Happy New Year….Prep

So another New Year is upon us and we are hearing people talk about resolutions, how they don’t believe in resolutions or how nothing ever sticks. Well, I am here to tell you one sure fire way to make it stick…..commit to it!

This is your year! This is the year that you are going to get your marriage on track or get married, your going to lose weight, your going to go back to school, you’re going to buy a house, you’re going to run a marathon, youre going to become a minimalist, you’re going to move to another city or home, you’re going to do it! Now that I am in the year of 40 I get a lot of questions about how I feel about it and I had to do some reflecting. I feel amazing about it! I feel like my life I is where it is supposed to be therefore theres really no other way to feel. I also know the biggest reason it feels so great is because I set goals often and I don’t give up until I achieve them.

As we enter into the new year lets start working on setting a plan so 1 January we can be ready to enact them.

  1. Sit quietly with no distractions and think of what you want your life to look like and write each thing down
  2. Write down step by step how you think you will accomplish each one of those things
  3. Pick which thing you will focus on first, second, third etc…
  4. Add start date to your calendar and follow up with a date you will check your progress.
  5. Keep moving until life looks the way you want it to and don’t let distractions keep you away from your goals.

These are the first 5 simple steps to accomplishing a goal. Let’s get moving down Lisa’s Lane!

Gone with the wind in the New Year!

Clear the Clutter!

When we think of clutter we often think of that closet in the house that has a ton of things we always think we will need but never do.  That closet is full of clutter but there is another clutter that will probably drive you a little more insane and its right in the palm of your hand.  That phone of yours needs a detox.

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The closet of champions chaios

We often want to get rid of clutter but look for a time to get it ALL done.  Well heres a news flash….Rome was not built in a day and neither was your clutter :)!!  I had to get this in my mind to start the declutter process.  My clutter led me to the ultimate procrastination event.  I never had enough time to tackle the clutter in my house, or in my desk or in my phone or on my calendar.  Now I have a plan.  I call it my ABC Declutter.  There are 26 letters in the alphabet so I give myself 26 days to declutter, one letter a day.  I go through my phone and delete all of the A contacts I don’t use on day one.  I may decide to do A-E or just A but at a minimum I’ve done A.  Then each day I attack the next letter on my list.  I do the same with my emails.  I type in the letter A and I address or delete all of my “pending” A emails and then I move on to the next letter until I am at Z. Before you know it you’re all caught up!

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This works on your house too!

A=Attic

B=Basement or Bedroom 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 etc until you finish your B’s then Bathroom 1 Bathroom 2 Bathroom 3.

C= Closets- Closet 1 Closet 2 then on to Cabinet 1 Cabinet 2

D= Deck, Dining room, Den etc

E= Entry

F= Floors, Fixtures, Family Room, Furniture (yep Furniture can be clutter)

G= Garage

And so on.  Map out your house and label each area then attack.  Declutter your phone, computer and electronics.  Figure out what to do with all of those photos in your phone.  Make a scrapbook or a picture book to share with friends.  If I know nothing else I know clutter can cause depression.  Clear out the clutter and that just may be the first step to a happier existence!

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Clutter Free in Lisa’s Lane!

What do you think when you Think Baby….

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It’s been a little while since I’ve had to think baby,  but a group of gals excited me when I stumbled across their blog.  I have a few friends that have new babies, a few with buns in the oven and even more that are hoping a swimmer will meet their egg in the near future so I am dedicating this blog topic to them!#lisaslane

Zoe Withers, Josephine Peterson and Angela Jansen have created an amazing resource for moms and mommies to be.  Their site Thinkbaby.org is a place to go to get everything you need from baby food ideas to potty training hacks.  As I scrolled through the pages I thought back to a time when I would spend the whole day wardrobe shopping for my Kingston, only to realize that the first year of his life he wore nothing but onesies lol!  Had I been reading Think Baby I might have saved a few dollars after reading “Things you need (& don’t need) in your first 2 months with a newborn”.#lisas lane

 

Not only did the blog capture my attention with information on the do’s and don’ts but there is a complete guide on baby products with pictures and all!  I can’t say enough great things about this site. If you or someone you know is in baby land this is a great place to sip and see.  Have your coffee in the morning over a good read!#lisaslane

Thinking baby in Lisa’s Lane!

How to Travels-The Quarterly Calendar

Growing up in a military family travel in my life is almost as important as water. I remember the days when hopping a plane out of the country with a return date being optional was a way of life, now that I’ve added kids into the equation those days are long gone.

This is where the plan comes in, and with a plan all trips are possible!

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Our home away from home in Galveston

I call this the quarterly travel plan.

First you draft your quarters based on every three months and what breaks or special occasion you would like to travel to celebrate.

  • January-March trips
  • April-June trips
  • July-September trips
  • October-December Trips

Second you choose a list of destinations based on local or international, who or what you would like to see and what mode of transportation you want to use. These can be combined, for example take a cruise to a beach, take a train to a region with snow.How to Travels

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  • One snow
  • Three beach destinatis
  • Trip to see family
  • Two international 7hrs or more travel time
  • One train ride
  • One boat excursion
  • One road trip

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Family time at Disneyworld

 

 

Third, arrange what trip fits what quarter and budget for that time of year after all you don’t want to take your most expensive vacation during a time taxes are due, kids are back to school or holiday season where spending is typically a little higher.  Living in Texas, Mexico is always an option for an all inclusive affordable fun trip.  Be sure to look at all of the travel websites and many of them have a payment plan option.  If you know what your plan is it is easy to make it happen versus waiting until the last minute trying to find something.

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Swimming with the dolphins in Cabo

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Fun with Friends in The Dominican!

Lastly, begin researching and planning your locations! We typically take about 2 international trips a year and explore the US on the weekends.

 

 

January
New years- Greatwolf Lodge Dallas

February
Valentines Day- New Orleans for our 9 year wedding anniversary

March
Spring Break-International (planning Paris)

April
Easter We usually enjoy church and activities around our wonderful city

May
Memorial Day- to our beach house we go!  This is a really expensive time of year to travel and it brings out a lot of behaviors in a lot of cities I don’t want my kids to see lol

June
Summer Begins-International The Canary Islands  This is also Kingston, Mila & Shannons birthday month so we will party like its 1999 June 23!!

July
Fourth of July- To our beach house we go again with lots of friends! This month is our Moms birthday so we will party and possibly take a train ride to Mississippi to see family

August
Back to School- last beach bash we typically go to Mexico hopefully Cabo again

September
START HOLIDAY PLANNING DECOR ETC

 

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Fall is beautiful in Henderson Nevada

October
Halloween

November
Thanksgiving and Black Friday 🙂  The beach house has typically been lonely so we spend the week leading up to the big day here#lisaslane

December
Christmas  I always plan a beach or snow tip for my birthday.  This December we will go to my dream place the Nickelodeon Studios park in Punta Cana Dominican republic super excited and after Christmas a group  of friends and I will take our families to do our annual New Years Eve Party at Greatwolf Lodge.  After we check out of Greatwolf we will re-book for next year thats one plan out of the way.

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All Aboard The New Jersey Transit

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Oxford, Mississippi mayhem with my sister and I!

 

 

 

 

Happy Travels From Lisa’s Lane