Want to Find Health & Happiness in 2019?

Want to Find Health & Happiness in 2019?

Want to Find Health and Happiness in 2019? Here’s Where to Start.

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It’s hard to believe that 2019 has already started! However, it’s never too late to set some healthy goals and resolutions. Here are some ideas for simple changes you can make to improve your life and find true happiness in the year ahead.

Take Better Care of Your Teeth

Your smile can say a lot about you, and your teeth can have a major impact on your overall health. If you have not been receiving the dental care you deserve, or if cost or location is an obstacle, you may need to think about switching to a new dentist. Use this guide to make the transition as painless as possible and to take more control of your oral health. Be sure to follow up with your new dentist regarding insurance and rates before you make the switch, and have your records sent to the new office before your initial appointment.


Resolve to Reinvent Your Career

Work can be a source of stress or a source of pride, so make 2019 the year you really discover your career passions. Mapping out your career year should include short-term goals, such as using productivity tools, as well as longer-term aspirations, like changing up your job completely. If you are a busy parent who works from home, you can set some work goals to help you thrive as well. Learning how to navigate challenges and deal with distractions can give you the boost you need to make your home-based business or career succeed this year.


Get a Better Handle on Your Finances

Money can be a major source of tension for many American families. In fact, financial worries have topped the list of the worst stressors for the last few years, beating out career pressures and relationship struggles. You can take more control of your finances in 2019 by following a few basic money tips. This is the perfect time to go over your financial goals and ensure that they still make sense. You will also be able to create a more effective budget and plan for small ways to grow your savings for your family’s future financial security.


Make More Time for Self-Care

Self-care is the foundation of any effective stress relief plan. So, if your schedule has made you skip out on self-care in the past, find ways to squeeze more of it into your routine during the coming year. Even simple tension relief can be a lifesaver, especially for moms and parents who are constantly busy and constantly stressed. A good tactic for fitting more relaxation into your days is to plan for some alone time in the morning before your kids wake up. Use this time to sip coffee, stretch out with yoga, or write worries in a journal.


Plan Adventures for Your Family

Spending more time with your family can create a lifetime of happy memories and feelings of genuine satisfaction. Traveling with your kids is one of the most exciting ways you can help your children bond with you while experiencing more of the world. Families who travel can work through problems easier and tend to have lower levels of stress. For those weekends when a road trip is not possible, find other meaningful ways to have fun with your family. Volunteer together in a community or experience exotic foods.


Spend More of Your Time Outside

When you need a major dose of stress relief and confidence in your life, there is no better cure than spending time in nature. All that fresh air and natural beauty acts as a natural antidepressant for your brain and can even chase anxieties away. You can get a good dose of the outdoors by planning some weekend hikes or even a family camping trip. A little exposure to sunlight outside can have some health benefits as well, but you should play it safe with toxin-free sunscreens if you plan on being outside longer than a few minutes.

The new year can offer the hope of change, so set some goals to make it happen this year! After all, 2020 will be here before we know it, and you could end the year as a brand new you!


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Guest Writer: Stephanie Haywood

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Finding Your Passion

Finding Your Passion

It’s 2019

It’s your year.

What are you waiting for?

With the new year upon us I really wanted to provide you all with some amazing content to get this year started right and make it your best yet! I am doing a sneak peek at my book “The Sweetest Little Life” with revealing chapter one in how we break down and set goals for actual success!

Don’t wait any more, get out of the rut and start living your passion today. If you are unhappy only you can change it! START WITH 2019!!!!!!! Start while you are excited, while you are motivated, and most of all while there is TODAY!

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Without further a do let’s get to work!

First things first, finding our path and direction.

How do we set goals, take-action, leap into our journey if we don’t even know our destination? This needs to be crystal clear!

We need to know roughly where we are going so we can create the steps to get there.

When starting my makers journey, I knew I wanted to create an income crafting, and that was about all I knew. The goal was to create a job doing something I loved which would help supplement my family and allow me to stay home with my children.

Now let’s review that concept: I knew what I wanted to do, (setting a goal) and why I wanted to do it (motivation). These are the building blocks of your foundation.

If you don’t know exactly what you want to do, that’s okay! We do however need a general direction to get your running shoes on. I said in the beginning this was going to be very direct and to the point as I want you to get the absolute most out of this book.

First, you need to first create a list – I highly encourage a pen to paper. There is just something about connecting and writing it down, like a commitment to yourself.        Your subconscious picks up more on hand to paper vs. typing or texting. On your list you are going to write down your passions, your hobbies, what makes you feel like you could go for hours and not be tired?

Fill your paper with every idea that comes to mind.

Is it running, walking your dog, painting, talking to people, helping people, filing documents, creating, inventing, writing, acting, filming? Remember, it can be anything.

Try and write down as many things as you can think of in 20 minutes. – Set your phone timer and do it!

When you’re finished writing your list, close your eyes and imagine what you see yourself doing. What do you think these passions lead to? If you don’t get the answer right away that’s alright. Maybe a light bulb just went off, maybe you already know what your goals are and you’re ready to dive straight in. Whichever category you fall in, writing down hobbies and passions is never a bad thing! It helps to make a promise to yourself, to have it on paper as a reminder that YES YOU CAN DO THIS. It’s time to throw excuses out the window, get clear and concise, and make some commitments.

The following pages are for you to journal and brainstorm about what sets your soul on fire. Be honest with yourself and let no barrier stand in the way.

Goals + Passions + Hobbies


Way to go goal seeker! Now you have your goal list and a general idea of where your heart is at.

Work time.

If writing is your passion, what speaks to you about taking writing to the next level? Is it a blog or a book you want to write?

If its dog walking, do you want to be a walker, a trainer, own your very own high-end dog hotel?

If it’s running and exercise, do you want to be a professional racer, host a marathon, open your own gym?

If it’s being creative, do you want to open an Etsy shop, launch an online market, host a craft fair, or participate in craft fairs?

If it’s photography, do you want to be behind the camera or in front of it, do you want to motivate, do you want to connect? Whatever your passion or idea, do you want to do it for financial stability, personal fulfillment, or material reasons?

Once you find the general idea of what you want to do we can get specific in creating our goal and ultimate finish line. Once you reach your finish line you will of course have bigger mountains to climb, and more goals to set. Life is this amazingly beautiful, endless climb that is growing and changing right before our very eyes. The wonderful thing about goals is they sometimes evolve into what we need right where we are in our lives. Our personal seasons of life.


It’s going to be hard but hard is not impossible. If your goals are important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find excuse after excuse of reason not to accomplish it.

Now we’re getting down and dirty! We’re doing the goal list again but with a little twist. These questions should help you to see on paper if you are an owner, merchant, independent worker, or homemaker. I am sure you are catching my drift at this point. This page will help you get an idea of where you should run with your passion.

Do you prefer working alone or in a group? __________________________________________________________________________________________

Would you rather drive to work every day or work from home?


Are you able to stay on task with no one to answer to?


Do you thrive on team work?


If you have an assignment, are you more likely to be motivated on your own timeline or do you need direction and deadlines? __________________________________________________________________________________________


What is your work style? Fast Paced? Pressured? Relaxed? What makes you thrive? __________________________________________________________________________________________

Now let’s get real. We all want to start a business, make millions, and live happily ever after! Right? If this was the case everyone on the planet would be making millions and highly driven. However, the reality is that it takes blood, sweat and tears that make a business successful. You will have overhead (in most cases), you will have things you have to budget for, scenarios to plan for, a target market to think of and the list goes on. A good rule of thumb is to expect it to be an expensive hobby for the first year and THEN plan on strategizing for the money to start flowing in. I didn’t promise this would be easy, but I did promise it would be straight forward, honest, and nitty gritty in creating your happy place that is right for just that, YOU!

To check out more of my work book designed in finding your direction and all my tips for being successful in blogging, IG, I phone photography, & Etsy head on over and get yours today for $10.50 – Purchase Yours Here

Happy New Years