January 4, 2014 @ 11:00 am - posted by Liz

This is a great time of year to review the past and make plans for the future. Everyone has ideas on New Year’s resolutions. Some claim they never make them and others make many but never keep to any……

You might decide to do something that will have a positive impact on your life such as joining a gym or quitting a bad habit like smoking; but how many times have we heard these before.

new year resolutions

Here are our 5 suggestions.


1. Rediscover your imagination

Give an adult a cardboard box and they will use it for storage or break it up for recycling.

Give a child a cardboard box and it will be transformed into a hat, a robot, a hiding place, a pirates chest, a jack in a box, a den….the list of possibilities is endless.

As children, we have fantastic imaginations, but as we grow order; society and school train us to put away childish fantasies and become practical adults.

Rediscover your imagination and visualise your career break!

 a childs imagination

2. Take up a creative hobby

If you’re planning on going travelling, you’ll want to capture your experiences, so why not take up photography, writing, video making or art so you can revisit your career break memories time and time again.

amateur photographer

3. Do something that makes you feel good

It could be volunteering, helping a friend or just holding open doors for the elderly.  Whatever they are, make sure you do things that make you feel good about yourself.

Career break volunteer

4. Do something that scares you

We have all surrounded ourselves in a protective bubble.  Why not pop that bubble and discover what you can achieve when you tackle your fears.  It could be anything from abseiling down a cliff, tackling your fear of spiders or just learning to say NO to people.

 bungee jumping over water

5. Exercise your IDEAS muscle

If you dream of starting up your own business, start writing down 5 ideas a day (they don’t even have to be good ones).  If you want to travel, write ideas on where or what you want to do.  The more you practice coming up with ideas, the easier it will become.

dare to dream pic

I know I said this would be a list of 5, but here’s a bonus that you might like to try.  We guarantee it will bring great results: simply Smile more. It makes you and the people around you happy (just try not to look like the joker in Batman because that will just scare small children) When we arrived in the Far East, we were surprised by just how much people smiled and when we did the same, even complete strangers became much more friendly to us. Try it, it works…..


This article will help you achieve your Career Break goals in 2014: Click HERE

If you want to learn more about Volunteering: Watch this Video

If you you dream of exercising your creativity: Check out this Video

About Liz

At the age of 39, Liz quit the 'Corporate World', downsized her life and followed her heart. Upon her return she set up CareerBreak360 with Robert to help others achieve their Career Break dreams.

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