December 29, 2015
Well, here we are at day 5 of these Joyful 2016 tips + challenges and I thought I’d shake things up a bit and just throw everything else I have at you! :)
I hope you have been enjoying this series and taking on the challenges wholeheartedly and are ready to make big and positive changes for 2016. I know I am, and like I say a lot, we’re all in this together, so lets be here to help each other through the mess!
Here are tips 5-7:
5. Exchange Fear for Faith. This is obviously a very tough thing to do. Currently, I have 2 BIG and I mean HUGE goals and dreams in my head that have been swimming around for months…but fear has stopped me from putting either one in motion. I’ve only told my husband what they are and while he believes they are REALLY out there, he’s been encouraging me, so a huge goal of mine in 2016 is to exchange this FEAR for FAITH, because God doesn’t give us talents and dreams to waste. Pray more, and exchange all of the fear you have in life in regards to dream chasing. This life is so short you guys — go after your dreams!
6. SIMPLIFY your life. I’ve been practicing this one for the last week and am already feeling TONS better. One of my BIGGEST goals in 2016 is to get more organized, simplify, have LESS stuff (which in turn I believe will give me more brain space), and donate everything you don’t need anymore. In the past week, I’ve been going through loads and loads of clothes. Anything I haven’t worn in the last season I could’ve worn it in, GOES! I’m currently stock piling trash bags full of clothes that need to go, and then I will be scheduling a pick up with Salvation Army! That’s right, you can schedule a pick up right from your computer, they come pick it up off of your door step/curb and you’re DONE! It’s that simple. You don’t have to load the stuff and take it anywhere! SIMPLIFY! Another tip to simplify: get rid of those telemarketers that call you non stop. I despise these calls but because I’m a business owner, I typically used to receive 2-5 calls A DAY. What a waste of time. Give yourself a favor and call 1-888-382-1222 to put yourself on the National Do Not Call registry! After just 31 days of being on the list, you won’t receive anymore telemarketer calls – BAM! Loving that one, haha!
7. Schedule at least one intentional moment a day. This one right here has been a tough one for me and I really hate that it has been! It seems so easy but its not always that way. For me, I want my intentional moment each day to revolve around my family. And when Kyle is gone for work, that intentional moment will always be to do something special with Aubree. It can be as simple as taking your child to the playground while taking a break from your day, reading them a book, playing ball inside if its raining, pulling out the paint if you’re feeling like giving them a more special moment, or intentionally scheduling dinner in for your family while all phones are turned off in the other room and the TV is off for some serious family time! You know what your intentional moments should be each day to life a fulfilling life, so schedule them! We put everything else on these calendars of ours — schedule the good stuff too! Bob Goff says ” the battle for our hearts are fought on the pages of our calendars” and it couldn’t be more true. Scheudle those intentional moments for whats important you guys — your heart will feel so whole.
Well you guys, thats it! That’s all I have for you for my Joyful 2016 Tips + Challenges! Which of course, the challenges are just YOU putting these things in place in your own lives to make 2016 more joyful. Have a tip you want to share with me? PLEASE DO! I would love if you dropped a comment in the box below letting me know how else I can simplify for 2016!
If you missed tips 1-4, you can read them here, here, here and here!
Cheers to a joyful 2016, with less of what makes your heart feel heavy and more of what makes your heart sing! Less fear, more faith. Less social media, more family time. Less emails, more time for yourself. Lets make it happen you guys — I’m cheering you on always!
Health and Happiness,
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