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Tears are words“Tears are words that need to be written.” -Paulo Coelho

I believe I shed more tears in 2015 than I have in my entire life combined. I often put those tears into words – prayers and cries to God, conversations with family and friends, conversations with people I barely knew, and in the pages of my journal. A few times I expressed my words through this blog, but more often I couldn’t find the words to express the heart-felt tears that frequently flowed. 2015 was tough.

Today, January 5, is the first chance I’ve had in 2016 to be home alone for a few hours. The kids are at school, Joe is at work, the dishes are done, the house is picked up, and I am out of excuses – out of reasons to put off this expression of my tears. One of the biggest challenges of blogging is getting started. Sometimes I have a great idea that’s been rolling around in my mind for a while, but not lately. My recent pattern is to sit down, open up WordPress, take a deep breath, close WordPress, and walk away without writing a single word. Writing the first paragraph is definitely the hardest. In order to get a post written, I simply must start writing.

This applies to so many areas of life!

BC clean roomTake a messy room. I’ll use my girls’ room for example because it is seriously messy! My two daughters are sharing a relatively small room. They are both convinced that if they had their own rooms (like they did for the previous 5 years), their rooms would no longer be messy (even though they were messy for the previous 5 years). I can nearly end their little lives with the words, “Clean your room!” It is usually such a disaster that they honestly don’t know where to begin. BUT, magically, when they start with one thing (i.e. pick up all the clothing) it suddenly feels more doable.

Wow! Kind of like this blog post that began with thoughts of “I have nothing to say today,” and “What is there to write about besides how crappy last year was?” has suddenly turned into a couple of paragraphs that are motivating me to create a fun, lets-get-it-done plan for helping my girls clean their room. Oh, and while I’m at it I could take one positive step in the direction of meeting my health goals by doing those push-ups . . .

What is something you want, but have not yet started? It might be as simple as doing one thing, writing one word, or making one phone call to get the ball rolling. There is much to accomplish in 2016. There is joy to experience, family to love, friends to make, books to write, places to travel, and so much more! I have tears to turn into words and into blog posts so that I may experience complete healing, become everything I am supposed to be, and hopefully encourage some of you to do the same.

Don’t wait! Start now with that “one thing” and live 2016 without regret.

Be Extraordinary!

(I’m Traci, the “Be Extraordinary!” blogger. I share insights that challenge and encourage moms to be the best version of themselves. To me, that’s an extraordinary life! Click HERE to receive blog updates and a free newsletter.)

New Year’s Resolution . . in February!

new day resolutionWhat resolutions have you made for this new year? Is your response like mine? You answer “no” along with a little head shake because you KNOW that resolutions don’t work! Maybe you did set a resolution and it has already been broken. So often resolutions are broken and it seems that many are set with the idea that they will be broken. Due to the lack of accomplishment I have resisted setting New Years resolutions. I have set goals and talked of dreams for the new year . . . and broken those too so really the wording doesn’t matter.

I do know people who have had success with resolutions. Like AJ who went one year without candy or soda, I went a year without fast food or soda which was a huge accomplishment at the time. A friend went a year without French fries. Resolve is necessary to accomplish these goals and the personal discipline required is huge.

By means of accountability, and to set the stage for many of my blogs this year, here are my 2014 resolutions:
I resolve to create freedom in three areas of my life.
I resolve to be healthy by releasing weight.
I resolve to be wealthy by releasing debt.
I resolve to be peaceful by releasing stress.

** NOTE: I originally wrote this blog towards the end of January. It is still very fitting and lines up perfectly with some posts to come in the near future.

This is just the beginning. I cannot create freedom, health, wealth and peace by simply making these statements or reading them daily. I have a detailed action plan for each one. I have several levels of accountability in place in each area. These statements, however, give me an easy filter for all of my choices. When facing a food decision I can ask myself, “Does this move me toward health?” When choosing how involved to be in an activity I can ask myself, “Will this promote peace?” Arriving at my goals and accomplishing my resolutions is ultimately a matter of choice. Every choice matters – big choices and, especially, small choices.

Have you resolved to make this year different than the previous year, or the previous 5 years? Today – right now – is the best time to get started!
What are your resolutions? Is it time to put some on paper?
What choices will you make today to move you in the direction of your dreams and goals?

It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it!

Be Extraordinary!

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