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It is now 2022! We have made it through another year. How did you bring in the New Year? Was it spent with a special someone? The pandemic made 2020 and 2021 trying years. There is another variant, Omicron. You are probably like me and wondering if this will ever end. I say be thankful that you are alive. A lot of us didn’t make it. So, say hello to the New Year. Have you made your New Year’s resolutions, or have you given up on that? Me, I still make them every New Year. Reflect back over the previous New Year. Were you successful in accomplishing your resolutions? Why or why not? Maybe you set goals but not objectives. Goals are broad and lack detail. They don’t describe the steps necessary to obtain the desired results. Objectives map out in detail how you will achieve your goals.

Oftentimes, people confuse the two or think they are the same. They both refer to the result you want to accomplish. I will lose 40 pounds in 2022 is an example of a goal. Well, what do you plan to do to help lose the weight? It can’t be wished off. That only works in fairytales. To reach your goal, goals must be set. For instance, I will walk/exercise 3 days per week, I will eat healthier by cutting down on fried food and opting for baked, grilled, and boiled food, and I will gradually increase my water intake by adding 8 ounces per day until I reach my desired amount. Another example of a goal is, I plan to get a better handle on my finances since I never seem to have enough money. Pray tell, how do you plan to do this? A good place to start is to devise a budget listing your income and expense. Look at where your money is going and what areas can be trimmed or eliminated. Be sure to list that daily cup of coffee you get from Starbucks or that dress that looked so good on the online model. Hmmm, will it look the same on you? We all fantasize. Unnecessary purchases can add up. Time for a reality check. See the budgeting and finance page on my website: Together, let’s make 2022 a successful year by reaching all our goals and objectives.    

Emmerstine Mackie

Divorce Coach for the “Seasoned Woman”

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