Declutter Your Life

So, with the New Year approaching, I always think about removing all the extra “stuff” I don’t need and having a fresh & clean start!! I know living in clutter is bad for your health- but having two young boys, it’s impossible not too!! So I make a promise to myself every year that I will try my best to keep up with the “mess” and not let it get out of hand..

Segment 21 was an awesome read about decluttering our lives!! It was all about taking a look at what surrounds us and if those things did not bring us happiness, it was time to let them go. This can be anything or anyone!! Sometimes we have to learn to say no to things in order to say yes to what’s important to us. Its a huge step toward acknowledging that our needs and our health matters!

Some ideas to help us take that step::

– Start small

– Take one room at a time

– Decide what to toss

– Apply the “One in, One out” philosophy

– Organize as you go through your stuff

– Practice clutter prevention

Hopefully I can apply some of these ideas and get a head start on my New Year clean up! 👍🏼

Banish Stress

Yes- it’s that time!! For me, holiday season is the most stressful time of year. You feel that you have to do certain things and fit all standards or else it’s just not right!!

I can totally be a stressed person all year round- I have two boys, I take care of my mom, and I help out with my family business! So my plate is pretty full!!

But for some reason- the holiday season brings a different type of stress!!

I just caught up in reading my personal development book, The Badass Life, and what a perfect segment I just read which was about dealing with stress!

Whether it’s stress because of actual happy events (a wedding, buying a house, having kids) or Chronic Stress (constant stressors like financial hardship, a job you hate, illness) – we need to try and focus on lowering our stress levels so we can stay healthy body and mind!!

Christmas Abbott gave some great strategies to help lessen stress::

Move your body

Breathe & relax

Eat right, stress less

Sleep away stress

Stop tweeting, texting, emailing

Watch what you drink at night

Grab a heavier blanket

Worry not

Sip tea

Change your response (my favorite)

These sound doable! Hope they help out!

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” William James

Good night! 💤

Quick Fix Meal

Happy Tuesday all!!

Here’s a really healthy meal thats super easy to put together when your on the go!!!

Enjoy!

Tuesday Transformation

What does your attitude say about you?

“The difference between having a good attitude or bad attitude can make or break your day- how you feel and perform- or even affect how your whole life turns out. Your attitude sets the atmosphere for your habits and work and affects how you feel and how you perform. It’s a positive tool for positive action. Your attitude reflects you.” Christmas Abbott

Here are some strategies for change::

~ Choose a good attitude

~ Protect your mind from any negative self-talk

~ Be a solution-side person

~ Stay in the moment

~ Smile often

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Wayne Dyer

Good Night!

Be Unstoppable

Wow! Another week has come and gone- the days go by so quickly, I feel like I can not keep up! Since we are in the holiday season, I am proud to say- I’m just about finished with all my holiday tasks! I only have gift wrapping to do!! Yay!

It feels amazing when we accomplish things- for me it’s such a relief!! I get so anxious just thinking about my list of things to do, and that is why I fight to get everything done!

So- here’s my motivational vibes I’m sending out to all of you for this new coming week!!! 🙌🏼

“Consistency means you’re unstoppable. You stay the course- no yo-yoing between virtuous salads and “screw it” cheesecakes in any given week, no working hard one or two days a week at something, then slouching on the couch the rest.”

Here are some strategies; if you want to be unstoppable:

* Take a day-by-day approach.

* Ask yourself the hard questions. Ex. (Do I want to be in a low paying job for the rest of my life?)

* Make your schedule nonnegotiable.

* Adopt a “Success” identity.

* Don’t beat yourself up over backsliding.

Christmas Abbott

I leave you with this to keep in your mind this week and all the new weeks approaching…..

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.”

Saint Jerome

Make it a December to remember!

New month, new goals! Let’s finish out this year with a Bang!! 💥

Here’s a little motivation to put in all your effort this month!

10 commandments of a full-effort badass….

1- I will remember that time is not a measurement of hard work.

2- I will follow through on my commitments.

3- I will work with passion.

4- I will make an effort to be courteous and kind.

5- I will put all my effort into going after me dreams, moving forward against obstacles, and leading from failure.

6- I will be motivated to learn and change for the better because I am worth the effort.

7- I will apply effort to my workouts, diet, and health.

8- I will not become complacent.

9- I will stay disciplined.

10- I will live with 100 percent integrity.

Written by Christmas Abbott

“Continuous effort- not strength or intelligence- is the key to unlocking potential.” Winston Churchill

Eliminate Excuses

“Do you ever wonder why, despite trying, you just aren’t getting the results you want in life? What’s holding you back? I bet it’s because your making excuses.” Christmas Abbott

🙋🏼‍♀️ Yup, that’s me! I do want things to work out for the best and I keep them in my mind consistently, but I’m never reaching those goals…. So, as I look back, I noticed that I have made some excuses to bypass the time… The author lists the top excuses that people generally use in life- and I am guilty of using four out of the five.. Wow!! Now that’s it been brought to my attention- I’m hoping to notice when it happens and correct it!!!

Here are the top excuses:

1) it’s not my fault

2) I don’t have time

3). I don’t have the money

4) I’m too tired

5) I’m too old

I’ve listed three of the excuses I use most- and I’ve thought of an action plan to steer away from using each of them! Time to reach some goals!! 👍🏼

Tuesday Thoughts…

Happy Tuesday all!

In conclusion to last night’s post, I read about a very effective way to kick unwanted habits!!

First of all, our consistent “bad habits” have a scientific twist to them… We all have a chemical called dopamine in our brain, which gets us hooked on everything.. We experience something that gives us pleasure like eating a piece of cake, some of that dopamine “makes a beeline to a region of your brain where memories are formed.” Now that memory is stored. Every time you are offered a piece of cake, you know it’s not good for you but your brain sends a signal saying, Eat it!!! Dopamine is the brain’s reward system.

So- why don’t we try to create positive habits and have a reward system in place to help you celebrate your achievements. A perfect way is to “celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution.”

Examples:

A new outfit, a new hairstyle, getting a manicure/pedicure, going to a concert, getting a new book to read.

Who doesn’t like treating themselves, especially if we generate positive habits towards others and for ourselves!

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a good start to their week! I had a busy day, but I am thankful I got lots done! I do have this horrible habit that I get super anxious when I have things I want to accomplish in a day- I tend to take it out in those around me as well.. Not a good thing!!

I read a new segment in my personal development book tonight that is a perfect message that I hope to digest and it may help some of you that are struggling with unwanted habits..

The key to changing habits is to make small changes day by day and hold yourself accountable.. Its called “Layer in change”

“The key is to evaluate which routine is the right prompt for your small, simple behavior. Maybe you need to drink more water everyday, but it’s not a habit for you yet. Try drinking water to meals and snacks. Every time you eat, have a tall glass of water. Eating is your prompt to drink more water. Prompts will be different for everyone, but the formula for your new behavior should complete the following sentence: When I (routine), I will (tiny behavior change). So layer in small changes everyday. Tie them to prompts. Little by little, as you do these things, you will start seeing progress. Once you experience a few small wins, taking bigger steps becomes easier.”

Have a great week!