Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A New Year, a Fresh Start!

First off I would like to say Happy New Year and I hope it will be a good one for all of us. 

I have been reading a lot on social media sites where people say how bad 2015 was and that they can’t wait for it to end.  It seems people say the same thing around this time every year.  They complain about the health issues, or the money issues or family issues.  Just because the calendar turns from 2015 to 2016 doesn’t mean all those issues miraculously go away.

Health issues don’t clear up automatically on January 1, 2016, but you can take steps to have better health. 

  • If you want to drop a few pounds, set an attainable goal.  Instead having a goal of 30 pounds, start with a goal of 5 pounds, which is more achievable.  Take baby steps and pat yourself on the back when you accomplish those baby steps.
  • If you have been putting off visiting the doctor (or the dentist) and you know you should, make the appointment, just do it.  You will be glad you did once you take that first step.
  • If you do have an illness, learn all you can about it.  But get your advice from professionals.  You have to be careful what you read on the internet.  Joe Smith the maintenance man wouldn’t be my first choice for medical advice.

When it comes to money you can’t pull it out of the ground or pluck it from a tree, unfortunately.  

  • If you are in a position to save some money each month you should do that.  Even if it’s just $5 or $10, it will get you into the habit of saving.  A habit well worth starting.
  • Teach your kids the value of money.  They all want every toy or gadget they see, that’s how kids are.  I was taught the value of money at a very young age and I am glad I was.
  • Tax time is approaching and if you get money back in the form of a refund, pay down some of your debt instead of blowing it on things that aren’t necessary.

This is my last article for 2015.  I have enjoyed being part of “You’ve Been Reviewed”. I look forward to 2016 and all that it will bring.

I wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year!


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