Jay of Sunshine

It's Still a Beautiful World

16 for 2016

on January 4, 2016


January is significant because it is the time when many people plan to turn to a new leaf in their lives. Although it is not mandatory in this particular month, it represents the ‘official’ start point (a new year) to create a new and improved you. You may think that you are at your ‘best’ now, but there is always room for improvement. Here are 16 goals that you can pursue to upgrade yourself.

  1. Talk to Jehovah more frequently

Psalm 145 verses 18-19 says “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.” There are many obstacles that litter the road called life; some seem unbearable. We should not forget that our burdens will be lifted once we talk to God; after all, He is our Father, Friend and Confidante rolled into one.

  1. Advance yourself academically, periodically!

No matter how old or educated we are, we should never forget that learning is a lifelong process. Become a more rounded individual by learning skills such as cooking, computer science, and customer relations, or even learn a new language or how to play the piano.

  1. Monitor your health

Now is the time for you to get in shape, not tomorrow, next week or somewhere in the future. Join a gym or find someone who exercises regularly and ask him or her to motivate you. Also, refrain from eating fast foods on a regular basis, instead include more fruits, vegetables and water in your diet. Sleep for 6-8 hours every night and avoid stressful situations as much as possible.


  1. Become an ardent reader

According to lifedev.net there are many benefits to be gained from reading such as improved vocabulary, enhanced writing skills and improved memory. Practise to read some form of literature every day, whether it is the Bible, a blog, a magazine, a web article or a novel to improve the many aspects of your life.

  1. Go on more outings

There are so many places to visit in your country such as nature parks, rivers, beaches, and historical sites. Go watch a movie or attend the football matches in your community. Unless you are under house arrest, you have no excuse.

  1. Reach out to those you have not seen in awhile

Remember that nice woman with squinted eyes who supplied you with sweets when you were little? Or that teacher who showed interest in your performance at school and encouraged you even when you did poorly? What about that burly old man who, every now and then, would drop you off at school at no charge? Go visit them, they will be happy to see you.

  1. More family time

Make time for your family members because you do not know how long you or they may live. Hug them more, give them a listening ear when they want to vent, enjoy meals together and affirm them when they have done well.

  1. Outline new goals in your field of work

If you perform the same tasks every day for every year you will become bored. Take the initiative to outline the objectives that improve your organization. Gently nudge your boss and share your ideas with him or her.

ideas boss.jpg

  1. Monitor your finances and save

The economic recession has hit us hard to say the least, but there is no excuse for us not to save a portion of our earnings. It does not matter if you have a low paying, temporary or holiday job. Also, be sure to make a budget every month. Organizing your expenditure will grant you peace of mind.

10. Become more cognizant of world affairs

How many of us knew about the deadly attacks at a university in Kenya? Or, that the language with the most speakers in the world is Mandarin Chinese? Get to work.

  1. Pamper yourself

There is no one who has more inside knowledge about the stresses that you endure more than you. Treat yourself every now and then. Get that pair of shoes or cologne you have always wanted. Eat out sometimes if you can. Spoil yourself whenever possible.

me time

  1. Take more pride in your appearance

Now I’m not suggesting that we become vain, lol. It is my hope that we all realize that while we are beautiful in our own ways, beauty requires maintenance. No one needs lots of acne scars, especially when there are so many natural and store bought treatments available. Wear clothes that flatter your body type, start a healthy hair journey, drink more water for clearer skin etc.

  1. Understand that procrastination is a sin

Very rarely does procrastination benefit anyone. You know what I’m talking about – you’ve been thinking of starting your blog but you keep putting it off. Your neighbour could have completed that welding course but he couldn’t be bothered. I’m guilty of procrastination because I tend to wait on inspiration to get things done. Then the years go by and I mope around because I could have done this and that. Not anymore. Like Nike, I will “Just Do It!”

  1. Develop a craving for inspiration

Enrich your mind with inspirational books, blogs, YouTube channels, movies, music etc. Remember that what you put in is what you get out.

  1. Give

It is not always about you. Yes, we all are hustling for some extra coins and sometimes it seems that we don’t have much but for many of us, this is far from true. We all can do something for each other. We can make donations to that child who needs surgery, invite a church brother to dinner, volunteer at a nursing home, adopt and care for a pet etc.


  1. Forgive and forget

Life is too short for you to hold grudges. It takes up too much energy to remind yourself not to speak to that person because he or she had hurt you in the past. Do yourself a favour –pray about it and ask God to help you to let go. The sooner you let go, the less chances you will have to develop hypertension, and if you already have it and you refuse to let go, your condition may worsen. Let go.

Have a great 2016 and a wonderful life.


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