Self-doubt, procrastination, or plain laziness can keep us from pursuing positive lifestyle changes or fully enjoying a longtime interest.  Renew your passion for goals, hobbies, and even everyday activities. Start taking care of yourself by eating healthy and incorporating exercise into your routine.  This will increase your energy level and lead to a positive attitude whether you are cleaning house, playing catch with the kids, or focusing on a personal goal.  Then, take advantage of opportunities available in the community such as trails, book clubs, museums, volunteering, cooking classes, and camps for kids.

Every Christmas when my kids were younger, they would receive a “family gift” to share.  This could be anything from a board game to a basketball goal. The biggest hit was the year they got a trampoline.  They spent many afternoons jumping, practicing backflips, and creating a game out of making each other lose their balance.  One of my favorite life mantras came from playing on the trampoline. We were all jumping together and I was being a little too careful, so my youngest daughter, Shoshana, yelled out to me, “Mom, jump like you mean it!”

This is a great reminder to give life all we’ve got.  We can adopt this attitude whether there is something we are hesitating to begin or our routine needs to be reinvigorated. Be enthusiastic about life and watch others get inspired. Getting started is the hardest part.  But once you do…jump like you mean it!

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.”  Colossians 3:23  SM

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