You’ve see the headlines:
New Year’s resolutions--why do they never seem to work? Most of the time we feel like failures or end up rolling over our goals into the next year.
I think we’ve got the wrong idea about New Year’s resolutions. Friends, a resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. Usually something that is voted on, something for which you’ve weighed the pros and cons. There is something finalizing about a resolution-a formal decision you’ve made.
HuffPost blogger Kayla Matthews talks a bit about why not to make resolutions, and I think she’s onto something when she says, “Make Goals When the Time is Right.”
It’s all about readiness for change. The right intentions, motivations, and circumstances have to be present for someone to really make a long-lasting change in their life. If you know losing 50 pounds isn’t realistic, take a baby step. A non-New Year’s resolutioner (yes, I made that term up) would say, “I am going to work at walking every day. I know I won’t some days, and it’s okay. It’s a big change for me, but I’m working up the courage to lose weight. This is my process and it is what works for me, with where I am, and with my current situation.”
Didn’t that feel better than listing a daunting bullet point: “Lose 50 lbs by 12/31/16.?”
Let’s allow for some wiggle room, because life is going to throw us curveballs and lemons and all sorts of miscellaneous headaches. We adapt, we cope, we work with it.
Now, of course goal setting is healthy! No is denying we should work at becoming better versions of ourselves. Some people thrive on rules and deadlines…but what happens when things don’t go quite as planned? Take care of yourself, however that looks for you. Be kind to yourself--I truly believe that is the best thing you can accomplish in 2016.
Cheers to a kinder 2016!
In three short days, the 2014 Olympics will come to an end. I don't know about you, but I am amazed with the athletes. They make it all look so easy. But we all know that it has taken them years of practice, lessons and patience to get to Sochi. Watch our twist on the magic of our office Olympics.
Friday is Valentine's Day and we have an easy DIY project to attach a photo or keepsake to a handwritten valentine. And the best part of it: all you need is a paper clip and three easy steps.
1. Start with the paper clip in this direction:
2. Bend middle of clip and push left-hand side upward.
3. Clip bottom tip over papers or pictures. Darling!
The heavy snow and in some places ice on top of snow can cause power outages. Here are some tips to help you survive and stay safe if you lose electricity:
. Include power outages in your family disaster plan. Know where to meet ahead of time because cell phones don't always work during an outage. Freaky, but true.
. Cash - make sure you have more than seven dollars in your wallet. Some restaurants may be open but it could be cash only. Seven dollars does not buy lunch for three people. Weird but true - some banks may not be open. Keep a hidden twenty or fifty dollar bill in your wallet so everyone can eat.
. Gas - make sure you have some. Gas stations rely on electricity to power the pumps. True fact - during a ice/snow event people will be lined up at the pumps like they did in the 70's. Very eerie.
. Turn off all light switches but one. Don't make it the one in your bedroom, unless you want to be woken at 4 a.m. when the power does turn back on.
. Flashlights need batteries. Enough said.
. Don't run a generator inside a home or garage (if you are lucky enough to have one). Use gas-powered generators outside only.
. Keep your phones and other essential electronic devises charged at all times. Do you know how long it takes to charge a cell phone in a car? A long time, trust me.
So, there you have it. A few thoughts to help you survive this crazy winter. And for me, a few glasses of a lovey wine from Tuscany helped me sleep through the night in a house with no electricity, water or heat. How many days till Spring?
With Super Bowl Sunday baring down on us, we wanted to share some of our favorite wing spots. According to the Wall Street Journal more than 1.25 billion wings will be consumed this Sunday. That's four per person for every man, woman and child living in the United States. Wow.
For those of you in Chicago here's our favorites:
1. Bird's Nest
2. Jake Melnick's Corner Tap
3. House of Wings
4. Wild Goose
1. Gators Wing Shack - Palatine
2. Palmer Place - La Grange
And for Minnesota we love:
1. Blue Door Pub
2. Hickory Hut
3. Spring Street Tavern
Where do you go for your favorite wings? If we didn't mention them, let us know and we can talk wings on Monday. Have a safe Super Bowl Sunday.
I don't know about you, but I am ready to skip town on this artic ridiculousness. 56 days to go - my heating system is on the blink for a second day in a row and I'm sick and tired of winter and being cold.
Since 56 days is a long time - I'm going to trick myself into thinking it's spring. I'm going to make my own container terrarium. No soil required, no dirt under my finger tips but maybe it'll take my mind off of the cold.
Winter is the perfect time to try your hand at air plants. Only 3 things required:
Terrarium - you can stop by your local craft store for a great selection.
Air plant - some nurseries are open all year. Check online for your nearest local store. They come in a variety of colors and they love warm air and regular moisture.
Spanish Moss - see above
And if you're not feeling like a DIY project, my local Lowe's sells a ready made air plant for $7.98 - now if I could just blink my eyes and make winter go away I would.
2. Improve Finances
4. Get new job
5. Eat healthier
6. Manage stress better
7. Stop smoking
8. Improve relationships
9. Stop procrastinating
10. Set aside time for self
What's on your list? Did the weather this past week stop you from starting? Let us know how you are doing? We would love to hear from you and we wish you success in making 2014 your greatest yet!
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