The start of a new year. A time to make those resolutions and look ahead. However, this month isn’t only for making plans and setting goals, it is a month to raise awareness, recognize the leaders in your life, give thanks, and have some fun. Mark your calendar for these important January causes!
Celebrate the Month:
National Vision Board Day – The second Saturday in January each year. This day or dreaming and resolving was started by actor Kellen Lutz, who started the practice in 2010 with some friends. He realized the benefits and sought to help others find motivation in the exercise. To participate, get a poster, magazines, printed photos of symbolic objects, people or places and create a vision board to set goals for the year. Dream out loud in a tangible way, not letting anything limit your expression. Mount it on your wall to see your hopes and dreams every day and work to accomplish your goals.
Human Trafficking Awareness Day – Raise awareness of sexual slavery and human trafficking worldwide. Educate yourself on the problems in human trafficking locally and globally. Visit non-profits that are making a difference for the cause and support them with your time, talents, and/or resources.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day – A day to honor the life of Dr. Matin Luther King Jr. and his contributions to the United States and humankind surrounding racial justice and equality.
Thank Your Mentor Day – Reach out to thank and honor those individuals who encouraged and guided you, and had a lasting, positive impact on your life. Write a letter, make a phone call, send an email, or even Facebook them. Surely you think about the words they said often to impact you, let that thought go further and let them know the importance of the role they played/ are playing in your life.
National Compliment Day – Take the opportunity to say something positive to the people in your life. An unofficial holiday that is celebrated by offering sincere compliments to everyone around. I recently heard Dr. Oz recommends paying someone a compliment, and it will come back to you! You will feel good, they will feel great, and they will in turn pay you a compliment back, whether right away or later.
National Fun at Work Day – Find fun things to do at work and let your imagination be the leader. Make sure whatever exciting activity that you choose has your boss’s approval. Better yet, get your boss involved in the fun. Stay tuned for fun ideas about how to add life to your work culture!