Saturday, January 14, 2017

Starting the Year Right




Today is a new day nestled within a new year.  Today is open to infinite possibilities.

What you do today may or may not affect your whole year.  It's totally up to you.

There are people who aren't fond of surprises and who live to make lists and lists of things they wish to accomplish.  There are those who just say "come what may" and just go with the flow.  Most of us are somewhere in between.






Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could assure yourself that by the end of this year, you'll become a new, improved version of you?  In a way, you can!
How?  By doing something right - today.
Starting the year right begins with the end in mind.






Ready?  Ok close your eyes.



STEP ONE:



Since God is the author of our lives, we begin and end with Him.  Let's say this prayer:

"Dear Lord, thank You for another year!  Thank You for all the blessings of the past year.  Thank You for Your loving care and protection.  I offer this year to You.  May I be at the center of Your will.  Grant me all the grace and courage I need to fulfil the mission You've created me for."

(Feel free to add to this prayer or just speak to God from the heart.)





STEP TWO:


Let's zoom far into the future to December 31st, 2017.

You're at your family Christmas eve dinner party and you happen to hear some people talking in the hallway.  You can't help but hear what the topic is all about.  It's YOU.   They are saying what you have meant to them this past year...  would they be saying good things or not so good things?



STEP THREE:


Write down the things you would want them to be saying about you.  For example, "I don't know how I could've gone through this year without [ INSERT YOUR NAME HERE].  He/she was really there for me."

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Write down as many "imagin-adjectives" you could.  You don't need to limit this exercise to family members. You can also "overhear" co-workers (for career goals) or friends.


Once you've done that, you're ready for STEP FOUR.




STEP FOUR:



Go over your list of adjectives and think of what actions you can do, to be a person with those traits.

Example:

1.  He/she was there for me.

Resolution - Action:
Spend time with my sister 1x a week.


The Resolution - Action must be quantifiable.  Do not put "often" or "sometimes" but rather, a specific time frame.




STEP FIVE:


Plot your calendar.  Pencil in time with your sister every week on your planner.


Be realistic.  Don't go overboard and spread yourself thin.  You can adjust your planner as you go along to make your goals and plans more doable.



Now you have concrete plans for the year ahead.  You won't just accidentally be better at being the person you want to be - you WILL BE that person!

Wishing you all the best this 2017!  God bless you!




Friday, January 13, 2017

5 Minute Calendar Crafts


Blessed New Year!!!
   

This 2017 promises to be another wonderful year!


Make it crafty!


I was thinking of how easy it would be if we just put together some easily accessible materials and made something charming to tell us what day it is.


Here are 3 simple ways to make a perennial calendar for your home or office.



CHALKBOARD BOTTLE CALENDAR

Materials: 
Thick Black Paper
White Chalk
3 Glass Bottles


How to:


1. Cut black paper into squares with sizes that are just right to fit inside the glass bottles.


2. Draw numbers on the black paper using chalk.  Make 1 to 12 for the months.  1-31 for the days and 1 piece with "2017" on it.  You can vary by making January into a word instead of a number.


3.  Drop the paper pieces inside the bottles and you're done!  Just change the months and days by dropping another piece of paper.  


*These make great decorations for parties as well!






PAPERCLIP PERENNIAL CALENDAR


Materials:
White Paper
Thick Paper
2 inch Circle Puncher
Small Hole Puncher


How to


1. Punch out 3 circles.


2. Lengthen and stretch out the paper clips to be able to attach the paper on it.


3. Assemble and hang on your magnet board or by itself on the wall. It's easy to change the months and days!







LAZY BOOK CALENDAR


Materials:
Old Thick Book
Construction Paper
Textured Paper
Black Brush Pen
Scissors


How to:


1. Cut the paper to size of the book cover and fold.


2. Write out the months and year on that piece of paper.


3.  Make 1 to 31 numbers on textured paper.


4. Let the book stand on an even, hard surface.  Then slide the number in using the pages of the book to hold it up.


*Mix and match the colors of your calendar!






Ok now get crackin'!  It won't take much of your time but the effort will be worth it.  You'll be organized in no time!  




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