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New Year Motivation

New Year Motivation

What is your New Year Motivation? Are you excited about the possibilities? Dreading another year of the grind? Looking forward to something always helps me to plan and appreciate everything that much more. There are many things that can motivate you. Find your new year motivation and start the year with a bang.

Positive Attitude

I know it sounds trite, but having a positive attitude really helps. If you think something is crappy, you are usually right. The same goes for expecting things to go well. Does it work all the time? No, of course not. But, having a positive outlook overall helps even when things don’t turn out the way you want them. Looking forward to something helps keep you focused on why you are working hard toward a goal. Look for your New Year motivation.


New Year Motivation GratitudeMy grandmother always kept a strong positive attitude, in spite of her debilitating arthritis. She greeted each day with a smile and prayer of thanks. Beginning a new year can be the signal to look forward to all the great possibilities that await you. Start with an attitude of gratitude and be motivated by being thankful.

Being gracious does not immediately bring to mind motivation. It is more likely thoughts of thankfulness and well-being. A gracious attitude can be motivating. Think how you feel when some one that you do a favor or other kind act is genuinely gracious. The truly appreciate what you have done for them and give you a sincere and heart-felt thank you. Does that not motivate you to go out and do another kind or gracious act?

More Motivation?

Check out Addicted to Success and 43 of the most popular motivation quote images. Or maybe you need a daily dose of good thoughts. Go to Darren Hardy’s site and sign up for Darren’s Daily.  Here are a few articles from Down Home Thoughts:

I would love to hear what gets you motivated. Or what keeps you from being motivated. Please leave your thoughts below. If you enjoyed the article or found it helpful, please share with your friends.

Familiar Newness Weekend coffee share

Familiar Newness and Weekend Coffee Share

Familiar Newness

If we were having coffee, I would tell about the new job, new city, new apartment and old friends. This short blog is let everyone know that I am still alive and blogging. Having crossed the one year anniversary of me blogging, I thought it appropriate that I get back to blogging. Since my last blog, we have moved half way across the country, started a new job, found a new apartment in a new city and started exploring. Met up with some old friends. There is a familiar newness about the whole place.

Once we get a little more settled and get our furniture from back east, I’ll work on getting caught up on pictures and stories. I might even get back to a regular schedule. Part of life is interruptions and learning to deal with those in a positive (or least not detrimental) fashion. As we look forward to the approaching holiday seasons, there is a familiar newness about it all.

Don’t forget to stop by Parttime Monster and link in your own coffee share story.

Cheerful Thoughts?

Cheerful Thoughts

Cheerful Thoughts

Are you a glass half full or half empty person?  Yes, you engineers are saying that you have 50% too much glass, bur really do you think cheerful thoughts? I don’t mean all the time. When you start feeling a little low or down about something, what do you do to cheer yourself up? I like to read. Almost anything will do, but science fiction is my favorite. Or maybe you like a cheerful quote?

There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament
– Henry Van Dyke   

Some other cheerful thoughts

cheerful thoughts of furry creaturesSometimes I like to find happy pictures for a bit of cheer. Like cute furry or feathered little creatures or a nice nature scene. Other times I like to find a friend and chat face to face. No email, texting, messaging, facebook, etc. just two people sitting across from each other and having a nice conversation. There may or may not be alcohol involved.Really it does not take much to cheer me up. I like the simple things of life and appreciate what I have. No matter where I am or what I have, I try really hard to be happy. This is one of the many traits that I owe to my grandmother. She was a very positive and uplifting person. That’s one of the other cheerful thoughts that  you can think about, your good memories. Happy cheerful memories of friends and family always help me have cheerful thoughts. Ice cream is good too or sometimes coffee!  Maybe you combine several at a time? What is your path to cheerful thoughts?

Make A Better World 39 Small Things You Can Do Every Day

39 Small Things You Can Do Every Day To Make A Better World (world in your hand map)

39 Small Things You Can Do Every Day To Make A Better World

Featured photo credit: World In Your Hands via stokpic.com

Make A Better World

We would all like to live in a kinder, greener, less stress-filled world, right? A world where our kids can thrive and be happy. But the world in general bogs down with real struggles against poverty, disease, crime, violence, environmental degradation, ignorance and so on, which forms much pain. How can we make a better world?

Anyone can complain, point fingers and shift blame for the problems that plague our world today, but it takes a difference maker to start a positive change in the world. It takes a better man or woman to acknowledge the issues in our world and take small steps toward making a positive difference.

Small actions done with care and a pure heart every day have tremendous value and can influence the world around you, as well as the world at large. While the contents of this list are not new, they bear repeating. Sometimes it takes a few reminders for things to sink in.

Here are 39 little things you can do every day to make a better world.

Say hello to people you meet on the streets. 80% of the people you meet are generally good, decent people

Picture of baby boy laughing

baby boy laughing

Laugh and give others the benefit of a doubt. You might be wrong, but so what? Laughter is contagious

Give free hugs. Apart from reducing stress and tension, it’s a gift that is immediately reciprocated and will make people feel great, even long after

Smile at the cashier, waiter, barista, parking ramp attendant etc., and ask them how they are doing. Everyone wants to feel love, connection and affection

Really listen to what people have to say (intently) without interrupting or waiting impatiently for your turn to speak

Find some aspect to appreciate in the people you meet and pass along compliments

Offer directions to people who seem lost

Support someone who’s striving for a goal with your money, advice, presence or other form of support

Babysit for free

Provide a foster home for an animal in need

Feed domestic animals and birds (if you have any) and give them enough water to drink

Water your plants, lawn and or garden early in the morning before any moisture is lost to evaporation

Leave treats out for pets, wildlife and other furry friends to enjoy, such as nuts for the squirrels, a salt lick for the deer or simply fill up the bird feeder

Be patient, kind and respectful to people who are older than you

Respect people’s property and don’t take it without permission, trespass or damage maliciously. Instead protect and keep it safe

Hold doors for people carrying heavy things, pushing strollers or just immediately behind you

Offer to return grocery carts for those who are leaving when you are going toward the store entrance

Refer your friends, family, relatives and or acquaintances to qualified service providers

Help a neighbor with a task, such as taking trash to the curb, raking extra leaves or running an errand

Share a special meal with those you care about

Create necessity packs and give them to those unsure of where their next meal or shelter is going to come from

Drive responsibly, making sure to obey stop lights, traffic rules and keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead

Give preference to pedestrians, motorists or other road users at intersections. The person behind you might not approve, but kindness starts with you

Offer your seat to someone who needs it

Read to the kids, the elderly and or the shut-ins

Donate what you don’t need in your house to shelters, the Salvation Army, or other institutions serving those in need

Let someone off the hook for a mistake or misdeed and see how it makes both of you feel

Save your recyclable trash till you find someplace to recycle them

make a better world think act save

Think Act Save to make a better world. image credit downthemeadow.com

Turn off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode. You can save 40 watt-hours per day

Turn off the lights and faucet when not in use

Turn on the oven only when you put the dish in to save energy. Don’t pre-heat the oven unless you are making bread or pastries of some sort

Use one less napkin a day. More than a billion pounds of napkins could be saved from landfills each year

Use both sides of paper, and set your printer’s default option to print double-sided (duplex printing). You’ll be saving many trees

Recycle your daily newspaper. Recycling just the Sunday papers would save more than half a million trees every week

Ban bath time! Take showers instead. Baths require almost twice as much water and inflate energy costs for heating the water

Brush without running the water. You’ll conserve up to five gallons per day if you stop running

Shower with your partner. Not only will you have made a wise choice for the environment, but you may notice some other pleasant… benefits

Take a shorter shower. Every two minutes you save on your shower can conserve more than ten gallons of water

Make art—paint, sculpt, sketch, write, compose music, create dance moves—whatever it is. Do it and finish it. It will add color to the world

Remember every person matters. Every person has a role to play to make a better world.

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