Make 2011 The Year of the Better You

January 03, 2011

By Katrice

There are so many simple things that we can do to improve our lives every day that if we make a few simple changes, monumental declarations may not even be necessary.

1. Forgive, forgive, forgive, forgive.
Every so often I feel compelled to tweet this or make it my Facebook status because I think we all need to be reminded not to harbor ill feelings. Grudges take up space in your heart and the things in your heart influence your mind. Imagine how freeing it is to not carry the weight of keeping a tally of everything that has been done to you.  

I promise, you'll be more interesting with each one you finish.

3. Donate.
It's nice to take the things that you are no longer using to the Goodwill or Salvation Army, but consider also making a financial donation to an organization or cause of your choice when you can afford it. There is always someone with a greater need than you. 

4. See more of your family.
It's easy to get caught in the rat race but time with your family is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself motivated and your priorities straight. To grow, you must have a solid foundation. 

5. Pay off a bill.
Set aside money to pay off a bill, if possible, and before you know it that extra money will really be extra. 

6. Give your time. 
Volunteering is a sure way to achieve balance in your life. It could be in an organized effort or singularly with someone you know who could benefit from your time and attention. I'm constantly reminded of the saying by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

7. Set some goals.
I bid farewell to 2010 racing the clock to maximize every single moment of the year. While it's always exciting to greet a new one, I have learned that each minute presents an opportunity to change my life the for the better. So, if you fall off the bandwagon with your resolutions, don't give up. You don't need a special occasion to become who you want to be.

8. Stop complaining. 
It takes the same amount of energy to think of the glass half empty as it does to think of the glass half full. 

9. Take a vacation.
According to, 49.4 million Americans are vacation deprived. American workers give back nearly $19.5 billion in unused vacation time to their employers each year. Even if you can't afford to go away, take time off to rejuvenate in your own neighborhood and city.

10. Put God first.
It's not at all cliche. It is certain that if you concern yourself most with being pleasing to God that everything else will fall into place. 

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  1. This list AFFIRMED most of my goals set for 2011. I am an advocate of self love and when you give of yourself, you are essentially loving yourself enough to expand your perception of your reality. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love this list...I will work on all of these in the upcoming year. Great Post!

  3. This just reminded me I didn't set my goals for the year...YIKES! Thanks for the reminder. :)


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