New Year, NEW YOU!

01.06.16-IMAGE-Fortune cookieEven if you don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions, January is seen as a beginning – a time when a lot of people think about making changes.

Here are some ways, both inspirational and practical, to bring about positive change in your life in 2016:

Look Back and Celebrate You

This is the perfect time to reflect on your achievements. Too often, we focus on how much we have to do or what we could have done better. Start this new year by making a list of everything you accomplished in 2015. You will feel more positive about the coming year when you view yourself as capable and competent. Your successes can be big and small, internal and external. Each one brightened your day at the time and reviewing them will have you glowing with pride.

Give Your Home a Fresh Start

As you put away holiday decorations and replace them with photographs, plants, candles and other home décor items, take time to edit your “stuff”. Are the photos still relevant? Do some candles look old and tired? Make a few changes and give your home a fresh look. A couple of new cushions can update an aging sofa and a different shade can make a lamp look like new. The most important element of starting fresh is making sure that the things you have on display are things you really enjoy.

Out With the Old

Gifts and post-holiday purchases need space in your home – a place of their own. When you follow the one-in-one-out rule, you will have no problem putting away new treasures and keeping your home and your life streamlined and organized. Whether it’s a shirt, a book or a toaster — when a new item comes into your home, let go of an old one. Consider green alternatives — reduce, reuse, recycle! That way, you’ll be giving your things a new life, providing a gift to some who will use it and helping to care for the planet.

Here’s hoping 2016 is everything you’re hoping for
…and a whole lot more!