Six Rituals to Set Up Your Year for Success

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New Years is probably my favorite holiday. Not because I love to celebrate (and I do) but because I like the idea of reflecting on our year and making plans for the new one. Here are a few of the ways that I celebrate bringing in the new year that I think everyone would benefit from:

  1. Let go of the negative: Reflect on 2017. Write down the positive and negative moments/characteristics you’d like to let go of. On New Years Eve, I wrote down what I’d like to let go of from 2017 (i.e. stress, insecurities, etc.) and burned those pieces of paper in a fire as a symbol of letting go.
  2. Reflect on the positive: What were the amazing moments over the last year? What did you do really well? Write down what you’re grateful for, cherish your accomplishments, and relish in your own beauty for a moment.
  3. Decide who you want to be in 2018: What characteristics do you want to exude or particularly focus on in 2018? As a magazine, our “focus words” are: collaboration, community, leadership, and modern. What are your personal focus words?
  4. Organize: Evaluate your current organization methods. This is key to making progress in 2018. If you don’t have a plan for keeping track of your household or business, your goals will fall flat. Consider hiring a personal assistant part-time or hire a TaskRabbit to help you accomplish a few more things at an hourly rate. Set yourself up for success and keep the momentum going.
  5. Set goals (if you want to): If you love setting goals (and I do), take advantage of this time to decide on what you’d like to accomplish in 2018. I like to organize my year into 100 day timeframes. Think about some overarching goals, but then break it into chunks of 100 days or 3 months at a time. Don’t forget to outline exactly what it takes to achieve each of those goals and place these steps in your calendar or set them up in front of you to read every day.
  6. Speak the Positive: Speak the positive into your life and your year. Consider doing this with your spouse/partner/family, as it will help to set the tone for your household. Name (out loud) all of the things you’d like to see in your home. You might even walk around your home as you state them. For example, as we walked through the living room, we stated “good conversation, lots of laughter, and new friends.”

Lastly, while goals and aspirations are important for your own well-being, take the next step to think outwardly about your community. Whether you set goals to volunteer, donate financial or educational resources, or write for this magazine, find ways that you can give more in 2018.

We will continue to be here for you as your own women’s mortgage community, and hope that you will join us in helping to promote our issues and spotlight the amazing women in our industry.

Cheers to 2018!

Kristin Messerli
Managing Editor

Women’s Health Tip: Beware of the Let Down Effect!

If the stress (good or bad) of the holidays had you going 100 mph, you may want to be careful as you get back in your routine. Dr. Marc Schoen wrote a book about how people often get sick from quick drops in speed of living. He says. “So either don’t get so ramped up in the face of stress, or when you relax, relax much, much slower.”

To relax more slowly, and thereby keep the immune system up a bit, here are 3 recommendations:

  1. Short bouts of exercise like walking up stairs briskly for several minutes, or engaging in mental problem solving.
  2. Practice yoga, meditation, diaphragmatic breathing; or just get a few hobbies or interests outside of work.
  3. Taking Vitamin C makes white blood cells more active, and a review of studies showed Vitamin C halves the risk of common cold in people under heavy physical stress.

By Cindy Smith, Integrative Wellness & Life Coach, contributor for Mortgage Women Magazine

Leadership quote:

“You physically can’t, and emotionally shouldn’t, give your all to any one thing. So instead, give your some to a lot of things.” – Meg Myers Morgan, author and contributor to Mortgage Women Magazine

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