Friday, January 4, 2013

13 ways to make life better in 2013

Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans, performed rousing spirituals at Noel Night in Detroit. Photo by Liz Cezat.
These “daily living tips” can apply to both your personal and professional life. I’m a bit rusty practicing some of these, but know they have the power to keep me grounded and also soar. I debated about whether to put this on my professional or personal blog, but decided on the former to give you a sense of who I am aside from being a writer and marketing consultant.
May this be a great year for you and those you are closest to. Here are my top 13 tips:
1.     Love. It’s the most important thing in life.
2.     Fix things that are broken. (Your relationship. Your car. Your computer. Your house. Your clothing. Your skis. You get the picture.) The more things are left broken, the harder they are to repair or replace – cost-wise and psychologically.
3.     Find your strengths and skills and apply them daily. It will give you a sense of accomplishment.
4.     Eat vegetables. It helps ward off disease.
5.     Find a sport or exercise that you like and do it regularly. I’ve been swimming three miles a week for nearly 30 years. A woman that I met at the fitness center has been running 20 miles a week for 25 years. Your exercise regimen doesn’t have to impress anyone, it just needs to make you feel good & stay fit.
6.     Pay attention to your money. I’m reading Suze Orman books so I don’t fear money management.
7.     When things get rough for you, help someone else. Let people know you are having a setback, so they can give you some support.
8.     Smile at a stranger. It will make you feel better, especially if they smile back.
9.     Motivate one another. A compliment. An attaboy. It empowers us to do our best. I’m writing this blog post because I was inspired by Scott Frangos, who gave me an endorsement for social media on LinkedIn.
10. Organize your office, your home, your closets, your car. You can find things faster and get rid of things that bog down your life.
11.  Plan something.  A party. A vacation. Lunch with a business associate. A seminar. It gives you something to look forward to.
12. Don’t over think anything. Perform an action that puts into practice what you are thinking.
13. Find a spiritual outlet. For me, it’s God. But it’s also nature. I pray the rosary for those who are sick or in need of prayers.
Let me know what you think of these and feel free to add some of your own.

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