"Close your eyes and imagine the BEST version of you possible. THAT'S who you really are. Let go of any part of you that doesn't believe it." - Chris Assad

If you’re like me, you’ve got some big plans for the new year! Or, you wish you did. At least that’s how I felt last year. It took me a while to figure out what I really wanted to do. I wanted something more than just creating another goal to accomplish. Something different than adding to the never ending to-do list. I wanted something that would continually inspire me. I wanted to make a real change that would connect to my heart and shift my life into greater fulfillment. I can proudly say I’ve accomplished that. . . and you can too!
Here’s how I did it:


#1 Decorate a journal.

Allow yourself to make something beautiful. Something, that when you look at it empowers you. I found the words I AM to be very helpful. Since my drawing skills are limited, I stuck with words. They are very powerful after all. Like Dr. Maya Angelou said,
“I believe that words are things. . . They stick on the walls. They go into the upholstery, they go into your clothes, and finally in to you.”
This is the same power behind vision boards and other manifesting tools. It’s great stuff and it really works, so I encourage you to give it a try.  
A helpful tip: You're more likely to use your journal if you love it. So take your time and make this what you want.  I added words slowly for about two weeks 'cuz life is busy and I wanted to pick words that were just right for me. Words that remind me of what I wanted to feel and become. You can see a picture of mine below.


#2 Create a to-do list to keep life fun

Allow yourself to write anything you want down. Anything at all. Don’t worry about the practicality of it or about accomplishing all of the to do list. Remember, this one is different. It’s okay to pick and choose the ones that make you feel good and let the rest go even after you've written them down. The point is they’ll still be there if you ever want to work on them. They'll still be there to cross off too if that's what you determine you want to do with them. You’re the boss here. Again, you can see a picture of my list below.
Funny fact: I haven’t accomplished the practical items on my list yet like learning to speak another language or play a musical instrument.  And, I'm not sure when I will. Life has been happy and full working on the other items on my list. It's about enjoying the journey.


#3 Schedule it.

Get at least one item from your fun list on your calendar & keep that appointment with yourself. No. Matter. What. Give the pleasure in your life the same amount of respect & attention that you give your work. You may not have the same amount of time to give it. After all, we all have busy lives and need to make a living, take care of our homes, etc.. But, changing the quality of attention you bring to your pleasure can change the experience you have with your pleasure itself and your overall satisfaction of life. So make it & yourself a priority and watch your joy rise!

One final rule with all this: BE FIRM & GENTLE WITH YOURSELF
Keep this journal in a place where you can see it everyday. Write, draw, paste whatever you want in it. Promise yourself to pick it up daily, or at least once a week. Get yourself into a routine. This is a place to keep what makes you YOU alive.

So, whaddya say? Will join the journey to unleashing your joy this year?
If so, share your pics & stories of your journals in the comments below or email me. I’d love to see them and cheer you on!

Here’s to enjoying your life & ALL GOOD THINGS my friends!


P.S. - You'll probably need some extra energy to keep you going on your dreams this year. Check back next week for All Good Things very first food addition - "Better Than Coffee!"

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