Taking Action for a Break Out New Year!

We are all good at making new goals for a new year, for that is the easy part! But the hard part is, can we keep them or even achieve them?

Here are a few tips to get you started and keep you going for a break out year and a “new you”.

Tip #1: Prioritize your goals.
Select only one specific goal to work on at a time. The goal selected should be specific, realistic, measurable, and attainable within a set period of time.

Tip #2: If you fail to plan you plan to fail.

Tip #3: Create an action plan that involves writing down all the steps you will need to achieve this goal along with the necessary skills and resources. Find a trainer or someone to work with you on skills, set up your practice schedule, read about suggested techniques and vision yourself succeeding.

Tip #4: Daily action is the secret to success. Remember, being consistent with your daily action, no matter how small, is the key to achieving the success you seek. Make daily action a habit!

Tip #5: Set a target date and a time line for completing each step along the way to achieve this goal. (It takes 21 days to establish a new habit.)

Tip #6: Continue to practice and stay on track with your daily plan of action. Associate with people who can help keep you motivated and your dream alive.

Tip#7: Continue working on your goal even during the weekend.

Tip #8: Give yourself a small reward for each time you succeed in reaching the initial steps of your journey.

Tip #9: Whatever you dwell upon grows. Therefore, use visualization frequently to keep your focus to stay on target to your goals.

Tip #10: Don’t delay. Anything worth having is worth working on today!

Let me know how you are doing or if I can be of further help!
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Some Christmas Reminders

May the Christmas cheer remind you of Him who said, “Be of good cheer.”
May the Christmas trees remind you of another tree upon which He died for you.
May the Christmas carols remind you of the song the angels sang, “Glory to God in the
Highest.”
May the Christmas candles remind you of Him who is the “Light of the world.”
May the Christmas gifts remind you of God’s greatest gift, His only begotten Son.
May this Christmas season remind you in every way of Jesus Christ your King.

May you have a blessed Christmas and prosperous New Year!
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Thankful!

This is one powerful word. It is not to be taken lightly or used once a year. Instead, we need to recognize the blessings in our life each and every day. For every day is truly a gift from God.

According to recent research, exercising thankfulness can actually make you healthier by:
Improving your physical and emotional health
Boosting your immune system and increasing blood supply to our heart
Increasing your alertness, enthusiasm, and energy
Improving your sleep
Reducing stress and depression

May you have many joys and blessings to be thankful for today and all year through!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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The Secret to Living is Giving!

We are fast approaching the season for giving. According to John Mason, “The big problem is not the haves and have nots; it’s the give-nots. Giving is always the thermometer of our love towards others. People who give always receive. Selfishness continually ends in self-destruction.”

The beauty of giving is that it is a choice that truly can benefit the giver more than the receiver. I have learned that what ever good happens in your life is not so that you can keep it to yourself but to give to others! By doing just one good deed a day, it becomes a win-win situation for both the giver and the receiver.

Test it out! Give it a try and witness for yourself the benefits. And to all of you who are already givers, thank you for allowing your light to shine!

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Safety Tips for Halloween!

Halloween is only two days away. Here are a few safety reminders before going out:

DRIVING SAFETY…

Motorists traveling on Halloween night should remember that children are everywhere: streets, sidewalks, crosswalks and parking lots. You will need to be on the highest alert while driving. Many of the costumes children wear are dark and difficult to see, be sure to have your headlights on. Slow down if you see leaves on the ground, you never know where children may be hiding. Be alert at all times and please drive with caution.

ADVICE TO PARENTS…

. Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult.
. Know the route your children will be taking if you are not going with them.
. Set a curfew for children who are not being supervised by an adult.
. Explain to children the difference between tricks and vandalism.
. Safety is in numbers, older children should stay together in groups.
. Assure your child is not tempted to eat their “unchecked” treats. Provide them with a
good meal before they go out and give them some treats from home to place in their
pockets.
. Be careful about homemade treats or damaged wrappers.

COSTUME SAFETY…

. Costumes should be of bright material, visible in the dark or have reflective tape.
. Consider using face paint, masks can hinder a child’s visibility.
. If they do wear a mask, make sure it fits securely to allow good visibility.
. Wear a well fitted costume. Loose costumes may cause the child to trip and fall.
. Tape child’s name, address and telephone number to inside of costume.
. Do not allow sharp instruments to be used in costuming.

TRICK-OR-TREATING SAFETY…

. Carry a flash light.
. Walk on a sidewalk. If a sidewalk is not available, walk on the left side of the road
facing traffic.
. Avoid taking shortcuts across backyards or alleys.
. Stop at curbs.
. Look left, right and left again before crossing a street at a crosswalk or corner.
. Walk on well light streets.
. Obey all traffic signals and rules of the road.
. Trick-or-treat in well-known neighborhoods.
. Carry emergency change to make a telephone call if needed.
. Approach only homes that have their front porch light on.
. Accept treats only at the front door. Never enter the home of a stranger.
. Never eat treats before getting home. Allow your parents to inspect all candy first.

SECURE YOUR HOME…

. Prepare for trick-or-treaters by lighting the house well.
. Restrain dogs and other animals.
. Remove obstacles from the front yard.
-Give individually wrapped candy or treats.

Happy Halloween!
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Finishing the Year Strong!

It is hard to believe that we are in the middle of October with two months left to close this year. So how can you finish this year strong? And why is it important?

According to Richard Huseman, “Be driven by excellence. To be driven by excellence
so at the end of each day, each month, each year, and indeed at the end of life itself, we must ask one important question: Have we demanded enough of ourselves, and by our example, inspired those around us to put forth their best effort and achieve their greatest potential?”

Here are a few helpful tips to consider:

1. Take the time to seriously reflect on where you are, where you have been, and where you want to be.
2. Remember these two important words- yes and no.
3. Use these words wisely and do not spread yourself too thin trying to please everyone.
4. Have a strategy for going forward and staying focused.
5. Surround yourself with encouraging and supportive people.

And always remember, the best is yet to come!
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Raising Awareness for Education!

The latest information provided by Gateway to College National Network
states that, “Even with recent improvements to the national high school graduation rate,
over 7% of high school students drop out. It’s more sobering when we see that over 8%
of Latino students and a staggering 15% of African American students drop out of
high school. There are serious repercussions for these young people and for the
communities in which they live.”

According to the American Youth Policy Forum, a dropout earns $260,000 less than
a high school graduate over a lifetime. He/she is 3.5 times more likely to become
incarcerated, and much more likely to be chronically unemployed, be less healthy
and have a shorter lifespan.

Now for the good news! This can be prevented if parents take the time to understand
their role and responsibility to the child and provide the support and
encouragement needed to succeed. For, it takes a team to raise a child.

Therefore, I recommend the following:
T- Teachers teach and parents need to discipline, set boundaries, and goals for their child.
E- Education must be a priority in every home.
A- Attitude always determines altitude.
M- Match the child’s passion and interests with an action plan, and you will ignite his future!

And remember, Smart people talk about ideas,
Average people talk about events,
And small people talk about people!

What will dominate your family conversation?

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