Christmas cups came out today…..

Starbucks came out with their Christmas Cups today!  Really?  My first instinct was to resist the thought of looking forward that far.  I want to live in this moment!  But my subconscious has been forcing my thoughts to Christmas and the end of 2012….and that 2013 is right around the corner.  Of course, there is much to do between now and the end of the year.  But I came across some of the resolutions I wrote about at the beginning of the year. I loved rereading this list. It helped me think of where I have progressed and where I have grown. It’s been a remarkable year for me already.  I have taken some big steps of faith and trust and God has provided.  I have made some connections that have brought me great insight and joy.  I am delighting in the fact that my family is now under one roof, now that my mom and niece have moved in with me.  I am so grateful that we got Elizabeth out of college and Andres soon to be. I am seeing momentum in the growth of the church launch and life and excited to see what is next.  After major transition in the ministry in Tijuana we are finding our groove. It was good to reflect. Just a glimpse and for just a moment. Now, on to tackle things that need to get done in the here and now!

Ok….now you can say, “Melissa, taking about New Years Resolutions.  Really?”

Here is a good list.  How are you doing? Do you have a favorite? Where have you grown? What do you have to add to the list?  Do so in the comments, if you are so inclined….

1. Believe the best about people. Make trust your default, not suspicion.
2. Be on time. Great leaders are rarely late.
3. Under promise and over deliver. Our tendency is to do the opposite.

4. Stop blaming people. Just stop. Your will start taking responsibility for yourself as a result.
5. Pray for your enemies. You will forgive them…and they will not be your enemies for long.
6. Review the week ahead on Sunday night for ten minutes. Monday won’t seem nearly as intimidating
7. Get up earlier. The early bird actually usually does get the worm.
8. Go to bed earlier. Stop falling asleep on the couch.

9. Read the bible. Read at least 3 verses of scripture every morning, more if you’re up to it.
10. Never say “I don’t have the time.” Instead, say “I’m not going to make the time.” It will change how you see time…and priorities.
11. Smile. Most people look moderately unhappy most of the time.

12. Clean your personal space. A clean desk, car or office makes you feel better about yourself.
13. Give 10%. Give away the first tenth of everything you make. You’ll be surprised at how liberating this is.
14. Pay cash (as in bills in your wallet) for discretionary items. You will spend less and save more.
15. Exercise. Enough said. Just get moving.
16. Do something for yourself everyday. People who care for themselves are better at caring for others.
17. Read outside your area of interest. Apps like Zite and Flipboard even make this so easy.
18. Automate what’s important. Schedule appointments with yourself for what matters. Automatically take savings and givings out of your bank accounts.

19. Serve somewhere. People who serve others live longer and are happier.

20. Show up prepared. Whether it’s a meeting or simply coming home, prepare yourself before you show up.

21. Play. Most of us have forgotten how to play. Rediscover it.

22. Do something creative everyday.

23. Notice … really see it, something beautiful every day. This is the old proverbial, “Stop to smell the roses.”  It will jolt you out of complacency.



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