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Look Forward with Me: 2012

Hello my friends!  I hope this finds you happy, well and having a good day, wherever you are!

Have you looked back at the last month?  If so, did it go like you wanted?  Did you do the things you “resolved” to do?  If so, great job!  If not, it’s never too late to start!

How many times have you read something like that each year?  How many times have you wanted to do better?  be better? live better?  For me, every.  single.  year.  I’d make a lot of plans but nothing would come of them.   I’d get supplies but no projects would magically be done.  I had hopes and wishes and dreams and never did anything about them. I had to do lists and will do lists and gotta do lists everywhere!! Does that sound familiar?  2012 is different for me.  Want to know why?!?!

I have REACHED a goal!  *dances around in the falling confetti*

I was able to accomplish my bedroom *freshening* in January.  I realize that finally finishing a room in my home may not sound like much of a big deal to many of you.  It is a HUGE deal for me! I have reached a goal. I think the word “goal” intimidates us before we even start  I’ve learned that to make things happen in my life, I have to break my goals down to very small steps.  Each time I complete a step I get a sense of accomplishment and motivation to make another.  Make sense?

It doesn’t matter what area of our life we’re talking about either.  Home, relationships, health, food, these are all areas we have goals in, don’t we?  ”I want to be a better mother.”  ”I want to eat better.”  ”I want to take better care of myself.”  These are all things we have in common.  Each and every one of us have said those words (or something similar) at some point in our life.

A few months ago I made up my mind that this year would be different. I happened to read a post by Tobi Farley, a nationally acclaimed interior designer who happens to be local. Her post smacked me right in the face!  I’ll link to it at the bottom of this post.

I’ve faced challenges before and made it, so now I’m giving myself the challenges.  I’m taking the crap life throws out on my terms! lol  (that’s what I’m telling myself anyway!)

I’ve heard it takes 17 days to form a new habit. Or 21.  Or 30. Whatever.  It takes time. Diligence. Practice. Making yourself do it.  You know those things you do on autopilot everyday?  Brush your teeth, put clean clothes on, wake up your kids, feed the cat… those are all habits that either someone taught you or you trained yourself to do.  Why is it so hard to make a habit now?!?!  We’re adults, we’re rational (most of the time), we can see the big picture of what we want our life to be like.

Can you see the big picture?  I can and it scares me!

 

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If you can’t see the big picture yet, stop and think about it.  Pick up a pen and write about it.  Dream about it. Pray about it.  Decide what it would look like to you.  If you can see the big picture, write about it anyway.  My thoughts have a way of snowballing when I put pen to paper and I bet yours will too.  Get things out of your head and onto paper.  USE A PEN, not the computer.  It’s just not the same!  I challenge you to do this.  Do this one thing.  Put your goals, wishes, dreams and biggest hopes on paper!

 

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I hope many of you will read Dream a Little Dream in 2012 by Tobi Farley.  She is a great writer and motivator and I believe you will enjoy her story as much as I did!

 

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