By Leif Palmer
Posted on January 6, 2021
Who cares that we're already a week into 2021? It's never too late to make positive changes in your life. Calendars are arbitrary. What's more important than making changes on a particular day is making small improvements in your life starting on THIS day. With that in mind, we'd like to use our parking in Gatlinburg blog to share some ideas and inspiration this week on things you can do starting right now to affect positive change in your life. The good news? They're not all related to dieting and working out…
Try to save some money, even if it's just a little bit out of every paycheck. And you don't have to have a “money guy” to do investing these days. There are apps and services that will invest your spare change from online purchases if you like. However you handle your money, let a budget keep your financial plan in focus. Don't think of budgets as restrictive. Think of them as plans for telling your money what to do so that you have control over it instead of it having control over you.
It's really easy to get into a rut when it comes to making dinner. This year, consider breaking away from fast food at least one more meal per week and cooking at home. It's less expensive, and it's healthier. There are so many recipe sites out there that there's no excuse for not being able to come up with a new dinner plan that's quick, easy, affordable, tasty and made with foods that you and your family will actually eat.
Reading is the gateway to knowledge and wisdom. The good news here is that it doesn't matter what you read. Read something. So you're not into epic works of fiction. No problem. Read a biography about one of your favorite people. Read a how-to book about getting organized or improving your home landscaping. Pick up a graphic novel (comic book) or a magazine. Anything that will get someone's words into your head will benefit you.
We've all done it at least once. Taken an elevator to go up or down just one floor. If there's a stair option in those cases, try taking the stairs. Just getting in a few extra steps and experiencing some weight resistance each day can have a cumulative effect over time. Once you get comfortable with one flight of stairs, try two. Then three. Next thing you know, you might actually prefer taking the stairs to waiting on a crowded elevator.
About Leif Palmer
Leif Palmer loves residing in Gatlinburg. He is an avid outdoorsman: rowing for exercise on the lake, trail hiking, and free climbing rocks in the mountains. He indulges his arty side by periodically beating up pieces of marble by sculpting. He is always frustrated by his inability to sink long putts, and hates his curly hair (but his wife loves it). Leif has been known to muster enough courage to change a diaper, and hopes his son will become a chip off the old block.