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We've reached the time of year when many New Year's resolutions have curled up on the couch and died a cheese-coated death. Don't get me wrong; I'm not here to judge. If you want to revel in chocolaty goodness in your fuzzy pants, I have no intention of getting in your way. But if all you need to stay on track is some encouragement, then I'm here to help!


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Sticking to your resolutions requires determination and motivation. Sometimes having a goal isn't enough; you need a reason for trying to achieve your goal. I'm a big fan of planning rewards for myself. If your resolution for the New Year is to get fit, then it's time to find a way to make exercising fun. If getting into shape was automatically a good time, it wouldn't be something you'd have to resolve to do, so give some thought to what you like to do and see if there's a way to make it a little more active. Do you love to read? Treat yourself to a new release or a trashy magazine and only let yourself read it on the stationary bike.


Eating healthy is a common resolution, but it's hard to stay committed when you get busy. Consider investing in a slow cooker, so you can make meals in advance, or a food dehydrator, so you can pack healthy snacks on your outdoor adventures (or in your lunch). Treat yourself to a bread machine and you can tackle healthy eating and saving money in one bold move.


What about taking care of clutter around the house? Not only is it distracting, but according to the rules of Feng Shui, it results in sluggish energy. Get some shelves. Add some storage to your closets. Get organized and get ready to move forward with your life. Clearing the clutter will clear your mind.


Whatever your goals are, remember to give yourself time to achieve them. Just because you haven't done it yet doesn't mean you won't. It's OK to reassess and try again in February (or March or June). Give yourself a break and then get to work! And while you're at it, tell me how you stay motivated. I could use the help!



Posted by Jessica Gezon

Jessica Gezon



Jan. 24, 2011 at 2:36 PM

I use bribery. IF I do this THEN I can have this. (Usually it's IF you work out every single day this week you can buy a couple of new songs online). Things like that keep me going.

Jan. 24, 2011 at 2:40 PM

I like to aim low and give myself week-long goals. For example, don't buy weird arts and craft projects that you will never finish for a whole week. That way it doesn't take a lot of commitment and I still get to feel good about myself. I've found that sometimes the week-long goals end up being less terrifying than I imagined and then I make them into two-week goals. Basically, I trick myself into doing the things I should be doing. You're welcome.

Jan. 24, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Sunshine is a great motivator. Ever notice how everyone does yard work on the 1st nice weekend in spring? Now if I just had a yard ... I like that little storage cart with the baskets; it would help organize laundry.

Jan. 24, 2011 at 2:50 PM

I motivate myself by working on one thing at a time. My craft room was a giant mess last week and needed to be organized, so I made myself put the scrapbooking stuff into bins before I tackled getting rid of all the old stuff in the desk. That way I cleaned it up a little at a time and didn't add to the mess.

Jan. 25, 2011 at 12:58 PM

For some reason, this January has been so busy that I haven't even been able to keep my house clean. The past few days I finally had to buckle down and organize the tissue paper and sweaters that have been decorating my living room for far too long. I think in a few months I'll feel more motivated to get some things done. Why the gods ask us to lose weight when it's cold out is beyond me. It's so much easier when you're allowed outdoors. Pandymarie-hahaha! I like your method!

Jan. 25, 2011 at 12:59 PM

I long for a Feng Shui home. I also long for things in general, which trumps my Feng Shui longings, and in the end I have a bunch of stuff and my energy isn't flowing, I fear.

Jan. 25, 2011 at 1:27 PM

I find a friend to be the most useful motivation. I like to come home and tell my husband how I successfully staved off the temptation to buy food and drink from the vending machines at work; he is, of course, very proud of me and I am more resolved to stay away from the vending machines. I also used to not like cooking because going out was easier and I didn't have to wash dishes. But now that I have someone to cook for and eat with, I am far less concerned about the infinite pile of dishes and more about enjoying dinner with my husband.

Jan. 26, 2011 at 4:28 AM

I really don't ned a motto to motivate me. I publish books and love it. I love to oil paint, and spin wool. If the world had no more blankets, I could make one if there was a sheep that could be lassoed. There is too much to do, like garden, can fruit and vegies, have lovely flowers grow, and love people to ever become bored. I give programs on how to do some things as well as speak as a published author of an unusual history in our country. I have written and give programs about the Melungeon Shantyboat People. River people used to congest our waterways many years ago. Most people in America know nothing of it. Life is good. I am blessed and I hope you are too.

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