The last day of the year will be a buzz with talk of the past year’s best of, hottest this, latest that. And even more than that, everybody and their momma will be vowing a commitment to some act of self-improvement for the upcoming year. The infamous New Year’s Resolution. Good intentions, that most often fall by the wayside only to be regarded as lists of would’ve, could’ve, should’ve. If you’re looking for a new way to approach your outlook on the new year, try this instead. Take a moment for some silent self-reflection on the past year and use where you are today to get where you want to be tomorrow.

Today’s Top Five topic:  ‘Silent’ Self-Reflections on the Year Twenty-Ten

In a notebook or journal:

   Name something you discovered about yourself this year.

:    Identify how the discovery changed you, your behavior, or your perception on life.

:.   Write about whether a goal was accomplished with this new found discovery.

::   List what things you will need to do to maintain the discovery long-term.

::.  Explain the lesson learned through your discovery experience.

What you have just created is a successful roadmap for realistic and attainable achievements. Continue this process throughout the new year and you will realize your true resolutions.

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” — Maya Angelou

Happy New Year!



Despite the contrived imagery of Christmas, not everyone shares the same sentiment of the holiday season.  There are many people who suffer silently during this time of the year from anxiety, stress, depression, and grief.  Social interactions with others can be very difficult and can lead to isolation.  Make this Christmas more meaningful by releasing the demands of the holiday and focusing on family, spirituality, and goodwill.  Rethink your beliefs about what you have to do and the consequences of not doing what you believe you must do.

 Don’t disregard the holiday blues as “bah, humbug”.  Acknowledge the needs of those around you and be the difference in someone else’s life.

 Today’s Top Five topic: Random Acts of Kindness

.   Do away with past traditions that cause hardship

:   Reminisce with family and friends on loved ones who have passed or those who are afar

:.  Inspire someone with your acts of kindness

::  Prepare an extra serving of your favorite dish to share with a family in need

::. Give the gift of service: volunteer your time or donate to a cause

Happy holidays to you and your families.  May you continue to be blessed with peace, prosperity, and good health.




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