I love setting goals. I am a task-oriented person, so my sense of accomplishment often comes from checking things off a to-do list and being productive. This is great for being motivated, but it’s not so great when you have a newborn and all you wanna do is get things done when what you really should be doing is snuggling that babe. I’ve learned a lot in the last couple of months about letting go of being productive for the sake of feeling accomplished. Sometimes the most productive thing I can do is love on my sweet little one. Hold up, that was a major bunny trail.
Back to goal setting.
I love to have goals written down so I have a sense of purpose behind what I am doing. I don’t just blog for the sake of blogging. There’s a goal I am trying to achieve behind every blog post. I don’t just eat healthy for the sake of eating healthy. I have a goal to nourish and feed my body what it needs and deserves. I don’t just work hard ‘cause I feel like it. I work hard so I can achieve growth in my business AND take time off.
When there is purpose behind what we are doing, there is a drive and desire for more.
Goal setting allows you to pinpoint and hone in on the purpose behind your daily tasks. In addition, goal setting helps you know when to say “no.” I am a people pleaser, so saying “no” is very hard for me However, now that I am a mom, it’s become a necessity. Having goals, has helped me decide when to say “no.” If an opportunity arises that will not help me achieve my goals, I will most likely say “no.” Having goals has given me incredible freedom to do less and be completely okay with it! Did you read my post about setting intentional, purposeful, and grace-filled goals?
It’s time to wrap up my love letter to goal setting and ACTUALLY talk about my goals for 2018.
Launch Two Mini Courses:
I am still deciding on the topics/themes for the courses, but I know that I want to launch two mini courses. The education side of my business has flourished in the last year and I can’t wait to serve more clients and more business owners. If you have any topics you hope to see covered, feel free to leave a comment in the comment section.
Read 12 Novels:
If you’ve been around here for awhile, you might be aware that this was a goal for 2017 as well. I loved having this goal and it encouraged me to read more and find books that I craved. It helped me turn off the TV more and actually make time for reading. I try to keep this goal strictly for pleasure reading, but I think this year I will add some business books to the list.
Find a Mom-Work Routine:
the second half of 2017 felt like complete survival mode. With an infant, every day is different, so finding a routine has been tough. We’ve made it work and I have somehow been able to find time to work and continue running this business. Even though I am getting the work done, I don’t feel like I am thriving. I constantly feel stressed to find the time for work and it often includes working on nights and weekends. At the time, it was what worked for us. But I knew it couldn’t be long term. So, one big goal I have for the upcoming year is to find a sort of rhythm and somewhat set work hours. I also hope to get my baby on better nap schedule.
Grow my Email List:
email marketing is the most important kind (ever heard me talk about it?), so this upcoming year I want to focus in EVEN more about how to effectively and strategically grow my list more. It’s something I’ve been focusing on a lot, but hope to grow it even more in the upcoming year!
Do daily Devotionals:
This is *also* a repeat goal, but it’s a good one. The second half of the year was a lot let consistent (hello baby!), than the first half, but I hope to get into a bit more of a routine so I can make sure these devotionals happen more frequently. It sets the tone for the rest of the day and helps me be at peace, depend on Jesus, and walk in His grace. If you're looking for a good daily devotional, I highly suggest this book!
Take Intentional Vacations:
I’ve never been real good at taking intentional time off. I’d like to say I took a maternity leave, but I didn’t. And honestly, I really regret that. This year, I'd really like to commit to taking time off when we go on vacation. This means being more intentional with planning, but also being more intentional during vacation. I have ALWAYS traveled with my laptop, but maybe it's time to leave it at home and be more present. Having a baby has actually helped me take more time off (DUH) and be more present in the small, daily moments.
Detoxify My Skin Care:
Ever since I took an Environmental Health class in college, I've been aware of the toxins that surround us. And I made sure everyone knew it--I was that eager learner who told everyone they would get cancer from drinking from a plastic water bottle. I'd like to say I've grown up a bit :) Back to toxins. They're basically in everything. Since I'm not a millionaire, I can't completely replace EVERYTHING we own at once, I have slowly been working on detoxifying our home. I've purchased different cookware, we drink from reusable water bottles, we use clean house cleaning products, we diffuse and use oils, we don't eat much processed food. And now, it's time to clean up the skin routine. I'll share what I learn!
Start a Podcast:
Say what?! Yep. I really want to. And I’ve got some plans in the works and I don’t want to give away too many secrets yet, but it’s gonna be GOOD. Want to be the first to know about the podcast? Click here.