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Annual Ditch Day…Did you know that was really a thing (beyond your senior year of high school)? Yeah, me neither, but apparently it is. Only it applies to ditching your New Year’s resolutions rather than 8 hours of instruction time and happens mid-January every year (January 17th to be exact). I still kind of chuckle at the thought, but I get it too.
I mean, really…How many times have you set your sights on completely overhauling your life on the brink of January 1st only to have abandoned ship by a couple of days in? ✋🏼 No? Just me! Well, then for those of you who have your lives together, you can scroll on through. But I think the rest of us will admit it’s happened at least a time or two to us.
Each year I try to choose a word to frame my focus for the year. (I know that’s not a new concept for anyone, but still.) In years past, I have chosen words that were very action-oriented or success driven. But this year, my word is purpose.
Throughout the holiday season, I pursued the concept of intentionality and joy, so I’m carrying that into this new year and just feeling a complete shift. Whereas the last couple of years in my life have been about hustle and really survival, this year I’m settling in, finding my stride, and going for purpose – in motherhood, in marriage, in business, in life…
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I was a bit late to the planner party this year, but thankfully with a little research I found one that is just perfect and that I really feel like was designed for me (more on that later)! But let’s be honest…A planner isn’t going to do anything if you don’t use it and have a bit of a strategy for doing that. So if you’re a bit like me and still working a bit on planning, then check out this strategy for planning your year in 5 simple steps.
1. Start with a Vision
When it comes down to it, if you don’t have a clear picture of where you’re headed, you’ll go nowhere. So, friend, let’s avoid the nowhere phenomenon and cast a vision. Think about how you want to feel in the new year, what you want to accomplish, and what your most fulfilling year looks like. Then take some time to flesh that out into words and possibly even a picture. Continue reading
So, by now I’ve mentioned more than once that I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. What I do instead is (1.) plan and prepare for the year ahead and (2.) make a list of goals and action steps to be successful in the New Year. Today I’m taking that statement a step further by explaining to you why and (hopefully) convincing you to do the same. Continue reading