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It’s 2020 - Lighten-up!

Time to lighten-up as you enter a new year AND a new decade. Let go of all those things that no longer serve you and your lifestyle and get on with living your authentic life!

Are you busy balancing your career, relationships, teenagers and aging parents?

Now is the time to put on the brakes and take time to relax, recharge and have FUN! Lighten-up… before you burn out!

But, you ask, “How can I lighten-up? Where do I start?”

  1. DO NOTHING!
  2. Accentuate the positive. Choose your attitude. Make a list of everything that is good about your life. Greet everyone with a smile and make people wonder exactly what you’ve been up to!
  3. Act like a kid again. Remember when life was fun? What were you doing? Who were you doing it with? Go biking. Check out the local hills and go tobogganing! Organize a game of hide-and-seek. Now that you’re a grown-up, you can even stay out after the street lights come on!
  4. Be spontaneous. When someone suggests doing something, don’t hesitate or evaluate, just say YES!!!
  5. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Celebrate your inner child. Blow bubbles. Play the kazoo. Fly a kite. Find an outrageous hat and wear it when you’re visiting a friend in the hospital.
  6. Forget about what other people are thinking. Be unique. Be creative. Be yourself! Enjoy every moment because you probably won’t regret the things you did, but you might regret the things you didn’t do.
  7. Go for a walk. It’s amazing what you’ll find in your own neighbourhood when you go for a walk. Talk to your neighbours. Take time to enjoy a treat from a local bakery. Get back into your community!
  8. Laugh out loud! Not just a quiet snicker, we’re talking REAL BELLY LAUGHS! Collect silly hats, crazy masks, animal noses and wear them. Rent funny movies, go to a comedy club or hang out with hysterically funny friends. Children laugh more than 400 times a day, but by the time we become adults, the total dwindles to 14 times a day. Change the statistics… start laughing!!!
  9. Keep it simple. Stop living to have and start living to become. Clear the clutter from your home and office and create space to grow. Reduce, reuse and recycle.

Here’s to a SIMPLY fabulous 2020… may all your hopes and dreams come true!

Karen Shinn, Downsizing Diva!