Ten Thoughts for 2013

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Here are some things to think about as we approach the new year. They aren’t really resolutions since we all know how difficult it is to keep our resolutions. Rather they are thoughts to guide us through the holiday season and beyond.

1. Give yourself credit for everything that you did this year.

Too often we lament what we didn’t accomplish rather than honor what we did get done. Celebrate yourself.

2. Cry less and laugh more.

With the horrifying events in the news lately, finding joy and laughter in the world is one intention we all need to work on.

3. Clean up e-clutter.

Clean out your email inbox, get rid of outdated documents, unsubscribe to blogs and websites that sap your energy, pare down your friends list.

4. Remember the small things.

Put aside the big milestones for the moment and be thankful for the many tiny advances you’ve made.

5. Use less plastic and more recycled paper.

Every ton of 100 percent post-consumer waste recycled paper products you buy saves 12 trees.

6. Use natural cleaning ingredients.

Have a positive impact on the environment by cleaning with common household items like vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and salt.

7. Talk less. Listen more.

Let’s tamp down our natural instinct to comment on everything and listen to what others have to say, listen to what the universe is telling us.

8. Create a list of what’s important to you.

List what you love, what you would like more of, which places you want to visit, which friends you treasure – and work on allowing time in your life for everything on your list.

9. Spend five minutes every day in total silence.

Be alone. Ground yourself. Turn off all electronic devices. Meditate.

10. Be kind.

Is there anything else you think should be on my list? What can you suggest? Send in your best thoughts for 2013 and the most intriguing one will win a year-end gift – a copy of our book Moving On.

Wishing you peace and love and joy in everything.

Linda Hetzer is an editor and author of books on home design, crafts, and foodand coauthor of Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home

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