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Monday Mottoes – #218

crI hope your Thanksgiving was full of great times with family and friends. Or, quiet and peaceful. Or, adventuresome and action-packed-!

There’s something for everyone when you set out with the right intentions for your situation. Sometimes, you need to simply target what you really want or what would really work for your personality and lifestyle.

Meanwhile, shopping fever is estimated to increase by 4% this year: an average of $365 was crspent on Black Friday among consumers, an average of $200 per shopper is projected for Cyber-Monday (today), with overall holiday shopping totals approaching $1,000 per person. I’ll be the first one to admit that it’s better to pay a discounted price rather than full-price retail. On the other hand, does shopping fill you up on the inside?

Sometimes…. Which brings us to today’s motto:

cr“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” ~ Jim Rohn

Consider ways you might prioritize and simplify your work-life balance. Do you want to go on a date once a week? Once a month? How would a busy person fit in proper nutrition or exercise? Can you meet your work deadlines while checking e-mails or text messages? When is it time to unplug and focus on the task at hand?

The cool thing is that you can design most of your life. Whatever is beyond your reach,

Lock with gold key and Happiness tag

Lock with gold key and Happiness tag

don’t worry about. Just remember to add a dose of happiness every day: a cup of coffee or tea, a brisk walk, an uplifting Bible verse, a chat with a friend, a mental high-five upon the completion or even the beginning of a work assignment. Build in happiness from the ground up.

Make it a great Monday, everyone!


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