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Can I hear an amen?

Probably not, simply because this is one of the hardest thing to do for most of us. This has definitely been a challenge for me and it’s something I am focusing on becoming better at in 2014. The challenge this week is to question every purchase  you make and before walking to a store make a list of the things you need and tell yourself you will not deviate from that list. One final tip, give yourself a budget. Whether you are going into Target or Nordstrom walk in knowing that you only have X amount of money to spend.

Learn to choose well. In the long run it’s always worth paying a little more for a high quality item than to pay less for something you are going to have to keep replacing.

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And not just today but everyday.

As women sometimes ugly thoughts come into our heads and we tend to believe them. But do yourself a favor, when those thoughts come, stop what you are doing and begin to think about the things you like about yourself. Maybe you like your hair or the shape of your nails, don’t always focus on the big things. Little things matter too.

So today and everyday I hope you feel beautiful.

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DreamsDreams are great but they are not really useful if all they ever are are dreams.

Dreams are awesome when they turn into plans and plans turn into reality. This week I encourage you to stop saying “can’t” and instead say “I will” and turn all those dreams you have been storing in the back of your mind into plans. Life is too short to not see them come true.

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Find Joy

The goal for this week is to find joy in the ordinary.

Let the little things fill you with joy, that cup of joe you have every morning, the train ride to work (no matter how crowded it may be), the walk between the train and work. Take notice of your surroundings. Really take the time to enjoy those precious minutes before you start tackling your to-do list.

Spending some extra time enjoying the ordinary is what makes them extraordinary.