"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us"

Ralph Waldo Emerson 
Rev. Jay Smith Jr.
The H.O.M.E. Center
3892 Lancaster Drive NE ~ Salem, Oregon 97305 ~ 503 363-3926
January 2020
Winter Weeding
Are you beginning to wonder what is in store for us in the upcoming New Year?  Remember the old saying "Like attracts Like"?  If we have not replaced or removed negative events from our past and replaced them with positive deeds and actions the new year will likely repeat the events of past years. I know sometimes it is difficult or hard to get out of the rut, however it really is our choice.  It is easy to make wishes or write goals and objectives for the New Year, but they can get changed, lost or dropped as the days march by. This can happen because the basic memory bank of our brain erases them because they don't have the same amount of energy that negative thoughts have and those negative memories keep attracting the same old stuff. The result is that nothing changes.

What if we start weeding out the thoughts that are in conflict with our goals and objectives for the New Year?  We deserve to have all those goals materializing in our daily life because they are the rewards for doing the work.  I always compare those successes to the best desserts we have ever had. When other people are crying they have the same old troubles at knocking at their door, we can cheerfully say, we changed our way of thinking and we only attract what gives us pleasure and is for our highest and greatest good. This time next year, you could be toasting the next New Year with great newness and light. 

I love you all for all you do to make our world better.  God's unending blessings of success will show up to all of us as we do our part. Happy, healthy New Year to you dear friends

Rev. Jay

1. Drink more water
This may be one of the most common New Year’s resolution ideas…But, that doesn’t make it a bad one! We could all use a little more water in our daily lives. You can keep track of your water intake with an app, journal (free printable) or a marked water bottle.

2. Move more, sit less
Between desk jobs and long commutes, I think we’re all guilty of sitting too much. And it turns out that sitting is the new smoking (it’s terrible for your health!). So, make it a goal to start daily walks, bike rides or running. Just something to get you up and moving a little more often!

3. Make plans to explore & travel
Take camping trips, visit the next town over, or go to National Parks. There are 5 opportunities in 2020 to visit National Parks for free! Whatever you do, just shake up your usual routine.

4. Prioritize eco-friendly choices
Making a positive impact in the world might feel futile as an average person. Little decisions add up as a whole, though. Voting with your wallet is an important step you can take towards being more eco-friendly.

5. Volunteer more often
There a lot of mores on this New Year’s resolutions list, huh? Well, that’s because the goal of self-improvement is to enrich our lives, so we have to add MORE to it! And volunteering time to help improve your community is a great way to give back. After all, you can never go wrong with charity work.

6. Adopt an attitude of gratitude
The simple act of giving thanks has scientifically proven benefits. Gratitude is a small perspective shift, but it can significantly change your life.

7. Send handwritten letters
Older folks, like grandparents & aunts/uncles, LOVE getting snail mail. Brighten a relative’s day and get in touch with your offline self by sending a few handwritten letters this upcoming year. And did you know that there are services (like Handwrytten) that handwrite letters/cards for you?

8. Spend 5 minutes a day cleaning
Cleaning just a few minutes each day will keep small messes from snowballing into a bigger problem. Or maybe some areas are already looking like a disaster zone. The 5-minute technique will make dealing with it feel more manageable.

9. Call mom/siblings/grandparents more
Be the one who makes the first move! A phone call is always more personal than a text or email. And people close to you, such as your mom, really appreciate hearing from you.

10. Pick a time to wake up & stick to it!
It’ll be difficult at first with your warm, comfy bed calling to you. But in the long run, waking up at the same time will help you get better sleep.

11. Develop a skincare routine
Tire of never being able to predict when your skin is going to be irritated and when it’s going to be clear? Or maybe you just want to up your game?

12. Live simply, consume less
You don’t have to go whole hog with a minimalist lifestyle, but try being a little more conscious of your spending decisions. You’ll end up saving money and decreasing junk clutter in your life.

13. Be consistent with meal times
New research has revealed that breakfast is not the most important meal of the day. In fact, it’s better to skip it altogether when it comes to weight loss. If you want to give your metabolism a boost develop regular eating patterns. Several studies have found evidence that irregular meal frequency is linked to negative consequences. Eating irregularly (i.e. snacking at random times) can send confusing signals to your body. Consistency helps your digestive system know what to expect. Which in turn helps it function better.

14. Perfect one recipe
Pick a recipe you love and truly master it. Get familiar with it so that you can remember every step by heart.

15. Turn on music instead of the TV
I like having white noise in the background when I’m doing stuff. Music is a nice alternative to flipping on a show.

16. Remember your goals and the big picture
It’d be a shame if all the New Year’s resolution planning you did went to waste. So be sure to write down your goals and keep them somewhere where you’ll remember to do them. Like in a planner!

17. Set a monthly budget
The first step to taking control of your finances is evaluating where you are. Reexamine your budget (at least monthly. It is the key to long term budgeting success.

18. Try something new
This idea is pretty open-ended: You could try:  yoga, baking, DIY projects, meditation or art classes.

19. Take breaks more often
The Pomodoro technique is a productivity hack that really works.

20. Floss every day
Your dentist (and teeth) will love you for it!

21. Practice intentional breathing
Intentional breathing is the quickest way to recalibrate the nervous system. It’s a simple but powerful tool for reducing stress. Studies also suggest that breath control has other health benefits.

22. Ditch one bad habit
It could be nail-biting, smoking, eating out of boredom, etc. Just pick one bad habit that’s dragging you down and work on eliminating it from your life. You can’t expect perfection overnight, but with consistency, you’re sure to achieve your goal.

23. Create a bedtime routine
This circles back to having a set time for waking up every day!As easy as it is to get sucked into playing with your phone all night, it’s been shown to have negative effects on your health.

24. Get in touch with your creative side
Paint, draw, read, dance – do things that inspire you! Get back in touch with your creative side in the upcoming year.

25. Make time for self-care
Out of all of the New Year’s resolution ideas, this one should be a priority! Do something nice for yourself once a week. It could be making time to read your favorite book, enjoying a long bath, or treating yourself to a manicure. Pick something that recharges your batteries BIG time.
70 Truly Good New Year’s Resolution Ideas for 2020