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12 Tips for 12 Months: To Remember Every Year

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12 Tips for 12 Months: To Remember Every Year
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” Maya Angelou
“To everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Remember: Autumn in Red by Tone via Pixdaus

In the scheme of things, every holiday season becomes a time for reflection and preparation for the next phase; a New Year, new resolutions, new plans for our lives and our loved ones. We take stock of what we have gained or lost, accomplished or abandoned and make promises to do more or better. Yet, I think we can develop an approach to welcoming each year that is life long, sustainable and attainable; an approach that is fluid, dynamic and not bound by the ticking of a clock or the numerical shift on a calendar.

Recently, I was reading a great guest blog post by James Chartrand of Men with Pens on Brian Clark’s popular blog – Copyblogger. The post titled “Get an Evergreen for Your Blog This Holiday Season,” was about writing content that people return to read again and again because the message remains timeless or “evergreen.” I concur. Each year we live on earth should be seen as a time to add richness and context to our lives – replenish our evergreen tree – as a way to hold the history of what came before. Of course, the operative word is to add to what we already have not toss it all out and start anew. A newer you is feasible if you add to your life story and enrich it…

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” Dr. Napoleon Hill

The World as We See it: Mundo Mandala by Susan Rovo

Let’s imagine then, how much more compelling our efforts to live a fulfilling life would be if we weren’t bogged down by unrealistic goals, deadlines, or wishful thinking triggered by that 12:00AM bubbly induced euphoria on any new year’s day. Quite often, when the guests leave and our fog lifts, we flash back to that now unsettling place/party we left a few hours before; a place littered with our empty promises. So before the guilt sets in, rest, take a leisurely bath, and get back to the business of honoring yourself and your long term commitments. You don’t need a new list of resolutions, goals, gimmicks or what-have-yous. Maintain an evergreen list that you can revisit and replenish as you continue to grow into the Best You!

My list of twelve tips to remember every year is designed to be explored as we reach for the sky. The tips are not rigid or set in a January to December fashion. Choose to honor them in your life in whichever order you fancy. If we view each tip as a positive affirmation, we will act with faith and confidence because a positive affirmation carries the seed of possibility that will attract good things to us.

As you choose a tip and act on its advice, you may ask yourself: What’s the goal here? Is it to learn to cook, run a marathon, conquer stress, stay in touch with friends, finish projects, write a book, learn a language, gain family time, make peace with the body you have, be the phenomenal you, be driven and ambitious, manifest your fairytale life or just simply be…? I would say just get out of your head and follow your heart.

“The journey is the reward.” Chinese Proverb

Each Year of Life: Closer to The Tip of the Iceberg ~ Blue Iceberg

Twelve (12) Tips for Twelve (12) Months:

I will add an explanation for these tips later so do come back… Meanwhile, remember to pause, breathe and trust that we are exactly where our beliefs/thoughts/reactions have led us. Great things can be created by a shift in our thinking. What do you think? What are your feelings about the yearly return to familiar holiday rituals? Do Share. Thank you!

Autumn in Red by Tone ~ via Pixdaus
Mundo Mandala by Susan Rovo ~ via Google Images
Blue Iceberg by National Geographic ~ via Google Images

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Cass Jones permalink
    15/12/2009 1:26 pm

    This is great! I like the way you set it up so we can pick any of those “R” keywords and practise it for the month or week or whatever. You really do a fine blog and I love coming to read it. How do you find your pictures and how do you come up with ideas every week?
    Keep going – success to you! 😉

    • 21/12/2009 1:14 am

      Thank you for visiting my blog. I find pictures through a wide range of sources. If you check out my photo credits you will see all of of my sources. I get ideas from daily life and my interactions with others. Sometimes, something I read will give me ideas or friends and family will ask or suggest ideas. It is a fluid process and the more I do it, the more I learn. Do you blog? Try it…

  2. Cass Jones permalink
    15/12/2009 1:27 pm

    Thank you!

  3. goz permalink
    16/12/2009 2:39 am

    One of your best posts yet, Liz!

    • 21/12/2009 1:10 am

      Thanks again for the feedback… much appreciated. Let me know what you think of the recent post.

  4. Rulett permalink
    28/01/2010 10:04 pm

    Sometimes it’s really that simple, isn’t it? I feel a little stupid for not thinking of this myself/earlier, though.

  5. TSwain permalink
    01/02/2010 2:04 pm

    There is obviously a lot to learn. There are some good points here.

  6. Bree permalink
    17/03/2010 1:24 pm

    I thought to look back at some of your posts and found this gem. Thank you and I love the one work idea.
    We can fill in our own experiences with each word each month. Great!

    • 20/12/2010 12:09 pm

      The original idea was not one word but once I posted it, it made sense to let it be … at least for now. Thank you 🙂

  7. 09/03/2012 11:09 pm

    it would all came back to the basics 🙂


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