By Gail Stone.
Stop stewing and start doing. Take action TNT. Today, not tomorrow. - Denis Waitley
What a wonderful, simple concept as we anticipate, a sometimes challenging, holiday season which also includes preparing for the New Year and setting our New Year's Resolutions.
Though we've been taught that the holidays are a beautiful, joyful, loving time, this may not always be the case. What can you do to manifest a positive, upbeat holiday season, filled with love and happiness and gratitude? Perhaps, it can begin with the today, not tomorrow attitude! As you travel that path, you may encounter someone you decide to forgive. When you choose to forgive, instead of "stew," you can alter the course of what could have been a less-than-fulfilling holiday season to a life-affirming one, including renewed friendship. You have this power.
As for New Year's Resolutions, let's also apply the "today, not tomorrow" attitude here as well! Think of "more," "better" and "different." We know we can't reverse what's occurred, failure is our greatest lesson from which to learn. Do something different. Different at home or at work or anywhere, the possibilities are endless. Devise a plan to achieve what you want today, not tomorrow and start step by step and stay positive. You might ask, "Why would I succeed now, when I've failed time and time again?" You can accomplish this goal, or any goal, because you have clearly identified what you want and how you're going to achieve it. That's exciting -- now you have the tools to manifest your goals!
With this practical quote from Dennis Waitley -- one of the most listened-to voices on personal and career success -- I wish you a joyful, fulfilling holiday journey into 2015, taking ongoing action and the mindset of "today, not tomorrow!" Stewing does not lead to a more effective professional or personal life. Get started now!
Happy Holidays and an abundant New Year! Enjoy the ride!
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By Susan "Honey" Good
Reflecting on this week is not possible without thinking about the enormous impact Hurricane Harvey has had on our country. I am so inspired by the way that we, as a nation, have come together to support these individuals. Here are some beautiful stories that will surely make you feel proud of the human race. It's always nice to end your week feeling all warm and fuzzy inside!
In terms of things here at Honey Good, I started this week with the idea of the visibility of women my age. I was so disheartened when so many of my girlfriends said that they felt invisible, so I dedicated this post to explaining how I remain visible and how you can too!
Monday, I shared a story from some dear guest contributors, Billy and Akaisha Kaderli. They wrote about medical tourism, which is a fascinating topic, in my opinion. Generally, Medical Tourism refers to going elsewhere other than your own city or state to receive medical care. For example, people in the U.S. have been going out of their home state to Mayo Clinic or Cleveland Clinic for years, and no one thinks twice about it. Canadians will come to the U.S. for procedures perhaps because they don’t want to deal with long waits in their own home country or maybe they have other personal reasons.
By Susan "Honey" Good
Whew! What a week it has been, we discussed a wide range of topics, chatted live on Facebook and opened up a new giveaway.
One theme, I would say, for this week has been gratitude.
This week started on a bit of a somber yet grateful note, by reflecting on Shelly and my commitment to our pooch, Orchid. Caring for a dog diagnosed with ALS is no easy feat emotionally nor physically, but we are grateful that we have the opportunity to join forces to give her the best life possible despite this illness.
Speaking of gratitude, this week we also discussed incorporating gratitude into your life and all of its wonderful benefits including a stronger immune system and better quality of sleep. When times are tough, gratitude can be even tougher to practice, but I genuinely believe that there is always something to be grateful for, even if it is something small!
Summer and the heat zap the body and our energy. While those warm days lull us outdoors and into pools or the beach, the heat can easily be too much to handle. But there are more things to do when the mercury blasts upward than just swimming or lounging by the water. And, sometimes, even those waves or the pool’s clear waters don’t always feel great when the heat and the humidity are in full force.
The secret to enjoying the summer means knowing when to head indoors…and when to venture out. The hottest times—and most dangerous for the sun’s rays—occur from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beat the heat, and plan your outdoor activities around the peak sun hours.
Enjoy summer inside and out with a few summer suggestions:
Curious, I asked her what she meant. Did she have a new rock garden in her back yard? Has she been collecting some of the local semi-precious stones around Guatemala?
“No, nothing like that… Ever since Mom died my brother, his wife and I haven’t been getting along. They are sure that Mom squirreled away a fortune and they are spending theirs trying to find it. I’ve told them that there IS no fortune, but they are convinced and they think I am lying to cover up.
“So… these are the stones I carry around in my basket right now..."
By Susan "Honey" Good
In the English language, there are some things there are just not words for. Do you know what I mean, dear readers?
The feeling you get when you hold your first grandchild. A word to describe how excitement begins in the pit of your belly and bubbles up through your lungs before flinging itself out of your mouth as a gasp. Or, a word to describe the jittery feeling as you talk to someone you fancy? There are no words... or are there?
I so enjoyed this article that I recently happened upon, and so I had to share with you.
Words are so powerful.
There is a "trend" right now of quotes adorning everything from t-shirts to mugs to home decor to purses... and I love it!
What better way to keep oneself inspired than by surrounding yourself at home, work and play with words that move you, words that motivate you and words that matter.
Because words, even when we select the wrong ones, really make a difference. Just a friendly reminder to choose wisely, dear readers.
By Susan "Honey" Good
My life is a whirlwind. Is yours? I bet it is! Better yet, I hope it is... better for our lives to be too full than lacking, right?
And yet, I typically try to find time for me. It's imperative that each of us take the time to renew, to refill our vessels. For me, that might mean a long walk with Orchid or time spent well-wasted with girlfriends, or my best "girlfriend," Shelly, my ultimate concierge.