It's January! The streets (and internet) are a buzz with resolutions, power words goals and fitness! We are looking at how we can take better care of ourselves as well as others. That normally takes time or money. Both are resources that seem to be tight after a long holiday season. So how do you help the charities that are so near and dear to your heart? There are so many great causes out there, but we are often limited to helping one or two. Well, that is no longer the case! Two apps are here to help you give while you are doing other activities.
They are helping you multiply your time and that is a good thing!
Here at THLP we are all about simplifying and multiplying our efforts. Enter the Charity Miles and Donate a Photo apps! Each app allows you to support a charity of your choosing while already doing something that you normally do! Exercising and taking pictures!
How do they work?
I love new beginnings!
A new adventure energizes me and gets me excited for life. I get giddy just thinking about the possibility of a new beginning. What makes me even more excited than the actual new beginning is preparing for it! The week between Christmas and New Year’s is my JAM! I love all that it is. For me, it is the reflection of time past and the dreams of the future that gets me giddy.
A fresh start. Unlimited possibilities. #swoon
It is time to pick a word for the year!
I have a system that I go through and I thought I would share it with you incase you are not sure how people decide on their word/action, or you have chosen one that didn’t work well and you would like to “get it right” this year.
I have created a handy dandy printable for you so you can cozy up on the couch with your comfy socks, your favorite pen and a cup of something warm and delicious while you go through the exercise.
Steps to choosing your word or action for the year.
What do you want to focus on?
Are you looking for something to weave in every part of your life or are you considering something specific like your finances?
Why do you want to choose this action?
Is this something your friend is doing and you thought it would be great for you? Or did you hear about it on a news report and it sounds glamorous?
Does this have a positive feeling?
Negative feelings from the past aren't necessarily a bad thing if they fuel you to make positive changes. But losing weight because you have always hated your thighs may not be the positive motivation you will need to uphold the action needed.
How could this action affect your life?
Will you be changing jobs? How does that affect your drive time? Will you travel more?
Do you want to read a book a week? Then you will be carving out an hour or so a day to read. Does that mean you have to cut back on the amount of tv you watch?
Are you going to train for a marathon? When will you run? How much do the shoes, gear and race entry cost?
What are the potential positive results?
You will earn more money in a new job and you will be able to start saving for a rainy day or to take a vacation.
You will be able to travel the world through books or learn about an unlimited amount of topics.
You will be more fit, cross off a bucket item and make new friends through your training clubs.
What are the potential negative results?
You may have a longer commute and end up spending your new salary on a new car needed for the commute.
Your friends may spoil the ending if your favorite show.
You may need messages or physical therapy during training. Does your insurance cover this? What would the financial cost be?
Can you incorporate it into all the aspects of your life?
Home, Family, Marriage, Work, Mental, Spiritual & Physical Health
Do you have mental space for this action?
Does it require you to learn something new? Are you starting a new position at work, but want to also learn a new skill?
Do you have space in your calendar for this action?
Will it require time? What will I say “no” to in order to say “yes” to this?
Do you have the physical ability for this action?
Are you 4’11”, but want to be a professional basketball player?
Do you have the money for this action?
If not, where will you get it from?
What will it mean if you do not carry out this action?
Are others affected if you do not do this?
So tell me! Does your word hold up to the test?
This next part is like a pick your own adventure book.
If it does, congratulations!!!! Continue on and fill in the statement below.
If your word did not hold up to the test, look to see why it didn’t hold up and go through the process with a new word or action.
My word of action for this year is ________. I am excited for it to improve my _______ and I am okay to saying no to ________ in order to support my choice.
Write your statement out in several places (bathroom mirror, your planner, your phone, a sticky note on your computer) to keep it in the forefront of your mind!
I would LOVE to know what your word or action is.
Comment below or post your new statement on social media and tag us!