Need New Year’s Resolution ideas that could actually change your life?
Pick one (or two!) and make next year your best year yet. Some of these are really hard things to do. But I say do the hard things! They are they ones that need doing the most. (Just so you know, coming up with new year’s resolution ideas and then not following though with them won’t change anything, so make a plan to make sure you can follow through.)read more
I sort of assumed that most of us do. I wanted a real number though, so I googled it – cus google always knows. Google shocked me a little this time. (I got you a screen shot so you can be shocked too.) It claims that NINETY-TWO PERCENT of us will fail at keeping our new year’s resolutions. Whhhhatt??
As a collective, we are THAT poor at follow through?
It would seem so. (Interesting point here – I participate in an affiliate program for BestMark – a secret shopping company – that I used to get FREE oil changes for my car (before I got a VW) – and anyone can join as a secret shopper (check it out here if you’re interested). As of today, I have had 1044 people join BestMark and EIGHT people follow through with secret shops. Follow through is a problem.)
WHY is follow through such a problem?
I believe we have good intentions. I really do. Even if 92% of us are failing all over at follow through, I think there’s a good chance that close to 100% of us intend to follow through. We just don’t.
I’m willing to bet that for most of us, our problems with it are the same.
In general: life is busy, change is hard, and there are always more pressing matters to deal with than “what we want out of life”. The path of least resistance is the path that you’ve tread down really well over the years, and it’s comfortable and easy to stay on it.read more
I know it’s early… but I’m a planner. So Christmas is on my mind. And this year in particular I want to get Christmas gifts out of the way early. In December I’ll be doing the whole new baby thing, and I think leaving the house for shopping will be tricky at best.
So I’ve been thinking Christmas gifts, and I’ve been thinking kids. But because I’m me I’ve also been thinking intentional living and prioritizing and parenting (something I don’t know much about yet).
And it’s occurred to me that Christmas is a really great time to give your kids a few extra gifts. Gifts that really matter, and will continue to matter for the rest of their lives.read more
We haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet (but it’s coming here in Canada in just a week, so we’ve ALMOST had Thanksgiving), but I’ve been thinking lately about Christmas traditions. I think it’s because I know this year I’ll have JUST given birth to my first baby, and Christmas will be… different.
In an exciting way! (Ok, also in a scary way.) It’s easy for me to jump ahead of myself here, and start thinking about December. It’s sort of like… the start of my “new life” is coming, and the first thing that will happen in my “new life” will be Christmas.
Plus I just love Christmas and look forward to it for months anyway. I’m not allowing myself any sort of great expectations for our first Christmas with a baby… I imagine in reality it will be a very quiet Christmas, with us at home a lot and trying to get some sleep whenever possible. (I don’t even know if I’ll do too much decorating – because what goes up must come down. And I’m sure I won’t be feeling up to un-decorating a whole house just a few weeks postpartum.)
But anyhow, Christmas traditions have been on my mind. What sort of Christmas traditions will we develop as a new family – likely not this year… but over the coming years?read more
As much as I love love love Christmas, if I’m not careful it can really take a toll on two things I try hard to protect. My health and my bank account.
I always used to leave the Christmas season with a few extra pounds (and bad skin) and a few less dollars… and I know I’m not the only one.
When I was about 22 I figured out the secret to staying healthy and NOT gaining weight at Christmas (but that’s a story for another post)… it took me a little more time to take control of my Christmas spending.
But I think I’ve finally got it. No longer does Christmas make me cringe with the thought of how on earth we are ever going to justify the extra $1000+ we are gonna drop over the course of the month… because we know how to have a frugal Christmas (that’s still awesome.read more
I genuinely love buying Christmas gifts for my people. I love being able to spoil them or bless them in a way that I wouldn’t usually. I don’t go all out and by things for everyone I know – but my immediate family (husband, sister, parents, grandparents, nieces) is so much fun to buy for. There was a time when I never gave any thought to clutter free Christmas gifts.
But a few years ago my grandparents moved into town and we (well, mostly my mother) spent long long months cleaning out their farm. 50 years of stuff had to be sorted and boxed and donated or taken to the dump or prepared for auction.
If you know what 50 years of stuff looks like, it is pretty insane. For my family, the experience was life changing. We stopped to look around at all the stuff we were accumulating in our own homes, and we started to think about having less.
THAT Christmas, gift buying wasn’t quit as much fun. We seriously considered not doing gifts at all. But that made me a little sad, because I genuinely love buying Christmas gifts for my people.
It also made me sad to think that I would waste money on stuff that just sits around collecting dust and is eventually sent to the thrift store, (or even things that are enjoyed, but contribute to the never ending stream of clutter).read more
I genuinely love buying Christmas gifts for my people. I love being able to spoil them or bless them in a way that I wouldn’t usually. I don’t go all out and by things for everyone I know – but my immediate family (husband, sister, parents, grandparents, nieces) is so much fun to buy for.
At least, it’s usually fun. A few years ago my grandparents moved into town and we (well, mostly my mother) spent long long months cleaning out their farm. Literally 50 years of stuff had to be sorted and boxed and donated or taken to the dump or prepared for auction.
I don’t know if you know what 50 years of stuff looks like, but it is pretty unfathomable. For my family, the experience was life changing. We stopped to look around at all the stuff we were accumulating in our own homes, and we started to think about ways to have less.read more
I don’t know how I feel about blogging today.
I know I want to do it, I know I want to be successful at it. But I don’t know if I’m really cut out for it. There’s this aspect of putting yourself out there to be judged by every human in the world who has a pulse (and an internet connection) that is absolutely, completely and utterly, terrifying.
I have a freaking awesome group of bloggy friends, and last night our discussion revolved mostly around a comment left on one of Jamie’s (from Simple Living Mommy) posts. A BULLET JOURNAL POST. I just can’t quite get over it.read more
I only know vaguely what it was that first planted the idea of gratitude as a lifestyle (and not a fleeting action or feeling) in my head.
I had an accident when I was 21 and living with my parents. I had a just-slightly-more-than-minimum-wage job that bored me to no end. On my way to work one morning, in dense fog, my beautiful car was mushed into oblivion when a loaded oil tanker plowed into my driver’s side door at 90 kms/hr.
I woke up a few minutes later, with my mouth full of glass, pretty confused but defenitly alive. I walked away from the accident with nothing more than a concussion and some cuts (and, it turns out, a wrist that’s never been quite the same).
You’d think that the gratitude was a result of being not dead or even badly hurt, but you’d be wrong (I was young…).read more
I believe that living on purpose is creating a life and attitude that you will look back on and be happy with. It’s knowing who you are and what is important to you and then making the effort to live in tune with those things. It’s being brave enough to walk away from things that are easy, and put the effort into thing that are better.
For me, that means putting God first, putting effort into my marriage and creating strong relationships with my family and friends. It means attempting to be a good steward of the money and the things I am blessed with, and treating my body well. It means taking the time to enjoy this short life and prioritizing, carefully, the way I spend my time.
For you, it might mean living in a commune with like minded people, where you grow all your own food and take care of the earth. That’d be fine.read more