Hello friends, and happy Friday! It’s the first Feel Good Friday of the new decade, and I’ve got some great tidbits to share with you today to make your life better now. As we kick off a new year, so many of us make resolutions and aim to be our best selves, and I hope that some of today’s links, life hacks, and tips will help you do just that. Did you make any resolutions this year? I don’t make resolutions, per se, but we will get to that later in this post.
A Fun for the Family Game: Do your kids love to play Monopoly? Sawyer has long been a lover of Monopoly, and I just can’t stand playing it. It takes forever, and it’s just not my idea of fun. However, I play because that’s what we parents do. A couple of years ago I came across a card game version called Monopoly Deal. We put it away and forgot about it but we’ve been playing so many more games in our artillery ever since we initiated Monday family game night a couple of months ago. This past week we pulled it out to play and we all LOVE it! The box even advertises that you can play it in 15 minutes… that is my kids of Monopoly.
Setting Intentions: I talked about resolutions in my intro and asked if you had made any. I don’t make resolutions because they seem so absolute and I feel like I never succeed. Instead, I set intentions for the year that serve more as guidance on my way to self improvement. In the past, I’ve had so much more success using intentions versus resolutions because it shifts my mindset just enough, and on a day where I fall off the wagon, I simply remember my intention rather than just proclaiming myself a failure and giving up. In the past I’ve chosen a word of the year to help with my intention, and sometimes I have chosen a phrase or mantra to help keep me on my path. Three years ago I went with “Spend less, do more” and to be honest, I nailed it that year! I succeeded at pulling back on my spending, and we went on so many amazing family outings and the best vacation ever. Those things happened because I set my mind to it. I’ve been struggling a little bit this year with what intention to set, because I have a million goals… but I finally chose my word. Focus. I tend to stray easily from tasks at hand, or goals I am working towards… I’m like a raccoon easily taken off course by a shiny object. This year is all about focus… focus on my goals, on my work, on my family, and on my health.
Planner & Journal: If you’ve been reading my FGF posts for a while, then you know that I am a Rachel Hollis fangirl. One of my dreams is to attend a Rise business conference. Anyhow, whether you love her or don’t like her, she has some awesome ideas that truly help in chasing your dreams, and has a couple of products out there to help you on your journey. Chris gave me a couple of her Start Today journals for Christmas, and I treated myself to her planner. She even has helpful videos on her website to help guide you through her process… For someone like me who is not a natural when it comes to keeping a journal or planner, the videos were truly beneficial. I know you would think I would be someone who regularly journals, but I only started over the last few months. I always open the pages and struggle with what to say, so I really appreciate more guidance.
Podcast Episode Worth the Listen: You guys!!! Two of my favorites were together on one podcast episode, and it was so good that I didn’t want it to end! I wanted them to keep talking. Marie Forleo interviewed Tim Ferriss two years ago on her show which you can watch here or listen to as a podcast here. First of all, I had no idea that they were such great friends, let alone friends at all, and hearing them talk openly together was amazing. The episode is 90 minutes long, and I wanted it to keep going. In this episode, Tim discusses openly his bipolar depression, his helpful writing routine, his thoughts on marketing (which are genius and like nothing I had ever heard), and how he came to be such a believer in self-love. Typically when I listen to Tim, he’s interviewing someone else, or discussing intellectual topics, habits, or routines. Hearing him speak so candidly with Marie was beautiful, eye-opening, and inspiring. As soon as I finished the episode, I immediately sent the link to a friend. Oh, and by the way, he was there to discuss his book which had just come out, Tribe of Mentors, which actually features Marie in it. It’s been on my to-read list since it was first released, but this interview made it jump up several places in line!
Quick Easy Vegan Meal: Trader Joe’s opened here in Greensboro a couple of months ago, and Wilder and I head there every other week. I love to peruse the quick prepared frozen meals for something easy during the week and recently picked up their cauliflower gnocchi. It’s SO easy to make in a skillet, and I just add a little olive oil to mine because that’s how I prefer it. I had to check the package because I was certain I tasted cheese, but I was wrong… it’s delicious, healthy, and vegan. I went back and bought two more bags!
That is all I have for you this week, and I am not yet positive if I will have a post for you next Friday. I am traveling to the HGTV dream home next week, and I won’t get home until Thursday. However, when I do get back, I will have lots of fun things to share about the house. Have a wonderful weekend!