YOU Create Your Traditions

Dec 11, 2013 by

Close your eyes and think back to your favorite Christmas as a child.

I remember going up into the mountains to chop down a tree.  We spent more time getting stuck in the snow and helping out others get unstuck than we did getting the tree, but it was so much fun and exciting.

I remember the most delicious eggnog every year from our neighbors Christmas eve party.

I remember finding the little tiniest piece of plastic left out by my parents as they assembled the Millennium Falcon and being able to identify exactly what it was and knowing what I was going to get to open on Christmas day.

I remember hanging the stockings by the fireplace.

Those traditions I cherish didn’t just spring magically into existence.    My parents, neighbors, friends and relatives all worked to create those magical moments that I now remember fondly.

Now it is your turn.

Those fond memories of traditions past don’t create themselves.  It’s time to start a new tradition for your family.

I now have a son and this is his first Christmas so now I get to create some fun traditions for our family.  Now granted he’s only 11 weeks old and is happy with the blinking lights on the Christmas tree and won’t remember anything else, but I get the opportunity to create something magical.  I get the chance to create happy times among family and friends that will last for years to come.  I get to carry on traditions of the past and create new ones to be carried on in the future.  I get to create something to look forward to every year.

Could you use a few more great things to look forward to around the holidays?

Your Truly Simple Action is to create a new tradition this year and make something magical that you’ll look forward to recreating next year.

This will be fun and here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Invite some friends and family over for a Christmas party
  • Bake some cookies and deliver them to neighbors
  • Make some Eggnog (Warning: Adults ONLY) and sing Christmas carols
  • Adopt a family in need and buy them some gifts

The point is to take some time this year and create a new tradition that will last for years to come and will create wonderful memories for all those who take part.

What are your favorite holiday traditions that you do with your friends and family?  Share them in the comments to give some good ideas to others.

Ben…

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Plan a Dinner with some Friends

Dec 2, 2013 by

I hope your Thanksgiving was awesome.  I hope you gathered with family and friends and ate way too much great food.  I also hope you paused at sometime during the meal to think how much fun it was and maybe even wondered why you don’t do this more often than just once a year.

Here is now your chance.

Plan a dinner with some friends this week.  Pick a few friends out and send them an email or text and pick out a night that works for everyone.  Then divvy up the meal so not one person is doing all the work.  Make something awesome to eat.  This is especially easy to do around the holidays as you can make it a festive themed event and make some tasty food and drinks like this Puerto Rican Eggnog (*Caution: Adults Only).

Have everyone show up at the designated houses.  Put some good music on, put the cell phones away and enjoy each others company and some good food and drink.  Tell stories of what happening in your life.  Discuss interesting things you saw that day.  Talk about the challenges you are going through and ask for some opinions and advice.

The bottom line is to share yourself and your time and some good food with others.

We had a great thanksgiving but one of our friends was sick and sadly couldn’t make it, so in the spirit of more great leftovers we are going to do a Thanksgiving 2.0 soon for her.  Beyond the great food, its just another great excuse to get together.

Your TSA for this week is to plan a meal with friends this week.  Then do it again next week.  Watch this turn into a fun new event you look forward to all week.  Invite some new friends and neighbors and watch it grow into a new tradition.

Ben…

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Give Thanks and be with Friends and Family

Nov 25, 2013 by

Thanksgiving is already here and as such we should give thanks.

Your Truly Simple Action for this week is truly simple.  Be thankful for all the great things in your life and share them and yourself with your family and friends.

Gather your friends and family around you this week and enjoy each others company.   Make a tasty turkey and something with pumpkin in it and sit down for a nice meal.  Play some games with the family.  Take the kids to the park and play some flag football.  Eat some leftovers and watch a good movie together.

Take the time this hectic week and this long weekend to be thankful for all the great stuff you have going on and share it with the great people in your life.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s: 

 

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Clean up Facebook

Nov 19, 2013 by

I’ve talked about the idea of filtering out unnecessary information before and have preached it to my friends and families.

Recently one of my friends texted me this:

I deleted everyone but friends and family from Facebook.  Everyone!!  Feels good.

If your Facebook feed is feeling a bit cluttered it might be time to clean it up.  Now you don’t need to go as far as she did by removing everyone but friends and family, but it may be time to filter out some of the noise.

First, clean up your pages you’ve liked.

If you’ve signed up for some random contest or just liked hundreds of pages and websites over the years your feed might be full of stuff you don’t have any interest in seeing any more.  Get rid of anything you don’t care to see anymore.

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Second, clean up your friends.

You can do this one of two ways.  You can actually remove them as friends and if they are an asshole, then you should.  The alternative is to keep them as  a friend, but you don’t have to see everything they post.  Hide all the posts from friends you don’t want to see anymore.

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I am ruthless with this.  Everyone has those certain things that people post that annoy them.  If you post nothing but hey-look-at-me self shots, you’re out.  If you post nothing but whoa-is-me I need attention posts, you are gone.

I want to see my close friends and see the fun and interesting things they have going on in their lives.  I hide all the rest.

YOU are in control of what you see.  Make it worthy of your time and energy.

Your TSA for this week is to clean up your Facebook timeline.  Filter out the noise and make it interesting again and of course like the TrulySimple page for more great stuff like this 😉

Ben…

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Buy Handmade

Nov 13, 2013 by

As I mentioned in my last post about starting new traditions, Christmas season is upon us and that means Christmas shopping.

Stuff is cheap these days.  It seems like for a lot of people if they want something they just go out and buy it.  There is no more waiting for it, or saving up.  We can just go out and get the things we want when we want them because it’s easy.  Now that said the stuff we get may not be all that great.  It’s often made of cheap plastic now and falls apart shortly after getting it, but that’s what we get for the convenience of cheap.

All of that then causes issues when it comes to buying gifts for other people.  Either A, If they wanted it they would have already bought it, or B, its not always satisfying buying cheap plastic thingamabobs just for the sake of buying something for someone.  So this year, buck the trend and go another route.

I’d encourage you to try to build or make something for those that are on your shopping list.  There are any number of resources out there online to help you build almost anything.  Even if you think you are not handy, I’d encourage you to try.  Something you made yourself will carry a huge value that you cannot buy in a store.  But if making things is not your bag, I’d encourage you to buy something homemade.

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A friend of mine makes cool stuff like this on Etsy.

With wonderful sites like Etsy, you can find amazing hand made items that are head and shoulders above any cheap plastic bit you could find in a big box store.  A friend of mine has a great Etsy store where makes some cool things out of wood and metal.  These are unique pieces that can’t be found at Walmart and each one has a real character to it that you don’t find in mass produced items.  It’s these types of unique items that make great gifts.

So this week, take a look at your shopping list and think about what items you could make or buy handmade for your loved ones.  Also if you can I want to encourage you help out those less fortunate than yourself this year.

Ben…

 

TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s: 

 

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