Happy New YOU!

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Happy New YOU!

Make ME-time a goal for the new year.

Each year I have attempted to make new year resolutions, I fail miserably. It seems to be the general consensus of the populace to do the same, by February 1st many of the news outlets are speaking about it, folks are exclaiming it all over social media, that the many resolutions that people make have gone under with a return to eating junk food, smoking, gossiping, or whatever one's particular commitment was.


Resolutions are hard to keep, that's the very reason I don't make them, I think because they're too regimented, nicely packed in a box that says "all or nothing". Me, I prefer goals. As I expressed in our recent 2017 kickoff staff meeting, goals are to be pursued, and not within a certain time frame. You must leave room for error, room for a different road to the goal, taking one-step at a time.


My 2016 goal was to have our e-commerce website up and running, goal accomplished just in a nick of time, the last week of the year. But, because it was a goal, I would not have felt defeated it if it launched the first week of January 2017, the goal doesn't change, only the road to get there. Happily, a hard working team of people made it happen, now there's goals inside the goal to contend with, and we will, one-step at a time.


My 2017 goal is one that I feel we all need, to have more ME time. I had an awakening experience recently when my staff surprised me with a limo picking me up at home with three of my BFF's inside, whisking me off to the Kohler Spa for the most amazing hot stone therapy massage I've ever had in my life, well, it was the only hot stone massage I've ever had, but I can't imagine one being better! While I was on the table, it ran through my mind over and over that I must, I will, I have to do more of this in 2017, it's a goal like no other.


I encourage you to do the same, it may not be regular massages, but anything that takes you inward, anything that clears your mind taking you away from the daily grind. Visit museums, an arboretum, a solo date with yourself to a movie and dinner, walks on the lake, just to name a few. I'm also excited to start yoga this month, not knowing what to expect but my mind is made up with expectancy of my body catching up.


So for 2017, be GOAL driven, you'll feel great by February with no worries of a failed resolution. And in all things, be grateful for the process, every new day with a chance to get it right. Start a Grateful Jar adding a little note of a special blessing, accomplishment, funny moment, or whatever you may be grateful for each day. On December 31, take the time to read each little note, you're sure to have a WOW moment!


Pickup a big jar from a local craft store, add a small note of something you're especially grateful for each day of the year, read them all on December 31st for guaranteed happy feelings!



  1. Bridgette Ruiz Bridgette Ruiz

    You are right Mz Mel!!! Luv the idea about the jar. It's never too late to start and I deserve to luv myself more. Thank You

  2. debra sellers debra sellers

    I am going to start a jar today. thanks so much for the idea. be Blessed in 2017.

  3. Tabatha Tabatha

    Thank you for the reminder to take care of ME and to set goals and accomplish them. Many blessings and much success to you MEL. Happy 2017

  4. Christine Tyler Christine Tyler

    Thank you so much for the advice, I will differently make this a goal for me this year seeing that I have so much to be thankful for


  5. Sylvia Sylvia

    Mel, I absolutely loved your blog and it really touched my heart! Suprisingly, It sounds like a few conversations that I have had with a few of my female friends that are natural born nurtures who have never taken time out for them-selves! Mel, enjoy 2017 and your new beginnings!
    ~Live your best life everyday~

  6. Sheila Sheila

    Mel - your blog was thought provocative-need to love thyself more and set goals that are attainable - for me baby steps - but looking forward - just do it - Thank You

  7. Irish Lewis Irish Lewis

    I never make resolutions but this blog open my eyes to something very important. It's time for me to LOVE ME, MYSELF and I! Time for me to just take off to anywhere @ anytime w/no fear! Thank You so much and I will buy my jar tomorrow. Happy New Year!

  8. Aesha Aesha

    We as Women have the responsibility of taking care of so much we need to keep our self at the top of that list! Excellent article !

  9. Hattie Hattie

    I like the idea of loving me more and setting a goal. My problem is I tend to take on too many family isssues. I've decided to pray, and let God. I will definitely start the gratitude jar.

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