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Hello December, Goodbye 2014. 10 things you need to do before 2015.

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Is it me or do years go by faster than they did when you were a kid? 2014…what a difference a year makes. There is no way in January you could have told me I would be where I am in December.

“Be totally open to go where life wants to take you”. -LaChaya Terry (Like this quote? Click here to tweet it)

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I don’t know one person who doesn’t look forward to the beginning of a new year. We see glimpse’s of new opportunities, renewed vision, and determination. Why do we limit these feelings to New Years when we have the same chance of newness every morning?

Today is December 1st, which means we have 31 days left in 2014. 31 days to use wisely. If you want 2015 to be a successful year. It doesn’t start on January 1 at midnight. It starts today.

“Your new year, starts today”-LaChaya Terry (click here to tweet this quote)

 

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Here are 10 things you need to do before 2015.

1. Plan, plan, plan. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin

2. Set you focus for the year. Many times we don’t complete our goals because we either set too many or not enough. In December, set a focus for your year and attempt to ensure that your big goals fit into a specific category.

3. Put an action plan in place. Write it down, create a special calendar, or utilize your reminders on your cellphone. Whatever you have to do to keep you on task in 2015. We can all have great vision and ideas, but if we don’t put a plan of action into place many times we end up doing nothing.

4. Get organized. While things are quiet in December, use this time to become more organized. Brush off those time management skills, this way in January you aren’t trying to figure it all out, but you are ready to hit the ground running.

5. Start working out now. We all know the gyms will be packed in January filled with people fulfilling their New Year resolutions. Get started now while the gym is empty from all the people who rather not work out during the holiday season. Put your plan in motion now and by January you will already be in your rhythm.

6. Ask someone to be your accountability partner. Find a partner to keep you encouraged, but also to keep you focused. It’s easy to get off track when you’re the only person who knows your to-do list.

7. Join 5 new groups on Facebook or subscribe to 5 new blogs that pertain to  your yearly focus.

8. Put your dream items on your Christmas list. Many times we tend to stick to items we want and shy away from items we need, but if in 2015 you plan on starting a business or working on your dream, a new sweater can wait. Don’t be afraid to put on your employee grab bag list or other Christmas lists planners, organizers, Go daddy or Legal Zoom gift cards. Your dream will thank you later.

9. Assign yourself at least one challenge in 2015 to disrupt your comfort zone. Take small baby steps of faith in 2015. Do something at least once in 2015 that totally terrifies you.

10. Spend time reflecting on 2014. What worked for you in 2014? What didn’t work? What were your successes or failures? All of these questions and more can help you do more of what worked and help you change habits or add new habits to make 2015 a successful one.

11. Bonus: What something you need to do in 2014 to ensure your success in 2015? Leave me a comment below!

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Jump Series: Take a dive (Part One)

2014-10-14 13.03.22Take a dive (verb): Taking a dive refers to purposefully losing a competition for personal gain (urban dictionary)

New Years Resolutions are a trip. You set them. You break them. You start over , look up and it’s December all over again. Jump. Jump was not a resolution at all, but one word. One word I would use to set the standard of my year. One word to push myself when I was fearful.

 

 

Jump further.
Jump higher.
Jump faster.
Jump when you’re tired.
Jump when you’re sore.
Whatever you do…don’t stop Jumping.

This is not a factious account of something I witnessed, but my personal account of what it means to jump into the sea of my fears, eyes filled with tears, anticipating the rush of water into my face as if this was my last adventure only to realize that I’m only getting started. Jump.

2014 has been a eye-opening year, I moved with my family to a new state, started a new job, and embraced a new reality with the people I love. Did I foresee this on December 31, 2013 when I boldly declared in January I was going to Jump? No! It’s funny how our plans are not our on plans and until this very day, I’m still in awe. In life there are decisions we have to make but the first decision is not putting limitations on our lives. We have to allow God to take us where his car drives us and be open to his direction. I took a dive. Was I in competition with someone? Not at all. I was in competition with myself. Competing to be the best version of myself. Competing to be an example to my daughters and to show them what sacrifice and faith looks like. With my eyes open wide…I jumped.

Stayed tuned for part two.

There are 65 days left in 2014. What areas in your life are you going to jump in? Leave me a comment!

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Creating New Possibilities: Part One

Happy New Year! I’m so amped about 2013!

I’m looking forward to change, growth, and all things new. You didn’t hear from me much in December and there is a reason behind it. It wasn’t because I was too busy or didn’t have anything to write, but taking time to grow, figuring out areas personally, and to trying to take it all in. Sometimes in life you have to take time to slow down and figure out where I’m going, what do I want, and why am I here. I realized how important my future is and I had to learn to allow myself time to grow if I wanted to continue to have value to add.

One of my personal goals for 2013 is to “Create Possibilities” for myself and through One Haute Mommi to inspire you to create new possibilities for yourselves.

Lets dig deeper into creating possibilities:

create (kriːˈeɪt)

1. to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.
2. to evolve from one’s own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention.

possible (ˈpɒsɪb ə l)
— adj
1. capable of existing, taking place, or proving true without contravention of any natural law
2. capable of being achieved: it is not possible to finish in three weeks
3. having potential or capabilities for favourable use or development.

So my definition of creating possibilities is to cause or to do everything possible to achieve positive results in your life. There are something’s in life where you wait for things to happen and other times you have to make things happen. In 2013, I want to creatively use every resource I have to ensure I have no reason to fail.

Every year, New Year’s resolutions are made and we run into one year while crawling out of another, but this year…..vow to change something. Sure, make a list and plan out your year, but if you truly want to make progress you have to change your habits and create new possibilities that wouldn’t normally be possible unless you change some ways you operate.

Some of you may be thinking where do I start? Do you say these things to yourself?

1. I need a new career, a total life makeover, or my marriage and relationships could use direction.
2. I need a change in my life.
3. I need to find my purpose.

You are not ALONE! There millions of people asking themselves those same questions, how many of them are working hard to answer them? Stay tuned for more on “Creating Possibilities”

New Year, New Possibilities!

L.T.