More of you than not have probably been there, and might be there right now. You have goals and aspirations for your life, are busting your butt to make those dreams a reality, but there is so much involved and/or you have multiple goals that need your time and effort, and on top of all that there’s normal life to tend to. And I guess we have to eat and sleep sometime, too. There’s just only so much time in the day, am I right?!! There comes a point in that overwhelm that you feel like you can’t catch up, can’t relax, aren’t getting anywhere and instead you just. do. nothing. Your mind has so much to think about that it can’t think about anything at all, and your body’s so exhausted it’s easier to give in to the desire to just sit and stare at the TV or the computer. You might feel this way for days, weeks or months. For me, it’s been the better part of the past year. I have learned to let some things go and I try to prioritize, but there are still so many things I’m trying to do that the feeling that I’ll never get caught up or get where I want to go is still there. Giving up isn’t an option because these are things I want in my life that ultimately will make it better. So what’s a girl to do??
In my spare time (aaaaahhhhh ha ha ha! ;)) I’ve been reading a couple books that I’m finding to be helpful. (In reality I have no spare time but I’m learning that instead of watching TV it’s more therapeutic and useful to end my night reading for a bit…so sometimes when I have no energy for anything else, I read.) The first book, of course, is my aunt’s new book. This book is set up like a workbook or journal and really doesn’t involve more than 10-15 minutes a day (maybe less). Each week there is an “intention” to read, basically what I would call positive self-talk, that you focus on daily for that week. In addition to the intentions throughout the book, I have started an intentions journal, based on my aunt’s suggestion. I don’t know if I’m doing it like she does (I intend to get up there and get the full low-down ;)), but I’m guessing you can’t do it “wrong”. I’m writing down intentions for my life…goals that I want to achieve.
I’ve also been reading Living Well, Spending Less, and am finding that this book is just as much about shooting for goals as it is about enjoying the important things in life and not spending money. The other night I read a section of the book where she really talked about writing down goals. This isn’t new information for any of us that have had a class where we were instructed on goal-setting, but I think it’s great to be reminded. She recommended breaking goals down yearly, monthly, weekly and daily goals…and then listing the specific tasks to get to each goal. For example, an annual goal should be broken down into monthly, weekly and maybe daily smaller goals or tasks. She also recommends posting the goals where you can see them daily, whether on a chalkboard in your office, on the bathroom mirror or a family command center.
The other key is having someone to help you be accountable. For her when it came to saving money, it was her blog followers. I have also used my blog to help keep me accountable and plan to continue to do that even more this year (I need you guys!). I also rely on my Jazzercise class sometimes when it comes to keeping my health and fitness goals as I share what I’m working on from the stage. And of course, Brad and my friends also become accountability partners. Telling someone your goals and having that person to be accountable to really helps motivate and keep you on track!
So what are my goals this year? Well, there are a lot! I won’t share all on here, but these are a few that I am working on…
- Complete professional organizing certification – I’m currently working towards this and hope to finish it up by May 1
- Build My Blissful Space (organizing business & blog) – I’m currently working with a client on her entire house, so we’ll be working for a while! And I have another lined up in the next few weeks. Right now my availability won’t allow much more than that, but since I ultimately want to replace daycare with this business, I need to really focus on advertising and growth.
- Share Young Living essential oils – I just signed up a couple weeks ago as a wholesale member only intending to purchase the products for myself. But the more I learn the more excited I am, and I just signed a new member last night! I decided I’d love to make enough of a business out of it to at least add to my collection of oils, but the more I thought about it I figured this could be a great source of additional income. MBS is my priority, but I can see how the two could compliment each other.