Monthly Archives: January 2016

February’s New Hot Topic… Play!

In today’s hectic world all too often play is thought of as childish and indulgent but recent studies by Dr. Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play, have revealed that play leads to greater light-heartedness, empathy, flexibility, adaptiveness, optimism, hope for the future and produces a sense of belonging. Play even promotes our being open to new ideas and increases our creativity.

 

So this February join me in rediscovering a life full of both wonder and play – a life where obstacles are successfully tackled with our newly enhanced skills of flexibility and adaptiveness. A life which promotes well being and ultimately leads to our relationships flourishing as a result of greater empathy, optimism and hope.

 

I can’t wait to embark on this journey with you all!

 

Wishing you all the joy and happiness you deserve,

 

x X x Jenny x X x

How to Avoid Living by Default and Design Your Ideal Life Part Four

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

 

Last week we looked at the areas of body and health, hobbies and interests and relaxation in our life audit. This week we explore the areas of family and friends and romance.

 

7) Family and Friends

 

Relationships are critical to our psychological and even physiological health. At the time of conducting my first life audit I hardly ever saw my friends and family. It was clear this area of my life needed a great deal of work. I scored a four out of ten.

 

Since becoming aware of how seldom I saw friends and family, I prioritized seeing them on a regular basis and the relationships in my life are now much stronger as a result.

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Two Year Budget Template

Hi All,

 

Just so you have all the tools you need to make 2016 the year you get control over your finances, helping you to effectively design the life you long for, I have designed a two year budget, including all the formulas you’ll need so that it will automatically calculate your savings in a spreadsheet format. This will help you to complete the process of your financial audit.

 

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Happy budgeting everyone!

 

Wishing you a prosperous year,

 

x X x Jenny Leigh x X x

How to inspire motivation by building a reward system into your life audit

Over the years I’ve come up with ways to reward myself for doing life audits. I find it helps me stay motivated and inspired to continue evaluating my life in this way every New Year. So, just to give you a boost and a surge of inspiration, I have listed my favorite ways to reward myself so you too can get the New Year off to a great start too.

 

Treats to have after scoring yourself for each of the eight life sections:

 

  • Have a coffee or hot chocolate
  • Have a small sweet
  • Listen to your favorite song on full blast
  • Call a friend for a quick chat and invite them out once your life audit is completed to celebrate

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How to feel the fear and do it anyway when it comes to life audits

One of my favorite books is Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway . It taught me that when we push outside of our comfort zone we will inevitably experience fear which, rather than being a bad sign, is actually positive as it indicates we are growing and advancing. The trick is to feel the fear and do it anyway! When I first sat down to do a life audit it was a very scary experience. For the first time I was confronting the reality of my life rather than doing anything I could to deny what a state it was in. In order for my life audit to be effective I had to brutally honest, I had to face what I feared the most – I had to accept that my life in need of a renovation.

 

But then something amazing happened, I started thinking about what I wanted my life to look like and I began to see the limitless possibilities in front of me. If, like me, you are hesitant to do a life audit take heart – the aim is not to dwell in self-pity but to envisage your life afresh, for without knowing where you are, you can’t move forward to where you want to be.

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Renewed Hope and Fresh Beginnings

I love the New Year; it makes me feel like anything is possible, like I’ve been given a second chance to fulfil my hopes and dreams. Over the years I’ve built up a kind of tradition to set myself up for the year ahead. I sit down with excitement and anticipation as I write out my life audit, upcoming goals and 40 before 40 bucket list review.

 

This year I thought I would give you an inside look into the process behind doing a life audit and why doing one is essential if you want to kick start the new year with intention and purpose. Think of this month’s hot topic as a precursor to my article on goals titled ‘How to turn your dreams into reality’. Back in 2009 honestly assessing where I was in life was the turning point that propelled me forward to create tangible goals, many of which I have since achieved.

 

Along with the series posts on Mondays they’ll be weekly posts with questionnaires to guide you through the process of conducting your very own life audit for each area of your life.

 

The eight key areas which we will be exploring in this month’s hot topic titled ‘How to Avoid Living by Default and Design Your Ideal Life’ are below:

 

  • Work
  • Finances
  • Time and Productivity
  • Body and Health
  • Hobbies and Interests
  • Relaxation
  • Family and Friends
  • Romance

 

The first instalment of this series is released on Monday the 4th January.

 

Happy New Year everyone, may this year be your best year yet!

 

x X x Jenny x X x