Dinner is served!

I spoke at Dream Dinners on Damen In Chicago last week along with a friend who helps people organize and balance their financial life. The theme was creating a balanced budget. Some of the key points we discussed were the following: create a plan, avoid unnecessary spending, get organized, clear clutter, clear distractions, focus on your goal. Our tips and helpful perspective were hopefully beneficial to our guests. I think they left with some great ideas to take home to implement into their lives. When I was asked to be a guest speaker last week, how could I refuse? You put two of my favorite things together; food and organizing, and you have a happy person in me.

Dream Dinners

The real star of the evening, however, was Dream Dinners on Damen. They have a wonderful menu and offer and a whole new concept that helps an individual or family save time and money. Their concept is to provide you with an environment where you can prepare all fresh and healthy ingredients for a fabulous meal to take home. It’s as simple as that. You take home as many meals as you can handle. Once you get hungry and ready to eat, all you do is cook the tasty meal you prepared. You skip the shopping, the storing, the prepping and go directly to cook and eat. I really enjoyed this experience and having an option like this is so helpful in our crazy, busy lives. Did I mention how delicious our meal was? Dream Dinners is nationwide check out their website and see for yourself.

Is there a formula for keeping your New Year resolutions?

If  “A New Year resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other”, then your New Year resolution is only as good as your commitment to it. Resolving to be true to your commitments this year will help you achieve other goals. But how can you do this? Does it take will power? or something more?

I believe one doesn’t need will-power just the right support system that you create around you. If you don’t want to eat junk food, for example, then don’t purchase them and have them around your pantry for starters. Keep only healthy food around and when you feel like snacking then your only option will be a healthy one. Finding someone to help you be accountable will contribute to your success. Someone else will help motivate you when you can’t find the inspiration yourself.

I  approach maintaining and organizing in the same way. Create boundaries that help you visualize how much disorganization is enough. Acknowledge that you have reached your limit. Once you reached those boundaries, then resolve to tackle your piles, tasks or chores then ask someone to make you accountable. Many daunting tasks can be reduced to manageable goals.

There may not be just one formula to keeping your new year’s resolution but having a vision, making a choice and setting your goals will certainly get you closer to success.