tips to get ready for new year
. We need as much energy as possible to create big ideas that will have big impact and then move mountains to make them happen. But this can not occur unless you get rid of the tolerations in your life (at work and at home) and free up some energy.Tolerations are anything that are bug you and drain you of your energy. They can be as simple as a button missing from your shirt or a pile of holiday things you have not yet put away. Or they can be r
Build in Reserves
. It would be great to buffer enough time to deal with every unexpected opportunity or crisis in our lives. But we all know the wheels go off the wagon every once in a while. This is when you need that buffer or emergency fund of time, energy, or meals in the freezer. Build some buffer into your schedule each day, week, month and year And then stock-up on supplies and create systems at the office and at home so you're you will have more energy
Build Rocks in Your Schedule
. Take a look at the big picture this year and start building your schedule in a systematic way. You do not even need focus areas or goals yet to do this step but if you do, you can work these in too. Batch items in your calendar around meetings, appointments, email, strategic thinking, and catch-up time. Now block off some time daily, weekly, monthly and yearly to represent these times. Give yourself some time each week (ideally a ? day to 1 d
. You may find that the goal you set in January is not working for you come March or April. If you are not able to reach your original goal, whether its because you do not have the time or the commitment, do not be afraid to lower your standards a bit and set a goal you can reach.
The Nitty Gritty
. Now that you have some idea of what you want to accomplish, you need to figure out how to get there. How much time do you need? How much will you realistically do? Setting up a program can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. At its most basic, it's as simple as sitting down with your calendar and deciding when you are going to do new year.
Figure out where you are going to do
. You can workout at the office, at home or on your lunch hour. You can set up your own program or use videos. Look at your schedule, your calendar and your budget and map out your plan before you get started.
. Before you jump into something, take some time to learn the basic guidelines for celebrating new year. Start at the Beginners Corner to see what you will need to set up a complete program.
Set up your cardio
. If you are a beginner, start with about one week for 20-30 minutes (or however much you can handle) of your new year plan. Sit down with your calendar and plan what you will do, how long you will do it and where you will do it.
Choose the Perfect Outfit
. Its time for the biggest celebration of the year-New Years Eve party and we all feel a little pressure about the whole situation. It does not matter if you are going to some spectacular night club or you will stay at home with a nice company, the most important thing is to look perfect for the big day. We all know that its not that simple to remember all things that must be done for you to look gorgeous, from head to toe. Thats why we have made t
Pick a Statement Necklace
. Pick a Statement Necklace
Sleep the Previous Night
. Ensure You have Had at Least Eight Hours of Sleep the Previous Night
Take a Shower
. Play Some Music to Put You in the Mood and Take a Shower
Shave Your Legs and Armpits
. Shave Your Legs and Armpits
Pluck Your Eyebrows
. You can not do as many things with them as your eyes, but they are incredibly important as they frame your face. You may have had them threaded, plucked or waxed professionally in advance but even so use a good magnifying mirror and lighting to pluck any rogue hairs. Remember not to over pluck you do not want to look constantly surprised Its best to pluck eyebrows at this stage after the shower because the pores on your face are more open and i
Apply a Face Mask
. Apply a Face Mask and Leave It on for the Required Number of Minutes
Paint Your Nails
. Check that they are all the same length and shape. Apply nail varnish. A base coat, colour and topcoat are essential for the best nails. When applying the three different varnishes, always be patient and leave 5 minutes between each stage otherwise the layers will mix, smudge and not have the desired effect (trust me). Remember attention to details is essential. If you prefer not to wear any colour on your nails then opt for a nude or pale pink s
Style Your Hair
. Curled, straightened, plaited, waved or natural - do whatever you like and whatever makes you feel beautiful. Use clips, flowers, Alice bands, bows or whatever you like. If you are willing to spread your wings, use hair accessories you would not usually use. Make sure that your hairstyle matches the essence of your outfit. Once your hair is done make sure you set it with a good quality hairspray to ensure so your hair stays in place.
Spray Your Favorite Perfume
. Put the Make-Up and Spray Your Favorite Perfume
. Do not make your resolution on New Years Eve. If you wait until the last minute, it will be based on your mindset that particular day. Instead, it should be planned well before December 31 arrives.
Outline Your Plan
. Decide how you will deal with the temptation to skip that New Year celebrations or have that piece of cake. This could include calling on a friend for help, practicing positive thinking and self-talk, or reminding yourself how your bad will affect your goal.
Make a Pros and Cons List
. It may help to see a list of items on paper to keep your motivation strong. Develop this list over time, and ask others to contribute to it. Keep your list with you and refer to it when you need help keeping your resolve.
Talk About It
. Do not keep your resolution a secret. Tell friends and family members who will be there to support your resolve to change yourself for the better or improve your health. The best-case scenario is to find a buddy who shares your New Years resolution and motivate each other.
. This does not mean that you can eat an entire box of chocolates if your resolution is to eat a better diet. Instead, celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that does not contradict your resolution. If you have been sticking to your promise to eat better, for example, reward yourself with new fitness clothing or by going to a movie with a friend.
Track Your Progress
. Keep track of each small success. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment will help keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, focus on losing the first five. Keep a food journal to help you stay on track, and reward yourself for each five pounds lost.
Do not Beat Yourself Up
. Obsessing over the occasional slip will not help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take one day at a time.
Stick to It
. Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. It wont happen overnight, so be persistent and patient!
. If you have totally run out of steam when it comes to keeping your resolution by mid-February, do not despair. Start over again! Recommit yourself for 24 hours. You can do anything for 24 hours. The 24-hour increments will soon build on each other and, before you know it, you will be back on track.
. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can know that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.
When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement
. My purpose is_______________________.
Take a morning walk of gratitude
. I call it a thank you walk. It will create a fertile mind ready for success.
Instead of being disappointed about where you are
. think optimistically about where you are going.
. breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
. adversity is not a dead-end but a detour to a better outcome.
. learning, loving, growing and serving.
Believe that everything happens for a reason
. Expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.
Do not waste your precious energy on gossip energy vampires issues of the past negative thoughts or things you cannot control
. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
. Mentor someone and be mentored by someone.
Live with the 3 Es
. Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy.
. theres no substitute for hard work in New Year day.
. New Year day when you wake up in the morning ask: What are the three most important things I need to do today that will help me create the success I desire? Then tune out all the distractions and focus on these actions.
Implement the NoComplainingRule
. Complaining is like vomiting. Afterwards you feel better but everyone around you feels sick.
Read more books than you did in last year
. I happen to know of a few good ones
Get more sleep
. You can not replace sleep with a double latte.
Focus on Get to vs Have to
. Not New Year But Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift not an obligation.
after new year party before you go to bed complete the following statements
. I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished____________.
Smile and laugh more
. They are natural anti-depressants.
Enjoy the ride
. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy it.
Variety matters and so does abundance
. If hors d' oeuvres are the only food served at your party, figure on 6 to 8 pieces per person. Serve at least 3 to 5 different itemsthe more the better. Your reputation as a savvy host and accomplished grill master is directly proportional to the elaborateness of your menu.
Finger food should be just that
. food eaten with your fingers.Use a delivery system that allows for one hand eating, so you don't have to put down your cocktail. Kebabs and sates come to mind, as do dips and chips, and mini-sandwiches and sliders. Try these Singapore beef sates named best in the city by the Straits Times.
As you build your menu
. include a few items that can be prepared ahead of time and served at room temperature, such as this explosively flavorful Fire-Charred Red Bell Pepper and Feta Cheese Dip.
Hors d oeuvres are supposed to be salty
. Salt makes the cocktails taste even better. Work with salty flavorings like anchovies, capers, soy sauce, and olives. Serve salty meats, like bacon and ham
Turn up the heat
. Nothing electrifies a cocktail spread (or makes you appreciate the drinks) like chile peppers and hot sauce. Poppers (cheese-stuffed, bacon-grilled jalapeno peppers) are a perennial pleaser, as are piri-piri chicken wings and shrimp.
Do not forget something
. Do not forget to provide guests with an obvious and convenient place to dispose of bones, skewers, toothpicks, olive pits, etc. And above all, do not be a short order cook at your own party. Plan and prep ahead to keep the actual time you spend at the grill during the party to a minimum.
Stay Fit & Healthy
. As much as we would love to start working out tomorrow , it does not usually happen that way. 60% of gym memberships go unused despite the optimism resolution makers feel in January. So this year, why not take the stairs instead of the elevator or walk your child to school instead of driving him. Fitness guru Gunnar Peterson lets us in on a magic wellness tip: Make sleep your priority for one month, get as close to eight hours every night and see
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
. Resolving to enjoy life to the fullest because it is January 1 is a little bit like waiting for a tragedy to appreciate your life. To not live a full life with what you already have is like buying a new car and only using 20 percent of its features. Therapist Robi Ludwig suggests you incorporate your dreams into your daily life. First write down what your dream is. If your goal is to be in a satisfying relationship, break down your goal into smal
Spend Less Save More
. To bring this grand statement back to reality, two finance experts weigh in. Farnoosh Torabi recommends that you, Check your bank balance daily. You need to know where you stand so you can make healthier choices. Daily Worth founder Amanda Steinberg offers this Make sure you are moving your savings into an actual savings account. Money moved to a separate savings account is less likely to be spent. So much of fluidity comes from proactively savin
. If your grand plan is to get organized, you might have dreams of filing every last piece of paperwork, putting all of our online photos into albums, and more. Instead, organizational expert Julie Morgenstern recommends changing your ways for the future, When you finish using something, place it back in its home immediately. Instead of thinking of it as putting it away, think of it as setting it up for its next use.
. The number one New Years resolution is losing weight. Yet, 95 percent of dieters regain the weight they lose. So why torture yourself? As a would be dieter, if you make small lifestyle changes instead of dramatic deprivations, you will achieve greater success. According to Dr. James Beckerman, cardiologist and author of The Flex Diet, The two most effective behaviors are easy and free: weigh yourself daily (and write it down), and keep a food dia
. After thoroughly cleansing the home, Chinese people will decorate it with auspicious red color decor items carrying golden inscriptions with the symbols of Happiness, Longevity, Prosperity, etc. Various flowers, such as Chrysanthemum, Lucky Bamboo, Plum Blossoms and others are used in the Chinese New Year home decor according to the specific meaning of each flower. You will also see the mystic knot symbol used in numerous decor items, as well as
What to wear
. Most Chinese people will also wear new clothes for the New Year celebration to honour the birth of fresh, new energy. Many will also wear clothing in specific colors to win the favors of the ruling zodiac sign and animal of the New Year.
. The big dinner is sure an important part of this beautiful celebration, and there is a variety of traditional dishes that are prepared specifically for the Chinese New Year. Many of these dishes are served because of their meaning and association with specific energies, as well as on specific days of this long celebration. For example fish in Cantonese sounds like abundance, so there is always a fish dish at the Chinese New Year celebration. The
. The morning after the New Years day many traditional red envelopes with a bit of money in them are given to children and friends. This symbolises a helping hand from the older generation to the younger one, as well as wishes for prosperity and financial well being. Small gifts are also exchanged between family members and friends. You might be familiar with the lion dance, which is often performed during the Chinese New Year in both businesses,
. Put your feet up and relax. Certainly the most enjoyable of the Chinese New Year superstitions, sweeping and cleaning is strictly forbidden. The Chinese believe cleaning means you'll sweep all of your good luck out the front door.
Time to Come Clean
. Before you can enjoy number two, you need to give the house a full spring clean, before putting cleaning tools in the cupboard on New Years Eve.
Read Between the Lines
. Be sure to stock up on reading materials before Chinese New Year, as Hong Kongs bookshops will be padlocked tight. In Cantonese, book is a homonym for lose.
. Make sure you avoid rough seas in the new year by not buying shoes over the holiday period. In Cantonese, shoes are a homonym for rough.
Balance the Books
. If you are in debt, its time to dip into your pockets and pay people off. The Chinese believe that if you start the new year in the red, you will finish it the same way.
. Caught round a campfire over the holiday period? No ghost stories. Tales of death, dying and ghosts is considered supremely inauspicious, especially during Chinese New Year.
Lady in Red
. Chinese New Year is packed with colors, and while all the colors of the rainbow bring good luck, its the color red that is considered the ultimate luck bringer.
. Hong Kongers have a sweet touch at the best of times, but Chinese New Year offers the perfect chance to raid the sweet shop, as eating candies is said to deliver a sweeter year.
Make New Year Preparations
. Organize, buy a new outfit, clean, declutter, re-arrange and refresh your decor.
. Bulbs, such as daffodils or hyacinths, are especially auspicious. Display these bulbs or other flowers such as azalea, pussy willow, lotus, or peony.
Make annual feng shui placements
. Put out remedies and enhancements. Have remedies from the past year? Put them outdoors in the sunshine to cleanse them or wash them in salt water.
Go out to eat for your meals
. For breakfast, have a big glass of orange juice (oranges represent gold). And if you just have to eat at home, make it finger foods. Cutting and chopping food represents cutting your luck and work.
Wear new clothes today
. New clothes represent the new that you want to be bringing into your life. Put on something red for an extra boost.
Have a good day
. The Chinese believe its bad to start the New Year by swearing, yelling at the kids, or getting angry or upset. So, take the day off from worry and anxiety. It might not be a bad idea to avoid the newspaper or the TV news Rent some funny movies to invite fun and enjoyment into your house for the new year.
Write wishes for the New Year
. Write wishes on ribbons or paper and affix to a tree to let them blow in the wind, much like a Tibetan prayer flag.
Do not forget to adjust your feng shui
. This is a critical part of the Chinese New Year festivities making sure your home is ready to welcome the auspicious annual energies and stop negative energies from coming into your house. Small feng shui changes can ward off a variety of problems from health and illness problems to loss of money and opportunities. Handling the negative annual energies means you can focus full on activating the years energies and the Snake has lots to offer in t
Research Chinese New Year
. Its a very significant holiday in Chinese culture and the festivities extend over a period of two weeks. The Chinese New Year is accompanied by a belief in good fortune, and there are many decorations around to herald the new year.Chinese celebrators head to temples to pray for good luck during the New Year celebration period. There they burn incense sticks and can also have their fortunes told. If you are not of Chinese descent but would like to
Symbol of good luck
. The color that is most recommended is red. Red is the color or symbol of good luck in Chinese culture. The number 8 also symbolizes good luck and wealth, as in Chinese the word for eight rhymes with fortune or wealth.Take care not to overdo the decorations. Display a few good ones to bring life and fortune from their brightness and colorful nature.Place flowers through the house, such as lotuses. Lotus flowers symbolize rebirth and new growth.Pla
Offer a sacrifice to the Kitchen God
. While this deity may have a funny name, it is like all gods and should be worshiped. This sacrifice could include foods such as fruits, for example. Good behavior should be used so that he will make a good report when he goes back to Heaven. Many families have a large poster of him in their kitchen.
Have a traditional dinner on New Years Eve
. This is one of the most important parts of the holiday and the food eaten at this time of year has traditional meanings related to the Chinese New Year. Some Chinese choose not to eat meat on the first day of Chinese New Year because each new year carries the name of an animal. The remaining days carry no such restrictions. Traditional dishes include fish, jai, chicken, law pak ko, lin guo (sticky rice cake), noodles and desserts. Dumplings play
Cook your own Chinese cuisine
. If you did like to do more than simply order at the local Chinese restaurant, try these delicious recipes suitable for Chinese New Year How to make Chinese dumplings, How to fry pot stickers, How to make Chinese New Year cake nian gao (sticky rice cake) How to make Chinese noodles in a peanut sauce ,How to make a Chinese bean paste bun ,How to make shrimp with Chinese lobster sauce.
Dress for the occasion
. If you have traditional Chinese clothing, this is the perfect time to wear it. Outfits can be purchased in Chinatown, and silk Chinese clothing is very beautiful. Prefer the color red for all your clothing during this time. Associated with joy, happiness, good luck, wealth and good fortune, red clothes will ensure that you are fully participating in the spirit of the celebrations. Gold is another suitable color, try combining the two for a very e
Interact with others in a positive manner
. New Year is a time of happiness and good fortune and its important to spread the goodwill. Avoid having any quarrels, fights, or negative attitudes during the New Year. These will bring you bad luck.When greeting other people during the New Year period, use greetings such as Gung hay Fat Choy and Gong Xi Fa Chai
Visit your relatives and friends
. This is the most important part of the New Year and is a time of connecting and sharing the celebrations together.Bring Angpau, the red envelopes, with you, to pass to children. Usually, the red envelopes are filled with money or treats. The red color is meant to scare away any evil spirits. These envelopes are usually given to the unmarried from the married. And for the sake of continued prosperity, its a good idea (or lesson) to encourage child
Set off firecrackers
. The firecrackers used in China and Hong Kong are loud, banging fireworks that are mostly lit on the ground. The loud noises are thought to scare the bad spirits away, to prevent them from bringing bad luck. Many Chinese choose to decorate their homes with plastic firecrackers too, to ward off bad luck and to symbolize the deafening noise made when the real firecrackers are set off
Visit a parade
. Parades are full of excitement, including firecrackers, activities, and dragon dancers. There are people who are disguised as dragons and lions, the dragon is revered in China rather than being viewed as a monster. Indeed, it could be said that the dragon almost symbolizes China itself. A five clawed dragon used to be worn by emperors on their clothes and they also wore yellow and other people were forbidden from doing so. Nowadays you can wear y
. Call friends for newyear program.
Find Your Motivation
. What is motivating you to lose weight? Do you want to look better in your clothes, feel more energetic, or simply improve your health? Get clear about what you want, and then use that to inspire you throughout your journey.if yours plan do party then you have to check in the mirror that everything still looks great.
Have a Plan
. in New Year If you were to go on a long road trip, you would not just jump in the car and go. If you did, you did arrive hungry, tired, and fatigued. Thats the same way you did feel if you jumped into a whole new lifestyle with no planning. Before January 1st arrives, outline the changes you want to implement and decide how you'll fit them into your schedule. Keep in mind that it may be best to take steps rather than tackle everything at once.
. Goals help measure progress. If you do not know where you want to end up, you wont really know how to get there. When making your goals, you need to make SMART goals: Specific,Measurable,Attainable,Realistic,Timely. For example, a SMART goal would be something like, I will walk for 15 minutes 3 days for one week. Or I will prepare one new healthy rec
Track What You Eat
. Looking closely at what you eat is often an eye opening experience. Use FitDays free online Calorie Counter and Fitness Log to keep track of everything you put into your body. You do not have to do it for the rest of your life, but it is a great habit to start. Tracking will help you tweak your diet so that you can still enjoy foods you love without sabotaging your weight loss or healthy eating efforts.
Use Reliable Resources
. It may be tempting to try a fad diet, but these are usually unrealistic, difficult to maintain, and sometimes even dangerous. Instead, find a reliable source of information to help you understand nutrition. The USDA offers a number of tools and resources, or you can consult a registered dietitian in your area. An RD is specially trained and can give you tips and tricks to help you achieve your specific goals.
Eat Breakfast Every Day
. Surely you have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is Eat a big healthy breakfast as early as possible. It will give you more energy, lead you to make healthier choices during the day, and keep you feeling full so you eat less later on.
Fill Up on Vegetables
. Vegetables are filled with nutrients, water, fiber, and very few calories. If you fill half of your plate with vegetables, you will get fuller faster and cut down your calories without feeling deprived. Use herbs and spices to jazz up vegetables instead of using butter and salt to flavor them.
Check all appliances
. Check that all appliances like curling tongs, straighteners etc are turned off for safety. Also turn off the music.
Take It Slow
. A major mistake many people make when trying to tackle a health resolution is trying to do everything at once. This is almost always a recipe for disaster. Spend a few weeks just trying to achieve 1-2 goals at a time. When you have established new good habits, put a couple more goals on your plate.
Be Prepared for Lapses
. A lapse is when you temporarily fall off the wagon. This is a normal part of the process, no one is perfect. It is important for you to take a moment to recognize that you got sidetracked, but don't use it as an excuse to throw in the towel. Every day is a new chance to start over, so return to your healthy lifestyle immediately.
. Setting fires is considered bad luck, so cook your food before the New Year.If setting off firecrackers is illegal in your country, do not risk trouble with authorities or others. Countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States have laws that partially, or completely ban the use of firecrackers.
Join the millions of people who will gather in Times Square to watch the Ball Drop or in Atlanta to watch the Peach Drop
. These are events that live up to the national attention they garner. If you're not close to these events, no problem. In many cities across the country people will meet and cheer the fireworks display and revel in a tradition originally designed to scare away evil spirits. Be sure you dress for the conditions.
Celebrate at home alone or with friends or family members
. Everyone sitting and staring intensely at the HDTV or old TV set with the rabbit ears will at least be warm and toasty. It doesn't matter that you aren't with a crowd, as long as the cable stays on, or the antennae doesn't move when it's close to midnight.
How to get lucky on New Years Eve
. New Year s Eve ,You want to start the year how you mean to go on. That might mean dancing crazily with your pals or it might mean waking up with a great guy.