I like to celebrate all sorts of things; birthdays, holidays and sometimes I just make up a reason to celebrate.  COVID certainly has changed some of that so I just had to get creative.  This year I decided I would send Valentine's cards to my girlfriends, so they know someone cares even if they don't have a love interest in their life.


The best way to have a good year is by living life on a daily basis, letting the good days accumulate, one by one. However, since we’re all human we will from time to time have a day that isn’t ideal.  Just shake it off and focus on starting anew and make the next day the best it can be.  It doesn’t have to be New Year’s Eve to resolve to have a good year. You can start anytime, anywhere; today, for instance. So let’s look at the

Top Ten Ways to Start (or Maintain) a Good Year 

  1. Take time, slow down, unplug from your devices as often as possible. Be present in your life and mindful of the present.
  2. Care for your body, eat well, exercise, treat yourself to loving, nurturing self-care. These are all critical parts of keeping your stress levels at bay.
  3. Spend quality time with family and friends, as much as is safe during COVID. Communicate and keep in touch. Say I love you. Tell people you appreciate them.
  4. Take time throughout the day to renew yourself. Go for a walk, read a poem or a good book, listen to music (really listen); bring beauty into your life. On a monthly basis, take a whole day for yourself — play, treat yourself to something you want to do; retreat from your daily life. Mark these special days on your calendar (in ink) so you’ll be certain to take them.
  5. Clean up what needs to be cleaned up. Make amends, fix what’s broken, clear away clutter, forgive what needs to be forgiven and let go. More on this is a Java this month.
  6. Commit to a project you really want to do, learning something new or attaining something you want. Commitment is the first step. Then set achievable goals and work on them daily.
  7. Give yourself to a cause, volunteer at a nonprofit organization, a community group, your church, or lend a hand to an individual or family who could use your help.
  8. Practice your spirituality daily, in whatever form you express it, whether this is through prayer, meditation or just communing with nature.
  9. Laugh every day. It’s no secret that my friends will tell you I love to laugh., tell jokes or just be silly. There are so many sources of humor available through our technology, like YouTube as an example.  Google the name of a favorite comedian and see what free things pop up that you can enjoy.
  10. Take time to dream. Remember as a child when you were laying in the grass staring at the clouds and deciding what they looked like. Well, as we grow older we stop doing that, but the ability is still within us.  Start to daydream again, let your imagination and creativity come back to life. 

Author’s content used under license, © 2008 Claire Communications







Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” -Carl Bard


For the lovely escrow people in my group, I will be presenting a webinar on March 17th for the American Escrow Association titled "Beating Burnout--How to Identify It and Prevent It".  Watch for the emails coming from AEA.  Would love to have you join us.


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Jan Cerasaro
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