All I Want For Christmas

All I want for Christmas is YOU … to feel some joy!

When you reflect on 2014, I hope it is with a sense of gratitude and fulfilment.  Even if you haven’t achieved your goals, even if things have gone wrong…there will be some parts of the year that stand out as positives.  It is easy to give the glib answer “Yes, it’s been a great year thanks”, knowing you don’t really feel like that at all.  It’s tempting to read those Christmas card letters which outline in detail all the wonderful things that happened to other people in the year and feel a little like climbing under a rock. We all get like that at times.

There have been some horrible things happen this year, in Australia and around the world.  You can’t help but absorb that sadness, and even some apprehension about the world we live in. But at Christmas time let’s remember the good experiences, the good people and the blessings of the year.

If you would like to do something for others this Christmas here are some ideas, and here are some more ideas to help you beat the blues.

I hope you can find joy within yourself this Christmas and recognise that all we all really want for Christmas is peace, love and respect for all.

This YouTube clip is full of youthful exhuberance and lots of humour.  I’m sure they’d have had great fun making the video!  Enjoy it and have a happy Christmas.

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Jenni Proctor

Hi, I'm Jenni Proctor from Boomers Next Step. Remember when the formula for success in life was simply to strive for good marks at school, gain qualifications, get a great job, work hard and save for your retirement? Yes, I believed it too! For years my husband David and I wanted to develop a business that we could operate anywhere in the world, but both of us were educated to be employees.  We had entrepreneurial dreams and ideas, but still had employee mindsets. 14 years ago I took the giant leap!  I left my job in Education to start a business as a Career Counsellor and Coach, helping mature adults transition from one career path to another, and particularly from employment to entrepreneurship.  I had studied long and hard to gain new qualifications but sadly I hadn’t learnt how to market my new business. About 12 years ago we realized that we were not tracking well towards having the sort of retirement we wanted. We’d saved; we’d invested; and like so many other people we’d also lost some money along the way. It didn’t help that my business was not bringing in as much as I had been earning as an employee. Our dreams of extensive travel and helping our family were being replaced by a growing concern that we would outlive our savings. It seemed that a traditional retirement would not allow us to maintain the lifestyle we wanted. I love helping people plan the next phase of their lives, but we realized that was not going to be enough.  We needed a way to create an income stream that would pay for the travel and other lifestyle luxuries we wanted, that would provide mental stimulation, and would interest us both.

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