Tips For Living Life (January)
Definitely not Popsickles weather!
Thirty-one days to start fresh.
Carpé diem time.
If you resolved to make it through 2015, congratulations!
There are some more resolutions you can make for 2016, and these are guaranteed to make 2016 better than 2015!
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J Join a new group.
Your choice, but make it a new group. It can be a class, a church, a crafts/hobby/social/dance/political, or any other group of your choice. When you are mixed in with new people, horizons expand, friends multiply, learning and creativity blossom.
A Advertise something.
Your choice, but advertise an invitation. It can be to sell something you no longer need, but that is good enough for someone else to want. Perhaps you have a skill others might like to learn, advertise it. Start a social group around gardening, flowers, games like Bridge or Chess, quilting, a favorite service project for shut-ins, the elderly, or even music/singing/stamp collecting/travel/ investment.
N Plan your own "Night Out."
At least once this month (and more often if you like) plan going out for the night. The night out doewn't have to be expensive. It could be a walk when the moon is full. It could be taking in a hit movie, musical, concert, even a performance at the local high school, a basketball game, an evening program of vespers, a trip to the library to check out the new titles and take one home to read. Getting out is refreshing, recharging, and as good as home may be, the rest of the world is "out there."
U Unite with someone.
It doesn't have to be uniting with family or existing friends. You will do that anyway. Unite with someone from your past. Recontact a favorite former neighbor you just heard from at Christmas time. Make your contacts something more than just a "once a year at Christmas" relationship. Introduce two friends to each other. They both like you. Chances are they will like each other. Unite yourself with a group you admire, for example someone you know who exercises, someone who could use your stopping by, or your help.
A Amaze yourself.
Purposely reach beyond your own comfort zone and try something new. You don't know what you are missing, until you try something you always thought might be fun, but you never attempted. It doesn't have to be ice skating, or ballroom dancing. It could be volunteering at a senior center, stopping by an assisted living center at meal time and helping out, asking to volunteer at your local school. You could even take on a part time job, if your time permits.
R Renovate something.
Making something new again can give a lot of personal satisfaction. What is there just lying around, or stored away, that used to bring you some joy, or serve a useful purpose, that you could fix up, get repaired, organize, or (with a little effort) share with someone else? Renewing relationships can be joyful experiences, and resuming a useful skill you haven't made use of in too long a time can refresh the mind and bring you joy again.
Y Yield to the enticings of the spirit.
You know better than anyone else what it is that can make this month the best month of a great year ahead. Perhaps you have always wanted to X, Y, Z, but just never got around to it. Schedule it and do it. There may be things you know you need to get done, but keep putting off. Do them instead of just letting them fester. You know you will eventually do them, wipe that particular list clean and free yourself to do something more fun and pleasing to you.
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Every year has its own beginning. This particular month can set a new pattern for life in the months ahead. January is one of the seven longest months of the year. How you use its 31 days can be the start of a new life of adventure, optimism, and accomplishment. Why not plan now to make the most of them? The relevant saying is: "Failing to plan is planning to fail." Opportunity knocks. Open the door....and go out.
Don't be snowed in by inertia....try being snowed out for a change!
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