Happy New Year, friends!
I hope that wherever you’re reading this, the first few hours of your 2018 are off to a fantastic start.
A few things are making this year ahead feel different to all the ones before for me. I’m sure many of you have shared the same head space that I’ve been in lately – one of reflecting on the past year and taking a real assessment of where you’re at in terms of all things you value. I was doing this all throughout December as I determined my goals for 2018. My process included a whole bunch of journalling, thinking, scribbling and doodling, and of course, working through The Gorgeous Guide to Goal Conquering (which you can still get here for free until January 5th! After that, you’ll find it in my shop.)
Every year my goal setting experience is different, and for much of this year’s process, I found myself going round in circles. I kept coming back to the same obvious, surface-level answers that I initially think of every year. It didn’t feel like I was getting to the juicy bits that were going to get me excited. It appears my subconscious however, had other plans. Once I actually sat down and started putting pen to paper on the ferry to Victoria over the holidays, there was no stopping the ink from flowing! There really was something going on during that ideation time, even though I didn’t feel that way. The 2018 goals and intentions I’m about to share are the result.
A quick note/caveat: One thing I recommend in The Gorgeous Guide to Goal Conquering is to determine smaller goals that ladder up to your big ones. I also suggest ensuring the goals are measurable so that you’ll know when you’ve hit them. For my own goals below, I’m sharing the life buckets, my broad intention for each one, and a few thoughts.
I’ve chosen to keep my step-by-step breakdown and finer details out of this post (or else you’d be reading forever!!), but know that they do exist and these are what I’ll be looking to when setting goals each month. This is for personal reasons too – I take pride in being super open and honest with you, but I’m sure you’ll understand, as a blogger there are some personal life details that are better left off the internet!
Cultivate simplicity – a life that allows me to be fully present, that is free of clutter with space for new, amazing things to flow in. Create space for what will nourish my mind, body, soul, environment and heart.
Let GO to let IN:
Let GO of time wasters, worry, comparison, rigidity, stories, distractions.
Let IN love, wealth, fun, friends, adventure, laughter, joy, creativity, exploring, lightness.
Place equal emphasis on holistic 360-degree wellness – mind, body, soul – rather than just what I eat and how I sweat.
- Prioritize self care practices including sleep, breathwork, and other methods of slowing down. Make these a non-negotiable part of each day.
- Maintain/grow my 1x/week yoga practice, and add meditation to my daily gratitude journalling ritual to stay connected to what my body really needs.
- Keep my mind clear by creating weekly and daily top 3 lists to stay focused on what’s important.
- Quality sleep: 7.5 hours per night as ongoing target.
- Build more muscle: 10 unassisted chin ups, 100 push ups, 210lb squat by the end of 2018.
- Nourish my body in ways that support my muscle-building goals, as well as longevity and skin health – nutrition, supplementation, clean non-toxic beauty.
Create margin for creativity, fun and spontaneity.
- Set boundaries on my time spent on work and business-related projects
- Embrace wellness travel: Visit California (March), return to Hawaii (September) and go on a wellness retreat (guided or self-led, location TBD)
- Explore more this summer: hiking, weekends away from the city
Experiences > things. Things satisfy short-term urges, but experiences are what you’ll remember when you look back on life.
- Save $X/month for travel and $X/month to support me in creating my long-term vision
- Review spending habits monthly and use an app to track
- Make monthly deposits in dedicated savings accounts
Be a source of wellness inspiration and make a positive, memorable impact on the lives of women and their holistic health.
- Refine my time management practices and put boundaries on projects and tasks (to create that fun margin!)
- Provide coaching and content packed with helpful + actionable information (backed by proper science) to help demystify the mixed messages of the wellness world and keep things simple.
- Create 3 new items for the shop
- Attend 2 industry trade shows and form relationships with brands I stand behind (and ones I think you’ll love too!)
Transition into my new role with confidence and curiosity
Side note: Yep, that’s right – I’m moving into a new role at work and it’s definitely a step up in my career development! I’m feeling all sorts of things, from excited and ambitious to unsure and kinda scared, but that’s why the theme here is confidence and curiosity. I know there are going to be tons of things I’m faced with that are brand new, and being a big believer that mindset is everything, I’m choosing to approach them with curiosity rather than fear. Easier said than done, but it’s the intention!
- Develop leadership qualities that I’ve admired in the previous leaders I’ve had
- Ask questions when I’m unclear and clarify details
- Develop stronger critical analysis skills
- Be a manager that others feel supported and inspired by
- Meet with a mentor at least once a month
- Make a top 3 list every day to stay focused on key priorities
Invest in the relationships with the people who elevate my life – and whose lives I can elevate too.
- Expand my social + professional circles
- Say yes to more social events – even a few where I don’t know anybody else going (pushing that comfort zone boundary!)
- Participate in more group-oriented events this spring/summer
- Acknowledge and express gratitude for others more regularly
Uncluttered space = uncluttered mind. My home is my sanctuary. Simplify, then commit to choosing simplicity every day.
- Critically de-clutter and donate 1x/month.
- Bring more nature into my every-day spaces: plants in my home and office, more time spent outside in nature
- Bring more mindfulness to the process of buying material possessions and ask first if it’s something that truly matters.
- Use aromatherapy to help create an environment that I feel content and grounded in.
Phew – there they are! Now the real work of actually acting on these begins. I’m really excited about all of these things I’ve just told you about, and encouraged by the very solid ‘why’s’ behind every one of them. As I’m sure you’d agree, having a deep-down reason for working towards something meaningful is super important when it comes to goals that stick.
I hope you guys are feeling great about what’s in store for you this year too. If you’re willing, I’d love to hear what those are. Feel free to comment below, or if you’d prefer, you can always email me. Notes that you leave here go straight to my inbox, and I promise that I read every single one.
Here’s to an absolutely fabulous year ahead!