Ever notice how much joy you can get from the simple things in life?

For me, one of those things is bouncing on my trampoline! I love it even more as an adult than I did as a kid…weird but true.

Some of those simple things are so much fun, but we tend to forget to either notice them, or to include them in our daily lives as we get caught up in the big stuff and in our constant “pursuit” of the things that we think will make us happy.

In today’s somewhat “weird” episode of Jacquie Straight Up, you’ll catch me on my trampoline. And then I weigh in on our society’s never-ending pursuit of happiness, something that we’ve got to STOP.

Happy New Year again! We are only one week into 2015, so there’s still plenty of time to set goals, resolutions and plans.

It’s a short and quick video from me this week because I am knee deep all month in coaching the awesome women who took me up on my free gift of a coaching session! It’s crazy busy but I am LOVING it! Everyone has an interesting story, and I love people who take advantage of an opportunity to grow.

And speaking of opportunities, here’s a cool one for YOU:

This week, I am challenging you to a simple but transformational activity for the balance of this month: pick a book — any book that is educational or transformational — and commit to read one chapter EVERY DAY for the balance of January 2015.

It’s January, one of my favorite times of the year.

This is a time for change, for transformation, and for reinventing yourself. It’s resolution time…and I love it!

But in recent weeks, I’ve been dealing with an issue that made me feel quite stuck.

The challenge had me worried, anxious, and was keeping me up a night — you get the idea.

After a few weeks of dealing with it, this is how I turned it around: I got into my closet, and I ruthlessly de-cluttered.

I got rid of the old, and started the flow of energy in the right direction. Within 24 hours, a miracle occurred…and I was instantly un-stuck.

It was incredible how fast it happened. These are the principles that I live by, but I had forgotten that temporarily and let worry creep in.

The holidays are upon us! Woo-hoo!

And take it from me, this is not the time of year for useless emotions like GUILT.

Or that ridiculous world “should.” As in: “I should resist the cocktails,” or “I should eat the carrot instead of the delicious mini quiche.”

All CRAPPOLA! Leave the serious discipline for January.

Instead, I encourage you to:

1) INDULGE,
2) Let your hair DOWN, and
3) Have some FUN over the next couple of weeks!

And please don’t get me wrong. One still needs to be responsible during the holidays…but certainly NOT sensible.

Why? Because the very definition of a holiday is a break in your regular routine! That’s how you re-charge!

If you do that, full out, with NO GUILT — just like I’m going to do with my chocolate, scotch, and cheese — then you’ll enter the new year rejuvenated and ready to take some major action in your life.

So here’s a bit of a reality check: as of today, there are only three weeks left of the year, and that’s it! 2014 is gone forever!

Both sobering and exciting at the same time, don’t you think?

But what if you I told you there was something you could do that would:

  1. have a profound effect on how you feel about yourself as 2014 draws to a close, and
  2. impact your level of optimism and enthusiasm as you enter 2015

Would you be interested? I certainly would be!

What I’m talking about is a little BIG something I’m calling your “2015 Manifesto.”

And please, don’t tune this out just because you’re not in the mood to work.

This stuff is fun, meaningful, and it changes lives.