Every year - since 2004 - my mom, sister and I have vacationed together in August. We call it the "Pea Pod Vacation" because there are three of us.
No matter what stage of life we were in, who we were dating, what job we were doing or what state we were living we always made certain to come together every year - just the three of us. These memories are very special to me.
Over the 16-years of vacationing together, we've done a lot of trial and error. Well, it finally seems that we have the science down. In this blog post, I will share with you the five key elements that make our vacation together a success in hopes they too will help you organize your next vacation.
I would like to introduce you to my new best friend - Woodrow. I think he is an Anatolian Shepherd and Australian Shepherd Mix, but the verdict is still out. If you read the blog post about how to create a Wheel of Life, then you know that one of my values is service. One of the ways I wanted to serve this year was to adopt a dog from a rescue, train it and eventually take him to nursing homes for visits.
It took me six-months to adopt a dog from the time I said I was "ready", until the time I welcomed Woodrow home. A dog is a 10+ year commitment. I did not want to rush the process. I wanted it to be stress-free and fun. It was both. As I reflect on the process, I concluded that preparing for a dog can be broken down into six steps. In this post, I will share with you six steps to organize yourself and your home for a dog.
A morning routine is one of the single most important structures you can have in place to create an organized life. Some of the most successful people in the world credit their success to their morning rituals. In 2015, Business Insider published an article on 12 highly influential people and how morning routines set them up for success. I figure if morning routines work for these well established folks, why not for someone like me, an "average joe." Morning routines costs nothing, but the returns on investment are huge.
In this post I will share with you:
How to use feelings to motivate you
Benefits of a morning routine
How to design your morning routine
A sneak peak at what my morning routine looks like
When I moved into my new home, post divorce, I had to start from scratch. The first item on the list - a bed and accessories. My theory on purchases and living has always been "quality over quantity" and "less is more." I like to buy the best quality I can afford (at the time) and keep the items for as long as I can.
When it came to the purchase of a bed and accessories, I wanted quality. I love to sleep. Truth be told, the older I get the harder it is to fall asleep and stay asleep but that topic is best left for another blog post.
Aside from quality, there was also a certain "look" I was trying to achieve. I want my home to feel like a day at the spa or a beach resort or a five-star hotel suite. I wanted to create this feeling of luxury in my bedroom.
After dozens of hours of research, I made my purchases and have absolutely no regrets. I was looking for the best quality I could find at the lowest expense possible. Here is what I came up with.
How are you feeling about going into the year 2020? New Year's Resolutions can be effective, but I encourage you to think of your life as a whole. You are a complete person. Each part of what makes you, you all works together to create a life you love. I created what I call my Wheel of Life. In this post I will show you how to create your own Wheel of Life.
The first step is to select your values. Those are your pieces. Psychology Today has an excellent list of values if you need inspiration. If you get stuck choosing your values, start with writing down statements or goals that are important to you. For example, I wrote down: I want to eat more nutritious foods and work out five times a week and take more relaxing baths. Later in the process, I realized that I could actually put all those goals under my self care piece of the pie.
After you have your pieces you can put action steps under each slice.