Where in the world did 2013 go? Or as I called it, Twenty Bakers Doz. And now 2014 is upon us and I’m still unsure what clever name I’m going to call this new year. Did you make a big change in 2013? I certainly did and I’m really proud to say I came through alive, more cultured and knowing myself better. I saw a statement recently that said, Grow Through What You Go Through. Moving is something all of us do and it’s a big stressful event no matter how well prepared or excited you are for this change. I moved twice this last year which, in my personal opinion, is two times too many. But my new place is lovely and feels like the warmest hug from all my friends so I’ve been blessed. Now I don’t regret a single one of those cardboard moving boxes.
Congratulations if you’re in greener pastures now, too. For those of you who are looking to make a move in the upcoming months or year, a little preparation and budget making will make for a smooth move to come. Please keep hanging out with us for more ideas how to prep for upcoming moves, tips how to move more efficiently, and tricks to make your new house a home. We’d love to hear from you and would love to share any tips and tricks. We’re on Twitter and Facebook, reach out to us anytime.
Back to the end of the year though. Do you like to reflect on the last year and make plans for the next one as the dates change? Are you the resolution type of person? I tend to make resolutions year round instead of hyper-extending myself in the beginning of the year. Because, hey, every day is the first day of the rest of your life. This new year has a double effect of being a New Moon on January 1. Whether you believe in the validity of astrology, you cannot deny the moon’s powers over the earth. New Moon, New Year, New Beginnings, New Opportunities, New You. Resolution suggestions below.
- Read – Try reading a book a month or simply making a resolution to tackle a work you haven’t yet gotten to. Moby Dick or Infinite Jest.
- Get fit – If your goal is to run a marathon, then yes you should be making small incremental goals to be running more miles each week until your marathon date. But don’t say you want to lose fifty pounds. I would approach this one as “I want to eat healthier (not diet! Just healthy), enjoy what I eat and be comfortable in my own skin at any weight.” Yeah, son. Get it!
- Take a trip. Yes, yes, yes forever a thousand times. Taking a trip doesn’t have to mean you’re going to Abu Dhabi to buy gold out of a vending machine (real thing!). Be a tourist in your own town, learn some history and visit a place that is of cultural significance. Explore and relearn something you may have forgotten. John Mayer may be cheesy but you are a wonderland so exercise that brain.
- Get organized. Assess, purge, let go, free yourself from all the weight of the clutter that surrounds you. Start small, make monthly goals. Maybe start with disposing of all those credit card and auto insurance offers that come in the mail.
- Start a new hobby. You know what’s amazing? Being a whole person with likes and dislikes and interesting things to say. You can meet new and fun and amazing people this way and when you do, you’ll be a person with a whole interesting life you’ll be excited to invite them into.
- Live more in the moment. Travel more. Live the kindness mantra. Be kind, be kind, BE KIND. Remember, remember. Take off one accessory before leaving the house. But not the smile. A smile is the best accessory anyone can wear.
- Leave the past behind. Move with heart shining forward.
- Stop engaging in conversations that do not serve us. Forget small slights that do not change who I am. In the words of Mark Twain, Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.
- Participate more fully in a healthy work/life balance. We love all of our customers but we must also love ourselves and our families.
Every day is the first day of the rest of your life. Every day you and everybody else are going through a battle. So be kind. Be kind to yourself. And Happy New Year, friends! Let’s make it a great moving year together.