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  • Writer's pictureYvette Kinkade

I've got five great tips to get the new year started; let's go, it's time to grow!

1. Start to read more.

Borrow or buy a book; it doesn't matter what book, any book, I don't care how long it is, beg to borrow, get yourself a book. Then, spend 10 minutes a day reading that book. It's about allocating the time could be the same every day but make the time to read the book. Hopefully, it's something you're interested in, and from there, you will develop a reading habit. It's that simple, small incremental steps.

2. Spend 30 minutes a week with someone you love.

It can be your grandma; it can be a caboodle, spend 30 minutes with someone you love. All phones are off; it's about being engaged, present, and enjoying that time. Not only will it create a sense of commitment and closeness with whatever and whomever that time is spent with, but you will also walk away feeling recharged. Would you give it a go? It can't be a toxic person, either. It must be someone you love.

3. Volunteer.

Now it can be volunteering at a family function to bring a dessert, volunteering for the needy or changing the world and doing something huge. This is the most cathartic thing for oneself to volunteer and serves other people. Have to think about it, do something easy and local to get you started, and then see how it feels; trust me, this one's a game changer.

4. Do something that scares you.

Do you want to become fearless, open yourself up to new opportunities, change your comfort zone, and grow? I hear you say, "Yes!" Then you know what you have to do? Do something that scares you. Give yourself until January 31st and plan and execute something that scares you. This will expand you and your comfort zone; it will create new opportunities, it will help you grow, and you will become, my friend, fearless!

5. Start a gratitude jar.

We hear this one a lot, " Have gratitude", but we often find it hard to celebrate and remember those things we are most thankful for. How do we celebrate? This tip is going to help. Make yourself a gratitude jar. Every time there's a poignant moment or an opportunity to give thanks or say thank you, write it on a small piece of paper and pop it into the gratitude jar. At the end of the year, or as needed, you'll be able to look through those very poignant moments and reflect with even more gratitude. This will also have you seek out more things to be thankful for and encourage you to write those moments down and reflect on them, which is a lovely thing to do.

I hope you've enjoyed it. Here comes 2023. Get ready. Let's do this with more confidence, a whole lot of fun and some little habits that start small and build up big. Good luck. I hope to see you soon.

Let's get this party started; it's time to grow. Bring on 2023!

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