What are you going to leave behind?
Every year about this time, people start thinking about New Year's resolutions. There are all kinds of resolutions and ways to go about it. So if you're trying to decide if, or what type, of resolution to make, here are some ideas that might be helpful.
Many people contemplate decisions to live healthier, lose weight, spend more time with family and friends, or shop less and save more. But according to a recent survey, the top New Years resolution in the US this year is to “Enjoy life to the fullest”. (You can see the statistics in the chart above).
The survey was limited to the choices shown, which are fairly broad categories -- for example, "live a healthier lifestyle" could mean losing weight, quitting smoking and/or getting regular exercise. "Enjoy life to the fullest" could mean smiling more, appreciating what you have -- or the pursuit of material pleasures.
If the survey had offered an open ended option, they might have received responses such as:
Do you see a trend in this list? :)
Still not seeing one that fits? How about creating your resolutions from a reverse perspective -- deciding what you'd like to leave behind in 2015:
This could include:
Are you going to make a New Year's resolution? Got a suggestion for the list?
Please add your comments.
And Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
When Sophia or her sister Anne unwrap presents, you should grab a seat, because it will take a while.
In their family, wrapping to disguise the gift is almost as important as the gift itself. And on Christmas day, the family takes turns, examining and guessing what each gift is before they slowly unwrap it.
The goal is to guess correctly, then unwrap with the largest piece of wrapping paper intact.
So at the then of the day, they have a stack of reusable paper, a mound of crumpled paper and many boxes! In addition, this year, Anne ordered items from Amazon that came in oversized shipping boxes. Neither Anne or Sophia throw things away if they can use it for something, so they've come up with a few unique ideas.
If you are wondering what to do with all your boxes, here are their suggestions:
Use the boxes for:
Can you add to the list? If so, please comment.
The holidays are in full swing now. I'm always amazed when someone says they are all ready for Christmas and it's not even December 20th! Sometimes it's because they are super organized and started in September, but it may be they have a different perspective - maybe they just buy less.
It's fun to give gifts (and nice to receive them) but gifts aren't the only thing we can do to make our lives and those around us more pleasant or joyous. Think of it not as a day, but a season of continuous giving.
Little things can warm the heart and make someone's day:
Your attention if they've been wanting it
A hug (you might want to limit this to close friends and family)
Write a note to a loved one, expressing what you appreciate about them
Send a note to someone you've been meaning to get in touch with
Hold the door a little longer to keep it open for the next person
Let the harried woman with the little kid go in front of you in line
Let someone have the good parking space even though you got there first
Can you think of more? Please add them in the comments.
Why Books are Thoughtful Gifts
The holiday season is upon us and everywhere you turn you get bombarded with ads and jingles urging you to buy this electronic gizmo or that car (really) or some sort of jewelry.
But what if you'd like to give a gift that has imagination, humor or adventure (or all three)?
Buy a book!
Because books :
And here's way you can give back while your giving a gift. During December, I'll donate the proceeds of all books sold through Smashwords.com to the Nature Conservancy.
“Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside them, and it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world.” –Neil Gaiman
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