I have been thinking about what is most important to me this week and the areas I hope to focus on over the next several months. Sadly my last remaining Aunt on my Mother's side of the family just passed away this week. Her death makes me the oldest surviving female on my Mom's family line and now gives me the role of Matriarch. As such I have created a list of areas where I hope to improve and share my thoughts to make the world a better place for my heirs. ( As we grow older we realize life is like a puzzle with many different components. )
My short list includes:
Health and fitness-a healthy body and mind are critical to everything I do. I feel much better if I do yoga and walk when I feel some stress. This allows me the strength to be in the right frame of mind to engage with my social and business spheres.
Social-my family and friends keep me going and they are the reason I feel the next two areas are vital. Likewise I thrive as a realtor by building my business network
Knowledge-It is critical to be aware of the world around us and the history that got us where we are today. I constantly read newspapers and social media to better understand the political and social climate of our environment and demography. When I am able I take courses in the real estate area to increase my market knowledge to better serve my clients. I also have been specializing in senior clientelle and have been trying to keep up to date in issues concerning the needs of seniors for housing, healthcare and transitional living stages.
Advocacy-given our current government I find it vital to be aware and make daily phone calls Daily Action and 5calls to elected officials to fight for and preserve our democracy. I try to watch a variety of newsstations, listen to podcasts and read the NYT, WSJ, Boston Globe and twitter feed of leading issues (liberal and conservation posts) and the comments to better understand where we are as a country and what I can do to preserve those values I deem important.
Organization (Business Plan and House/Declutter)-A major goal of mine is to keep my work environment and home clutter free. I work better when I can focus and need to have my surroundings in a ready "to go" position.
Below are some great articles and ideas that I found helpful with great suggestions and links to kickstart your 2018.
1) NY Times tips for a better 2018
2)Boston Globe-tips for a happy and healthy 2018
3) Family Circle January 2018 Online Pursuit of Happiness
4) NYT-A Year in Fitness
5) Huffington Post- The Best Financial Moves You Can Make in 2018
6) Advocacy - Daily Action or 5 Calls
If you have time I also recommend reading The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin. It has a month by month ideas to a happier you. There is also a podcast available now on itunes. see Happiness Project
I hope you enjoy these suggestions and have a wonderful start to your New Year. As the "Matriarch" I hope to lead my family by a good example. Happy 2018.
Wendy is a realtor with Coldwell Banker Needham. She always feels happiest when she is helping her family, friends and business contacts. She can be reached at www.wendybcb.com,