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It's Christmas Eve and I'm shutting down for the remainder of the year. I hope you are also.

I recently attended Oolapalooza, in Las Vegas. In short, it was a goal setting experience for 2020. The event was challenging, fun and stretched me outside of my comfort zone on numerous occasions. 

In 2020, I'll be brining you a new program to help you with your goals, work through challenges and accelerate creating and living the life you want to live. 

One of the most meaningful exercises I participated in was the "Year in Review."  

Grab a warm drink, find a quiet place and take a moment between now and December 31st to reflect on 2019 and answer these questions. Feel free to share with me any revelations you had during this process.

  1. The three best things that happened to me in 2019.
  2. My three fondest memories in 2019.
  3. The three "not so hot" memories of 2019.  (I want you to write them down, and if you are struggling with something that happened in 2019, make a goal to move forward in 2020. 2019 is in the past. Focus on the present and your future!)
  4. Three goals I accomplished in 2019.
  5. Three goals I missed in 2019. (Maybe jot down why you missed these goals.)
  6. The greatest lessons I learned from my "not so hot" and missed goals.
  7. The three most influential people in my life in 2019 (note if they are good influences or bad).
  8. What one thing would you do differently in 2019?
  9. What word best describes your year in review?

I hope you found this exercise helpful. I look forward to serving you in 2020. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Stephanie

Inspirational Speaker and Award-Winning Author of “The Giving Challenge: 40 Days to a More Generous Life” and "The Gratitude Challenge: 41 Days to a Happier, Healthier, & More Content Life"

As we countdown to Christmas, I would love for the Giving Gal community to sprinkle kindness everyday between now and Christmas. Here are a few ideas, but feel free to share in the Giving Challenge FB group, ways you are giving!

December 18th– Send a Christmas card to someone that's not on your list. Better yet, give a card to a stranger.

December 19th– Leave a treat for your mail carrier. I'm filling bags with chocolate, a hot chocolate packet and a note.

December 20th– Give a donation, any amount will do, to your favorite nonprofit organization.

December 21st– Have a family baking day and give sweet treats to your neighbors. Bonus points for giving to a neighbor you don't know.

December 22nd– On this day in 2003, my friend, Trooper Scott Patrick was shot and killed in the line of duty. In memory of Trooper Patrick, buy a meal or a warm drink and say thank you to a police officer.

December 23rd– As you ramp up for the final days of the Christmas holiday, find a way to give to yourself. 

December 24th– Call a relative or friend who can't be home for Christmas.

December 25th– Spend quality time with friends and family.

I would love to hear your stories and better yet, spread your Christmas joy in giving on social media and challenge your friends to get involved. Use #GivingChallenge.

With gratitude, 

Stephanie
Inspirational Speaker and Award-Winning Author of "The Giving Challenge: 40 Days to a More Generous Life" and “The Gratitude Challenge: 41 Days to a Happier, Healthier, & More Content Life”

I don't know about you but my December is crazy. I just got back from a speaking engagement in Nashville, TN and flew directly to Las Vegas for a goal setting conference. I'm home for a couple of days and then head to southern Indiana for a baking event, then New York City, and back to southern Indiana. Whew! I'm tired. Can you relate?

Yesterday on the plane ride home, I whipped out my laptop and scheduled my workout times. This morning I called and scheduled a massage. I'm scared if I didn't put myself on the calendar, I wouldn't think to give to me also.

Your "give to yourself" challenge is to get out your calendar and schedule "me time." And then more importantly than scheduling, is to be disciplined and don't schedule over your appointment and give it to someone else. Make you a priority!

Blessings,

Stephanie

Inspirational Speaker and Award-Winning Author of “The Giving Challenge: 40 Days to a More Generous Life”


Happy Giving Tuesday! I think every day should be Giving Tuesday, don't you?

If you miss this week to participate, that’s okay, pick a Tuesday in the future and create your own Giving Tuesday. Why you are at it, maybe challenge a few friends to participate with you.

We’ve created “Giving Tuesday” gift tags for you to download and recorded a video to give you ideas on how you can give on Giving Tuesday.

Snap a pic when you create and/or give your gift and share it with me on social media! I’d love to see how you are giving.

Blessings,

Stephanie

Inspirational Speaker and Award-Winning Author of “The Giving Challenge: 40 Days to a More Generous Life”