REBLOG: How To Set Mindful Goals For The New Year—And Achieve Them

Sharing this morning’s read from The Good Trade.

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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

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THINGS I LEARNED IN 2018

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Take it one day at a time.

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS GATHERINGS

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.

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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.

Looking for kids Christmas party ideas for a school party or something fun to do at home? These 25 ideas will get you started throwing a Christmas bash!

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.

Do you host Christmas Day Dinner?

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.

Winter driving essentials you need to bring on your next winter road trip

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DESIGN INSPIRATION

14 Skincare Products To Help Prep You For Winter | Glitter Guide

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Love the modern minimalism of this. Classic, chic, simply stated. #DesignInspiration #DesignIdeas #GraphicDesign #Branding #Design

Stitch Design Co . #design #packaging

Feeling peachy thanks to @caterinabianchinidesign. #smackbangdesignappreciation

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FRIDAY (INSTAGRAM) FINDS

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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PINTERESTING FINDS

Here’s what my thumbs been pinning to my Pinterest lately.

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GIFT WRAPPING INSPIRATION

Gifts are great. But, beautifully packaged gifts are even better! Why wouldn’t it bring a smile to your face to receive or GIVE a gift that looks like any of the below?

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☆P I N T E R E S T : @ellemartinez99☆

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