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10 Things I Would Tell My Younger Self

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I always think back to when I was younger and how I had specific expectations about my future, not having any clue as to what was ahead. If I could go back in time and prepare myself for anything, it would be the following:

1. Save more money. Every time I received money for holidays, birthdays, etc. I quickly spent it. Now, at the age of 24, I wish I had some more money to fall back on when needed.

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2. Make the most out of your college years. If I could do it all over, I probably would go away for college and actually try my very best to finish. I would have stayed on top of financial aid and anything else that went along with schooling. I went to a local school and sometimes I feel I would have had a better college experience if I went away. Your college years only come around once, make them count.

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3. Don’t bother trying to fit in. After high school, no ones gives a crap what “clique” you belonged to. Don’t stress over silly people who one day will probably be out of your life forever. The only person you should care about impressing is yourself.

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4. Things will change – be prepared. You don’t realize when it’s happening but things change constantly and you never realize until you’re looking back on things. Your friends will change, your relationships will change, your looks will change. The only constant in this life – change.

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5. Take advantage & be thankful for all the things you have access to. We don’t realize until we’re older all the things we received as children that are now not as easy to get as adults. This goes for a couple of different things… anything from food, hot water, health insurance, schooling, a roof over our heads. If you were fortunate enough as a child, your parents or guardians made sure you had all these things growing up. All the necessities. Now as an adult, you hope you don’t get injured because getting health insurance through your job is too expensive so you just don’t have any at all. Everything comes with a price.

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6. Keep a journal/diary. Write down all the big moments in your life so you can read it ten, twenty years from now. You’ll get a good laugh at how silly you were as a kid and it will remind you of some fun childhood memories. It’s nice to take a walk down memory lane and you will want to once you’re older.

Image7. Listen to your parents when they tell you to brush your teeth. This may sound funny but it’s so true, they’re telling you this for a reason and if you don’t listen you will most likely pay for it when you’re older. The dentist sucks – plain and simple. And it costs money.

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8. Be adventurous as much as possible. Go everywhere you can and cause some trouble. Paint the town red and enjoy every minute of it before adult responsibilities get in the way.

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9. Eat the cake… eat the candy… eat the ice cream. Eat it all. One day your metabolism will slow down and you will definitely not be able to eat like you used to. Feed your sweet tooth.

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And most importantly…

10. Stop rushing. I remember being young and wanted to be a “grown up” so badly. Ugh, now I ask myself “why?!” You have no responsibilities when you’re a child, nothing to worry about. Enjoy it, stop rushing to become an adult because when it happens you’re going to wish you could go back to a time when things were much simpler.Image

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As we transition into the New Year, we all try to set realistic resolutions for ourselves that we would love to achieve throughout the year. Each resolution gives us the possibility to create a life that we truly desire and are proud of.

Don’t be too busy throughout the year that you forget about the goals you wanted to achieve in the beginning. It’s quite simple to put together a list; the hard part is sticking to it. Here are a couple of helpful ways to attain your resolutions in 2014.

  • Spread Your Goals Out

Don’t try to accomplish all your resolutions at once. This will just make it more difficult to manage. In the beginning of the year, put together a journal or calendar filled with your desires and tell yourself you will do one goal per month. You can choose a certain day of the month if you feel it will be easier to stick to this way or you can simply do it when you feel most ready that month.

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  • Don’t Underestimate Yourself

A huge part of accomplishing something is the attitude you start out with and continue to have during the year. Many people are all for the task when the New Year starts, easily shrugging off their goals a couple of weeks in because they feel they are either unrealistic or unachievable. Your goal may not seem easily attainable to you, but this only means it will feel even more worth it once completed.

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  • Do Something to Inspire Yourself Each Day

To keep it in mind, put a picture of your resolution in your bedroom so you’re forced to look at it every day. This works well if you are trying to be healthier or get into better shape. If you plan on improving your eating habits, leave a picture on your refrigerator so you’re reminded every time you go to munch on a midnight snack. Another great place to put a reminder is on your mirror. Your goals will be incredibly difficult to forget if you choose this useful option.

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  • Have a Partner in Crime

Things are easy to quit when you’re the only one in the game. A lot of people get things done sooner and easier when they have a friend supporting them and trying to achieve the same goals. Both can help one another stay dedicated when one is feeling unenthusiastic about their New Year’s resolutions.

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  • Check it Off Your List & Reward Yourself

Check off your goals as you finish them, this way at the end of the year you can view how much you have accomplished. Seeing those monthly check marks will also help you keep going all the way through the year. Once you have finished a goal, reward yourself for your commitment by going out with friends or splurging on a mini shopping spree.

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One thing to always remember, it is okay if not all your goals are achieved, any that you do complete are still a great accomplishment. Some are better than none, so stay positive and encourage yourself each day to attain your resolutions the very best you can. A little bit of effort can go a long way!

20 Things to Let Go of Before the New Year

I came across a great article that had some helpful advice on letting go of things that you don’t need to bring into 2014.

Here are 20 things to let go of in order to reach unlimited happiness.

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!

Source: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11973/20-things-to-let-go-of-before-the-new-year.html

2014 countdown

Saying Goodbye to 2013 & Welcoming 2014

Some food for thought as we transition into a new year filled with possibilities to create the life that we truly desire, and to be the best that we can be.

COMPLETING & REMEMBERING 2013

What was your biggest triumph in 2013?

What was the smartest decision you made in 2013?

What one word best sums up and describes your 2013 experience?

What was the greatest lesson you learned in 2013?

What was the most loving service you performed in 2013?

What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in 2013?

What are you most happy about completing in 2013?

Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on your life in 2013?

What was the biggest risk you took in 2013?

What was the biggest surprise in 2013?

What important relationship improved the most in 2013?

What compliment would you like to have received in 2013?

What compliment would you like to have given in 2013?

What else do you need to do or say to be complete with 2013?

CREATING 2014

What would you like to be your biggest triumph in 2014?

What advice would you like to give yourself in 2014?

What is the major effort you are planning to improve your financial results in 2014?

What would you be most happy about completing in 20114?

What major indulgence are you willing to experience in 2014?

What would you most like to change about yourself in 2014?

What are you looking forward to learning in 2014?

What do you think your biggest risk will be in 2014?

What about your work, are you most committed to changing and improving in 2014?

What is one as yet undeveloped talent you are willing to explore in 2014?

What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do or have more of that in 2014?

Who or what, other than yourself, are you most committed to loving and serving in 2014?

What one word would you like to have as your theme in 2014?