New Year’s resolutions are easy to make … and hard to keep. My advice: Make resolutions that reflect your core values, to be kinder, more confident, more open to change. At the end of the day, change is good. Here are some inspirational quotes that can help motivate.

But there’s a beginning in an end, you know? It’s true that you can’t reclaim what you had, but you can lock it up behind you. Start fresh. — Alexandra Bracken

 

This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change. ― Taylor Swift

 

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. — T.S. Eliot

 

Every day is a chance to begin again. Don’t focus on the failures of yesterday, start today with positive thoughts and expectations. – Catherine Pulsifer

 

And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been ― Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Begin today. Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy. — Sarah Ban Breathnach

 

Whatever you do or dream you can do – begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

You don’t need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating. – Barbara Sher

 

The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow. –  Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new2 ending. – Maria Robinson

 

Now, as we close one chapter, the pen is gradually inking up, preparing itself to write the next. — Mie Hansson

 

It’s a wise man who understands that every day is a new beginning, because boy, how many mistakes do you make in a day? I don’t know about you, but I make plenty. You can’t turn the clock back, so you have to look ahead. — Mel Gibson

 

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning. –  Louis L’Amour

 

When you feel that you have reached the end and that you cannot go one step further, when life seems to be drained of all purpose; what a wonderful opportunity to start all over again, to turn over a new page. – Eileen Caddy

 

Every day I feel is a blessing from God. And I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful. – Prince

 

Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect. – Alan Cohen

 

The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings. – Dave Weinbaum

 

Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born. –  Dr. Dale Turner

 

I think there is something more important than believing: Action! The world is full of dreamers. There aren’t enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision. – W. Clement Stone

 

The secret to living the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams today, in every little way you possibly can. — Mike Dooley

The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus who lived in Israel 2000 years ago and who died on the cross for our sins (1 Corinthians 15 1-4; 1 Peter 2:24). More specifically, when we use the word “meaning,” we’re talking about the purpose of his birth that Christmas is supposed to celebrate.  His purpose was to enter into the world and become one of us, that he might deliver us from our sins. Jesus is not just any man. He is God in flesh (John 1:114Colossians 2:9).  He is the second person of the Trinity who, by being born of the Virgin Mary, was made under the law (Galatians 4:4) and subject to the same temptations and limitations that we are. Christmas is the celebration of the historical event of where God entered into our world so that he might display the perfection and holiness of God and that through his work of living perfectly and also dying on the cross for our sins, that all who trust in him would be saved from the righteous judgment of God.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him,” (John 3:16-17).

So, Christmas is supposed to be the time of year where we celebrate the birth of Christ. But, unfortunately, it’s become a commercial holiday rather than a religious one. Is mostly known as a time for businesses to make money, for people to give gifts, for children to be excited, for parties, etc. The “reason for the season” is supposed to be Jesus, not gifts, not parties, and not watching “the big game.”  Of course, having celebrations, attending parties, and watching the big game are not wrong. It’s just that the meaning of Christmas is supposed to be a recognition of and appreciation of the birth of the One who loves us and died for us.

The story that is vividly described in the Bible is remarkable for many reasons. One of the most remarkable thing about the birth of Jesus is all of the Prophecies that were predicated. Just to give you a few examples:

Jesus’ birth place was prophesied in the Old Testament.

  • “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity,” (Micah 5:1-2).

Jesus’ being born of a virgin was prophesied in the Old Testament.

  • “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel,” (Isaiah 7:14).

Jesus being God in flesh was prophesied in the Old Testament.

  • “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace,” (Isaiah 9:6).
  • “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn,” (Zechariah 12:10).

Jesus would be preceded by a great profit was prophesied in the Old Testament

  • A voice is calling, “Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God,” (Isaiah 40:3).

Jesus birth is so significant, possibly the signal most significate events in earth’s history.

Jesus gives meaning to Christmas. Jesus who was God in flesh, perfect, pure, holy, and who died on the cross and rose from the dead, is the one who gives the true meaning to Christmas.

Share this with your children, family and friends!

Merry Christmas!

I do not drink. The reason why is I try to surround myself with highly successful people and the majority of them do not drink. This new trend of an alcohol free lifestyle is becoming more and more popular.

Years ago sobriety had a serious image problem. It was stereotyped as dull and boring. It sounded like a punishment for bad behavior or something you’d only do if you really, really had to.

Thankfully, a lot’s changed in the past few years. Slowly but surely, sobriety has become more mainstream. It’s not the big deal it used to be. And (dare I actually say this?) I think alcohol-free living is starting to become a little bit cool.

Choosing not to pour a mind-altering, toxic substance down your throat doesn’t make you weird, it makes you wise (and right on trend). Here’s the evidence…

 

Big brands are investing in the alcohol-free market

Heineken recently announced the launch of an alcohol-free version of its flagship lager. Last year Diageo, the world’s largest producer of spirits, made its first investment in a non-alcoholic drinks company; Diageo now owns a stake in Seedlip, an excellent alcohol-free gin replacement. Why are big, profit-driven companies bothering to do this? Because the global alcoholic drinks market is declining.

Celebrities are leading the way

The number of celebrities who don’t drink is staggering. We are talking about JLo, Gerard Butler, Bradly Cooper, Jennifer Huston, plus Brad Pitt has recently revealed he no longer drinks. There’s no escaping it: celebrity land is riddled with sober people. And no, they’re not all in and out of rehab. Many of them simply choose not to drink because it makes life easier. (Or maybe it’s because alcohol-free living makes you more focused and productive, which increases your chance of being successful in a competitive industry.) Here is a article I found by the Huffington Post about sober celebrities.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/17/celebrities-sober-straight-edge_n_4115017.html

Alcohol-free wines and beers are getting really good

Yes, they’ve had a bad rap over the years – often accused of being bland, tasteless or at worst, downright unpalatable. But recently things have changed a lot. There’s been an explosion in the number of great tasting, well-crafted alcohol-free drinks and most of it has been in response to consumer demand. I have found some really tasty alcohol free wines and Champaign’s that I am really liking! Here are a few:

  1. FRE Wines http://www.frewines.com/ (my favorite non-alcohol Champaign comes from this companyhttp://www.frewines.com/wines/brut)
  2. Amorosa Wines http://www.castellodiamorosa.com/Shop/Non-Alcoholic
  3. Navarro Wine https://www.navarrowine.com/shop/non-alcoholic-grape-juices

Clean living is a big thing

Those healthy Instagram celebrities with millions of followers aren’t drinking wine, they’re guzzling green juice. It’s never been cooler to live mindfully, eat proper food, exercise and take care of your mental health. If you’re into vibrant living, it doesn’t make sense to spend your evenings filling up on boozy toxins. I think this clean-living wellness trend is a big part of why we’re drinking less.

Here are 14 reasons why you will look, feel and be a better person if you stop drinking:

  1. You’ll look better in your birthday suit

A bottle of wine contains around 600 calories… that’s the equivalent of three doughnuts! Add in a bit of junk food (helpful for battling a hangover) and it really adds up. Your waistline will thank you for cutting out all those empty calories.

  1. You’ll be happier

Alcohol gives you a very brief, artificial high, followed by a long and painful low. You know how awful it is when you feel hungover, depressed and anxious; you spend all day beating yourself up. When you stop drinking, it feels as if a huge weight has been lifted.

  1. It’s easier than trying to cut down

Yes, really – trying to control a mind-altering substance is super hard.

  1. Bye-bye puffy face

The vanity argument for stopping drinking motivates a lot of people and it should do. Take a picture of yourself today, commit to giving up alcohol for one month. Take another picture of yourself at the end of the month and you will be really surprised how different you look.

  1. Your confidence will skyrocket

When you go without alcohol for an extended period of time – whether it’s six weeks, or two months, or whatever – you’ll likely end up in some social situations where you’d normally drink. This is not a bad thing, it’s a good thing! Being able to socialize without alcohol is an excellent skill to have. I really feel only insecure people have to grasp onto a glass of wine or a bottle of beer to give them some sort of fake confidence. Be confident in who you are… don’t hide behind a glass of wine.

  1. You’ll become a badass

Taking a break from alcohol will force you to shake things up and act a little differently from the masses. This can be scary at first. But once you’ve done one brave thing, who knows what you’ll do next? If you found the courage to stop drinking, you might find the courage to ask for what you want in other areas of life too. Start looking around at highly successful people, you will be surprised who many of them don’t drink.

  1. You will be respected more

Think about how many time you have gossiped about a friend who drank too much and became obnoxious or overly dramatic.  Trust me, those people are saying the same thing about you.  It can be hard to control your actions when you are allowing a mind altering drug into your body. You easily can say or do things that you would not normally do. Making you the target of ridicule.

  1. You’ll actually DO stuff

You know that yoga class you keep saying you’ll go to? That family trip you promised to organize? Or that book idea you’ve told everyone about, at least a hundred times? When you take action and cut out alcohol (a willpower-sapping, confidence-destroying, time-sucking drug) you set off a whole chain of events. You become a doer.

  1. You’ll sleep better

Alcohol really screws up your sleep cycle. It might help you pass out at night, but it also stops you from getting the deep, restorative sleep you need in order to feel truly rested.

  1. What does the Bible say?

The Bible is always very clear when you take the time to understands Gods teachings. He (God) wants what is best for us, because He loves us more than His own life. So, what does God say about drinking? Lets look at

Ephesians 5:18

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit”

Proverbs 20:1

“Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.”

  1. You’ll have lots more energy

If you’re fed up of feeling drained and exhausted all the time, taking some time off from drinking will make you feel so much better. It will give you a huge energy boost.

12. Your bank manager will love you

Alcohol ain’t cheap – when you’re drinking, you’re throwing money down the drain all the time. (Tip: before you stop drinking, start measuring. How much are you really spending on booze each week? Look at those receipts – you might be surprised.)

  1. You’ll have a better sex life

Alcohol numbs your feelings – and in the bedroom, this is not good… enough said.

  1. You’ll feel fantastically proud of yourself 

It’s horrible when you know you should be doing something about your drinking, but you aren’t. The feeling you get when you take action and follow through on your goals is amazing.

Bottom line, drinkers are no longer the cool kids on the block. Confident, healthy, grounded individuals, who choose to not drink, are swiping creating a new norm.