How’s *this* for a loaded question: Do you love your life?

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As is customary on January 1–no matter the year–it’s a good time to look at things and take stock of the good, the bad, and even the ugly. (Don’t we all have a little ugly in our lives?) While the days clicked down on 2012 throttling headlong into 2013, I couldn’t help but assess and re-assess. If I’m being honest, I can’t remember what my resolutions or goals were for the beginning of the previous year, but I could probably guess most of them: have a consistent quiet time, lose weight, be kinder to my kids, save more money, get more done every day. I can rattle those off just about any day of the week–it’s not necessary to have a milestone date to call them to mind.

Without becoming a Debbie Downer and focusing on how many of the usual suspects got left by the wayside (for whatever reason, whether because of laziness or actual valid reasons), I’m choosing to start afresh today and change my focus from just willy-nilly ideas to a more directed course. I share for two reasons: 1) accountability is a major driving force. I have another blog post waiting in the wings about the power of telling someone else your plans. 2) perhaps you, too, want to join in my journey.

It’s been more than a year since I met the dynamic woman who is Kelly Gore. She came to my Bradley class with her husband during a downturn in enrollment. In fact, because I only had two couples signed up for the May 2011 class, I seriously considered calling it off. I am so incredibly thankful that I did not, for the two couples who comprised the class are some of the best people I have met. One is my chiropractor, who helped me through the saga otherwise known as a herniated disc, and the other is Kelly, a person with an infectious joy and obvious inspiration. Throughout the class, of course, I had the chance to get to know her. It was my chance, in some regards, to share my knowledge with her. After the class, however, was when she began to share with me and intrigue me. As the president of a Christian life coaching company, her goal is to empower women to a life they can pursue with passion. As I read her posts and perused the website, it became clear that Kelly was the perfect person to take on this role and it was no wonder her company was doing so well. It’s obvious that she enjoys her life, her career, and everything that comes along with it. That kind of joy can be inspiring to anyone. I was definitely affected by it!

All this cheerleading for Kelly brings me to the direction I’m going to take this coming year. I’ve been selected as an ambassador for Kelly’s company iBloom (click here to see what iBloom is all about), which simply means I help to promote the products and services they offer. My first job is to read and review the book iChoose 2 Love My Life, a one-year journey toward living a life you love, written by Kelly and the entire iBloom team. Broken into 52 chapters intended to be read each week, the topics range from choosing to live intentionally, to sleep (that one caught my eye instantly!), and to encourage. There are chapters that cover finances, personality (and strengths and weaknesses), and getting your home in order. Although each chapter is short on pages, it’s big on content. From the first chapter that I read yesterday, you will be asked tough questions about yourself and your current situation, all with an encouraging backdrop of positive momentum. Change can sometimes be difficult, but in doing hard things, you can be better in the end–and oftentimes throughout the process.

I have high hopes that 2013 will be a year of change in the right direction, thanks in part to iBloom’s book. I can say that I love my life, and honestly, I wouldn’t want to lose any part of it, but there are certainly aspects of it that do not run like a well-oiled machine. Or really, any kind of machine. There are definitely areas that weigh me down and slow me down, and if I could just find the tools to change them to be more efficient, I believe life could be even more enjoyable for everyone in my sphere of influence. With 52 aspects to look at and potentially change, say only ten receive the improvement they deserve? That would manifest a major difference in not only my everyday life but my overall attitude.

Perhaps you too are looking for a way to embrace a few positive changes or enhancements in your life. I highly recommend looking into getting your own copy of iChoose 2 Love My Life. Easily ordered from the iBloom website or Amazon, you too could be on a journey to truly loving the life God created you to live.

Happy New Year!

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