Let’s talk goals. I don’t believe I have talked about goals in a while! The year 2016 was quite the year for my family and I. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the loss of talent this year! * Moment of silence* All that aside though, personally I have accomplished a lot! And there are so many people who I have seen take that step towards making their dreams happen. It really is quite amazing.
Reflection & Pep Talk
While I was reflecting on my year and the goals that I had set for myself this time last year, I realized that there had been much more accomplishment then I thought. Even though some of what I had hoped to do manifested in a different sort of way. Like, the coloring book that I had hoped to publish, or have published by this time, ended up turning into turning my artwork into more planner purposeful embellishments in an Etsy Shop, and some printable coloring pages. (pssst, if you sign up for my monthly newsletter you will get access to the FREE resource library!)
I guess what I am trying to get across is, we set these huge, exciting goals for ourselves each year in hopes to become more, and when those things don’t happen exactly the way that we expect them to we get discouraged, instead of seeing where the steps we took to get there have brought us, and continuing from there.
We have the power to do anything, it takes a good amount of mental strength to change something about yourself and habits that you may have picked up, but it is 100% do-able. All you need is a plan. See, the plan isn’t to get you motivated to start, it is to keep you motivated and kick your ass when you are ready to quit. Because, being creatures of habit, after the changing starts we will start kicking and screaming to go back to our old ways until the new ways become habit. Our inner toddler is going to come out to throw a major tantrum when they realize things are about to get real. In order to not fall back into unhealthy or unwanted habits and move forward in our life, there needs to be a plan to soothe the toddler.
As you are setting your resolutions this year, set your back up plan for when you are mentally talking yourself out of doing it, and if something changes and your “goal” changes, that is OK! In life, we transform, the things and people around us transform and sometimes, our plans must transform as well. Stay focused, have a plan, move forward, but be accepting of change as well.
Whew, that felt like a pretty good New Years pep talk, right?
New Year Goals
For my goals in 2017 I decided to keep things small, reachable and simple.
When we simplify things in our life we make it easier to get things done and stay focused. So GOAL #1 is to simplify, EVERY-THING in my life. The way that I plan, the things that I own, the money that I spend, every single thing that I possible can.
I am doing this because over the course of 2016, I have went back and forth with different planning methods, I have spent more money than I really care to admit on things that I have used once, or even never at all. I have an enormous amount of stress and expectations from others going on and I would like to simply relax a bit while still taking steps forward in my life.
Over this last semester, I began to use my planner less and less. Why? With the amount of stuff that was going on in my day-to-day life, I think that having my chunky monkey Keelindori and a bunch of inserts to carry around and plan in and flip and flip and flip some more to find different collections and my daily pages and everything else, whew… it’s a lot of work for one girl to stay organized.
With the steam rolling and my mind trying to think of intricate ways to plan out my hectic life, I (re)stumbled upon minimalist bullet journaling, and all of a sudden… BAM… The smoke cleared and I had my answer.
With the addition of college in my life, a shop to keep organized, and the continuation of blogging on top of everything else going on, the best way to de-stress is to simplify. And lawdy knows that I need that!
While the benefits of my TN Bullet Journal are great, I have decided to move back into a Leuchtturm1917 for the New Year to thoroughly minimize the stuff that I carry and have to flip through to plan, and the way that I plan in general. While the Traveler’s Notebook is amazing and I love it so much, I feel the need to adapt to the changes in my life. I will be cutting out so many unnecessary things that I have tried to use in my current planning and my use of embellishments will be small. Because I am also planning to… Wait for it.. Not buy things like stickers and washi. *gasp* This brings me to my next topic.
Limiting my spending to only things that I need.
This is going to be entirely one of the most difficult things for me to do, because I am guilty of being a compulsive buyer/spender. It is a habit that I NEEEED to break. While I believe treating yourself occasionally to something that you really want is absolutely OK, buying everything that you want with little to no control and not having a proper savings is a problem. So, I will not be spending my money on pointless junk ( I will have a nice spread in my 2017 bullet journal for this as well). And as a reward, once every 3 months or so, I will treat myself to something that I want really bad. Seems fair right?
Adventure more! I cannot believe it, it has been a couple of years since I last traveled out-of-state, I have never been out of the country and this year, I went camping twice! I would like to travel out-of-state at least three times this New Year and get into a place with my finances to travel abroad by this time next year, if not before.
I would like to participate in a triathlon in August, called Viking Man, so I will be stepping up my fitness game to be able to do that. So training will be a pretty big part of my year! Along with eating a more simple and clean diet. I am very excited for this part, because this year I reached my goal weight, and then gained some back during the semester, but I know that my body is capable of so much and it feels good to be fit!
There are some other, more personal things that I would like to accomplish as well, but these are the big ones.
I will be using my chunky keelindori ( my current planner ) for journaling everyday. All in all, I am very excited to start the New Year, and even for moving back into a Leuchtturm1917 Journal! It is LEMON! As I mentioned before, the benefits of a Traveler’s Notebook are awesome! But the point of a bullet journal is to use it, and I was using mine less and less, so hopefully when the spring semester hits and things get crazy again, I can simply be prepared. 😉
What are some of your goals for the New Year?
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