Thankful Thursday/Goals Update

Hi All!  We took a momentary hiatus, because both LL and I are cooking up some AMAZING things in 2017!

In 2016 we both decided to take you all on our Goals Journeys.  It was honestly, a really rough journey for me, and while LL is great at keeping a brave face toward her goals, it wasn’t a piece of cake for her either.

We hope that you set your goals for 2017 down in writing somewhere, and are doing something daily, weekly, or at least monthly to help you take the steps toward who you want to be and what you want out of life.  And if you need a little direction, check out this blog from last year! And if you’re worried about losing this page if you click–don’t–it will open that post in a new window!

So because this is #thankfulthursday I wanted to let you know about things that we are incredibly #thankful for that are up and coming because of our 2016 Goals!!!

I am SO thankful for debt assistance–and that so many companies are out there to help.  This is not an advertisement, at all, but I found GreenPath.  Incredibly nice people, and although I was TERRIFIED, because for some reason it was easier to ignore my debt than to tackle it, until now.  And in 4 years I’ll be debt free!!  So, if you’re thinking of doing this…. stop thinking, and go DO!  It’s ok to ask for help.  In fact it’s totally worth it!!

LL is thankful that she challenged herself to further her business in Pilates, and she is soaring to new heights–even heading retreats to Cambodia and Hawaii this year!  I don’t know if there are still spots open, but if you’re interested, you can check it out or reach out to her through this link!

I don’t know about you, but I’m thankful for LL–who’s BIRTHDAY is TODAY!!

And finally, I’m thankful that because of my 2016 Goals made me work harder to finish my first novel.  Which, I’m incredibly excited to type this, will be published February 13, 2017!!  You can go purchase the eBook via presale at Kobo, Barnes and Noble, or in the Apple iBooks app.

In other words, we’re thankful that our 2016 goals quest lead us here.  We won’t be taking our 2017 journeys with you, but we WILL be taking them.  Here is to 2017!



Thankful Thursday

Each week we encourage you to tune in, join the discussion and pass on your own thankful thoughts!

We are thankful for the goals we set out before us!  They will make us stronger, or at least enlighten us if the path we are looking out on, is the one we really want to take!

We are thankful for big changes!  We here at LiveClareLesley are feeling like big change is in the air for us both!  And as always we will keep you posted on any exciting news!

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Happy New You!

Happy 2017 LiveClareLesley Readers!  WE MADE IT!  Shew, the end of 2016 was rough for many, I hope you made it through relatively unscathed.  LL visited me in NYC–happy happy dance!

We have many ideas for 2017–but more about those later (we took the last couple of weeks off, and just spent them with family and trying to relax a little!)

In 2016, LL and I blogged about our goals for the year, and then blogged about them weekly.  I’m happy to report that I did well with most of my goals–I’m still going to cycling class and tap class weekly and doing sun salutations in the morning; I’ve signed up for credit management; I paid a copy editor, and made a cover for my book; and I cleaned up my closet!  WooHOO!!

2017 is going to be the Year of More Strength, for me.  I’m going to love myself, and focus on my strengths, and work out (or come to terms with) my weaknesses.

Last year I read an article about personal strengths;  it suggested that the reader write out 20 strengths, no matter what they are.  Mine spans from saying that I can cook almost anything, to being courageous, to being able to load a dishwasher to the max–and everything still gets clean, to being able to spot a movie from a 10 second clip.  I found this handwritten paper as I was cleaning in the last weeks of 2016–it had somehow disappeared, and resurfaced just in time for the end of year reflecting that I did while getting a marvelous tan in Aruba (yes, I’m bragging).  I put the paper up on the wall by my door out of my room–so I see it every time I walk out of my room.  It reminds me that I’m great, no matter what I’m going through, or what I have to face in my day.  This silly exercise that was rather excruciating at the time, is one that I’m using to remember my greatness.

Homework time:  Go write 20 of your strengths down (it can be more, but NO LESS than 20).  Be contemplative, but don’t belabor it… remember strengths change.  Just write what comes to mind–seriously, my movie thing is very silly, but its something I’m really good at.  If you feel like sharing, leave a comment and let us know what your favorite of your strengths are.  For now, just revel in your strengths.  We’ll work on other things later, for now, just enjoy and love your strength!