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Enjoy the New Year, Simplify and Be Joy

Full bloom of a single yellow rose.A new year rolled in.  Does it seem like 2016 even happened?  If not, why not?  Are you in such a rush that you don't take time to smell the roses and enjoy the moments a long the way?  This is not an article about making New Years Resolutions.  This is an article about simply enjoying life more each day as we start this new year.  [Update - this article was originally posted in 2015.]

Speaking of roses, I love them.  Every house I buy I plant rose bushes.  They remind me of my Grandmother Ellsworth.   There is something special about them and all their varieties.  When we opened our Store, Indigo Mountain in Safford, AZ we wanted to simplify our lives so we bought a house a few blocks from our business.  It has been great!  We can walk to work, walk to a grocery store, and take care of business and our home with ease.  But we still found we were busy and rushing around.  So Mark literally started stopping to smell our rose bushes each day before going anywhere.  That was his daily routine, stop look at the roses, pinch off the dead blooms, and literally SMELL THE ROSES.  Then he started his day, enjoying the moments, enjoying life more.

What do you do to start your day?

What do you want to be different in 2017 as we start a new year?

At the end of the year, what do you want your new year to look like?  As you think about 2016, what do you wish you did different?  NO REGRETS - those were choices you made.  But take stock of those choices and design and organize your life with intention this year with time for enjoying life more and doing the things you want to do.  Sometimes we can spend time running the rat race and not getting very far.  If you want some inspiration, read this article, Stop Allowing Excuses to Run Your Life, an interview about a young man that has accomplished a lot and has no arms.

I think as we mark the moments along the way and breath deeply, smiling more each day that time can slow down - or rather, we just are existing in time instead of trying to create a 30 hour day - which just slows us down.

Here are some ideas to help you enjoy each day more and simplify

  1. Spend less time on social media and texting.
  2. Spend more time face to face with the people you care about.Our family playing a game together
  3. Make memories with those people.
  4. Play games, not on the computer, with people.
  5. Stop and literally smell the roses or other rituals to help you slow down.
  6. Be realistic about what you can accomplish and do in a day or week.
  7. Get your sleep.
  8. Move and exercise as it gives you more energy and increases happy chemicals in your brain.
  9. Eat meals with the people you live with and friends and enjoy the meal, don't rush through it.
  10. Keep a journal and record the things your grateful for and the good times as well as some of your struggles.  Record your goals and dreams.
  11. Make a scrap book of pictures over the year.
  12. Look at your life and simplify.
  13. Learn something new.
  14. Have fun.
  15. Give service.
  16. Take a vacation.
  17. Pamper yourself and other around you.
  18. Get rid of your clutter and things that don't bring you joy.

We've been taking stock of our lives.  Personally we have 2 kids left and home and we want to enjoy each moment of their lives.  We have simplified our life a little more and cut out some activities that we were involved in.  These were great activities, we can all get involved in worthwhile amazing activities.  It just depends on what we choose to do.  After all, we have 24 hours in each day and 8 of those are sleeping hours.  Just for fun, I once added up the things I had committed to do - it was more than 20 hours for a day.  I knew right away that was part of some stress I was experiencing.  Now I take stock on a regular basis of my time.  Just like a check book needs to be balanced, you need to balance your time.  Money doesn't grow on trees and time marches on - we all get the same amount.  We can't do everything, so choose what you want with YOUR TIME.  As we roll into a new year, think about your life.

Once when I was feeling so overwhelmed and busy, I was meditating and pondering on my life.  This is always a good activity.  Most of us have a genius in our head if we just take time to listen.  Well my genius inner voice started talking to me and said, "Who told you you had to work so hard?  Who said you have to get all these things done?"  Of course I answered back - Me.  I was my task master and I realized that no one else probably cared if I did all these things and worked so hard.  But they probably cared that I took care of myself.  So I quit being so hard on myself - you know I wasn't paying myself overtime or rewarding me in anyway.  That was my awakening.

We looked at the activities we have been participating in and our time and our goals for the year.  Some of our activities were cut out.  As a family we decided what to be involved in and what to do so that we had time together.  We decided we also needed more game time together as a family.

We are getting rid of clutter in a big way this year and we already got started last year.  Then the universe decided I wasn't moving fast enough or needed some help.   I love this book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  It is a fantastic book to help you in this area.  We highly recommend this book.  It is short and easy to read.  I now look for objects that bring me joy or have a current job in my life, everything else is easy to let go of.  Our goal in 2016 is to get rid of 1/3 of our stuff so that when the new year of 2017 rolls around, we have tidied up and feel more organized.  It is not going to be an overnight task and we plan to have fun doing it.

Don't make a big deal about New Year Resolutions, just start each day creating the life you want.

If you just exist each day reacting to events and circumstances around you, it can still be a good life but you may not end of where you want.  Take just a few minutes or an evening and think about your life - DESIGN YOUR LIFE.  What do you choose?  Write it down, make a vision board, make a list, whatever works for you.  Then each day spend a few minutes planning your life.  It will make a huge difference.  For me personally, I end the day by looking at my day and planning for tomorrow.  That way when the morning starts I'm already on my game plan.

tea-set for 2 Pixabay freeWe do spend time each day in quiet thought and meditation.  It makes a huge difference.  Mark stops and smells the roses and I do as well.  But my big ritual that helps me slow down is enjoying a cup of herbal tea.  A dear friend got me hooked on herbal fruit teas years ago.  So when I drink my daily cup, I think of her - I think of friends - tea time.  I slow down and savor the delicious taste and smile about my day and the good times.

What do you do to enjoy the day and slow down?

What are your goals this year?  What are your working for?  Check out this article on Smart Goals inspired by our son Chandler.DSCN2982

This I am going to BE JOY; feeling peace and abundance.  What do you choose?

Share your thoughts and tips.

Kally and Mark

A Great Way to Start the Year with SMART Goals

Goals On Whiteboard by Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.netOur goal at Indigo Mountain, is to help you achieve your goals, all year long weather it is in weight loss, improving your health, improving relationships, or just learning to relax and have more fun.

As is customary around the world as the New Year approaches, many people make New Year Resolutions.  We'd like to help you make SMART Goals that are doable and worth your time and effort.

We kicked off our year on December 31st with:  How to Make 2015 Different.  If you have not check it out, do.   It is the first place to start and will give you great food for thought with 3 steps.  Read more about the article.  These 3 steps can help you create smart goals.

  1. Identify what you want and get specific.  What do you want your life to look like in 12 months?
  2. Have a deep emotional connection to what you want and get your subconscious mind on board.
  3. Live with intention.  Be conscious with your words and actions.  Use the power of the phrase "I am..." to create your life.

Click here to listen to this radio program.

A Whole New You Wellness Makeover, Seven Simple Steps for Health and Wellness

Are you often overwhelmed with the huge amount of information about your health?  Everyone has an opinion and a new twist.  Join us for a conversation discussing simple, common sense Health Key Showing Online Healthcare by Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.netinformation about health and wellness.

Following these 7 basics, you will feel better and have more energy.  Smart goals should include improvement in 1 or more of these 7 areas.

When you are thinking about your goals, do they include better health?  More time for relaxation?  More energy?  Losing weight?  More time for the thing you enjoy?

The 7 Simple Steps is a good place to start.  Many people make goals and improving their lives way to complicated and expensive.  I have found when people follow the 7 Simple Steps, everything starts to change.  You can make just 1 new goal in 1 area or 1 new goal in all 7.  Whatever you do, you will experience a positive shift in your life.  And best of all, we are here to help you.  Click here for fort he radio show.

The Seven Simple Steps are:

  1. Water:  Often overlooked as a key to improving all aspects of health from sleep to feeling happier.  If you don't drink enough, even taking supplements can be a waste of effort.  You are 80% water - water is life.  We can help you find ways to learn to love water and get the right amount for your body.   Adding a simple filter for your water can improve the taste and quality of your water.
  2. Food:  Nourishing your body with the nutrients it needs fuels all areas of your life - both physical and mental.  Skip the fad diets and eating plans and learn what your body needs.  Over heart fruit and veggiesprocessed so called easy foods are responsible for eating up your wallet and energy.  Eating healthy is not as complicated as many think.  Without the right fuel, your body gets sick more often and is more tired.  Fuel your life with healthy life giving nutrients with the right supplements and meals.  Don't cheat on food and think taking vitamins will make up the difference.
  3. Rest:  When you rest you restore.  Your body was designed to rest.  You can't escape that fact by using stimulants.  When your body is rested, you think better and you function better in every area of your life.
  4. Exercise:  It might seem crazy to think that spending energy exercising - gives your more energy.  It really does.  But you don't need to go crazy at the gym or running marathons.  Remember 3 basics areas:  cardio, strength, and stretching.  Have fun while exercising.  It is a key to a healthy body, mind, and mental state.
  5. Own Your Power:  Learning to live in the present moment and understand that junk happens is a key to owning your power.  Living your life with integrity and taking care of yourself are just some of the ways you can do this.
  6. Environment:  Unfortunately we live in a world that is full of toxins.  Learning to read labels on foods, filtering your water, and even filtering the air can improve the quality of your life.  Eliminate toxic cleaning products and personal care products makes safer environment as well.  We couldn't live without our Air Filter or Water filter.  Mark has had breathing challenges due a asthma since childhood and the air filter makes a huge difference for him.
  7. Play:  We are so busy both adults and kids that play often gets put on the back burner.  Take time to play and enjoy life.  It is essential for everyone

We have some great tools at Indigo Mountain to help you achieve your Wellness goals.  Check out our services page to see how we can help you.

Time To Organize by Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.netGet Organized for the Year

Are you like most people setting lofty goals and then forgetting about them 1 month later?  We used to be like that, and then worse - not setting goals.  We've got some tips to help you accomplish realistic and smart goals.

We opened our toy store and wellness center with a goal in mind, to help individuals and families life a more joy-filled passionate life with good health and vitality.

Getting organized and setting SMART Goals can help you improve the quality of your life.  We have some steps to help you do that.

  1. The Color Code can help you identify your personality and how you work towards and accomplish goals.  Kally and Mark are both expert trainers in the Color Code and help you understand your personality and motivation better.  For example Reds are great goals setters and usually achieve their goals, but can be too driven.  Blue are eager goal setters most of the time, but often set goals that are to high and hard to achieve.  Whites are great dreamers, but may not get to setting goals or getting them done.  Yellows have commitment issues when it comes to goals, but if they view the end goal as fun - they will take the time for it.
  2. Setting goals focuses your acquisition of knowledge.  In a day and age where there is so much out there - we can be easily distracted by many things.  Identify what you want and focus your efforts there.
  3. Identify a large scale goal, then break it down into doable pieces.
  4. In addition to health and wellness you may want to consider other areas to work on:  career, financial, education, family, hobbies and art, attitude, pleasure, and public service.
  5. Write your goals down and share them with certain key people as needed for support and encouragement.  But not all goals need to be publicized.
  6. Check in regularly with yourself and your goals and make adjustments as needed.  I write my goals on my task list to remind me to work on them.
  7. Organize your goals with groups your involved with like your spouse and family.  Working on common goals together makes them easier.  You don't want conflicting goals.
  8. USE the SMART Goal guidelines.
    1. Specific - set specific goals.
    2. Measurable - be able to measure progress.
    3. Attainable - set goals you can and will be able to accomplish.
    4. Realistic
    5. Timely - give yourself time frames.
  9. Last, learn to visualize your goal.  You should see yourself accomplishing the goal.  Picture yourself at the finish line.

This was just a highlight of the great show.  We even had Chandler, our 5th child come on the show and explain the SMART goal system.  He has accomplished a lot in his life and has used goals to get more done from learning the guitar, teaching guitar lessons, and achieving high marks in school and earning his Eagle Scout rank at a young age.  He learned the value of organizing his life with goals.

Check out the radio program here.

Coming up:

January 21 - Weight Loss Secrets and Tips

January 28 - A Look Inside a Red Personality

Kally and Mark for webHow is your year going so far?  Do you have any tips to share on getting organized and accomplishing your goals?

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Today is a New Day – Celebrate Each Day. What About New Year’s Resolutions?

We always celebrate New Year's Eve with style in our family - it is a fun celebration.   We watch movies, play games, work on puzzles, eat lots of food and stay awake until past midnight.  We spend it with friends and/or family.  The kids always had so much fun staying up late.  We watch the countdown on the TV and listen to music.  Sometimes we even play those dancing games.  We'll even reminisce about the past year. I speak a little Spanish and one year we played Spanish scrabble with a family from Argentina - that was fun and challenging.  What ever we do, we have fun.  At the stroke of midnight we shoot off poppers of confetti - yes - in my house.  It goes everywhere and gets into everything.  All year we find confetti.  Just when I thought we got it all, we moved after 10 years of New Year Celebrations and I laughed with joy at the confetti we found and WHERE we found it.   Then we pull out the sparkling cider and glass flutes or Italian glass goblets and we toast the new year.  The kids love it!  It is such a tradition that when we celebrated all the holidays in one day for my China daughter - toasting the new year was part of that.  Here is a great article on the value of playing games, it would make a great New Years Resolution.

This year we'll be making a Memory Jar, adding little notes all year of memories and things we are grateful for, to review next New Year's Eve.

I have moved away from the printed calender using instead electronic calenders that sync with my smart phone.  It isn't the same as far as memories go.   This year I printed out a 12 month calender to write down important events as they happen over the year.    On the back of each month calender page I'll be able to journal about the month - quickly and easily.  It is a good reference.  With digital photos, I don't print them out and look at them and I have not scrapbooked in years.  For the year as we take pictures, I'll be creating 3 files.  One file for the months of the year pictures.  Another file for the special pictures I want to print out.  And the last file will be for pictures I think would make a good slide show on a CD.  At the end of the year, I'll have my Memory Jar, Photos printed into a photo book with a CD of the year in review slide show and the 12 calender pages with the important dates written on them.  I'm really excited actually.   Next New Year's Eve will be so much fun with an easy CD slide show of pictures to watch and our Memory Jar of the past year. 

So now that it is a new year, it is a good time to reflect on what you did and didn't do.  Many people like to make New Year's Resolutions.   I like to start the year with making a Vision Board.

This year we were talking about the past  year and planning for the new year, missing our 2 kids in China and 1 in the Phoenix area.  We Facebook messaged the China kids - they were eating lunch and thinking of our midnight tradition.  As we reflected about our lives, Mark said, "You know New Year's Eve and New Year Day just doesn't quite have the same meaning to me anymore.  Everyday is a new year and a new beginning."  Bingo!  He won the prize - living in the present moment.  We don't have to wait for December 31st to start anew.  

Dr. Darren Weissman in his book The Power Of Infinite Love & Gratitude said, "Owning your power is living life with Infinite Love & Gratitude.  It means to embrace all aspects of life with passion, purpose and courage."  When you face each day passion, purpose and courage - every day really is a celebration of living.  Imagine what your life would look like if each day was embraced with love and gratitude.  If you have ever been to a Tony Robbins event, you are constantly celebrating.  Imagine what your life would like if you celebrated each day not just the last day of the year.  There is great value to honoring the successes and victories of each day

This is how I approach the change of the year and New Year's Resolutions:

  •  Memory Jar, to stay focused on the good moments of the year and what we are grateful for.
  • 12 month printed calender to record important life events; plan the year in general and create objectives and goals during the year; and to be used to evaluate the past year
  • Organizing my digital photos as I go through the year dropping photos in files to generate a photo album and CD slide show
  • Evaluate the past year, if you didn't accomplish something - why not?
  • Imagine what I want my life to look like next December and set some long rang goals to achieve that
  • Look at each area of my life and see what I would like to improve or change
  • Take a realistic look at what I'm willing to do and match that with what I want my life to look like
  • Get a mentor, coach, support person and/or friend that can help support you; tell someone 
  • Create a Vision Board
  • Break it down and make some actionable steps; don't try to do it all in January
  • Plan to celebrate along the way - Celebrate the Journey and Find Joy in the Journey
  • Be flexible, you may need to change course through the year or adjust your goals
  • Be consistent
  • Most important:  Everyday is a new day, you get to start each new day working on the bigger picture of your life plan.

Don't set a goal for yourself to lose 50 lbs if you are not willing to change the way you eat and exercise or get to the root of your weight problem.  You will only set yourself up for failure.  A better option might be to work on adding exercise to your daily routine.  While we need to be realistic about where we are, we also need to dream and imagine what we want our life to look like.  One of the biggest challenges I see when working with people is that they don't know what they want out of life, but what they have they don't want.  If you don't know where you're going, you'll have a hard time getting there.  For some people that is okay, they get in the car and drive anywhere and they are happy.  But, if you want to get to a certain place, a little planning helps a lot and a map.  If you really want a great trip, talk to someone who has been there and they will tell you all the great hot spots.  

What is your destination for the end of they year?  What do you want to see in your life?  What are you willing to do to get there?  Get your map (goals and a vision board) and talk to someone that can coach you along the way and even help you get past those bumps in the road.

Happy New Year or as the common Spanish greeting goes:  "Prospero Año Nuevo" or have a prosperous new year.

Kally Wellness coach

Indigo Mountain:  Wellness, Toys and Gifts

Helping you 'map' out your new year and get past your roadblocks in all areas of your life.  Now taking new appointments for 2013 at my office at Indigo Mountain, over the phone or on Skype.

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Plan Ahead for Holiday Stress Relief Tips, Holiday Stress Management, Christmas Gift Ideas

A recent Mattel survey finds that parents experience holiday stress and will spend a full business day Christmas shopping for each child.   Are you still recovering from over spending last Christmas or holiday season?   Are you looking for ways to avoid holiday stress?   We've got some great holiday stress relief tips for you to help you find your way to a more joyful and relaxed holiday season.  

There was a time I had my holiday and Christmas shopping done in October, and holiday cards with pictures were sent to friends and family.  Then life got busier and then I couldn't remember what I had bought and where I put it.  Every year seemed to get a little bit worse.  Seriously, I moved once and found Christmas presents that I never gave - they were hidden and I forgot about them.

So here is what I've learned over the years.

  1. Have a Christmas budget.  Start saving all year.  If you earn some extra cash that you want to use for Christmas, add it to this fund.  I set up a savings account just for holidays and birthdays.  Check out this link for a Holiday Planner.  It is awesome.  If you don't have a holiday budget, no worries - start now.  What can you contribute for September through December.   Don't go into debt to pay for Christmas and don't use January funds to pay off December holiday spending.  Do what you can now to cover your holiday spending.   Seriously this really helps holiday stress management.
    • Avoid overspending during the holidays.  This will cut down on the stress and you will enjoy the season so much more.  When all is said and done the amount of money spent on holiday preparations and gifts pale in comparison to the joy of spending time together.  
  2. Plan Ahead - this will save you time and money.  When you shop intentionally, you save money.  Waiting until the last minute you will buy what you can get your hands on and impulsively.  Another great way to help you with managing your holiday stress.
  3. Make lists.  Write down all the people you want to shop for.  And guess what?  There are apps for this and spreadsheets and so many tools out there to help you get more organized for Christmas.  You don't have to re-invent the wheel.  Your lists should include who you want to shop for, what you want to get done during the holidays, and how you want to celebrate.
  4. Gifts - If you start now thinking of ideas you'll have a better chance at getting the right gifts.  Many retailers put things on sale now.  Watch what people say and are interested for clues as to what to get them.  Write it down - generate ideas.  Talk to their friends.  You'll be amazed at what a little observation will tell you.  If you find that perfect gift - don't wait until December to get it.   Carry your list around with you and write down your ideas.  You never know where that great Christmas gift idea will come from.
    • When planning for this holiday season, you'll naturally generate ideas for next year.  And on December 26th you can start shopping then.
    • Themed gift ideas are nice ideas too.  For example if they have an interest in art, then each gift can have something in common.  
    • Also themed from year to year.  I once won a bet with my father that I could solve a Rubik's Cube in less than 10 minutes.  Well that was the fall.  Guess what I got for Christmas that year - that's right another Rubik's Cube variation.  And every year after that I got another more challenging puzzle to solve.  It kept that memory of winning a bet against my father alive and  not only did I get a cool gift - I got to experience that feeling of winning each year.  My parents had an easy gift lined up for me each year.  I don't remember too many of the gifts I got growing up, but I do remember and will always remember those.  
    • We gave my father-in-law silly dancing figurines.  Well he loved the first one so much, that all during the next year we hunted down another goofy and majorly silly dancing objects and had so much fun doing that - and he really looked forward to what we were going to find.
    • Remember your budget with gifts.  Sometimes money is tight - that is just a reality.  For a special gift one year, we didn't have the money so we made a jar of quotes and memories.  The whole family had a blast doing this.  We typed them up and put them in a decorated jar and gave them to the special person.  They loved it and each day they get to experience that gift over and over.  You can't put a price on that kind of value.  
    • Mark's mother one year gave us a collection of family stories like one that we found out his great grand-father was kidnapped by Indians and had to be traded for blankets and sugar.  We had so much fun that Christmas reading stories.   My father recorded himself reading books to my kids.  They loved that!  They got to listen to papa - who lived far away - reading bed time stories.  My mother made me a small quilted blanket for my dolls from old scraps of material.  It is still one of my treasured items.
    • Wrap gifts as you buy them or plan a night to wrap gifts.  We started planning a night a week before Christmas that we watched a movie we had already seen (so we didn't have to pay attention to closely) and made a fun night of wrapping - no stress as Christmas was still a week away.  I spent too many years being awake all night trying to figure out how to assemble something or ran out of wrapping paper or whatever and then getting 2 hours of sleep.  
  5. Make a list of what you want to get done during the holidays - and be realistic.  Do you want to send out Christmas cards?  Go on vacation?  Decorate your house?  There are no rules - it is just up to you.
  6. Now that you have a list - get help from those around you.
  7. Some of the greatest advise I got - 'Have a cut off point'.  You have to decide when you will stop preparing and start celebrating.  Stick to it.  
  8. How do you want to celebrate Christmas and the holidays?  This is real important and it is totally up to you.  Imagine right now how you want to feel on that special day no matter what holiday your celebrating.  Who do you want around you?  Really connect to that feeling.  Is is joy?  Is it excitement?  Is it peace?  Whatever it is - write that down.  Describe your day.  Right that down.   Now start working on your lists.  Do the 2 add up?  Do you lists look like they will take you to the description of that day?  If not spend some time fixing that.
    • Create memories and traditions
    • Do something out of the ordinary and different.  It will keep everyone talking about it all year.

No one said you had to bake, send cards, make homemade gifts, decorate your house, and all that jazz.   So if you don't want to or don't have time, then don't.  One year we moved right on Thanksgiving.  We had to settle and eat in a hotel for Thanksgiving dinner I didn't have a house.  I was disappointed at first.  Turned out - it was one of the best Thanksgiving days ever.  No stress - no baking - just family time and enjoying our new community.  Take some control back with these simple holiday stress management ideas.  

So start now planning ahead just a little at a time.   You'll be so glad you did.  Remember step #8 - think about your special day and you'll get there.  Plan ahead using these holiday stress relief tips for a more peaceful and relaxing season.

One of the reasons we opened Indigo Mountain:  Wellness, Toys & Gifts was to help others enjoy Christmas and Holiday shopping a little more.  We had a hard time finding good gifts for our kids and wanted to open a toy store that had just what we were looking for.  So now we have our own specialty toy store.  If you don't want to spend 8 hours or more shopping for each kid on your list, contact us.  Whether you come in person to our store or call us over the phone, Mark is our Toymaster and he can help rescue you.  He'll help you with a budget and go through what we have available in our store and through all our catalog sources.  We have kids of all ages, 7 of them now aged 25 to 9 years old with 4 boys and 3 girls.  We've got you covered. Your shopping advice and help is FREE.  So take advantage of the unique shopping experience only an experienced dad and toymaster can offer.  You can also schedule some time with Kally for your personal coaching session for managing holiday stress.  Many have and are very happily planning for the holidays this year.

Connect with me on Facebook and let me know how you are doing.  Leave a comment below if you have a super duper holiday stress relief tip or a great way you plan on managing holiday stress. 

Joyfully - 

Kally and Mark

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