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Who Ruined October?

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Who ruined October?  Who decided we needed to start our January resolutions in one of my favorite months of the year?  I have received several invitations to join end of year challenges!  Start the new year early and work on your goals now.  Work on the goals that failed in 2018 because time isn’t up.  Get a head start on the goals for 2019.  Really, it’s a lot of pressure.  And it’s fall. Who wants to think about goals?

I love fall.  I love long pants instead of shorts and heat instead of air conditioning. I love Macintosh apples that are crisp not soggy.  I love cuddling up with a cozy blanket or crocheting without sweating.  I love the smell of campfires and crisp, cool autumn air.  I love football and seasonal movies. And I love socks.  Yes, weird.  But I am happy to put away sandals and be allowed to wear socks, whether anklets, knee highs, or tights. I want to keep my feet warm, and my children forbid me to wear socks with my sandals.

I also love Halloween and Thanksgiving.  And fall holidays lead into Christmas, and the holidays are such a busy time.  So, why would anyone want to think about goals?

It is common to “begin” a new year in September; as a teacher, this is still my mental start of a new year.  And January, despite being the real start of a new year, does seem a somewhat artificial time to begin new things. And yet, some schools start in August, some in September, and some are year round.  So, what’s the point of beginning in October? Why do people offer challenges now?

Because.  We really should be working on the goals we have set continually, and it is easy to lose sight of them in the busyness of students returning to school, schedules getting tighter, and the days get shorter. It gets dark sooner.  The weather begins to cool, and hibernating sounds like a great idea.   But instead of hiding out all fall and winter, we need to re-evaluate goals and make sure we aren’t coasting. We need to find balance. We need to enjoy life and accomplish goals.

So, I encourage you to enjoy October.  But I also encourage you to drag out that January goal list, dust it off, and see if you can finish one or two things you planned to do so they can be checked off as done!

Think about how good it will feel when you are taking a walk at dusk on a cool fall evening to know that your goal list is nearing completion.

There will be time for those new goals in January. . . or next October.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR A NEW YEAR

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New Year’s Resolutions, do you make them or not?  I suspect we all make some mental resolutions, whether we call them that or not.  But making a mental resolution usually doesn’t produce results.  No matter what your goals for 2018, I encourage you to do some things to make it more likely you’ll achieve them.

  1. Write down your goals. A dream without a plan is just a wish. Fail to plan, plan to fail.   We’ve all heard these quotes/proverbs, and they are ubiquitous on the web at this time of year. But they are true.  People who write down their goals are 80% more likely to achieve them.
  2. Make them specific and measurable. Don’t just say I’m going to exercise more.  Say, I will exercise 3 days a week on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 4:00 p.m. for 30 minutes each time.  Then, WRITE IT ON YOUR CALENDAR as a non-negotiable.
  3. Share your goals with someone. We all need to be held accountable.  If we never tell anyone our goals, then we can easily make excuses when we don’t work on them or don’t achieve them.  If you can share them with one or two specific people who will be your accountability partners, that’s even better.
  4. Stay positive. Negative self-talk will defeat you.  There is power in words, so keep your words positive.  Say, “I will achieve this goal,” not “I don’t know if I can do it, but I’ll try.”  Doesn’t that bring to mind another saying. . . “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”  (Yoda)
  5. Choose #onelittleword – Once you have written down your 2018 goals, see if you can find commonality. And then choose One Little Word.  Use one little word as a way to encapsulate all your goals and keep them in the forefront of your mind.
  6. OIL UP! Essential oils definitely affect your mood, emotions, energy, and overall wellness.  Use them as tools to help you accomplish your goals.  Did you know Young Living has a number of blends to assist you in accomplishing your goals and achieving your dreams?

Here are 11 Young Living essential oil blends to help promote your energy and support your endeavors.  Which one(s) will you choose? Use these oils in your diffuser or rub a drop on your hands and then inhale.

BELIEVE contains Idaho Blue Spruce, Idaho Balsam Fir, Frankincense, and other essential oils that may encourage feelings of strength and faith when used aromatically. Use this oil as you make positive self-affirming statements.

MOTIVATION BLEND -The powerful scent of Motivation (Roman chamomile, Black spruce, Ylang ylang, Lavender may promote feelings of action and accomplishment when diffused. Use this oil on those days when you are having trouble getting started.

BUILD YOUR DREAM – Combining essential oils chosen by D. Gary Young for their connections to our history, Build Your Dream™ empowers and clarifies to help you find the way to achieve your dreams when used aromatically. Use this oil when you are brainstorming!

AWAKEN is a blend of five other blends. Expertly formulated to help you become aware of limitless potential when used aromatically, Awaken is the first step toward making positive life changes. Use this oil to help you overcome feelings of discouragement and keep you on track.

ENVISION contains scents that stimulate feelings of creativity and resourcefulness, encouraging renewed faith in the future and the strength necessary to achieve your dreams. Diffuse this essential blend while working on your VISION board.

HIGHEST POTENTIAL harnesses the uplifting and inspiring power of Blue Cypress and other pure essential oil scents. Apply this oil as a perfume or diffuse it daily in your office to help you accomplish all you desire for the day.

INSPIRATION is a blend of pure essential oils that were traditionally used by native people of Arabia, India, and North America for enhancing spirituality and meditation.  Apply this oil during quiet times of prayer, meditation, or relaxation.

MAGNIFY YOUR PURPOSE The aroma of our Magnify Your Purpose™ essential oil blend stimulates creativity, desire, focus, and motivation, encouraging you to seize initiative when used aromatically. Choose this oil when brainstorming, meeting with colleagues, or starting a new project!

INTO THE FUTURE  is an inspirational blend of essential oils that creates an invigorating aromatic companion as you look toward your life’s goals and dreams.

FULFILL YOUR DESTINY Sweet, fresh, and spicy, Young Living’s Fulfill Your Destiny™ blend encompasses the complex and beautiful journey that leads to achieving your goals and highest potential. With nine carefully selected essential oils—Tangerine, Frankincense, Nutmeg, Cassia, Cardamom, Clary Sage, Black Pepper, Idaho Blue Spruce, and Neroli—this proprietary blend will help you create an atmosphere of focus and clarity no matter where your path to fulfilling your destiny takes you.

BRAIN POWER is a blend of essential oils high in sesquiterpenes—like Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Blue Cypress, and Frankincense—to promote a sense of clarity and focus when used aromatically.

Whatever your New Year’s goals and dreams, take some time out to create some steps to make those dreams come true.