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New Year's Resolutions?

We often embrace the New Year as a chance to start a fresh, clean slate. Whether you want to incorporate working out into your week, eat healthier, increase your water intake, start a business, or even plan to travel more, the New Year is a time to set goals and work toward achieving them.
New Year’s resolutions can be a way to measure if goals were accomplished by the end of that year, and allows individuals to look forward to a newfound life or certain changes.

So, how are you doing with the resolutions you have set at the beginning of the month? Have you made any progress or changes that you can reflect on yet?
If your answer is no, then that is just fine. If your answer is yes, then great.

See, the thing about New Year’s resolutions is that people can become so consumed in the trend that it doesn’t actually work out for them. The beginning of a new year does not have to be a time for changes. You don’t have to set goals and feel bad about not doing so. Changes can be made and implemented at any given point, whenever you are ready. Working toward goals is a stride, not a sprint. It doesn’t matter when you set goals, it only matters that you do what is necessary to achieve them if you are serious about reaching them.

In the case of the New Year’s resolution overload, actions speak louder than words and if you have no resolutions at the beginning of 2018, it may be possible that there is a new you by the end of 2018. Personal growth happens constantly regardless if you plan it or not. There is a whole year ahead of you for things to fall into place and blossom…it just may be at a different time for you than it is for someone else. 

Stepping Back

Things are in full swing as we are all preparing for the holidays. Christmas shopping is underway, decorations are in progress, and you are brainstorming what your Christmas dinner will consist of, all the while tending to everyday life, duties and chores.
Whew! How do we do it? Such is life, right? We just keep on moving at 100 miles per hour without taking a moment to step on the break.
The holiday season should be about more than preparations. We spend weeks just planning for a day of celebration whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years. Of course, it is good to have a plan to make the flow a little more seamless, but do we ever get to just step back and embellish all that the holiday season is?
This time of year is about spending time with your loved ones, finding ways to give back, enjoying seasonal outings/ activities, and even finding time to relax, take a deep breath and do nothing.
So what are you waiting for?
Instead of planning your next shopping trip or strenuous task, think of things that you can do to break up the busy!
Here are 12 ideas that may allow you to do something festive and get into the true holiday spirit:

  1. Volunteer your time at a church, shelter or nonprofit organization
  2. Attend a live show at your local performing arts theater with friends or family
  3. Attend a Christmas parade
  4. Binge watch your favorite Christmas movies with a cup of hot cocoa, a warm blanket and your favorite snacks
  5. Bake for fun
  6. Read a book by the fire
  7. Go ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, or play in the snow
  8. Craft
  9. Find a Christmas caroling group to join
  10. Go to a Christmas market
  11. Take a cooking class
  12. Check your community newspaper or local forums for events and activities in your city
Have a safe, fun and happy holiday season! Find time to step back from the to-do list and enjoy!

Why you Should Thrift Shop for the Holidays and 10 Perfect Gifts to Thrift

#holidays #holidayshopping #ThriftinThroughTheHolidaysWe have arrived…
It is now that time of year where everyone is deep into the holiday shopping craze, searching for the perfect gifts. Shopping at major retailers is your recipe for long lines, busy roads, and going over that holiday budget you were so keen on sticking to. And sometimes—you still don’t find what it is you are looking for!
So, what can you do to make your holiday shopping a little more seamless? Go off of the beaten path. Thrift stores and consignment shops can make for the perfect gift finds. And it is not something you have to feel bad about. You can still find quality, name brand items that are unique and customizable for the people you are shopping for.
Make thrift shopping exactly that. Keep in mind who you are shopping for and what their style and preferences may be. If they like vintage or collectibles, then thrifting is the perfect choice when shopping for them. Are they asking for artwork, dishware or jewelry? If so, you have just saved yourself from an exhausting trip to the mall or retail hub in your area.
Oh, let’s not forget the best part! You will most likely be getting a bang for your buck when you thrift shop, which is overall great for you and your bank account. Keep in mind that when you thrift shop you are giving back to local shops, nonprofits or charities. So there you have it. It is a triple win when you are avoiding busy stores, saving money, and supporting good causes during the holiday season.
Check out this article “10 Great Gifts From the Thrift Store” to see if any of your gift requests fall on the list.

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