Sharing this morning’s read from The Good Trade.
This year, my whole idea of goal setting is changing. Here’s a look at how we can frame up new goals—and how we can actually achieve them this year.
Source: How To Set Mindful Goals For The New Year—And Achieve Them
Hello, 2019! I had the most wonderful time with family during the holidays. Now, it’s back to real life. I’m looking forward to new adventures, experiences, and moments.
I usually do a little reflection on the past year, as most do, in preparation for the new one. I learned a lot in 2018. I had some amazing moments which I’m so thankful for. I also faced some challenges which I am also thankful for. Each moment shapes us, informs us, and ultimately strengthens us. Here are a few things I learned in 2018:
You can’t do it all. That’s ok.
The more you own, the more that owns you.
Not everyone that says they want the best for you really does.
Being kind is more important than being right.
Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
Don’t take yourself so seriously.
Over-prepare, then go with the flow.
However good or bad a situation, it is temporary.
Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or joyful.
Take a deep breath.
Take it one day at a time.
It’s the day before Christmas Eve (can you believe it?!) and whether you’re staying home, hosting, or driving to see family here are a few things to consider in preparation for your celebration on Christmas day.
If you’re staying home …
Make Christmas Eve the most exciting night of the holiday season.
- Bundle up and take a little walk around the neighborhood. Christmas lights are always a wonderful sight.
- Make a delicious meal. It’s Christmas Eve after all!
- Get cozy and read the Christmas story together or watch a movie in front of the fireplace with hot chocolate or coffee.
- Open one gift before bed. Just one.
- Leave a note or cookies and milk for Santa or Baby Jesus.
- Once the kids are asleep, make sure Santa finds his way into the house, enjoys his snack, and sets out all the presents beneath the tree and in the stockings.
- Set your alarm so you’re up before the kids with the camera rolling to capture Christmas morning reactions! This will give you a head start on making breakfast as well.
If you’re hosting guests on Christmas Day…
a little pre-work can go a long way and help you enjoy the day as much as your guests.
- Put together appetizer platters and finger food trays ahead of time and save them in the fridge.
- For all recipes that must be prepared the day of, complete your grocery shopping and any time-consuming chopping or measuring ahead of time.
- Set the table and table decor the night before.
- Set out bedding and towels for any guests that will be staying over the next night.
If you’re driving to see family…
there’s a lot that can be done the day/night before to ensure a smooth ride.
- Pack luggage and load it into the car the day before if you can.
- Depending on how long of a trip you are making, think about packing snacks or fun games to keep antsy kids (and adults) entertained.
- Create a playlist or two.
- Gather all of the gifts you are planning on bringing along with you and be sure not to leave them behind when you leave.
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Looking for a little handmade gift this holiday season? Look no more. This simple peppermint body scrub is perfect for a spa night for you and/or a friend. Follow these simple steps from Because I’m Addicted.
DIY Peppermint Body Scrub
1 cup sugar
½ cup finely ground coffee
10- 15 drops peppermint essential oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup melted coconut oil
¼ cup olive oil
1. Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
2. Spoon into jars and enjoy!
Instagram may be one of my favorite social platforms. I love seeing beautiful, inspiring photos. Sometimes, I even read the captions that go along with the picture (;
Here are a few of my favorite finds this week.
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As I’ve mentioned before, I home (Florida) for the holidays and it makes me so incredibly happy. I love my family… hard. So, the fact that I get to be here for 18 days straight is the greatest gift I could ever receive. Bonus, my boyfriend is also here for an extended time which makes things even better.
Here are 10 things I’m looking forward to this holiday season.
Being home with family and loved ones
Putting up holiday decor
Eating delicious food
Getting scuba certified
Going to fave spots in Miami
Gift giving & wrapping presents
Being away from work
Celebrating the birth of Jesus
Being away from snow (Bye, Ohio…)
I hope your holiday season is magical and filled with happy moments. If you can open your doors to someone who may not be surrounded by loved ones, do it. I’m sure it would light up that person’s heart.
Here’s a little cheat sheet to print while you pack your carry-on.