Well, it has been a while since I’ve done a Top Five Tuesday. I don’t know how people come up with weekly TFT! JEEZ! Let’s begin, shall we?

It seems like the word of the decade is MINDFULNESS. It is everywhere- books, Youtube, Yoga class etc. MINDFULNESS can apply to so many aspects in one’s life! This year I have been reflecting a lot on finances. I’ve set some pretty tough financial goals for myself so I have to be mindful of certain things in order to achieve the goals. Much like the rest of America, I have certain retail weaknesses – Starbucks, clothes, stationary or pretty much anything at Hobby Lobby. So in my Happy Planner I have inserted a little unofficial manifesto to remind myself to save money. Here are my top 5 –

  1. Reading, writing and learning are all FREE (and will enrich your life!)
  2. Rearrange or repurpose. Don’t buy new.
  3. Look around – you have so much already.
  4. You have everything you NEED (most consider WANT over NEED tisk tisk)
  5. Saving money feels better than buying something.

So there it is. Below is a modified version (mine has some more personal items) which you can save to your computer and print. It should fit into a classic size Happy Planner or you can just post it somewhere in your office!

Tradition & Reflection

We just finished the season of tradition and reflection right? Although, I feel Christmas is so clouded by retail stuff that we kind of lose sight of the reflection part. My husband and I have a little tradition of our own. At the end of the year I make up a photo album. It contains our favorite photos I have saved throughout the year. When the albums arrive we take out the previous years albums and view them all. Sure it takes a while but it brings us for a trip down memory lane. This helps if you’ve had an especially bad year. It is a reminder of a fresh new start with adventures ahead.

Cheers!