Cooking Up a Delicious Life: The 5 Ingredients Every Lifestyle Designer NeedsThe holidays are here – and with that, so are the many meals, parties and candlelit dinners that accompany these special days. We put a lot of emphasis on what we’re cooking in the kitchen – but what about what we’re concocting in our personal lives? Are we baking up a lifetime of happiness – or are we skimping on the things we need to make our lives truly delicious?

Just in time for the holidays (and the new year), here’s a look at Hipster’s top five ingredients for the ultimate lifestyle designer’s holiday table.

1. Goals

Where are you headed? You can’t get where you want to go if you don’t fully know where that is. To get those feel-good vibes going about your future, you need to have some goals. The goals you set don’t have to be in stone, but some basic parameters will go a long way in helping you cook up the life you really want (and deserve).

2. Out with the old, in with the new….

Are you keeping stuff around (whether it’s physical baggage or psychic stuff) that’s not serving you? There’s no time like the present to declutter. When you get rid of the stuff you don’t really need, you make room for the stuff you really do need.

3. True Acceptance

Stop focusing on what you don’t want – whether it’s that you’re too tall or that the local real estate market isn’t right for you. There are some things in your life that you simply can’t change, and the sooner you accept the things you can’t, the faster you can get around to changing the things you can.

4. Gratitude

Ah, gratitude. The foundation of many a holiday meal – and, in many ways, the foundation of a happy life. While you’re racing to buy the whole garden, don’t forget to take time to smell the roses that you already have. Regardless of how much you achieve, if you don’t learn to appreciate it, you won’t be living the full life you are meant to lead.

5. Personal Fulfillment

So, your favorite holiday food has to be canned cranberry sauce. You go to the grocery store, you buy all the ingredients for your dinner – but you leave out the can of cranberry goodness. Why? Well, you’ve got some excuses. You think it’s a frivolous expense. You’re afraid others will judge you because it’s not highbrow enough. It wasn’t in the aisle you thought it was. Whatever your excuse, ultimately you’re left eating a meal that isn’t as fulfilling as it could have been. Why go without? Bring more of what you love to your life now – even if that means twenty jars of cranberry jelly!

Key Takeaway for Lifestyle Designers:
Know where you’re headed – it’s the only way you’ll figure out how to get there. Don’t hold on to stuff that’s holding you back. Quit obsessing about the stuff you can’t do anything about. Be grateful for the good stuff you’ve got right now. Go after what floats your boat.

Key Takeaway for Real Estate Investors:
You spend time figuring out what you need to create fruitful investments. You know you need certain key ingredients, such as positive cash flow and good property management in place. To get the most ROI from your life, spend some time making sure you’ve got some key ingredients in place. There’s no time like the present to make some changes!

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