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Plan For a Healthier You: Part 2

I hope you have had a positive start to having a healthier year in 2015. If not, don't worry, you don't need to let the beginning of the year determine what the rest of the year will be like. If you have had a great start, congrats and let's make it even better with more tips as we look at your Lifestyle, Finances, and Personal Time.

What Lifestyle Do You Want?

Your lifestyle choices impact your priorities and time, and makes sure both of those things are being spent on the things most important to you. Too often, life throws us responsibilities that, although necessary, not what we prefer to spend our time on. And how we handle those responsibilities and obstacles has a lot to do with how we grew up watching our moms handle them. Let me give you an example:

It's no secret that chores and housecleaning consumes not only a lot of your time, but also a lot of your energy, two things moms could always use more of. I grew up in a household where both parents worked full-time jobs, and to add to it, there were three of us kids contributing more to the mess than to the cleaning. My mom was the one who handled all of the responsibilities that came with having a home and a family, as did her mom before her, and what that looked like to us kids was that she was always cleaning!

I remember, every Saturday morning she was scrubbing the bathrooms, vacuuming the bedrooms, dusting the family rooms. After dinner, we would all gather in the family room to watch a movie we rented and 10 minutes after it starts, she's left to clean the kitchen. Does this story sound a little too familiar?

Well what I know now is that what she really needed was to hire a house cleaning service. The amount of time, energy and stress she put into maintaining a clean house for our family of 5, would never out way the amount of TIME SHE WOULD GAIN, more ENERGY SHE WOULD HAVE and LESS STRESS IN HER LIFE by hiring an affordable, reliable and thorough house cleaning company. A lifestyle change many moms and dads would benefit from.

One of the best changes you can make to hit your financial goals in 2015 is for you to learn how to create a budget and stick to it.

One of my favorite quotes from Dave Ramsey is, "A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went."

Do you feel like you're living paycheck to paycheck? Does having any kind of savings seem impossible? Do you constantly find yourself stressing over unexpected expenses? For all these reason, you need to implement a budget in your life.

How much money you make is not what determines how well your money works for you, sticking to a budget does. Budget so that your money is working for you, instead of you working for money.

Check out more tips on budgeting from Dave Ramsey here.

Okay, I’ll admit, just saying "take more personal time" is a bit vague. Mostly because what defines "personal time" depends on the person. It can mean something different to everyone. And in some cases, it can even mean something different to the same person depending on their mood.

For example: My personal time might look like walking around the craft store, by myself, or, it could be having a girls night out to the movies with my best friend (without the kids), or it could even be uninterrupted sleep in the morning.

Personal time is something nice that you do for yourself without guilt. Let me say that again, WITHOUT GUILT. The purpose is to give you a break from all the demands and responsibilities you have with others and focus only on you, for fun, for relaxing, for meditating, for remembering that your needs are important too. Because when you are happy, it positively affects all other areas of your life and the people that are in it.

To summarize, health involves many different aspects of your life including your body, your habits, your lifestyle and more. Don’t try to make multiple changes at once to reach your goals, implement just one or two at a time, and you will be more likely to succeed. Here’s to a healthier you in 2015!

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