Welcome to the second post in my 2019 series!! In the first one, I talked all about my first steps in planning for the New Year – research and reflection. You can find that post here 🙂
Before I dive fully into this post, I wanted to share with you a couple of New Year’s Eve resources so you can use them right away!
The first is this 10 minute guided NYE meditation. Even if you’ve never tried meditating before or feel a little weird about it, I would absolutely still recommend this! I did it this morning and now I feed so refreshed and re-centered.
Second, I wanted to quickly share with you some planning resources. I have a whole post coming up about my 2019 planner setup, but I wanted to get this link to you ASAP. My favorite planner company – Day Designer – has a whole free printable library. I’m customizing my planner fully with just these printables (P.S. Not sponsored, just such a great resource!), and it only costs me some printer paper and the cutest binder from Target. BUT again, I’ll go more in depth with this later!
2019 Guiding Words
After going through some reflection, both guided and freestyle, I came to the conclusion that although I loved 2018 and all I learned from it, there was an overarching feeling of being overwhelmed and overstretched.
Because of that, my 2019 overall guiding word is BALANCE. If you don’t already know, a guiding word is a word chosen by you that represents the overall feeling you’d like to have in the New Year. In 2019, I want to feel balanced with my time, balanced with my health, and balanced between work and personal life.
I also chose some supporting words to help guide me through setting some resolutions.
- Intention. In order to have a more balanced timeline, I will only be taking on projects that have resolute “whys” behind them that I agree with. In addition, I only want to take on projects that I fully have the intentions to complete. I tend to say yes to people to make them happy, but the project serves no actual purpose in my life. In terms of this blog, I want my posts to be more intentional and serve my actual interests. Expect posts with less “style” content (I love fashion, but creating content about it was just never me), and more about travel (Europe backpacking trip!!!), books and things I love, running a business, and simplifying your life.
- Clarity. Going along with intention, I want to clarify my goals and why exactly I’m choosing to do certain projects and activities. Will it help to further myself or my business? Will this help me to be healthier or re-energize me?
- Freedom. Having the freedom to say yes to what serves me means saying no to what doesn’t. I am also searching for more financial freedom – but not necessarily in the way you’re thinking. See my resolutions below to see what I mean!
- Simplify. Declutter my physical and digital spaces, and simplify my timeline by saying no.
The biggest reason I didn’t complete my New Years Resolutions of last year, in my opinion, is because I didn’t set out ways to reach them. My goal while creating these resolutions was also to break them down into baby steps, and then again into 12 week goals to help me reach my overarching desire.
These goals were created with my guiding words in mind – I want to do everything I can to achieve these feelings.
Some of my goals are personal, but here are the ones I am choosing to share!
- Financial freedom. By this, I mean that I no longer want to be tied to things, so that I can use my money for experiences, savings, and re-investing into GDCC. Over the next 90 days, I will be completing a shopping ban. This is different than a consumer fast! I can still use money to go out to eat with friends or book an airBnB, but I will not be purchasing anything that is not a necessity. There will be another small series on this, but if you’re interested in it right now, I highly recommend the book Year of Less by Cait Flanders.
- Grow GDCC. This is one of my biggest and most vague goals, but I’ve broken it down into bite size chunks. For the next 90 days, I am going to work on creating the habit of spending one intentional hour on my business each day. For that hour, I can edit photos, respond to emails, do illustrations, etsy work, etc…This will help to free up space in my day and space in my mind. Eventually, I want to spend more than an hour a day, but I know that this semester is about to be my most difficult, so I am investing the amount of time that is reasonable for me at this point in my life.
- Get healthy! In addition to feeling stretched this year, I also picked up some unhealthy habits. To help me work towards my goal, I’m making it a smaller goal of mine to visit the yoga studio 3-4 times a week for a class over the next 12 weeks. I am also going to start doing online grocery shopping, so I’m not tempted by all the little treats in the aisles of the store.
- Simplify! Over the next 90 days, I am going to work on decluttering different areas of my life. Deleting unnecessary photos, getting rid of clothes that don’t spark joy (Hellooo the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up! I read this two years ago and still live by it.), etc…
& I plan to get all of this accomplished by planning well! Stay tuned for my planner setup post coming soon!
What are some of your goals for the new year?