It’s the end of the year.. and all I keep thinking about is the fact that January is 3 days away. On one hand, I’m having a heart attack because I have so many goals I want to reach this next year, but on the other hand I’m excited about the challenge and I get rejuvenated every January 1st.
I don’t think there is a January that has gone by that I have not been excited about starting over with a clean slate. This year, I have so many goals I want to tackle…but I’m going to concentrate on 10 to make things realistic and obtainable for myself – 5 personal and 5 business related.
Cut the sugar. In case you haven’t heard.. I live for sugar. While I know this is wrong, I still crave it at the movies, who am I kidding… every single night. In my beautiful china cabinet, I have a huge bowl of candy. They are all movie-sized boxes… you can buy them at Target for $1 a piece – so sad that I know this. I’ve decided I’m going to go cold-turkey because I don’t think there is a way I can wean myself off. I think I even have to cut back on the natural sugars (from fruit, etc) just to get my body adjusted and then I will slowly introduce more of that back into my diet. Along with the sugar, I’m planning on cutting the bad carbs as well. I’ll go into more detail on that in a later post.
Get 7 hours of sleep per night. I have always had a hard time going to sleep at night. I realize that sleep is extremely important.. not only for my mental state, but physically as well. To help with this I’m planning on cutting caffeine and soda past 3pm, and I’m going to put down the phone at a reasonable time so that I can read for a bit before going to sleep. Reading (not on the computer or phone) always helps me fall asleep and I miss it. Having a job that is technology-driven has changed my life in so many ways and while it’s great on one hand, it’s not working for my sleep cycle.
Drink more water. My doctor tells me that I am supposed to drink 8 glasses of 8oz of water a day. I don’t know why I have fallen into this bad habit of not drinking enough water every day but I know that I’m not getting nearly enough because I’m always thirsty. I think it’s because I’m so busy running around all the time, or I’m working on my computer and phone and I forget to make myself take that extra second to hydrate. I used to drink tons of water so I’m getting back to that ASAP. Water increases energy and relieves fatigue. It flushes out toxins, improves skin complexion and is a natural headache remedy. Sooo many great thing attributed to staying hydrated.
Pamper myself more. I do so much for others that I never take time for myself.. I would love to have a massage. Because I am in charge of my own business, I find I feel guilty if I take a break from work. There are times when I would love to take a long bath.. I would also love to read more. Maybe in the bath. ;) When Jeff and I went to Hawaii, it was the first time I have actually read a book cover to cover in ages. I love reading and I miss it. I used to get my nails done once a month, and I haven’t gotten them done in over 4 months.. what’s up with that? Spending a little ‘me’ time helps me recoup, feel happier and be a much more productive person as a result.
Be more organized in all aspects. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that we renovated our home this past year, or if it’s because my work has taken off more.. but I am having a harder time than I have ever had staying organized in almost all aspects. Whether it’s keeping my home clean, keeping with a schedule for work and personal time, or taking on a whole landscaping project, there always seems to be something going on that I need to tend to. 2018 is a time to buckle down and schedule every little thing on a calendar and hold to it. I’ll be talking more about this in detail in the future.
Blog 3-5x a week.
I’ve spoken about this before, but it’s my goal to blog more often. I’ve always held ‘blogging’ at a extremely high standard.. to the point where I don’t even post sometimes because I don’t feel that what I want to say is worthy of a blog post. How ridiculous is that? There are so many ideas and topics that I would love to share and I would like to do this in a more casual and relaxed format. 2018 will be different.
Share a variety of posts.
In 2018, plan to see more DIY, cooking/baking, lifestyle, beauty, and fashion posts.. these are all things that I care about and plan to delve into 100%. I never want to be put in a box. I love interior design but that’s not all of who I am.
Expand my brand to other social media outlets.
I really admire other influencers & content creators who not only blog and are on Instagram, but also have followings on YouTube and produce podcasts as well. Look for something new and exciting from me this year on a whole new level!
Double the amount of brands I worked with in 2017. (or more)
2017 has been an amazing year for my brand so far, and I’ve had such an incredible amount of growth. So thankful to having my daughter Emma join the team- now I’m capable of handling so much more than ever before. (Thanks Emma!)
Respond to the massive amount of e-mails in a more timely manner.
Sometimes I find myself not wanting to open my e-mails because it is so overwhelming. This year I’m going to set up a time during the day where I look at e-mails and respond to them so that I can stay organized.
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How do you approach the new year? Let me know what some of your goals are in the comments.
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