Our friends are our greatest supporters, our inspirations, our rocks when we need it. Do you feel that you have at least 5 close friends that you can call on at any time? Friends that want the best for you, that don’t judge you or expect anything from you? Essentially people you feel you can be totally yourself around?
Investing time in your friends is a commitment that will bring you great gratitude, kindness and love. We can all work harder, be more serious, etc. However taking more time to invest in your friendships is a key element of lifelong happiness.
The friendships you are cultivating will show you something about yourself, they will guide you in your life and will be standing there in the future when material things may not. Just as you plan your time to be at work and to be where you have to be, plan your time to see a friend that you haven’t seen for a while or pick up the phone and call the person you have been thinking of. Friendships cultivate an exchange of energy and understanding, you will feel more connected to your friends and your community by making an effort to invest in the people you most cherish.
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” C.S. Lewis
Just like we have our annual health check up with our doctor I like to encourage all my clients to have an annual “self” check up. This will be time to review the 8 key areas in your life and see where you need most focus moving forward. These eight areas are:
- Health & Fitness
- Physical environment – live/work
- Fun & recreation
- Personal growth
- Significant other/partner
If you find you need to work on your finances then you can start with this simple checklist. Place a tick next to any of these statements that are a “yes” for you.
I have tax returns that are not filed or taxes that are not paid
I pay my bills late
I spend more than I earn
I do not have a plan for my financial future
My credit rating is not what I would like it to be
I do not have a regular savings plan
I do not have adequate insurance coverage
My mortgage rate is too high, and I need to refinance
I have debt that needs to be paid off
My will is not up-to-date
With any of the statements you have ticked “yes” to, what could you do to improve this area and ultimately to have this statement not ticked. Make a list the top 5 action steps you can take to move forward and improve the “health” of your finances.
Try this very easy to make recipe for the perfect healthy snack from our friend and wholefood chef, Samantha Gowing.