A new year means new goals

Dun, dun dunnnn… Drum roll, please…Anndddd here’s to the fresh start! Ok, deep breath in, deep breath out. Starting a new year can be quite overwhelming. For the past couple years, I’ve been starting the year with new goals. Last year was the first year I really attempted to complete my goals. It’s pretty easy to write down all those goals I want to achieve, things I want to do in the new year, and places I want to go. All I had to do was execute. But the only problem was, I had no plan to do so.

Planning is everything.

Ah, the plan. I often tend to start with an initial plan, but then nothing from there. No wonder last year’s goals weren’t accomplished. As I stated here, it’s easy to get distracted by life and lose focus of the path ahead. Once that first road block sets in, giving up is easy to do. No one ever said life is easy. Pushing through life challenges and obstacles in my path, will help lead to success. Therefore, getting ahead of the curve and jump starting the planning process for the new year will help set up for successes!

For the first time in years, I am really embracing this upcoming year. There’s so much to look forward to, it’s hard for me not to embrace it. Birthdays, holidays, showers, weddings, vacations – so much fun ahead! But with a busy schedule, it’s easy to get side tracked. So I’m embracing all the obstacles a new year brings. This year I’m implementing three strategies to help me really embrace 2018.

3 Ways to Embrace a New Year:

  1. Pick a Word. You know, you’re word of the year. This word should describe what you want your upcoming year to be like. It’s a great first step before laying out all your goals. Your word of the year will be what you look back on when you have all those hard decisions to make! It should reflect what you want to achieve in the new year. My word of the year is WORK. This year, I’m kicking my own butt and holding the accountability over my head! As every athlete knows, if you put in the WORK, you’ll get the results.
  2. Set your Goals. Your goals should aline with your word of the year. My goals list this year is short and sweet:
    1. Reinvest Time & Energy into Blogging. HEY! That’s why we’re here now. Last year, my goal was to start the blog. This year, it’s to really put full effort into making it a blog I can be proud of.
    2. Practice my hobbies. I love basketball, dance & reading. Who doesn’t want to spend more time doing the things we love! I’m coaching Ella’s basketball team and plan to take her to another Cleveland Cavs game. (Yes, I’m that lady in the stands screaming at the ref. And yes, it probably was a bad call.)
    3. Harness Relationships – both friendships & family. My correspondence has been slacking. Heck, I barely got our Christmas card out last year! I’d like to send out a handwritten letter connecting with friends once a month. Hopefully all the fancy stationary will help keep me motivated!
    4. Become a Master of Money. Student loans, construction loans, weekly chores. All things I either want to pay off and/or be consistent with. And in order to pay off debt, you gotta work, right? We started a chore chart with Ella as well but haven’t really been enforcing it. It’s a great way to teach her money responsibility that will, hopefully, carry forward into her adult years. Gotta start ‘em young!
    5. Finding a Church. Last year, I started going back to church. But, again, was not very consistent. I’d like to find a church we can call home that I enjoy going to consistently. Once you’ve established your list of 3-5 goals, you then can start to… 
  3. Plan your Year. On NYE, Brent and I sat together and planned out our year ahead. We marked in vacations, events, work engagements & holidays into our calendars. To stay consistent, we marked everything into both paper and electronic calendars. Organization is key to our success next year.

And there ya go! Three ways to embrace this new year. Sure, next year there will be the same life challenges – heartache, loss, stress, anxiety but how we bounce back from those difficult and challenging times will help determine our success. Cheers to the new year ahead!