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And so we have entered into another new year -- 2011. This is the time when many of us tend to make new plans and resolutions, set new goals, and make decisions to do various things in our lives.

We make plans to lose weight, earn more money, get out of debt, end relationships or marriages, further our education, move, start businesses, and various other changes in our lives...for the better. Yes - usually these resolutions, goals, plans, affirmations, and decisions are meant to bring betterment into our lives. But, do we really have to wait until it's a new year to make these changes? I don’t think so! Why procrastinate with betterment? Don’t you want it now?

Friends, I’m here to tell you that these same decisions can be made any day, any time, or any year. When we wait until the New Year begins, we are usually fired up as it has the feeling of being a fresh start, due to the fact that it's a new year. But what I have seen happen many times is that those same fresh feelings gradually die a slow death as the months in the year go by.

What works with any new plan, goal, decision or resolution you may make, is that if it is written down, broken down into appropriate segments, diaried/calendared, follow-ups completed, executed and checked off step by step as the time progresses. That is what has worked for me and several people I know. We can always make a million verbal plans, but when it's written down, followed-up and actually implemented, it becomes real.

So, with each new decision, plan, goal, resolution, affirmation - whatever it may be that you made at the onset of the New Year, get yourself a notebook, write it down, date it, calendar each step, follow-up, check off each step accomplished, and move on to the step. Continue this process until you have completed your plan. Doing this ensures that you were actually very serious when you made them, and that you were not just saying them to make yourself or anyone else feel good.

Go ahead. Do it now! I'm really hoping you will. If you do, will you share your marvelous accomplishment(s) with me at the end of 2011?


During my Humanities class last Thursday, my 5-year old grand-daughter Marley, sent me a text (yes she knows how to, reads very fluently and speaks very well) just saying hello.  After class, I returned her text and she replied asking me what was I doing. I told her I was on my way home from school.  She then sent me a text saying "call me", so I did.

"Hi my li'l are you?" "I'm fine grandma...grandma! I didn't know grandmas go to school?" "Some of them do," I replied. "But how come?" she asked. "I thought school was for children?" I then proceeded to explain to her that for some adults who never had the chance earlier on in their lives to complete their education, they return to school later in life to do so.  She wanted to know if there were children in my class, if the teacher was younger than I was, if there were other grandmas and grandpas in the class...all sorts of questions.  I could picture her little face when she hit me with the barrage of questions.

After answering them all as best as I could, she said she understood and wished me good luck, reminding me to make sure I always do my homework! Look at what I've now  lived to grand-daughter reminding me about my schoolwork! It was such a great feeling! She now knows that anyone can go to school at any age, as long as you have the drive and the desire to complete your education...which by the way, I do. I'm in the process of completing my degree.

I believe I'm setting an example for her and my other grandchildren to show the importance of education.