Shape Your Wish List to With Ideas to Boost Your Self-Care Goals by Julie Morris

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By Julie Morris, Guest Blogger

Julie Morris (read more) is a life and career coach. She thrives on helping others live their best lives. It’s easy for her to relate to clients who feel run over by life because she’s been there. After years in a successful (but unfulfilling) career in finance, Julie busted out of the corner office that had become her prison. Today, she is fulfilled by helping busy professionals like her past self get the clarity they need in order to live inspired lives that fill more than just their bank accounts. When Julie isn’t working with clients, she enjoys writing and is currently working on her first book. She also loves spending time outdoors and getting lost in a good book.


With New Year’s looming just around the corner, you may find yourself brainstorming resolutions that will help you become a better you. Even if you aren’t comfortable making resolutions, a brand new year offers the perfect time to focus on self-improvement, and the right holiday gift can help get you started. Whether you are looking to stress less or simply carve out more time for yourself amongst your busy schedule, these suggestions will help you create the ultimate self-improvement wish list.

Strive for Stress Reduction

Let’s be honest, we would all love to stress a little less, but we often find ourselves stressing about finding a way to stress less. A great way to melt away worry and gain some perspective along the way is by writing in a journal. A journal is a wonderful tool for self-reflection and a great way to gain insight into your unspoken wants and needs. Perhaps you would prefer a journal filled with inspirational quotes to promote self-discovery through guided reflections or a journal that speaks to your ever-organized personality by prompting a daily list of what makes you happy.

If you don’t enjoy writing, an adult coloring book is a good option. Whether you prefer to color intricate designs, soothing illustrations, or even bring to life your favorite film, you’ll find something that captures your attention and lets your creativity run wild, all while helping you enter a meditative state of bliss. There are plenty of stress-relief gifts you can put on your wish list such as bath bombs, massage gadgets, or a leather-bound keepsake Bible – check out this list for more ideas.

Find More Time

Right up there with stress-relief is the desire for more time. It seems there is never enough time in the day to get everything done, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and frazzled. While you can’t be given the literal gift of time, there are ways to help you reorganize the 24 hours you currently own each day. Start by looking at the areas in your life that you struggle with the most. Perhaps you’ve found yourself opting for the ease of fast food rather than preparing a home-cooked (and healthy) meal. In today’s world, we can get just about anything delivered, including meals. A home delivery service, like Blue Apron, takes out the meal planning and grocery store trip, delivering ingredients and easy-to-understand instructions right to your door. Blue Apron tops Redfin’s list for the perfect gifts for folks who prefer to stay at home.


Maybe you could use some help being more productive with a customized planner or online personal development course in a topic of your choice. A few ideas are organization, productivity, and mindfulness. As your craft your list, don’t forget to think about the things you wish you had more time to do such as exercise or read. A fitness tracker will encourage accountability, making it less likely that you’ll skip out on the gym or your weekly yoga class. You could even turn it into a friendly competition by including family and friends. If your goal is to read more, a tablet or e-reader may help. You can read whenever and wherever you have free time.

This year, mold your list to help you achieve your personal or spiritual goals. You have the power to shape any area of your life you choose, so make sure your wish list reflects your goals and aspirations. There is never a wrong time for self-improvement, and combined with the holidays, you have a recipe for success.


Shape Your Wish List to With Ideas to Boost Your Self-Care Goals by Julie Morris

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Prayer for Shalom 

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