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Get Your House in Order

Justin Walter 17. The Seventeenth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_New Years iStock New Articles

Have you ever heard the expression “get your house in order” and wondered what that means?  Well, there are several things that are involved in achieving this.  Firstly, it means that you make sure that your affairs are arranged properly.  It also means that you have dealt with problems appropriately. The third part is to ensure that these things are completed before you even consider thinking about or criticizing others. So, as you know, I believe in breaking tasks down into small steps and watching goals being achieved over time.  Because of this, I have laid out twelve areas in...

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A New Beginning

Justin Walter 16. The Sixteenth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_New Years iStock New Articles

Bryan Stevenson graduated from Harvard, and, despite his mother’s concerns, he decided to work in Arkansas with prisoners on death row. His story is chronicled in the book “Just Mercy” which he authored and the movie by the same name. The movie states: “For every 9 people who have been executed in the U.S.one person who has been on death row has been proven innocent and released – a shocking rate of error”. As we stand on the threshold of a new year, many of us hope for new beginnings.   Some are burdened by mistakes made in the past.   You...

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Putting Things in Order

Dr. Linda Hancock 16. The Sixteenth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_New Years iStock

December is usually a very busy month for me, but this year was probably the craziest yet!  The fact that I have been working from home for nine months meant a lot of changes.   My dining room table has become my office center and each chair has specific filing bins with forms that I use.  Yes, I am from the days of yore when everything has been and still takes a paper format.  New software allows me to see my clients on a secure platform that has expanded the “reach” for all of us.  No more driving, parking or waiting...

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A New Year With New Goals

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_New Years iStock

January is usually a time for setting goals and unfortunately by February many people find that some of them have been abandoned. The gyms are not as full. The musical instrument may not be practiced as much as planned and the cute little Christmas puppy may not seem as cute when there are puddles on the floor to clean up! There are ways to accomplish the goals though:   Make sure that you really want to accomplish it. Your own passion will drive you whereas another person's idea likely won't have the same effect. Keep it manageable - You will...

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How to Succeed in Life and the New Year

Dr. Linda Hancock 13. The Thirteenth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_New Years iStock

I have seen more than 8,000 clients over the years that I have been in Medicine Hat. The other day I was thinking about what I would tell every single one of them if I was only allowed one nugget of wisdom to share. After a few minutes of deep thought, I decided that the best advice that I could give anyone is for them to focus on the right things. It is very easy to become distracted by world events and disasters, relationship drama, financial stress, career challenges or addictions. There are also some very simple practices that, if...

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A New Year

Dr. Linda Hancock 13. The Thirteenth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_New Years iStock

I had a lot of company over the Christmas holidays. Some were here just to open gifts. Some came to share a meal and others were here for a few days. People were coming and going while I was the one constant in the celebrations. Because I live alone, the whole experience was very different from my everyday life. There were menus to plan, groceries to buy, gifts to buy and wrap. And I worked throughout the entire preparation stage. We had so much fun - laughing and playing games and sharing stories. By Tuesday morning everyone was gone and...

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Wisdom for all Time

Dr. Linda Hancock 12. The Twelfth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_New Years iStock

So often circumstances bring us distress and the urge to do whatever we can to fix the problems that are bothersome.  We think that if we just try harder or pray more the person, we care about will make better choices.  But trying harder and focusing on trouble can steal our health, prevent us from sleeping and not result in what we had hoped for.  Throwing money at the problem can just leave us poorer and result in an unending demand for more. A friend of mine once told me “When we are working harder than the client, we are...

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Getting Ready for New Year's Eve

Dr. Linda Hancock 11. The Eleventh Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_New Years iStock

Midnight on December 31 does not occur at the same moment across the globe. In fact, depending on the time zone involved, ending one year and welcoming the next can even be on different days. When and how you will celebrate is your choice. You do not need to have an expensive plan or unrealistic expectations. Following are some suggestions to help you feel safe and happy on New Year's Eve:1. Determine that you will maintain good boundaries to protect yourself and your values despite the situation or condition of others.2. Consider the fact that you can plan a wonderful...

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Get Started Right

Dr. Linda Hancock 11. The Eleventh Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_New Years iStock Self Improvement Self Improvement_Goal Setting

January is a time when many individuals set goals and decide to make changes that will improve their lives. Unfortunately, by February their plans are often abandoned long before success is reached. The result can be disappointment mixed with self- disgust. It doesn't have to be that way though. By following a few simple steps, your resolutions will be realized: 1. Don't say it unless you mean it - Most people would say that they want to be wealthy, thin, lovable and healthy but not all of them are willing to do what it takes! If you aren't prepared to...

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Leave the Past Behind

Dr. Linda Hancock 10. The Tenth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_New Years iStock

It is always very tempting at the beginning of a new year to think that you can just ignore the past and start over. But life is not like the Christmas decorations that you can just put away and forget about for several months. There are things that need to be dealt with and resolved in order to move on with life in a healthy manner. Perhaps you have a secret that you have been harboring. You likely live in the fear that someone will find out about it. What a horrible situation - always having to look over your...

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The Happiness Formula

Dr. Linda Hancock 08. The Eighth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_New Years iStock

Often clients come to see me and state "I want to be happy. How can I do that?" My first response is "First you have to make a decision that you will be happy. It is so much easier to reach a goal if you first decide with conviction that you will succeed. The second step is to focus on the things for which you can be thankful rather than focusing on all the troubles and problems in your life and in the world. I was watching a television special with Deepak Chopra last weekend and was very surprised when...

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Confidence for the New Year

Dr. Linda Hancock 08. The Eighth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_New Years iStock

When you say that you have confidence in someone or something it generally means that you trust your expectations will be met. There are many, many different things in which we can be confident. For example, the sun will come up in the morning and set in the evening every day without fail. Telling lies over time will result in negative consequences for the future. Small children who are fed and cared for will grow. Genuine friends will support us. It's interesting to know that some people have confidence in a variety of things and other people but not in...

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New Year One Minute At A Time

Dr. Linda Hancock 07. The Seventh Year 09. The Ninth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_New Years iStock

Did you know that you have 525,600 minutes waiting for you in the next year? If you sleep for eight hours a night you will have used 175,200 minutes. Working a forty hour week will allow 124,800 minutes towards your career goals. If you spend three hours a day to prepare and eat meals, that would be 65,700 minutes. Suppose that 7 hours a week will be used for hygiene and grooming. That is another 21,840 minutes. Would four hours a week take care of the household chores? (12,480 minutes) Now you will have 125,580 minutes that you can use...

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Thresholds

Dr. Linda Hancock 05. The Fifth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_New Years iStock

There are a number of interesting theories about the origin of the word "threshold". In ancient times houses were built at ground level. Families who were poor therefore had dirt floors. Sometimes they used straw which some term as "thresh" to prevent slippage when walking. If the straw was trampled, it might move. Households would therefore put a divider or "threshold" in the doorway to prevent the straw from moving to places where it didn't belong. Other theories argue that the threshold was built high enough to keep water and animals from entering under the door of the house. Both...

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