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#1 Get Inspired!

What do you want your life to look like? What are your biggest dreams? What actions can you take this year to move in the direction of those dreams and achievements? The best goals are a bit scary, challenging, and still motivating. Get excited about what you are going to achieve this year.

#2 Discuss

Chat through some ideas with your partner, mom, dad, siblings, colleagues, and friends. Whoever is on your ‘board of directors’. The people who help shape and direct your life. People who are interested in seeing your success and happiness.

#3 Goal Setting

Traditional goal setting would tell you to set SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timebound. These are good guidelines, however, my recommendation is a mix of straight forward SMART goals and a mix of dream goals. Setting these both helps stay focused on the long-term dreams and the immediate activities it takes to achieve them. Go get ‘em!

#4 WRITE IT DOWN

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Counting Hope tells the story of the small steps I took to create confidence and security for myself and my daughters. Today this approach has helped me create some boundaries for the quarantining we are all doing. We have defined each day of the week with a simple ‘to do’ task. This has helped create a separation for each day, look forward to something, and provide some predictability for our family. Monday is clean the floors day. And we have Toilet Tuesday, Left Over Wednesday, Sheets and Towels Thursday, and Movie Night Friday. Movie night is complete with home made pizza, movie candy, and popcorn. We cap off (or start) the week with a fancy dinner on Sunday in the dinning room.

“These mechanisms have generated a routine and some definition of each day. I now look forward to Saturday morning and sleeping in, something I have not done before.”

Our family has always been into board games and puzzles and this quarantine period has allowed us to take it up a notch. Lauren is now well versed in Scrabble and the girls and I have mastered Harry Potter...

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We were overwhelmed with your love and support when launching Hopey in Chicago, Southern Indiana, and Bloomington. Seeing so many of the cast, characters, and locations from the book was a trip down memory lane. Thank you friends, family, colleagues, and marketing team for reading the book and coming to our launch events.

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