Christmas is almost here. And before we know it, it will be over. Another glorious December is coming to an end.
But you know when we’re stuck within that middle realm between Christmas & New Years Eve, where time stands still and you have no idea what to focus on, where to go, what to do…? Do I leave my tree up? How am I still full from Christmas? Are these leftovers still edible? (Yes. Yes, they are. Well, that’s always my answer.) When the heck is trash day? Is it Monday or Friday today? What day do the kids go back to school? Is there any chance they’ll take them earlier? When’s work? Is Wells Fargo going to forgive these charges or no?
Our minds are spinning with the remnants of 2019 and the beautiful memories made throughout the month of December, but it’s time to start thinking about the NEW YEAR. Although the spirit of Christmas is quickly coming to a close, we can look forward to a fresh & vibrant start to 2020. (Without Barbara Walters telling us it’s 20/20.)
If you’re anything like me, you use this opportunity, the newness, the clear 1/1 calendar day as a new chance to set goals for yourself. Maybe it’s your health, maybe it’s your business, maybe it’s your faith or your relationships. I like to make my own resolutions for all aspects of my life, but this year I’m taking charge and digging a little deeper.
Although your average lifestyle resolutions can make a healthier, wiser, more successful individual– I’m holding myself accountable and making changes that will not just benefit me individually, but everyone else around me. So, I’ll share with you what I’ve introduced to our team at Gulf State Homebuyers.
Here are a few guidelines that we plan to follow to get the most out of our 2020 and we hope you’ll join along:
- Unplug more. Remember that our children are led by example, so sending a text message while we yell for our kids to get off of their iPads is ADDING to the problem. Take more pictures that aren’t just for posting. Live in the moment instead of documenting them. Savor the smells. Encapsulate the snuggles. Embrace the NOW.
- Stop comparing and start embracing. It’s a waste of time, a blow to your motivation and an injustice to yourself and everything that you’ve worked for. You aren’t meant to be your neighbor, the girl at the gym, or your Facebook friend. You were given the life you have for a reason, so embrace it.
- Read one book a month (or two a month if you’re feeling feisty!) It’s as simple as that. We all have time, it’s about MANAGING that time, and the time we spend daily scrolling news feeds can be spent engaging our minds and diving into a good book.
- Be a girlfriend/boyfriend again. That’s right – not just a parent, not just a spouse, but a boyfriend/girlfriend again. Take your relationship back to the “dating” days and tap into the giddiness & butterflies & happiness that fueled your relationship in the first place. Don’t let every conversation with your significant other be about rules and jobs and responsibilities. Where’s the fun in that?
- Be a better friend. Lift them up, encourage their passions, listen to their bitching, know when to speak & relate or just to simply listen. One day, the day will come when your babies grow up, when all of the tiny fingerprints have disappeared from the surfaces of your home and you’re going to need that team of pals around you…
- Be ferociously grateful. Let go of the misconception of what you think life is SUPPOSED to be, so you can be grateful for what it actually IS. There is nothing better to fight off dark times (you know the ones: sadness, envy, depression, disillusionment) than sitting down and writing a list of the things you are truly grateful for. It is no coincidence that the Bible is filled with eloquent scripture asking you to count your blessings. Do it and watch the beauty of your own life unfold.
- Practice random kindness. Yes, the forever long “pay for the person in front of me” train at Chick fila is awesome and makes for a wonderful Facebook post, but I’m talking things that don’t have to involve money at all. Smile more. Speak to a classmate from your past instead of dodging them in Walmart. Check on your friends. Meet new friends. Start a conversation with a familiar stranger at the kid’s school. Thank someone. Make POSITIVE calls to the manager. Thank someone for their service. Compliment someone. It is a tiny task that takes nearly no time at all, yet you never know how badly someone may need it on that particular day.
- Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer. Don’t do it for recognition. Don’t do it because it’s required. Do it because you’re still practicing those random acts of kindness! Shortly after 2020 begins, January 20th rolls around. Which happens to be Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Coincidentally, I see that it’s also the National Day of Service, so it’s a great time to volunteer to clean up a park or help at an animal shelter. Go visit veterans and sign up for cancer walks. ANYTHING! And research shows that pitching in regularly can lead to less stress and lower blood pressure. So, use this day to jump start a longer-term personal commitment. Doing it as a team will boost employee morale and make everyone around you feel those warm and fuzzies. Who doesn’t want that?
Try one of these simple lifestyle tweaks each day, and you’ll not only jump start a healthier mind — you’ll feel fantastic and so psyched to make 2020 your best year ever. All of us are on board and 1000% behind you!