement or attic before the 6th January. Don’t put away any decorations that are shabby or broken. Take a note of what you’ve got and what you may need. Take advantage of the stocktake sales events to pick up replacements or new decorations at bargain basement prices.
  • girl-161431_640Take big things that you use infrequently to the garage for long term storage. Just make sure you remember that you have these things! Take a photo with your phone and store the photos in a folder called “Things in storage”. Remember to check this folder before you make any large purchases.
  • Utilize your storage effectively – for instance, put all office supplies in the one place/storage-unit, rather than have them in many places throughout the house.
  • If storage is a problem, consolidate your existing storage or (if your house can fit more furniture), buy a storage unit or 2 (I like the Ikea Expedit/Kallax 5×5 unit for its versatility and excellent storage – the use of the vertical space is so handy)
  • Start your List-making. Lists are a great step toward helping you identify your goals.

 

  • Once the Charity Collection has taken away your donations, continue to de-clutter and get rid of stuff you just don’t use – Have a free yard “sale” every other week. I’m lucky enough to live on a busy corner. Everything I don’t want can be put on the kerb and disappears within minutes!

Making New Year Resolutions is an important task we undertake each year.

It gives us hope that we can make some real changes in our lives. But the time of year is only a number, a date. It doesn’t really help you to start a resolution on 01/01 or any other date, UNLESS you have an action plan in place and make a real commitment to achieving these goals.

Your goals need to be SMART. Make sure they aren’t vague and unrealistic. They need to be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-oriented.
Your goals determine how successful, or unsuccessful, you will be in your life

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One of the major reasons we fail to stick with our New Year Resolutions is that we fail to develop an action plan. It’s all very well to have a lovely list like I’ve provided above, but without a WHEN and a HOW, without the action plan, we can easily fail to achieve our goal.

The attainment of your goals is a significant contributor to your own self-worth and self-confidence. Sadly, if we fail to plan and carry through on our New Year Resolutions, we can also contribute to a sense of failure and self-loathing. Please, for your own well-being, don’t make any New Year Resolutions unless you put a plan in place.

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Start with a list, then break that list down into smaller lists, then break that down into easily achievable baby-steps.

Good luck with re-invigorating your New Year Resolutions and I hope you find some ideas among the pages here.

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How To Stick To Your Goal – The Most Difficult Step

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Setting goals is the first step your “living the dream”.

It is vital to achieving what you have always desired to have or desired to be.

Although setting goals help paint a clearer picture of your future, it only keeps you motivated for so long.

You may get bored after some time, and eventually completely lose your way around.

If you want to be successful, that is something you should avoid.

Here are a few tips so you won’t steer away from the goals you’ve always wanted to pursue.

Identify your goals.

First, be clear about what you really want. Do not settle with others’ opinion about what you want to achieve. What matters here is what you want to do in life, and if it motivates you to become successful. By all means, stop listening to others who don’t really know what you desire, and start planning out your dream.

Break the goal into pieces. Some of your goals may look too big and impossible to accomplish and that’s another reason why you might take your eyes off your goals. When it already seems too impossible, analyze your goal piece by piece. See what you can do about it; sometimes, you just need to reset.

Get organized.

This part is actually self-explanatory but often neglected. I assume you have already chosen the top priorities on your list of goals. If you ever feel lost in the whirl of your responsibilities, grab a free app where you can look back to your original purpose with your goal. Apps like Google Docs or Evernote are really helpful.

Get an accountability partner.

You know who to talk to when all else fails. Yes, that person can be your accountability partner in setting and realizing your goals. Telling someone about your goals will help remind you of what you need to do to get towards your dreams. That person will also remind you to work hard and motivate you to get back up when you feel discouraged.

Avoid toxic energy.

Toxic energy can be found everywhere — from people around you, your work, your environment, or even a Facebook post that stressed you out. You can always choose to ignore them.

Remember the 90/10 principle by Stephen Covey. It states that “10% of life is made up of what happens to you, and 90% of life is decided by how you react.” Whenever you perceive anything toxic coming your way, avoid them as soon as possible.

Holding on to your goal can be very challenging; however, that is the only way for you to see your dreams unfold in front of you, one after another.

Holding on to your goal can be very challenging; however, that is the only way for you to see your dreams unfold in front of you, one after another.

 

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What Can You Do After You Have Achieved Your Goal

Goals Determine What You're Going To Be

You’ve done it.

You’ve achieved an amazing goal.  Perhaps you’ve written your memoirs, scaled Mount Everest, run a marathon, built a house, spoken at a TED Talk, graduated university, become an expert in your field. Whatever that goal was, CONGRATULATIONS.

I bet you feel like you’re not the same person after everything you’ve gone through.

You will become wiser.

But what will happen next after your goal has been achieved?  What do you do next?

I know you may still need more time to let the thought sink in. It will later make sense when you realize that you have time on your hands and other responsibilities to take care of. Now that you’ve put that big goal behind you, slipping back into ordinary life might feel a bit empty.

Here are the things you need and can do after success:

1. Create an even bigger goal

We all get bored easily. If you are already done with your past goals, you can always create a new one. It will help you sustain the busyness of the goal that you have achieved. Choose a goal that wouldn’t be too risky but do go out of your comfort zone and learn more about other things.

2. Fulfill Your Childhood Dream

If your goal had nothing to do with your childhood dream, now is the best chance to fulfill it. Since you will have more time, go back to your roots and look for your lost passion. It might be writing, singing, playing music or dancing. Everyone has a child’s dream within them and it’s about time to actually do it. Do it while you’re on a roll and on a high.

3. Reconnect With Your Family and Friends

You may have stopped seeing or communicating with them because you’ve been too focused on your life. Now is the time to reconnect with your family and friends who have been waiting for you for a long time already. If you have broken relationships, call the person and fix it. Don’t let your success blind you.

4. Join a Community

Join a community with the same interests as you. In that way, you will be helping newbies to achieve their dreams. Expect a lot of questions about how you did it. If vexed at the frequency of messages, just think about you when you just started. Of all people, you should know how they feel. You should know why an answer from someone successful is everything to them.

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These strategies may not be for everyone. You may be looking for other things to do after you achieved your goal. Either way, is not a problem. What makes you feel comfortable and happy is what matters. Lastly, remember to stay humble after everything you’ve done. It is always so easy to brag but a real successful person would stay humble and even help others reach their dreams, too.

Have you done it? Achieved a big hairy audactious goal?

Do you have a goal that is tantalizingly close to achieving?

Or have you set yourself some goals and are struggling to make them work?

Connect with me in the comments below.

 

 

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Why Having Absolute Belief In Your Goal Is Necessary

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When someone succeeds in life, people often ask, how did you do it?

It’s the same old question from everyone aspiring to achieve something to everyone who already did it.

Some would tell you it’s luck or hard work but when you listen to them closely, you’ll hear their enthusiasm about their dreams.

I can hear you whisper in your mind right now, “so what? These people believed in their dreams”.

They believed their dreams were not too much for them to reach or too weird to even propose to others.

They believed in themselves and the goals they made and that’s how they did it.

Let me give you some reasons why having faith in your goal has a great impact in achieving it.

 

1. If you don’t, who else will?

You will have to start believing in your aspirations before anybody else will. Who would want to believe you if you yourself doubt your ideas? People will admire you and your pursuit when they see the sincerity in your confidence towards your dream. You’re responsible and obligated to believe in your goals — before anyone else — because that’s the only way you will find means to achieve them.

2. You are building your self-esteem.

There will be thousands of obstacles along the path when you decide to pursue your dream. Sometimes, these challenges will break you but you just have to keep going because it’s all part of the process. If you have enough confidence in your goals, you also have the same belief that you can surpass them all.

3. You mold yourself into positivity.

You, of all people, should know that a little bit of negativity will bring you and your goals down. If you really want to succeed in whatever you are aspiring to have or to become, you need to remain optimistic all the time. And that is not possible if you lack faith in your goals. You will have to keep the enthusiasm you had the first time the idea came into your mind to keep yourself surrounded with positivity. After all you know the importance of setting and achieving goals.

4. You are ready to fail.

This is not intended to take your hope away from you. You will have to face the fact that failures are waiting along the way. They are there to make you stronger and to equip you to become the person you need to be when success is within your reach. If you don’t have enough faith in what you are pursuing, you will most likely get discouraged.

But if you know the potential of your goals, you will not be fragile enough to break easily when discouragement comes.

Lastly, isn’t it nice to know how to answer the same old question, how did you do it? When that time comes, it will be your turn to inspire others.

 

 

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26 Meaningful Intentional Living Quotes

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If you’ve been following me along my journey, you’ll know that I’m thoroughly immersing myself into my intentional life, having researched and explored the concept of Intentional Living.

Having realized that Living Intentionally is actually what I’ve been doing with this blog for the last 6 years – I just didn’t know the buzz word for it – I’ve now started to explore how other bloggers express themselves on this subject.

I’ve found some wonderful intentional living quotes which truly inspire me to live my life to the fullest. I hope you’ll like them too.

In the “stop worrying and start living” quotes genre, there are many quotes about the things that prevent us from living our fullest lives, the things in life that hold us back.  “Stop Worrying and Start Living” (1948) is a book by Dale Carnegie, also the author of the iconic 1936 classic “How to win friends and influence people”. still a popular book in business and business communication skills. His influential works are still in use today. They are insightful and inspiring in many ways. He has been quoted many times, and his iconic words have been used by the blogosphere and expanded into stop worrying and start living quotes such as these:livingwithintention

1. Stop Worrying What You Have to Lose
and Start Focusing on What You Have to Gain

2. Stop Worrying About Tomorrow and Start Living Today

3. Stop Living a Day at a Time and Stop Worrying About Age

4. Life is Too Short to Worry About How Short Life is

Many believe that Intentional Living is about healthy living, or tiny living, frugality, spirituality, mindfulness or some other movement that promotes a particular lifestyle. I personally believe intentional living is about making plans and setting goals and working on these things every day in order to be the best person you can be. Not molding yourself to a particular “movement” or mindset.

Still, healthy living certainly contributes to you being the best person you can be and there are plenty of healthy living quotes out there if you want inspiration to help you live a healthier life:

5. Love Yourself Enough to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

6. There is No Better Time Than Now to Start Living Healthy

7. Living a Healthy Lifestyle Will Only
Deprive You of Poor Health, Laziness and Fat

8.Take Care of Your Body, it’s the Only Place You Have to Live In

Remember that Intentional living is not only about healthy living, though you will find a proliferation of healthy living quotes and positive living quotes when you go looking for intentional living quotes.  Here are some positive living quotes:

9. You Can’t Live a Positive Life With a Negative Mind

10. Love the Life You Live, Live the Life you Love

11. A Negative Mind Will Never Give You a Positive Life

12. Positive Thoughts Generate Positive Feelings and Attract Positive Life Experiences

Life worth living” quotes also feature regularly in image searches.
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What is a life worth living?

13. An Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living (Socrates)

14. Believe that Life is Worth Living and Your Belief Will Help Create The Fact (William James)

15. Whether Life is Worth Living Depends on Whether There is Love in Life

16. No one Finds Life Worth Living. One Must Make it Worth Living

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My personal favorites are the “dare to live” quotes, the kind of inspiring quotes that shake us up and make us notice our complacency and laziness.

17. Dare to Live the Life You Have Dreamed For Yourself. Go Forward and Make Your Dreams Come True (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

18. One Must Work and Dare if One Really Wants to Live (Vincent Van Gogh)

19. Dare to Live Larger. Live, Love and Laugh with Abandon

20. Great Things Never Came From Comfort Zones

21. Life Begins Where Fear Ends

A lot of quotes I’ve found use the buzz words “intentional living” or “living intentionally” (I hate buzz words). And they quote famous and worldly people.everydayiwillplan

22. In life, you often get what you expect (Michael Hyatt)

23. Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others’ choices make us (Richie Norton)

24. Live Your Life on Purpose

25. Guard Your Time Fiercely. Be Generous With it, but be Intentional About It

26. I Choose to Live By Choice, Not By Chance.

But you don’t have to be famous or worldly to make your own intentional living quote. Making a quote of your own can help you to clarify your own intentions, plans, goals. It’s like making your own “statement of purpose” or your “elevator pitch” or your own “mantra”. Go ahead and write down how you want to live your life intentionally.

If you’ve liked these quotes on  intentional living, please feel free to pin any of these images to your Pinterest boards or print them and hang them on your wall or mirror to give you inspiration to live your own intentional life.

A quote written down, much like a goal or a plan written down, is much stronger and more inspiring. When you see it often, the words compel you. So go ahead and put these inspiring words somewhere you can see them often and embed them in your psyche, so you can be inspired every day to achieve your plans and goals.

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That’s what “A Year From Today” is really all about, after all. This blog is a promise I make to myself, that:

Every day, I will plan for A Year From Today. 

I will also look back on what I
have achieved in this year.

I will live each day intentionally so that,
A Year From Today,
I can look back with absolute pride,
having made my plans and fulfilled my goals

 

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Why Is It Important To Have a Goal In Life?

Aim Higher in Case You Fall Short.

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

Why set goals when you can live life without it? Isn’t it that unguarded moments and spontaneous decisions are the ones that give color to one’s numbered days?

Those are the questions that might be playing in your mind when asked about your plans for the future and I won’t tell you it’s wrong to think that way.

However, you cannot deny that sometimes, along the way of living that kind of life, you might get lost and think it hard to find your way back.

Now, here is where goal setting plays its part.

Here are some important reasons why having goals are necessary:

 

1. You Have Control Over Your Life

As absurd as this sounds, having a goal will not actually limit you but will give you more control over your life. Why? Because it directs you and helps you in choosing which road to take and which ones to set aside. With that, you will have a clearer picture of your destination in life, which will give you more time to plan and prepare for what you really need for the future you choose.

2. You Will Know What To Prioritize

Your goals help you filter the most important things to do now from the ones that are only wasting your time. It will save you from exhausting all your time and energy into something you will eventually find trivial. With clear goals in your mind, you will know which ones deserve your precious time.

3. You Will More Likely Make Better Decisions

When your goals are set, it will most likely help you identify the right choices based on the long-term view of your purpose. You can always go back to your purpose—why you have these goals—and then come up with a decision when put in that kind of situation.

4. You Will Most Likely Stop Procrastinating

Because you know what to focus on and you have already organized your priorities, it will absolutely give you no time to daydream and simply procrastinate. You will have to be busy making your dreams happen.

5. You Will Take The Closer Path To Success

Goals guide you to where you want to be and help you determine what you really want to achieve. Just imagine that “goals” are like your path through a thick forest. Imagine having no trail to guide you when walking down the woods you aren’t familiar with. Chances are, you’ll get lost or worse, you will never find your way out. But with a goal to guide you, you know which road to take and that road leads you to where you need to be.

Lastly, goals will motivate you to start working on your future now. It’s never too late to start as long as you know where you are going.

 

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3 Books To Read For Ultimate Motivation

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Have you been spending time recently thinking about reasons that will make you want to leave your couch or bed, and finally do something in life that would matter and make you happier?

Instead of sulking in a corner and letting several moments pass without you being productive, why not skim through the following books and find inspiration that will keep you going?

Check out what the best-selling authors say about getting by in life, and using your assets to the fullest while you can.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

Life is dynamic;

however, too much of its busyness may sometimes leave you overwhelmed by the stresses, the hustles and bustles that go along with it.

Dr. Carlson, American psychotherapist and renowned “happiness-specialist”, tells you to pause for a while and take a few deep breaths.

He reminds you to leave behind the trivial things — the small stuff — that cause you anxieties. His book offers 100 meditations that will make you live a happier and stress-free life.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Believing that essential changes in life must be embraced effectively, American educator and speaker Covey in his book, advises that in order to do this, you must also change your perceptions.

He delineates 7 habits that will make you come to terms with your inner self, on top of getting along well with others as you enjoy inward and outward success.

These 7 tips which he expounds on in his best-selling book, are

  1. to be proactive;
  2. begin with the end in mind;
  3. put first things first,
  4. think win-win;
  5. seek first to understand, then to be understood;
  6. synergize; and
  7. sharpen the saw.

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Peale

Considered as one of the originators of “positive thinking”, Peale discloses through his book some tips that would make your life more satisfying.

He gives practical guidelines that would make you put your ideas and inspiration into concrete actions.

He says that the key to happiness is something anybody can do:

“Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others.”

These are but a few of the widely-known highly-motivating self-help books you can browse through when you feel like drawing inspiration from within yourself seems not enough.

Go read a few, be motivated, and perhaps next time, your book about life is the one being read by people who once felt like you do now.

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Special Valentine Day Ideas – Valentine Day Plans for Him or Her in 2017

What is your plan for Valentine Day 2017?

Do you plan to make a plan for Valentine Day this year?

The next big goal on your list of 2017 may be to make Valentine’s day a truly special day for your partner. I’m getting in early with this post (although I’ve started to hear advertising on the radio and seeing ads in the newspaper and online, so obviously I’m not too early).DSCN0025

If you’ve had a look around this website, you’ll know I love a list and an action plan.  So, with Valentine’s day fast approaching, now is the time to start planning.  Your goal might be to have a romantic Valentine’s Day or a fun Valentine’s Day.

Regardless of what stage you’re at in your relationship with your Valentine, it’s important to put in a little effort on this day.  Your Valentine will want to know that you have considered his or her thoughts and feelings.

I’m not saying you must do something special with your Valentine or that you must buy a great gift for Valentine’s day on 14 February this year.  You may decide together that it is not important to you to spend a lot of money on each other.  You may not like the commercialism that arises because of the event.

Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity for marketers to go berserk trying to convince you to hop onto their product. Just remember when you’re reading or viewing advertising, these marketers are trying to appeal to your guilt.  They will try to convince you that you absolutely MUST do Valentines Day in such-and-such a way, because otherwise you’ll be letting your Valentine down!

Learn to read between the lines.  

Most importantly, if you feel that you don’t want to do something on Valentine’s Day, it’s important that you talk about it in advance with your Valentine.  You don’t want to surprise him or her on the day with a big fat nothing.

At the other end of the spectrum – perhaps you even plan to propose on Valentine’s Day?  Wow!

Maybe you’re just looking for some ideas for cheap and inexpensive presents and things to do on this special day. Read on as we dive in.

The Marketing Hype Behind Valentine’s Day

I don’t want you to get caught up in all the hype of the day: the massive spending and marketing frenzy that is associated with this event.  Perhaps you can take a step back and start thinking about some truly special Valentine Day ideas. After all you want to make this day about your love for your partner, not about how big a hole you can create in your wallet.  So, let’s explore some Valentine Day Plans for Him or Her.

Romantic Valentine Day Ideas – The man’s story.

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Most male partners and boyfriends look forward to Valentine’s day with sheer dread. The media hype that surrounds the day beats his girlfriends heart into a frenzy of planning the perfect present and the perfect day.  With all of the effort she’s putting in, she expects nothing short of perfect from you.  There are plenty of things you can do to make it a romantic day.

Here’s a few romantic things to do on Valentine’s day that she might do for you – and which you may (or may not) be able to reciprocate:

  • Send a sexy picture of yourself by phone (if you’re ripped, she’ll love it, but if the only ‘gym’ you know is your Uncle Jim from Alabama, perhaps no photo this year.  Make it a goal for next year, hey?)
  • Exchange some sweet text messages.  Send one “kiss”, then two, then three…. keep it up till it gets annoying 🙂
  • Give her a foot massage or a full body massage.  Don’t forget to warm your hands and the oil.  Dim the lights, light some candles and put some beautiful relaxing music on.  Sade, anyone?

Cheap Valentine Date Ideas

Just because you’re living on a budget doesn’t mean you’re cheap.  It’s still possible to have a wonderful Valentine day, filled with special moments and give beautiful heartfelt gifts without breaking the bank.

  • Pack a picnic and take her to a small, intimate park (or an expansive glorious outlook) where you can lay down the picnic blanket, enjoy a glass of champagne and each other’s company.   You might like to add some glorious food to spoil yourselves (how does this sound?  Crayfish, oyster shooters, rare roast beef, champagne with strawberries, smoked salmon, chunky home-made avocado salsa, duck al’orange pate, crusty bread and butter, spinach leaves with blue cheese dressing, deviled eggs (I know, you thought these went out in the 70s, but they’re making a comeback), oh, somebody stop me – I’m getting a little carried away.  Tummy is rumbling now.
  • Hide a sweet little present in the picnic basket.  Have a plan for when and how you’re going to bring it out to gift it to your Valentine.  If it’s Jewelry, could it fit into the Champagne Flute?
  • If you live together, think about booking a special night’s accommodation out at a city hotel.  Take in the night life of your town and explore the lane ways and night-spots.

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Valentine Day Plans for Him

Here’s some ideas to romance your Valentine that don’t cost much but may be a truly special addition to the day.

    • Take a late night (or daytime) stroll, holding hands (or if you’re in New Jersey this year, that might risk frost bite, so might not be the best idea).  Take a camera with you and photograph her in portrait poses in unique locations with interesting backdrops.
    • Call her mother and say thank you for bringing up such a wonderful girl.  Let her mum know that you think her daughter is the most special person in your life. Mom will get straight on the phone to her.  Kudos!!
    • Scatter rose petals on the bed – and they don’t have to be red.  But you should know what emotions each color represents – you’ll be surprised how many women know that a yellow rose could mean that you are needy, you see her more as a friend than a lover, or you’re apologizing, possibly planning on moving to a new girl soon.  (Apologies to any yellow rose lovers out there. Don’t get me wrong – yellow roses are a magnificent expression of platonic love, but it’s Valentine’s Day and we want to put a spark of romance into the day, hey?)

Here are some fun valentine day ideas

  • Book a session at the local laser skirmish?  If your partner would get a thrill out of this, why not?  You might be surprised how much you both might enjoy this crazy activity.
  • A trip to the local Ice-Skating rink will bring back memories of your geeky early teens and it may remind you of the sheer joy of spending time holding hands joyously sliding around the rink.  What a wonderful way to spend some time together (unless like me, you spend most of your rink time on your butt)!file3741279065462

Valentine day gift him / Valentine day gift her

Here are some tried and true gift ideas for your Valentine.

    • Flowers are a bit passe, not to mention, they are at their most expensive on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.  Unless you just got a raise or a promotion, flowers don’t have to be the hero of the day.  After all, she’s not really going to want you to blow $150 on a half dozen roses, when something with a bit of bling could be purchased for the same price and last a lot longer. That’s not to say you shouldn’t get flowers – I think they are expected and appreciated. But they can be petite and beautiful and don’t have to be extravagant.  Girls, you can also give your man flowers or something from nature of a similar ilk (maybe a nice potted Chinese Happy Plant or some Coriander or Mint for the kitchen bench).
    • Jewelry is a great gift for your valentine, male or female.  Necklaces, Bracelets and Earrings for the girls, cuff-links, necklaces, watches, chains for the boys. Jewelry doesn’t have to break the bank either.  Your partner won’t be expecting Harry Winston pearls or diamonds (unless you’re an A-list celeb or a princess).  There is no reason you can’t buy costume jewelry which is still very beautiful.  

What about some cheap ideas for valentines day?

You could try to be her (or his) servant for the evening!  Make a beautiful meal, serve wine, do the dishes, clean the apartment, give that foot massage we talked about earlier, make the bed (strewn with rose petals, again … we talked about that earlier too).  What could be cheaper?

Romantic ideas for Valentine day

What could be more romantic than proposing marriage on this day?  Think about this very carefully. Google  “Should I propose on Valentine’s Day” if you wish.  There are lots of psychological reasons why this could be the best or worst idea for you.  Put some time in to really understand whether this is a wise idea for you in your relationship.  If it IS right for you (both of you) and it doesn’t feel tacky or lame, then GO FOR IT.  If your relationship is one that thrives on celebrating the occasions, Valentine’s Day is a wonderful day to make your proposal.  And you’ll never forget the date, will you?

Inexpensive Valentine ideas

You can find cheap ideas for Valentines Day (but not cheesy, tacky or lame).

What about an amethyst ring for $35.00?  You can try searching on Amazon or Ebay (you’d better get cracking on this NOW so that you get your items in time for Valentine’s Day).  Jewelry is always a beautiful gift on a special day like 14 February.  Amazon has some amazingly inexpensive rings and necklaces (yes, they’re probably from China) that you’d think would retail in the price range of $150-$500.  The reviews on that ring are really good (that’s when it was selling for $149).

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Remember Valentine’s Day is about your love for one another. Whether you end your Valentine’s Day in bed together or in a Church declaring your love before family and friends, I hope you take some of my suggestions as inspiration and make Valentine’s Day 2016 a truly special day together to celebrate your love for each other.

Valentine’s Day isn’t about getting laid, or keeping the little woman off your back for a week, it’s about showing the person in your heart that you care about them.

Have you got your Valentines Day Ideas organized yet? Check out our Get Organized page for some inspiration to help make your Valentines Day Plans for Him or Her and ensure you both have a truly special valentines day.

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Did You Know That You Truly CAN Totally Organize Your Life? And it’s Easier Than You Think

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Getting organized does not need to be a chore.

Below are a few simple steps you can start today that will set you on a path to totally organize your life.

Begin with messes and clutter that you see every day.

Organize your kitchen area, garage, and living room before your hallway closet.

As soon as you see how great it looks, you will want to deal with the concealed areas.

Use drawer dividers for socks, underclothing, lingerie, and small items, to keep them apart and arranged. This works well for both flatware and office materials too.

Provide everything in your house a location of its own. This way your family will know exactly where to find things and where to put them away.

Establish one defined place in your residence for saving library books, and end that house-wide hunt when it is time to read or return them.

Hang hooks for your keys and handbag at the entry to your home, so each time you walk in, you can hang them up.

Reserve one basket for you and your partner for inbound mail, bills and receipts and letters. By doing this everybody will know where these essential things are when needed. Keep all essential documents such as birth certificates, social security cards, life insurance policies, investment details, children’s important information, your last will and testament and medical insurance coverage information in one folder.

Get rid of things that are not required any longer. Expired coupons, old prescriptions, publications you might get around to reading someday. All these take away space you could be utilizing for products you do need and utilize.

You will certainly release your mind to remember more crucial things like consultations and birthdays when you are organized.

Think about thoroughly cleaning once a month and you will discover it much easier to keep up, week-by-week. An organized home does certainly help unclutter your mind.

Part of getting organized is remembering to do things. Many of us have problems with memory. It is no wonder with all the things we should do and bear in mind as we go about our daily lives. Below are a couple of techniques that will remember people, visits, errands and tasks that need done each day.

Accept the fact that we can not rely entirely on our memories. Bring a little note pad and a pen with you all the time.  Or use list making software and apps on your phone or device. The instant you set an appointment or are asked to go to a meeting, write it down or add it to your calendar app.

Totally Organize Your LifeEvery time you tell somebody to do something or when somebody like your manager asks you to do something write it down in your notepad together with the date and the time.

If you have an organizer app on your phone, make certain to utilize it. Whenever somebody gives you his/her telephone number, straight-away enter it into your contacts, together with the person’s name.  If you don’t like to rely on technology or you’re not particularly savvy with your phone, use a paper notepad or address book or diary.

Utilize the backside of business cards to assist your memory when you meet someone in a business meeting. Write a couple of points about the individual and where you met and how he/she might help with your life (e.g.: networking). This will definitely reduce the load on your memory. However make sure you never to do it in front of the individual.

Prepare a to-do list everyday. I can not over emphasize the importance of this order of business in getting yourself organized. It is likely the most sensible thing that a hectic person ought to do.

Have a set timetable. It might appear kind of mechanical but it would be terrific if you have a fixed time for everything and attempt to stick consistently to the time table. Trust me it really assists because you will have time for everything and everything can be done at its allocated time.

To do lists or checklists are probably the greatest method to get organized for any event. The majority of us make a grocery list prior to going to the store, so why not make a list for everything else in life? The benefits greatly exceed the time that it might take to make one. The more checklists that you make, the quicker you will certainly get at it. Following is some general concepts for checklists:

Organize your lifeChecklist for today. Start your mornings by making a list of all the things that you need to accomplish each day. Carry it with you and mark each item off when completed. This will offer a great feeling of achievement and closure.

Household maintenance. Develop a household upkeep list divided into months Every month may have a day to change the filter on your heater or central air conditioning system. Check the list a few months ahead of time to see if you need to set up tradesmen to do a job for you.

Weekly cleaning list. A weekly cleaning list should be established and hung on the wall for everyone to see. Beside each task list each individual’s name that is responsible for the task that week. See to it they mark off the job when completed.

Automobile Maintenance checklist. Schedule times when you have to make visits for a grease and oil and basic car upkeep.

Establishing checklists for your life will certainly go a long way in reducing stress and will help to totally organize your life. Having a list on display at home will likewise make it much easier to delegate jobs to other people in your household. The excellent thing about these lists is they can all be kept on your computer system and printed out as required. Or if you prefer, create a unique binder for all of your checklists.

As soon as you start making lists, you will most definitely question how you ever lived without them.

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