We’ll be bidding another calendar year farewell in just a few weeks, and that means it’s time to start thinking seriously about our plans for 2023. Whether you’re one to name resolutions, set goals or just keep on doing the best you can, it’s important to gather the tools you need now for a transformative 2023. I’ve got a few ideas to share with you that could really move the needle in the right direction as you start winding your way through this next year.
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Personally I don’t generally set resolutions, but I do review the past year and set some fresh goals for the new one. I also like to establish good habits early on in the year that will help me to stay on or get on the trajectory I want to be on in several key areas of my life. I’ve learned that having a plan and working the plan is the only way to reach goals and bring about lasting change.
But I’ve also discovered that one of the keys to working a plan successfully – whether it’s a fitness plan, financial plan, spiritual growth plan, or what have you – is having the tools needed for success. And that’s where so many people lose their way early on in a new year. When you don’t shop for or secure the necessary tools before December 31, time is lost and best laid plans go to the wayside quickly.
These are the tools I think we need NOW for a transformative 2023 – one in which real change takes place, real progress is made.
I’ve struggled a bit in 2022 to stay true to healthy eating and consistent exercise. So my goal for 2023 is to once again reign in those bad habits and develop good ones again. I have a plan that I’ve used for the past five years, and it works. But I need to buckle down and stick with the plan again.
For me that means I need to enlist gracious accountability. So I’m reenlisting in an accountability group that is provided in the program I participate in. If you’d like to know more about that program, just email me. But I want to focus today on the tools we all need to execute any kind of sound fitness program for 2023.
One thing that’s a must for me is nice workout clothing. That may sound vain and silly, but I know I’m much more likely to work out if I have fresh, pretty and comfortable tights, leggings, tops, jackets and accessories for cold weather.
I like Athleta for activewear because they have a full range of sizes and they make exercise clothing for real women’s bodies. It’s comfortable and nice looking, but it also lasts. In fact, I don’t think that in the four years I’ve been wearing Athleta that I’ve ever gotten rid of anything yet.
The Flurry Force PrimaLoft Insulated jacket above is a great lightweight jacket that really keeps you warm on walks in the cold and wind, especially once you get going. It packs down to nothing, so it’s great for travel, too. And I love my On Cloud running shoes. These are similar to mine.
But I’ve also gathered up a few other things that I need to have at the ready as the new year begins so that I can be successful in my fitness goals. I already have most of these, if not all of them. But if you’re setting some new goals – such as hydrating more regularly or integrating weight training into your routine (so important!) – you may need to get some of these items NOW so you have them ready to go January 1, 2023.
One of my commitments for 2023 is to return to using my Fitbit. It’s such a great motivator to keep moving throughout the day and get in a sufficient number of steps to promote good health. I use it sporadically now, but I’m committed to wearing it daily in the new year.
I can’t prevent all signs of aging, nor do I want to. In fact, while I’m not opposed to it for other women, I’m just not one to go to all extremes for a more youthful appearance. But I do want to do the things I can do to look my best. After all, my job has me in front of a camera multiple times each week.
This year I’ve had the pleasure of being introduced to and working with City Beauty, which is sponsoring today’s post. I love that City Beauty is pro-aging, meaning they create products to work with the aging process, helping us to look and feel our best, rather than trying to mask the changes we will all undoubtedly face. And truly I’ve found that several of City Beauty’s products have made significant improvements in my appearance.
For instance, regular use of City Beauty City Lash serum has increased the volume, length and health of my eyelashes dramatically. They may still look sparse and short to you, but this is a huge improvement on what I’ve lived with all of my life, not just in recent years. I do find that I need to continue morning and evening use of the City Beauty City Lash serum in order to maintain the fullness I’ve achieved.
By the way, before I go any further on the beauty tools I’m making sure I have going in to the new year, let me share with you some tremendous news. City Beauty is giving my readers 35% off sitewide with code KAY35, but just through December 18th.
Another City Beauty product that has made a significant difference in my appearance is the Restoring Hand Treatment. I do use other handcreams that I keep in my handbag and around the house. But I believe it’s the regular morning and evening application of the Restoring Hand Treatment that is keeping the skin on my hands and my nails looking healthier and younger.
I had a professional facial done Friday, and the aesthetician stressed over and over to me that my main skincare goal needs to be adding and protecting the moisture of my skin. She said we all lose so much moisture post menopause and must constantly hydrate by drinking more water and applying good moisturizing products. So I’m committing to use the City Beauty Line-Smoothing Hydro-Masks weekly in 2023. In fact, I’m starting this week!
The City Beauty Line-Smoothing Hydro-Masks come in a box of 5 masks, and they are so luxurious and soothing. Plus, my skin really does feel more moisturized and retain moisture better with use.
And one more product that I will definitely keep in stock in 2023 and use consistently is the City Lips Lip Plumpers. Not only do these City Lips Lip Plumpers actually “plump” my lips a little, but they also moisturize better than any other product I’ve ever used for chapped lips. As long as I’m using the City Lips Lip Plumpers consistently, my lips do not chap at all…even in the winter. I’m truly impressed and hooked!
I’m grateful to City Beauty for sponsoring today’s blog post and giving me complete freedom to write this post as I wanted to. All opinions expressed are genuine and my own, as always. But if you’re looking for some beauty tools to help you move the needle a little, I can highly recommend City Beauty. And remember to use code KAY35 for 35% off sitewide through December 18.
Be sure to check out the other products at City Beauty. They’re a clean beauty brand and based here in the US.
December is an important time to think ahead to how you want to grow spiritually in the coming year. I always take this month to decide how I will conduct my morning devotional or “quiet” times in the new year. This past year I read through Charles Stanley’s devotional Jesus, Our Perfect Hope, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. But in 2023 I’m returning to reading the Bible through in a year. I like to use Charles Stanley’s Life Principles Daily Bible.
In the Life Principles Daily Bible you read a portion of the Old Testament, a portion of the New Testament, a portion of Psalms and a small portion of Proverbs each day. Plus every other day or so you read a little bit of commentary by Dr. Stanley as well as his life principles. It really is my favorite way to spend my daily quiet times. I read it in the New American Standard Version, but it’s also available in the New King James version.
I also like to have a 4×6 photo album and index cards at the beginning of each year for scripture meditation and memory. I get one of these albums and then change out the paper insert for something a little prettier from scrapbook paper. Then I insert these 4×6 index cards and use them to record meaningful scriptures I want to meditate on daily and even memorize over time.
I haven’t done the meditation and memory albums like I should this past year, so that’s a definite goal for 2023. I plan to memorize two scriptures each month. If you would like to join me in this, let me know. Maybe we could have some sort of accountability for this apart from the blog here. I’ll look into that. Maybe a monthly email? Let me know what you think.
I’ve included other tools that you might want to have for your daily quiet times above. I think it’s smart to have some colored pencils for Bible marking. And I use the Inductive Study Bible for my real Bible study time. I’m doing Ruth Chow Simons’ Christmas devotional Emanuel this December and I love it. So I’m thinking about ordering her Gracelaced devotional.
One of my favorite things about December, quite honestly, is getting my new planner for the next year. I love a brand new calendar with no marks in it yet! For years I used Mary Engelbreit calendars and then another brand, but last year I settled on the Rifle Paper 17-Month Large Planner, and I have LOVED it. I’ve already gotten in my new one!
This 17-Month Large Planner has large calendars for each month in the front of the album and then weekly planning pages for each of 17 months, starting this past August. I like that the cover is hardbound because I carry mine everywhere and am pretty hard on it. Plus, it’s just so pretty!
This year I also purchased some pretty file folders from Rifle Paper, plus a case for my pretty pencils that I’ve enjoyed using this year. I think it’s important to start out the year with all the tools we’ll need to stay organized for the year. When I have pretty things like this planner and file folders, I’m much more prone to use them and stay organized. Use code MERRY30 to take 30% off EVERYTHING at Rifle Paper and get FREE shipping on orders over $70. Yay!
Here’s a graphic with other calendaring options from Rifle Paper. You’ll also find pocket calendars, wall calendars and other planners there. So however you like to stay organized, Rifle Paper has the tools to help.
So those are the tools that I’m starting the year with. I’ve already ordered and received many of my supplies, so I’m ready when January 1 gets here. And it will absolutely be here before you know it! So don’t delay securing the tools you need for a transformative 2023. Remember, best laid plans fall to the wayside if we don’t have the tools to implement them. Let me know if you have questions about anything I’ve shown. And thanks again to City Beauty for sponsoring today’s blog post. Use KAY35 there to get 35% off sitewide. And use code MERRY30 for 30% off at Rifle Paper.
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Oh Lord, some days life can feel so lonely. Even when we are surrounded by people, we can feel the sting of loneliness. Whether we are feeling misunderstood, invisible, friendless or simply aching for the presence of someone who has passed, we sometimes hurt so badly for the warmth of a deeper companionship than we can even articulate.
But Your Word reminds us that You have indeed made us for this divine companionship – an intimacy with our Creator. That intimacy was destroyed by sin, but You have restored it through the gift of Christ. And even in His coming we have Immanuel, God with us. What an amazing gift we celebrate at this time of year. What a reminder that when we could not reach through the chasm that divides us from our Creator, You came down to us. Thank you for Your presence. May we feel it fully today and walk with You joyfully.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. ~ Isaiah 7:14
13 thoughts on “Tools You Need Now for a Transformative 2023”
Good morning, Kay,
This is just what I need to plan for a successful year in 2023! Thank you for thinking ahead, and helping us be proactive instead of reactive.
I look forward to your informative blogs and videos, full of grace.
Many blessings to you,
Thanks, Wendy. I’m so glad this was helpful to you. Have a great day!
I absolutely enjoy your daily emails. I loved todays and have purchased some of your recommendations. You are a great inspiration to me. I am turning 73 in January and want to glorify my Lord everyday so looking and feeling my best is a first step and then filling my mind and heart with His word is also first. I know I have too many firsts, but they are all important to me. Merry Christmas and God bless you in your journey. Love, love you.
Thanks so much for your kind words, JoBeth. Those things are all very important to me, too. Bless you!
Kay. Count me in on daily devotional email please.
Hi Sherry. It will more than likely be something more like a monthly check-in for scripture memory. But thanks for letting me know of your interest. I’ll have to work on getting that set up. 😊
Great post and so timely! Count me in for your Beautiful Year devotional email please! I spend time reflecting and praying about a focus word for each year. I’ve done this for about 10 years and it’s helpful. I use My Fitness Pal to track macronutrients and Fitbit steps. Question: can you provide direction/helpful tips for using a hard copy calendar? I got one from Erin Condon but I’m out of practice using hard copy😢🤪 thanks!
Hi Kay! I did a Bible in a Year in 2021 for the first time. What I liked is that it kept me in the Word on an (almost) daily basis. Even if I skipped a day I could go back and catch up. I didn’t do it this year and regretted it. I wasn’t as disciplined about opening my Bible every day. I will definitely be doing the Bible in a year again this year. I also use 4×6 cards but never thought of putting them in the little notebooks. That’s a great idea! My cards usually end up all over the place otherwise. I am very interested in an accountability plan of some type. Thanks for what you do. I really enjoy your blog and that you don’t shy away from sharing your faith.
Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your updated e book. Especially the part about accepting the inevitable physical changes of aging while making efforts to be our best. It is emotionally healthier and a woman who accepts herself as she is exudes an attractiveness.
Just wished that acceptance would come easy!
Hi Jen, I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. I think it looks great, too. And I definitely still believe that we are best served when we accept the changes we are undergoing and do our best to accentuate the positives and downplay the negatives. Meanwhile, if we work on developing our inner character in a way that reflects the love of Christ, we will indeed age gracefully.
You are so right.
Today while I was driving to get my second haircut by a different stylist in 10 days I was listening to Revive Our Heart. I was struck by the thought in the light of eternity a bad haircut is nothing. I don’t want to waste my remaining time on earth focusing on myself. I want to glorify God in all I do.
Man looks at the outward appearances but the Lord sees the heart.
I would be interested in participating in a scripture memorization accountability group.
Thanks for letting me know. I’ll probably set up some kind of monthly check-in for the scripture memory challenge. I’ll have to think on it and get going!
I would like to be included in your scripture memory action. God’s Word is quick and powerful and sharpens my faith so a bit of long distance accountability is a good thing!