Two things guaranteed to get your new year off to a Spectacular start!

First – leave the old year on a good note.  Sure, there is plenty about 2020 that may have left bruises and not-so-fond memories. But be honest, it was not totally bad. Think about some of the more pleasant happenings and cement them into your memory.  Two for me?

I love jigsaw puzzles. I completed one that I found to be incredibly challenging.  All 1,000 pieces were the same shape. There were only five colors for the pieces. AND: the picture on the box did not reflect the completed puzzle. Yes, I felt Spectacular when it was completed! So Spectacular that I decide to frame the completed work as a memento!

I planned a trip to Greece as a birthday treat. Of course, I was not able visit the Greek Isles in person, but I found a way to MAKE the trip for myself. I filled eight days with all the Greek I could find.  Greek movies, Greek cooking shows, Greek travel programs. Each day I ate Greek food. I ordered some meals from Greek restaurants and others I prepared myself. (Some of those cooking shows were a big help!) I sat on the patio in the afternoon sun, imagining the clouds drifting by were floating over the Mediterranean Sea.

Bottom line: I can look back on 2020 with some fond memories. Take time to find a few for yourself before you close the door on the year gone by.

 OK, what is the second thing to do for the new year? Do something NEW! Yes, commit to something new in the new year. Not a resolution, but a commitment to one thing you have never done. It could be:

  • learn a few phrases of a new language
  • try a new exercise program
  • master a new aspect of technology
  • prepare a new dish or beverage
  • master a new skill
  • take up a new hobby
  • the list goes on and on!

Whatever you choose – commit to do it as a start to making this year Spectacular!  There are plenty of resources: public library, television, internet, YouTube, LinkedIn, MasterClass, etc.  

Write it down, shout it out, text to friends or post to Facebook. It doesn’t matter. But commit to one thing that will make this YOUR Spectacular year!

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3 easy ways to kick start your Spectacular New Year

Eat!

Feeling Spectacular means eating in a healthy way. Think through your food selections. Make your nutrition choices something worthy of the Spectacular life you will be living! That means you quit the all-day snacking. Stop reaching for the junk food. And forget about skipping meals. Feel better about your life by feeding your body better. Picture yourself in something SaSS-Y! (rather than sweatpants.)

Drink More!

Water that is. Replace some of the calories from juice, soda and alcohol. Fewer calories could mean weight loss. Which always makes us feel better. And feeling better is a big part of living a Spectacular life. Refocus on that SaSS-Y! image you generated earlier in this post.

Be Merry!

Can’t live a Spectacular life if you are wallowing in a negative attitude! Bust out of it! You decide how you feel about your circumstance. Turn that frown upside down. You don’t have to whistle a happy tune, but you do have to reframe your thinking. Find a joke, silly song or comical sit-com rerun to get your mood elevated each day.

You are well on your way to living 2021 in a Spectacular way! Reply to let me know what you are doing to move into the Spectacular you

Looking for a way to Spectacularize this holiday season? Send me an email from the contact page. Just type the word ‘GIFT’ in the message box. And I’ll send you 6 Ways to Merry Your 2020 Christmas. A gift from me to you – to brighten your holiday season

Sixty and Spectacularly Solo – Yes!

Living alone doesn’t mean lonely.

I began this blog in the hope of helping others feel more comfortable with limited interaction and lack of contact that is sure to continue throughout 2021.

Coach Wanda McMullen

So many people are having a hard time adjusting to isolation.

I want to share thoughts and tips that will find you – at the end of the year, feeling you not only survived, but that you thrived.

A dear friend and I enjoyed music and concerts together. Sometimes coffee or lunch. Since March 2020, we have not been able to share the music together. No lunches, either. But we managed to have a few distance ‘coffees’. Two older women, sitting outdoors at a coffee shop. At least six feet apart, with masks on when we were not drinking.

A common theme emerged during our discussions: some people are lonely within their isolation. Having a hard time finding ways to make life more comfortable while waiting for life to return to normal. The sad fact: distance and isolation will continue to be the norm for quite a while. We also understand that being overwhelmed with anxiety and uncertainty make it difficult to see the sunshine through the clouds. Particularly for those living alone.

Thus, Sixty and Spectacularly Solo was born. And Yes! even the solo life can be joyful. Living alone does not mean lonely. Join the search for the spectacular moments!