Planning for 2013

4 January 2013

As many of my readers know, I do not wait for the New Year to set my goals. Whenever I feel something in my life needs to change I get right on to it. After reading The Happiness Project over the summer, I began to further organize my schedule to include monthly goals, which led to solid habits over time. I find this is the easiest solution, and it makes all those long "Life To-Do Lists" seem manageable. Nevertheless, I am aware that many of you DO want a fresh start at the beginning of a new year, and I am always a proponent of positive change. I've decided to compile a few ideas and tips to help you on your way to a successful, and happy 2013.

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1. Create a list of goals for the year. Subdivide them into "easily attainable" and "long-term/6-12 months". The long term goals that require work, such as losing/putting on weight, should be started in January or as early as possible. For a task that's much more simple, like painting your nails fun colors once a week, you can begin to schedule in later once you've made eating healthy, and exercising, a solid habit. Main point: avoid starting your resolutions all at once, and instead slowly introduce them throughout the 12 months allotted to you.

2. Meditation. I noticed that once I stopped meditating every day I wasn't falling asleep as easily, and I genuinely missed the relaxed state it put me in. However, I also knew I wanted to learn more about mindfulness and meditation in order to experience it properly, and fine tune it to my body. My grandfather was kind enough to send me a couple courses on Buddhism and meditation to help jump start my path. I really recommend all of you to try meditating for 10 mins a day. Once that becomes easy, and you want a bigger challenge, begin to seek out classes, masters, and resources. You won't regret it! [I also plan on reading Super Brain, as I know it harps the benefits of meditation as well.]
3. Take more pictures. Seriously, you'd be surprised at how many memories are lost, because we don't document them in writing or photographs. The latter is easy with the advent of smart phones, so take advantage of it and create a visual journal to show your kids/grandkids/nieces & nephews one day. We are living in an age where technology is abundant, and our lives will forever be imprinted on the internet. It is both scary, and exciting, because the following generations will have a virtual copy of our life.

4. Challenge yourself. Is there something you want to do that you keep putting off? Just bite the bullet and do it. For example, I know traveling and starting a new hobby (without friends to join you) can be intimidating, but the rewards are so much greater than imaginable. Let go of the fear. Our mentor told us today that fear is one of the main reasons people don't pursue their dreams. Don't let it control you. Be cautious, but not fearful.

5. Smile more often. Laugh at least once a day. Make an effort to see the people you love; they are a priority. You will regret this once they've passed away. Be grateful of the family& friends in your life, and communicate this love to them regularly.

I hope you all have a fantastic 2013, and I wish you much success and happiness!



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  3. Lovely ideas! I'm definitely going to take more photos- always love to look back on special memories x

    1. It's one of the things I regret the most. Photo-taking is going to be a forced effort but I will be so thankful in 50 years.

  4. I love meditation, it really help! Yayy for pictures, for challenges and for 2013 ;)


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