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"Kids' Rules, Pa-It-Forward, and Buckets: Simplicity and Goal Setting"

Happy January!

So here we are ... new calendar on the wall (hidden, perhaps, behind the Christmas decor boxes still stacked by the back door), a boatload of digital photos from the holidays to catalogue, a few resolutions still dancing around in our heads, and annual goals to hammer out.  Yippee!

If you haven’t quite gotten your New-Year-Fresh-Sheet-Of-Possibilities-Awaiting-My-Magic-Wand goal sheet in front of you yet, we understand.  January is one big exhale for us as well, so this month we’re keeping things simple.

Being the performance ninjas that we are, we must speak briefly about the importance of creating an annual Mindful Aspirations Plan capturing the things you most want to focus your energies on in 2015.  This map flows from our Purposeful Performance Model, and the clarity, alignment, commitment, execution, evaluation and celebration that leads to the development of robust action plans.  To help get you in goal-setting mode, we’ve have gathered up some of the things we’ve found helpful in our own search for mindful life enlightenment.  We hope you find the stories you’re about to read the kind of inspiration that leads to some seriously awesome goals and aspirations for yourself.  It’s good to remember that  sometimes the smallest and simplest of things gives us the insights we’re most hoping for.

 A couple weeks ago, the “Kids’ Rules” sign you see pictured above arrived in our mailbox.  Grama had sent it, and while the negotiating continues on a couple of the rules, we found the notion of daily living as suggested an exciting proposition.  Beyond the obvious, we love what these words communicate about quality of life, and how easily we can remain energized, engaged, and present in our daily moments if only we live by these rules.  Using our outside voices inside isn’t just about volume ... it’s about authenticity, and being in sync, and bringing our “recess” energy into our “classroom” spaces, and having fun personally and professionally ... so many things that lead to a richer, more satisfying life.

All of us have time management challenges, and the thought of working “purposeful” into our lives can seem daunting.  Like the kids’ rules, however, it’s often the simplest of gestures that can provide the kick-start we need to get our mindful game on.  Take this story about a young boy who finds $20 in a parking lot, and decides to give the money to a service person and his family that was dining in the same restaurant.  A simple gesture of kindness, and the world tilts ... so inspiring!  Check out Miles’ Snowball Express charity, and enjoy making the world a better place!

 You’re likely familiar with the idea of bucket lists, but have you heard about bucket filling? The thought that we can replenish our own gratitude buckets by doing kind deeds for others has been beautifully articulated by author Carol McCloud in her book, “Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide To Daily Happiness For Kids.  Whether you call it a bucket, a bank account, or a gas tank, there’s something about spreading joy around that speaks to our innermost passions and desires.  Give it a whirl, and be sure to share your experiences with us!  (And check out website for more incredible kindness ideas.)

Finally, meet Karise Eden.  The newly crowned “Soul Queen of Australia” has a voice that just won’t quit, and we continue to be inspired by her message and story.  Feel the love!

Happy 2015, enjoy turning your possibilities into reality, hug the ones you’re with, and get ready to have the best twelve months ever!

Still curious,

Sharon and Susan

The Ten Dot Chicks

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