I love this time of year. I love reflecting on the past year and determining what it will take to make the next year better! Getting better, one day...one step at a time. Setting SMART goals (Specifiic, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) are on the top of my list! We have all heard the statistics regarding New Year's resolutions - I am sad to say that I have contributed to the numbers of failed attempts - year after year. I am contributing this year to the statistics on repeat goals.
If you keep a journal, this is a good time to go back through it and pick out those things that you can build on - those good ideas, the victories. Celebrate what went right, when you see that you were on the right track.
2. Remain positive.
I am more likely to be able to come up with a SMART goal when I am feeling good about things, and about myself. Again, celebrate the wins and use them as springboards into the future!
3. Express gratitude.
Research tells us that gratitude has a measurable affect on achieving our goals so it would seem that counting our blessings is a good way to start a great year. This year I started gratitude journaling - making lists of things I'm grateful for. This year, this is on my list of daily activities - a way to close every day.
4. Focus on the essentials.
Choose only the right things to get done. There are so many people out there thinking they have to do everything. We are not made for that. Saying no, is ok. Focus on those things that make you better, for your goals - for your family, your faith, your fitness, your fun.
5. Set goals that you can emotionally connect with.
How can I organize my work and my life to do the things that cause that same smile?”
6. Break it down.
Take those compelling goals and chunk them down into manageable pieces. You may want to categorized them. So that my goals are well rounded, I am setting goals in several areas: Family, Fun, Fitness, Faith (not necessarily in that order). Big goals - maybe one in each category. Smaller goals (quarterly) - no more than 6-7 in each category. and remember:
“Every day is an opportunity to move forward"
7. Say When.
Once you know what your goals are, and why. It's time to say when.
What gets scheduled gets done. Write them down on your calendar or a dry erase board... Schedule the time to work toward those goals, schedule time to evaluate.
8. Retreat. Abandon. Recharge.
I had a mentor who recommended Retreating daily, Abandoning Annually. Recharging monthly.
This is good practice. Taking time to recharge - get away from it all - will keep you energized for the work of moving forward consistently and getting where you want to go.
The art of unplugging for a time creates a margin in life - a place for unexpected life events, time for reconnecting with loved ones, time for remembering what is truly important.
We are all very different, unique. For some of us, goal setting is very exciting. For some of us - it is just more work that seems unnecessary. I have to say that I really have never met the person who does not have something that they want to do in life - and can get there accidentally on a consistent basis. It all takes some sort of planning. Find a way to make it fun. Vision boards are fun way to goal set.
Try some of these things in your dreaming about the next year. Share your tips in the comment section - making it purposeful doesn't mean that it can't be fun - get creative and try it out!
Get ready to have the Best Year Ever!
Wellness Advocate, BSN,RN
Top Three Essential Oils You Need: 99 Ways To Use Lavender, Lemon And Peppermint
There are so many amazing essential oils out there, but knowing which ones to start
with can be confusing! If this sounds familiar, then you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to introduce you to the three most popular essential oils from doTERRA that I always recommend; the Beginners Trio Kit of lavender, lemon and peppermint. I’m also going to share with you how to use them andhow to reap some fabulous benefits for you and your family. Remember that these are powerful oils and shouldn’t be applied without a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil. You can also use sweet almond oil or even olive oil. You can read more about using essential oils safely here.
Lavandula (common name lavender) is part of the mint family, Lamiaceae. Lavender flowers are usually purple, a colour associated with the crown chakra, for higher purpose and spiritual connectivity. This symbolism is so appropriate as lavender is often used for healing and. doTERRA source their lavender essential oil from Bulgaria where the sunny, dry Black Sea climate coupled with dry, well drained, sandy soils are ideal for this aromatic plant.
With a distinct aroma and countless applications, lavender essential oil has been used for centuries topically, internally and aromatically. Known for its sweet-floral aroma and calming properties, the major constituents of lavender oil include linalool and linalyl acetate. The versatile nature of this lovely oil make it a doTERRA favourite, and a must-have to keep on hand at all times.
33 Lavender Oil Uses And Benefits:
As my go-to Swiss Army knife essential oil, lavender is always in my holiday first-aid kit (read more here). Here’s a list of how to use lavender and some of the benefits:
Fun fact: it takes around 16 kilos of lavender flowers to produce just one 15ml bottle of lavender essential oil! If you’d like to learn more about the benefits and uses of lavender essential oil you can watch this video:
Have you tried any of these suggestions? What is your favourite way to use lavender?
doTERRA sources lemon essential oil from citrus orchards in Sicily, Italy. Through Co-Impact Sourcing®, doTERRA has provided a business opportunity for families who have grown lemon and bergamot for generations continue their family tradition of running an orchard. Clean, fresh, citrusy lemon essential oil is one of the most popular and versatile oils, with variety of uses and benefits, not just in the kitchen. The high limonene content makes it a powerful antioxidant and a cleansing agent so its deodorising and purifying properties are often used in cleaning and preservative products and diffusers. Lemon may also aid in digestion and support healthy respiratory function when taken internally.
33 Lemon Oil Uses And Benefits:
Fun fact: In one year, a single lemon tree has the potential to produce around 250kgs of lemons, and it typically takes around 45 lemons to fill a 15mL essential oil bottle. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits and uses of lemon essential oil you can watch this video:
Did you know about all the skincare applications for lemon essential oil? What are your favourite ways to use this lovely citrus oil in your home?
The peppermint plant is a versatile perennial herb that has been cherished since ancient times and is now used by cosmetic, culinary, and health industries around the world. It’s well known for its ability to help digestive health, promote healthy respiratory function, and provide flavour enhancement too. No wonder it’s one of doTERRA’s best-selling essential oils.
The main chemical component of peppermint is menthol which gives it the fresh and minty scent. It also makes it energising and invigorating, and is very cooling to the skin, and can be used topically to relieve feelings of tension.
33 Peppermint Oil Uses And Benefits:
Fun fact: Peppermint’s scientific name is Mentha piperita. In ancient Greek Mythology, Minthe (also known as Mentha), a nymph, was transformed by Queen Persephone into a sweet-smelling mint.
Have you ever used peppermint as a breathing aid? Or in recipes? How do you like to use it?
Post by: Tanya Maidment