If 2018 a really crappy year for you, then perhaps 2019 could be so much better.
Maybe you started 2018 feeling hopeful, but then reality set in, and suddenly you were in that dark place again.
Overwhelmed by everything that was happening, feeling stuck.
And now it’s 2019, and again, you’re feeling hopeful. You’re willing to try something new, but you just don’t know what it is.
I know what that’s like. 2018 sucked for me too. My dad passed away, my husband had a heart attack 6 weeks later, and not only were we worrying about his health, we were also worrying about finances too. And even at the end of the year, when we were starting to pick ourselves up, disaster struck again, and we spent some of Christmas Eve in a hospital.
But I KNOW 2019 is going to be better.
Because over the years I developed some habits that help me remain positive, even when it feels like the sky is falling in.
My 3 key habits are:
The Gratitude Habit
By practicing the gratitude habit each and every day, I have said thank you for all the blessings that have come into my life. I have so much to be grateful for that even when we weren’t sure if Christmas would be spent at home or in a hospital, I knew we’d get through.
Research has shown that practicing the gratitude habit for just 21 days has a significant effect on your levels of happiness that last for months after.
The Meditation Habit
By taking a few minutes each day to silence the monkey mind and clear it completely, its like re-booting a computer. Everything works better, I’m more calm, more relaxed and things that used to get to me, just don’t.
The Kindness Habit
By practicing the kindness habit, not just to others, but to myself too. Recognising when I start beating myself up over some little thing, and stepping in to stop it. Why do we sometimes treat the people we dislike better than ourselves?
These 3 habits were key for me getting through 2018.
This is why I wrote my Happy Habits Journal.
I knew that no matter what, my positive habits are what got me through a really crappy 2018, but I wanted to more than just get through.
In 2019 I want to positivity flourish and bloom. So I sat down and thought about all the tools I’ve used in the past, then put them in an order that gave the most benefits first. I now have 12 happy habits to work on.
I’m planning on being positive in 2019, and staying that way too. And my happy habits will make that possible
Take care for now
PS My Positivity Planner is still available on Amazon, but I’m going to retire it shortly.
My Happy Habits Journal is an undated version, and it is only £9.99.
I’ve created a free support group, My Positive Year, on Facebook where the is a small community of people working through the habits too. When you join, you’ll get:
=> a daily dose of positivity post
=> a weekly post asked if anyone would like some energy healing
=> a weekly post asking if anyone would like an angel or oracle card reading
=> a weekly post to check on you and offer help and support
I’ve made it as easy as I can to help you have an amazing 2019. I really hope that you make this small investment in yourself, and seek out the support that’s available to you.
It’s that time of the month, the time I reflect on last months goals and set new ones for this month. So here are my goals for September 2018. But first, to check in on August.
Reviewing August’s goals
Here’s how I got on:
Homeschooling. Reading is an ongoing process. We didn’t do as much as we should, mainly because it was too nice outside!. He did attend adventure camp, met up with other homeschooling families and visited heritage sites. He did his kiwico project on his own, building an automaton. We cleared dad’s room of furniture and have prepped the room for painting, but don’t have the funds yet to replace the carpet and get the furniture we want. So it’s still the kitchen table for us!.
Health. I’ve been working with a nutritionist and have got into the habit of having porridge with blueberries, flaxseed and mixed seeds each morning. I’m more conscious of when I’m thirsty so am drinking more water and I’m walking more. However, I’m still not in the habit of 3 meals/2 snacks a day.
Spirituality. I still haven’t completed the Angel Practitioner course but did completed the Meditation teachers course and am now qualified in this field.
Business goals. I have some gorgeous new business cards and finished off my daily dose of positivity emails and memes. This was a big project so I’m delighted to have seen it through. I’ve started posting the memes, but want to finish off my online shop before I send out the emails, as the first one includes a money off voucher. Dad’s garden room is almost cleared and I have a new desk, therapy table, book case and other bits now in the room. Just waiting for the funds to add a sofa and a second bookshelf, as the first one filled up rapidly! However, I haven’t started photographing things for the shop.
Money goals. I did write a letter to money and posted my limit of 10 items on eBay, and a few other things on Facebook. I didn’t do my own accounts, as I’m still dealing with my aunts and my dads estate.
Fun. We did go to the cinema and watched “Antman and the Wasp”. It was surprisingly good, and we totally enjoyed it.
Goals for September 2018
In keeping with previous months, I want to focus on these 6 areas:
This month we will:
- continue to focus on reading, working on Toe by Toe and reading at least one book and the two magazines he gets
- begin working on spelling.
- visit 2 heritage sites
- meet up with other homeschooling families
- do 4 science experiments
- cook a new recipe
- build his latest kiwico project plus something using knex or meccanno.
- begin using the key stage 3 books for each subject.
In addition, we will paint the room, get a new carpet down and set up my son’s study/my library room.
I want to continue working on my eating habits and increase my level of activity.
I’m starting my Bio Energy course this month, so will be focused on practiticing the skills learnt that weekend.
I also want to continue on the Angel Practitioners course.
I want to get the foundations of my business in place. To do this, I still have to:
- finish off my healing space so that it is useable
- get my online shops up and running
- create my 3 healing/coaching programmes
It’s time to send of last years tax return, pay any tax outstanding and get my accounts up to date.
I would also like to:
- write a letter to money for this month
- sign off on my aunts estate
- get probate send off on my dad’s estate
- get my dad’s camper van in my name
- look at the feasibility of buying a new house.
We are due to visit Taytopark with my husbands work.
We’ll also visit the cinema again and I’d like to read a book, just for fun. I love cozy mysteries and am currently reading the Agatha Christie Book Club series. I think Barbara Freethy has a new book out too.
As part my series on gratitude, I included 30 quotes on gratitude. But there are so many out there, so I’ve compiled 30 more.
30 More quotes on gratitude
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ~ Melody Beattie
“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude. ” ~ Brene Brown
“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. ” ~ Henry Ward Beecher
“The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.” ~ Henri Nouwen
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~ Marcel Proust
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ~ Epicurus
“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
“Always remember people who have helped you along the way, and don’t forget to lift someone up.” ~ Roy T. Bennett
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” ~ William Arthur Ward
“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.” ~ Brené Brown
“Those who have the ability to be grateful are the ones who have the ability to achieve greatness.” ~ Steve Maraboli
“Whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will increase in your life.” ~ Sanaya Roman
“Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift.” ~ Amit Ray
“I may not be where I want to be but I’m thankful for not being where I used to be.” ~ Habeeb Akande
“Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.” ~ John Ortberg
“If we want to keep the blessings of life coming to us, we must learn to be grateful for whatever is given.” ~ Harold Klemp
“Life is a web of intersections and choices. Your 1st choice is to recognize an intersection. Your 2nd choice is to be grateful for it.” ~ Ryan Lilly
“Gratitude and love are always multiplied when you give freely. It is an infinite source of contentment and prosperous energy.” ~ Jim Fargiano
“When you focus on gratitude, positive things flow in more readily, making you even more grateful.” ~ Lissa Rankin
“Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.” ~ Sanchita Pandey
“Embrace every new day with gratitude, hope and love.” ~ Lailah Gifty Akita
“Ask. Trust. Give thanks. Simple right?” ~ Dawn Gluskin
“Living in gratitude makes each day feel like a treasure.” ~ Akiroq Brost
“Being grateful all the time isn’t easy. But it’s when you feel least thankful that you are most in need of what gratitude can give you: perspective. Gratitude can transform any situation. It alters your vibration, moving you from negative energy to positive. It’s the quickest, easiest, most powerful way to effect change in your life—this I know for sure.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
“Negativity is contagious, gratitude is the antidote.” ~ Connie C. Perez
“Give forgiveness, give gifts, give gratitude, give love, give time, give joy, give tears, give hugs, give an ear, give a speech….Simply give.” ~ Jodi Aman
“Gratitude is not in words, but in the heart, which expresses it.” ~ Luffina Lourduraj
“Grace, goodness, and gratitude are the heartbeat of a life well lived.” ~Will Craig
“I choose to walk with gratitude, not envy; with faith, not worry; with confidence, not fear; with kindness, not anger.” ~ Charles F. Glassman
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