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Have a Windex-Fixes-All Kinda New Year!

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WINDEX FIXES ALL!

WINDEX FIXES ALL!O

If you saw Big Fat Greek Wedding, you know that Windex plays heavily in the  Greek home to fix all ills.  I do recall a lot of it at my grandparents house, so maybe they got a huge case of  it when they arrived dockside at Ellis Island back in 1906: “Hi, welcome to America: here’s your case of Windex–it fixes everything! ”

Wish I could fix all with one neat sweep!  Here are a few Quick Tips to tackle your New Year Resolutions /challenges in bite-sized pieces: 

1. CLARIFY your goals for the year. Make a bucket list of things important to you–not necessarily to everyone else. You will be more motivated when you’re passionately connected with your authentic goals.

2. COMMIT: GET A WITNESS!   Pick someone you consider a dream supporter, NOT a dream squasher! Ask them to ask you if you did that one task  by a certain deadline. Tell them your reward/consequence if you did or didn’t.  They can be on the celebration side if you did. Ask them to come up with a negative consequence if you don’t do the step.

3. CANCEL  clutter, things, activities…yes, even toxic people from your world. Renew your relationship with your “Delete” key and go on a ‘Delete Fest” with spam emails, unsubscribe to mailing lists, clear out duplicate files (digital and paper), stop going to those boring parties, meetings, events, and just say “no” to the vampire life-sucking people who hang on because you allow it.

4. CREATE the energy-building connections you crave. Be proactive. Stop waiting for opportunities to ride up on that white horse; make them happen-one step at a time.

5.  CONCENTRATE and REINFORCE your goals with obvious visual cues: signage on your desk,  PC, mirror, near your clock, etc.

6. CELEBRATE and ACCELERATE! Have your own Prize Closet. Stock it with things and outings to reward your diligence. Indulge yourself in  . something you’ve always wanted to do.  Some people have a guilty pleasure of just hiding away for a few precious minutes and reading.  You’d be surprised how a simple pleasure can really recharge your spirits.

Alright, now, go out there and use that WINDEX! You have at least 6 different squirts to choose from.  OPA!  2005-09-10 08.30.58

Enjoy the journey!

Kelli V.

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Happy ReNew Year!

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We're all just one Etch-a-Sketch shake from resetting our New Year!

“Less is More”

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”- Hans Hoffman

Welcome to the New Year, a time for new beginnings, fresh starts. I like to look at it as the lucky moment we all have to shake that giant Etch-a-Sketch tablet and reset our slates to a clean, fresh palette.

Consider rethinking how you interact with your world, your work, your relationships.
Love this quote by Willam Channing—it seems to help put it all into perspective for me:

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common – this is my symphony.” – William Emery Channing

It’s a great time to take stock of what’s working and what needs work in our lives.
Some areas need fine tuning and some need complete overhauls. Remember habits take a while to undo and redo. Go easy on yourself in the growing transition.

Declutter the corners that crave the most attention (in the way of negative, frustrating destractive energy zapping).
As Henry David Thoreau said, “Simplify, Simplify!”

Rethink all things that you allow to steal precious time, effort and energy from positive, productive directions. (This includes people, things, and activities)

Absorb a few ideas on how to rethink, renew, recharge….rinse, repeat! Choose a simple path and get started. Test drive it and see how it works. Fine tune and keep moving on the path. Don’t be afraid to discard the things that no longer serve your positive, productive purpose. Just get it started…and press on.

Enjoy the journey—it’s the only one we have!
Best wishes for your ReNewal Year! Kelli V.

Nothing is Something

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Zen Zone "Ahhhhhh"

Breathe in , breathe out...repeat

Zen Zone Japanese Gardens

Peaceful

Go ahead...go on through the door...Overload. Overwhelm. Overboard. Sometimes it’s good to just sit or take a walk to debrief the information overload we get each day. This is hard for us Type A’s, as many of us feel like we need to do, do, do something to accomplish our goals. An integral part of getting your stuff done involves the ability to step back and check your systems. Ask “What’s working?” and “What needs work?” or “What do I need to Stop/ Start/ or Continue to keep on track. Silence is golden. I took a peaceful lingering walk through a zen sculpture garden this past weekend. Usually it takes me awhile to come down from my high level of intensity to really enjoy my surroundings. The sun was warm, the breeze was cool…birds chirping…fountains gurgling…eventually, I found my peaceful zone. I was able to really think about some of the systems I have in place and make some mental notes on how to enhance them. Consider this a necessary maintenance routine…imagine trying to change the oil on your car while it’s still moving. You will have to pull over every once in while for a pit stop for progress.

Challenge Question: Ask “When can I schedule my zen zone this week? Can I put that on my weekly calendar from now on?”
Give it a try and pass it on!
Remember to enjoy the journey, Kelli V.