Tips to Make 2015 Different

Tips to Make 2015 Different

As the new year gets underway, have you thought about a new way of thinking and acting?

We all know the saying: Jan. 1 is the first blank page of a 365-page book. What will you write and how will it differ from last year? To prevent carrying over a negative attitude into 2015, consider taking these steps:

Adjust your attitude. Transforming your thoughts can shift your perspective and bring you inner peace. Try focusing on gratitude and forgiveness each day to enjoy life more. A positive mindset may not immediately change your circumstances, but it may eventually change your life,

Set up a gratitude jar. Place it in a visible spot so you are not tempted to ignore it like most of last year’s resolutions. Fill it with notes about anything you are thankful for during the year. Share it with loved ones. On New Year’s Eve, read your memorable moments aloud.

Create a vision board. Choose words and images that inspire you. When we are inspired we are more likely to take action. Your board should reflect the kind of life you want, which can include career as well as vacations and a dream home.

Keep a “done” journal. It is fine to focus on what you plan to do, but keeping a separate accounting of time actually spent on working toward your goals may help you use your time better. If writing a novel is one of your top priorities, note the number of pages or words you write each day.

A new year is the opportunity to be better than you were the year before.

Maybe Ghandi said it best: “Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as being able to remake ourselves.”

Let us know how you are doing!

Robin Farmer is a freelance writer with a focus on engaging, educating and empowering readers. Visit her at


Turn Resolutions Into Reality in 2014!

Turn Resolutions Into Reality in 2014!

So in a matter of hours a brand new year awaits. The possibilities seem endless.  

Consider 2014 a blank book with 365 pages. What will you write? How will you make this year different? 

You probably have created a list of all the changes you plan to seek and conquer in the new year. But will you? What will you do differently to get different results?

Goals are dreams with deadlines and action steps.Turn your resolutions for 2014 into reality with these measures:

Highlight the action steps needed to make 2014 a year of growth.

Ask yourself if your goals are realistic. Be honest

Pick deadlines to check your progress. Build in some flexibility for when life happens.

Prepare a supportive network with accountability partners to help you stay on track.

You only live once. Remember to make time for friends and fun activities.


Need inspiration? Help someone less fortunate. It will boost your outlook.

Exercise to help improve all areas of your life. Make it a habit.

When feeling overwhelmed by obstacles, dig deep. Stay focused.


Your attitude makes all the difference. Stay positive.

Engage family, friends and colleagues in conversation about the changes you seek.

Assess your progress. Readjust when needed. Don’t give up.

Reward yourself when you accomplish goals. Then tackle some more!

Use these suggestions or come up with your own to help you buck the trend of setting annual goals this time of year only to lose momentum long before spring arrives. May 2014 bring your love, health, meaningful work and joy!

Robin Farmer is a freelance writer with a focus on health, education and business. Visit her at