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Tips For Living Life (January)

Demas is a professional author and freelancer. He published and edited two newspapers. Writing, for him, is just a way of sharing.

Definitely not Popsickles weather!

January is a month of freezing and thawing and freezing again.

January is a month of freezing and thawing and freezing again.

Thirty-one Days

January's here!

Thirty-one days to start fresh.

Carpé diem time.

If you resolved to make it through 2021, congratulations! You made it!

There are some more resolutions you can make for 2022, and these are guaranteed to make 2022 even better than 2021!

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J Join a new group.

Your choice, but make it a new group. It can be a class, a church, a crafts/hobby/social/dance/political, or any other group of your choice. When you are mixed in with new people, horizons expand, friends multiply, learning and creativity blossom.

A Advertise something.

Your choice, but advertise an invitation. It can be to sell something you no longer need, but that is good enough for someone else to want. Perhaps you have a skill others might like to learn, advertise it. Start a social group around gardening, flowers, games like Bridge or Chess, quilting, a favorite service project for shut-ins, the elderly, or even music/singing/stamp collecting/travel/ investment.

N Plan your own "Night Out."

At least once this month (and more often if you like) plan going out for the night. The night out doesn't have to be expensive. It could be a walk when the moon is full. It could be taking in a hit movie, musical, concert, even a performance at the local high school, a basketball game, an evening program of vespers, a trip to the library to check out the new titles and take one home to read. Getting out is refreshing, recharging, and as good as home may be, the rest of the world is "out there."

U Unite with someone.

It doesn't have to be uniting with family or existing friends. You will do that anyway. Unite with someone from your past. Recontact a favorite former neighbor you just heard from at Christmas time. Make your contacts something more than just a "once a year at Christmas" relationship. Introduce two friends to each other. They both like you. Chances are they will like each other. Unite yourself with a group you admire, for example someone you know who exercises, someone who could use your stopping by, or your help.

A Amaze yourself.

Purposely reach beyond your own comfort zone and try something new. You don't know what you are missing, until you try something you always thought might be fun, but you never attempted. It doesn't have to be ice skating, or ballroom dancing. It could be volunteering at a senior center, stopping by an assisted living center at meal time and helping out, asking to volunteer at your local school. You could even take on a part time job, if your time permits.

R Renovate something.

Making something new again can give a lot of personal satisfaction. What is there just lying around, or stored away, that used to bring you some joy, or serve a useful purpose, that you could fix up, get repaired, organize, or (with a little effort) share with someone else? Renewing relationships can be joyful experiences and resuming a useful skill you haven't made use of in too long a time can refresh the mind and bring you joy again.

Y Yield to the enticing of the spirit.

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You know better than anyone else what it is that can make this month the best month of a great year ahead. Perhaps you have always wanted to X, Y, Z, but just never got around to it. Schedule it and do it. There may be things you know you need to get done but keep putting off. Do them instead of just letting them fester. You know you will eventually do them, wipe that particular list clean and free yourself to do something more fun and pleasing to you.

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Every year has its own beginning. This particular month can set a new pattern for life in the months ahead. January is one of the seven longest months of the year. How you use its 31 days can be the start of a new life of adventure, optimism, and accomplishment. Why not plan now to make the most of them? The relevant saying is: "Failing to plan is planning to fail." Opportunity knocks. Open the door....and go out.

Don't be snowed in by inertia....try being snowed out for a change!

Snowed under simply means it's time to get out from under!

Snowed under simply means it's time to get out from under!


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Demas W Jasper (author) from Today's America and The World Beyond on December 29, 2016:

Here we are at the threshold of another year, 2017! Change is in the wind; good or bad remains to be seen, These "Tips For Living" from 2016 are just as good for 2017. Take stock. How did you do incorporating these into your life in the last 12 months? Which of these looks appealing for 2017? 2017 won't be "a different year" if your year ahead is just "the same old same one." If you crave something different, make some changes...good ones.

Demas W Jasper (author) from Today's America and The World Beyond on February 05, 2016:

annart - Two minds with some shared thoughts. It is well said (by someone unknown) "Give up friends as slowly as you made them." I think keeping contacts alive is a worthwhile resolution for the year.

Ann Carr from SW England on February 05, 2016:

I know I'm doing this backwards! Just come from February so a little time travel. I'm amazed how many of those things on your list I actually did in January. All great ideas, mostly the one about contacting an old friend or neighbour - I did just that and we're scheduled to meet up this year.


Demas W Jasper (author) from Today's America and The World Beyond on January 03, 2016:

Dear Deb - Lots of Black-eyed Juncos here co-habiting with the sparrows. This was Fast and Testimony Sunday for us at church, and Fast Sunday for the birds until tomorrow's resupply of Bird Seed. The best price I have found is from Ace Hardware at $5.53 a 20 pound bag.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on January 03, 2016:

I pretty much thought about making this winter a new beginning, just started it in December. I have been working on my winter birds that I haven't seen yet, as well as photographing them. I have begun haunting a new area that I expect will have many migrant birds this spring, so I am getting ready for an even better 2016 with the birds.

Demas W Jasper (author) from Today's America and The World Beyond on January 02, 2016:

Dear F. A. - So does yesterday's in the which I started my 2016 HubPages year. May we all have a Happy HP Year!

Thanks for your friendship. Blessings. D.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 02, 2016:

These ideas make one of the coldest months more uplifting and a good way to start a new year.

Demas W Jasper (author) from Today's America and The World Beyond on December 30, 2015:

ChitrangadaSharan - The quote works well in many situations, especially if you are trying to sell someone any kind of insurance! There are two more days to decide which suggestions will be acted upon in 2016. Happy New Year.

Demas W Jasper (author) from Today's America and The World Beyond on December 30, 2015:

Jodah - The series started in August, and has been monthly since then. Try them, you'll like them....I hope.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 30, 2015:

Great suggestions and well done hub in a very innovative manner! I like the idea of creating small, achievable goals and your hub provides helpful ideas.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."---Loved this quote!

Thank you for sharing the wonderful tips!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on December 29, 2015:

This was a well set out hub and full of great suggestions for the month of January. I need to actually try to do some of those you mentioned. I hope you are going to write one of these hubs each month Demas, I think they will prove popular. Happy New Year.

Demas W Jasper (author) from Today's America and The World Beyond on December 29, 2015:

Dear Miz B. - At this point, when I look around, they must be who I am writing for, because they are the only ones I see!

Get well fast and enjoy every bit of 2016, especially the work part. Lots of folks there need you, including your ultimate customers. Happy New Year!

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on December 29, 2015:

I jonined a new group last month, so I think I'm going to spend January just trying to get well after major surgery. Of course I have to go back to work if I'm able. Good suggestions for younger people, Demas.

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