• As the New Year approaches it brings an air of inspired excitement; a renewed interest in things we have since forgotten. This fresh motivation can be used to help us accomplish the things we truly want to and reap the benefits of those achievements. There is no better time than now to begin planning your life with the use of constructive New Years Resolutions!

    As you set out to create yours, try to be balanced in your approach. Research suggests you are more likely to stick with a commitment if it has been made intentionally and rationally. Of course none of us intend to make an irrational goal, right? But its easy to do when we aren’t honest about our limitations, restrictions, or abilities. This causes us to make goals we fall short of leaving us discouraged and disappointed. But not this year!

    To insure you create the most helpful and constructive “New Years Resolutions” for 2016,  here are my “Top 4 Must Haves” to use as a framework. This will insure you yourself become better while also helping you serve those around you. As the years have taught us, caring for ourselves is rewarding but giving back to those less fortunate can offer an even deeper sense of fulfillment and purpose.

    1. Prioritize Health.

    You’ve been waiting your whole life to really take care of yourself – now is the time. From Mammograms to colonoscopy’s; physicals to changing medications – whatever it is that you may have been putting off – resolve to do it now. Learn about supplements, learn about whole eating, talk to your doctor about the concerns you’ve been having, put the care into yourself and don’t let anything stop you. 50 is the new 35 and no one can tell you otherwise! You should feel as good as you look.. and look as good as you feel.

    2. Stay Active.

    Fitness is an imperative part of your overall health. You may not be 25 anymore, but I guarantee you can do more than you think you can. Start slow but get started. Its so very important not to lose what you have. Maintaining muscle tone will keep your bones healthy! Your body will work for you and adapt in ways you may find surprising. Here are some excellent articles containing useful and simple tips for staying fit in your 50’s.

    http://www.webmd.com/women/guide/women-over-50-fitness-tips

    http://www.nextavenue.org/7-exercises-never-do-after-50/

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/446426-the-best-exercise-program-for-women-over-50/

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-krauss-whitbourne/fitness-8-exercise-tips-for-the-over-50_b_3287945.html

    3. Make Memories.

    There’s never been a better time to spend quality time with the people close to you. You can afford to take the time off now to focus on the things that are really important. Each day is a gift from God and should be treated as such. No one knows when their last day will be but when your in the second half of your life, that’s when priorities come into even sharper focus. If you have several grandchildren, spend some individual time with each.

    Take your daughter out to lunch, or take a walk with your son. Plan a trip with your husband even if its a day trip across town. Spend the time and make some memories. They are the substance of life.

    4. Give Back.

    At this point in your life you may have the most available time you’ve ever had to focus on others. Some people look back with regrets but you can look forward now with gratitude in your heart for all you’ve had the opportunity to accomplish and experience. There is no better way to memorialize your personal blessings than to bless those less fortunate around you. No matter how big or small your contribution may be, it is valuable and needed. If you are connected with a local church, inquire how you could help with an upcoming event. If you are associated with a local community program, find out what needs may be upcoming and offer you’re willing heart to do whats needed. I guarantee the smile on the faces around you will touch a special part of your heart that will reward you for years to come.

    May this next year be the best year, for you deserve nothing less.

    Kristin Sheffer

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    Article by: Kristin Sheffer

    Author, speaker, life coach, and owner of Simply Free LLC. www.simplysheffer.com

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