Tuesday, January 6, 2015

How to Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions

I don't make New Year's resolutions.

Turning the calendar to a new year does not motivate me.

What motivates me to consider exercising more, eating better, or cleaning more is the end of the holiday season.

Besides, a year is too long to try to achieve a goal.

So how do you achieve your New Year's resolution (if you made one)?

Make the resolution smaller.

Would your resolution/goal be easier to achieve if it was only for a month? 

or a week?

or a day?

Break your big resolution/goal into smaller steps.

Want to lose 10 pounds this year?  That's less than one pound a month.  What do you need to do to achieve that?  Cut out 100 calories a day?  Exercise 15 more minutes per day?  

Doesn't that sound easier?

Is your goal to de-clutter or keep up with the cleaning?

Break it down to little tasks every day.  At the end of the year, you should see noticeable progress.

Did you set a new resolution or goal?

Every big goal, to be achieved, must be divided into smaller daily goals. 

 Make a daily resolution and at the end of the year, you will have achieved your New Year's resolution.

The hardest part of achieving your goal is implementing the steps to achieve it.
How do you implement your resolutions?


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

My Real World

I have been doing a series of posts for high school students called "Welcome to the Real World".  Some of you may have noticed that I did not post last week.

If you were eagerly anticipating the next post in the series, so sorry.  If, like me, you were  distracted by everything going on in your own 'real world', you understand.

I will continue the "Welcome to the Real World" series after the first of the year.

Last week I had just returned from a long week-end trip to my second daughter's Physician Assistant's graduation.  We are very proud of her hard work and determination to accomplish this.

Now, Christmas is upon us and I am getting ready for that.

As well as preparing for Christmas, I am planning my daughter's wedding that is in mid-January.  Details are coming together nicely.

As you can see, my 'real world, took over my 'blog world'. 
I hope that is true for you, too, at this time of year.

From our family to yours:  May you be richly blessed this Christmas as you focus on the reason for the season.  Enjoy your time with your family!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Welcome to the Real World, part 4

Credit card offers start filling the mailbox long before a student graduates college.

We discussed credit cards and how to use them this week.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Welcome to the Real World, part 3

What college will you attend and how will you pay for it? 

That is the question students addressed the third week of class.  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Welcome to the Real World, Part 2

Last week I introduced you to a co-op class I taught to high school students- 'Welcome to the Real World'.

The second lesson for the students was purchasing a car.

I introduced this lesson by asking the students, "What is the purpose of a vehicle?"

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Welcome to the Real World

financial decisions simulation

For many years our family has participated in a homeschool co-op.  I have taught a class at the co-op for as long as we have participated.  Often, coming up with an idea for a class is a bit of a challenge.

This past semester, I created and taught a class for high school students called Welcome to the Real World.

This was a simulation class that led students through college, career, and financial choices to determine how those choices might play out.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Reality Check

My high school senior has been very busy with college and scholarship applications as the early application deadlines approach.  I think he will be glad to be finished with them.  

He has also been diligent to write one blog post per week as part of his English assignment.  
Last week he was playing catch-up and wrote two posts on the same day.  Today, I would like to share those with you, for two reasons.

1.  The Opera? post just speaks the truth that most of us would like to say.
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