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Weekly Simplicity Tips

Welcome to this week’s issue of Weekly Simplicity Tips.

1. Bring food to a food kitchen.
2. Go sledding, skiing, hiking or skating.
3. Think of a good theme for next year, i.e. Joy, Health, Family, Peace.
4. Are there any projects you want to finish up before the new year, so you can start fresh?
5. Celebrate the New Year.
6. Update your address book with your Christmas cards.
7. Take a couple of hours to decompress and relax after the holidays.

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How far did you come in 2005?

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Beth Dargis

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In Chapter 11 of Comfort Secrets for Busy Women, Jennifer Louden tells us it is possible to make time for yourself. But only if you believe you deserve it. Either you create your life or someone else does it for you. Either you choose how you spend your time or others choose for you. Never forget your capacity to choose.

And you have to keep waking yourself up and reminding yourself of your fierce desire to choose your life.

A question she poses: If I could do or be or feel anything in the coming days, what would it be? For me the answer would be peaceful.

Weekly Simplicity Tips

Welcome to this week’s issue of Weekly Simplicity Tips.

1. Sit in quiet for 5 minutes.
2. Clean dining room to just good enough – not perfection.
3. Straighten, dust and vacuum living room and entry.
4. Are there any meal preparations you can do early?
5. Spray bathrooms and fluff the guest room. Let your family help.
6. Read the Night Before Christmas.
7. Enjoy your hard work.

2006 CALENDAR

Many of you have asked if there will be a 2006 calendar and the answer is yes. I will be finishing it up this week for you.

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Warmly,

Beth Dargis

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Kristen at Christian Working Mom’s blog posted a great question. I tried to post, but it wouldn’t let me. So I’ll just post it here and link to there.

Thanks for the great tips everyone. One thing I don’t do is bake. The kitchen is not my strong suit, so I try to stay out of it as much as possible during the holiday season. If I need anything baked, I go to the bakery. It’s easier just to admit what you aren’t good at and cross those expectations right off the list. My Mom and sister make gorgeous baked goods together, but I never wait for a card from my sister. Whereas I love putting on Its a Wonderful Life and writing out cards to reconnect to family and friends.

Life Coach, David Wood has his ‘Celebratory List’ for 2005 up and suggests we do the same. What did you learn, do, accomplish this past year?

http://www.life-coaching-resource.com/blog/life-business-blog.htm

A few of my highlights:

~ Helping my two kids get organized enough to get on the honor roll at school
~ Enjoying my relationship with my husband and having more date nights
~ Forging a wonderful mentoring relationship with my Kid’s Hope student
~ Creating alliances and helpful business partnerships
~ Exercising regularly all year
~ Selling 3 times as many courses as last year
~ Working through a few overwhelming times to come back to peace
~ Learning to make streaming audio
~ Updating my wardrobe and glasses
~ Moving from hard contacts to soft, making it through the adjustment period
~ No cavities all year
~ Visiting out of town family twice as often as last year
~ Writing, designing and finishing my Energy for Joy program
~ Giving twice as much money away
~ Setting up an automatic savings plan
~ Reading and learning through tons of books
~ Taking a regular quiet time throughout the year
~ Getting an article published in a print magazine

Weekly Simplicity Tips

Welcome to this week’s issue of Weekly Simplicity Tips.

1. Plan New Year’s Eve – make reservations, get decorations or plan a party.
2. Wrap presents with your family to holiday music.
3. Check that you have all your holiday clothes.
4. Do you have to make travel plans?
5. Purchase any presents you have left to get.
6. Take an evening drive to see the lights.
7. Finish wrapping any presents.

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Warmly,

Beth Dargis

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I am reading a lovely devotional called Preparing My Heart for Advent: A Spiritual Pilgrimage for the Christmas Season. In it Ann Marie Stewart asks a questions, “What is distracting you from Christmas joy and peace?” I contemplated that one for awhile.

In Romancing the Ordinary, Sarah Ban Breathnach shares the myth of the ‘Perfect Christmas’. We go crazy trying to create this perfect day and it never goes completely smooth.

Instead we can concentrate on meaning and enjoying Christmas with our senses. Simple things like simmering cinnamon and water in a crockpot for a delightful smell. 1 lovely nativity scene can be more meaningful and serene than a jumble of decorations. Your great grandma’s recipe for banket can connect you with family better than a whole plateful of different cookies. Better yet, make it with your sister or kids. Send Christmas cards early or in the New Year when you have more time to write and think. When it is less of a task and more of wanting to relate to other people.

This year don’t make perfection your goal, but rather peace and joy. How are you going to create peace and spread joy?

This past weekend my son was in a Lego League competition. They know something about creating energy. First they concentrate on supporting one another. Team Spirit is actually an aware category. The teams make and buy little souvenirs to give away – yarn puff balls where you give a strand whenever you see someone doing a good deed, pins, candy, little necklaces. Everyone clapped for everyone – no booing! At the end every person got a ribbon and every team got cheered for. How can you foster more team spirit in your home or work?

Next, they created tons of energy by stomping, rattling things, and shouting. A little pep up shout before you leave the car for work might do wonders.

Play rockin’ music. We had everything from ‘Twist and Shout’ to ‘Who Let the Dogs Out’ playing, but each made you want to get up and dance. And during lunch a band made of educators called the Rythym Chimps played. Teams were dancing and laughing. I love to play music while I work. I wear headphones so I don’t bug my sleeping husband.

And finally, use your mind. Think of problems as fun challenges to work through and fix instead of energy drainers to complain about.

Weekly Simplicity Tips

Welcome to this week’s issue of Weekly Simplicity Tips.

1. You don’t want to get sick right before the holidays, so take your vitamins.
2. Go on a winter or evening walk with your family.
3. Mail all your cards and out of state packages.
4. Watch a holiday video.
5. Where can you cut down on your holiday shopping?
6. Check that you have all your baking supplies.
7. Hang out at home.

Keep your eyes out for a Simple Annual Plan to be unveiled
soon.

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Warmly,

Beth Dargis

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