April 2018

Daily Resolution: Make Your Vote Count!

Brush up on your last minute politics and get ready to vote. Encourage family and friends to participate in democracy. Find your nearest election polling center, and be prepared to exercise your right to choose. And then when you are done, grab a thank you cookie and flash your “I Voted” sticker proudly.

If you’re outside of the US, then put something else up to a vote today!

Daily Resolution: Get a “Face”-lift

Online social networking has evolved a great deal in the last decade. It has become a quick way to follow friends, but it has also become an avenue for employers and other supervisors to keep tabs on people. Check your social network sites and be sure there is nothing incriminating or offensive on it. Try to be objective and make certain any images or comments could not be misconstrued.  Examine relationships and decide if they are ethical (example: teachers and students). It is very easy to lose some inhibitions and good judgment while online; check yourself periodically and give yourself a “face”-lift whenever necessary.

Daily Resolution: Figure Out “What’s in a Name”

Shakespeare’s Juliet said, “What’s in a name. A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet,” because she did not care that Romeo was a Montague (her family’s mortal enemy). However, naming people and products is big business. There are myriads of baby names books on the market for doting parents who want to choose a meaningful name for their child. Do you know how or why you have your name? Whether you are the next in a line of generations to carry a prestigious family name or your parents just liked the sound of your name, try to find more meaning behind it.

Daily Resolution: Make a Clean Sweep

Seldom do we think about whether our cleaners need cleaning. I am speaking of brooms, vacuums, and other sweepers. It’s easy to forget that these items need periodic cleaning or even replacing if not maintained. Check brooms frequently. If not cleaned or replaced, you could be simply spreading more dirt around your house. Hose off outdoor brooms used in garages or sheds and let them air dry. Check belts and bags/dirt collecting containers on vacuums. Plastic vacuum containers that collect the dirt can be washed with soap and warm water. A clean sweep might cut your cleaning time in half!

Daily Resolution: Check up on Where It’s MADE

Earlier in the summer there was quite a media splash about the US Olympic team wearing Opening Ceremony Uniforms that were not made in the USA (they were made in China). This media conversation lasted beyond one news day. Shortly thereafter, a commitment was even announced by the Olympic Committee that the USA team would wear USA made attire for the winter games in 2014.

Have you ever given much thought to the origin of the products YOU purchase, wear, and use regularly? Take an informal inventory and note labels to see where your personal belongings are made. What we buy is a personal choice, but it might make a difference to some to at least know where their products are coming from and why we purchase particular items.

Daily Resolution: Make Candy Dandy

Take any candy you have laying around your house (from Halloween, perhaps?) and share it in a dish at work or place in a dish at home for guests. Try not to keep it stashed away for your own personal consumption; this can be dangerous! If you let your kiddos have sweets, skim from the top for them and take the rest to contribute to a workplace treat bowl.

Daily Resolution: Investigate Urban Legends

Whether you have lived in an area for 10 days or 10 years, you can likely discover some interesting and sometimes frightening urban legends if you inquire about the local area. An urban legend does not actually refer to an urban environment but rather implies local stories and folklore that have been handed down without much documentation. Older children seem to be aware of these tales and often recant them around campfires or sleepovers. Many of these stories involve bridges, murders, woods, or strange creatures. Challenge yourself to discover an urban legend of your locale. If you know some, then share a few.

Daily Resolution: Get Armed for Germs

Patrick and I got hit with the cold bug all of last week and spent most days driving around buying tissues and various promises of cold cures.

Before the winter cold and flu season starts to really hit, go through your medicine cabinet and check out your arsenal of counterattacks to coughs , sore throats, and fevers. If you are like most people, medicine only becomes important when we need it, and then we feel too unwell to get what we need. It might not even be too late for that flu shot. Stock up on things like hand sanitizer, tissues, regular aspirin, throat lozenges, and even some chicken soup and a good movie! Check up on just how many sick days you have to use, just in case.

Daily Resolution: Put Out a Warrant(y)

So often when we purchase items we do not give a second thought to the warranty. Why would we? After all, our product is new. Somehow in the excitement to open our new item, direction manuals and warranty paperwork get lost in the shuffle or thrown away. Then 6 months down the road when you need troubleshooting information or free replacement of the defective item, you are stuck. Find a place to keep all such paperwork for times of need. If you don’t want the clutter, see if you can find some of your manuals online as pdf files and save in a well-marked file. Take the time to learn to what extent you are covered under warranties for major purchases.

Daily Resolution: Create a DIY Commute

Endeavor to find a more economical way to get to work or school for a day. Coordinate transportation to and from practices for your children. Arrange a car pool once a week for work. Take public transportation. Walk. Ride a bike. Telecommute! Taking the day off would conserve energy and time, but don’t tell your boss!

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