Dec 27, 2013

New Series: Making Things Happen in 2014


Image via Lara CaseyI'm so excited to begin sharing this series with you today! I stumbled upon Lara Casey's site a few months a go and feel like she gave me the "kick in the pants" that I really needed! This series is all about goal setting for the New Year and making those goals happen! Initially, I was hesitant to post these online, but I'm hoping that it will help to make me more accountable!

(Don't worry, there will hopefully be more calligraphy posts on their way! I've finally made my way to letters and will report back with a few scans of progress.) 


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December 27, 2013

How I am feeling today:
Today I am feeling excited for the New Year, but also overwhelmed! Overwhelmed by the amount of stuff that I have accumulated, and overwhelmed by the things I want to accomplish! I have big aspirations, but know the road to them will never be easy! I need to slow down and break things down into manageable steps.

Here are some things that I'm finding challenging and a few things that I'm grateful for:

Challenging Things
  • Balancing time. There is plenty of time to get things done, but when works best? Should I spread chores out, or do them on weekends? Workout in the morning or night? How do I make thing things into habits?
  • Breaking down long-term goals into short ones that are actionable. I know what I'd like to happen, now how do I get there?! Let's be honest, it can be SCARY!
  • What do I need to lead a full life? How can I save the money I'd spend on material objects and use that to create meaningful experiences?
Things I'm Grateful for:
  • A warm house and the things I need for our family to lead a comfortable life.
  • A job that provides the opportunity for me to grow as a person! I'm also so grateful to have a regular work schedule for the first time in my life.
  • Great, supportive people & love in my life- my husband, my dog, my family & friends.

Step One: What WORKED in 2013?

What good things happened in 2013?
I managed to fill a few notebook pages looking back on the last year. This exercise was so meaningful to me, I had honestly forgotten about things like my college graduation and just how lucky I was to take several trips.

Here's a few highlights:
  • Began my last semester of my Master's degree and walked at the commencement ceremony in May!
  • Proposed my first conference presentation, received acceptance, and presented in June.
  • Moved offices 2 times! Started in a wonderful new position on the last day of October.
  • Celebrated our first wedding anniversary with a fun adventure in McCall, Idaho.
  • Began hiking regularly on weekends with my dog, Greta.
  • Explored the Farmer's market most weekends when it was open this year, trying new fruits and veggies and taking up some serious baking.

Step Two: What didn't work well this year in life and at work?
I've detailed these a bit more in my notes, but here's the outline:
  • Personal Training & Exercise
  • Organization
  • Tackling chores
  • Waking up early
  • Cooking at home/Eating out too frequently
  • Fine tuning ideas
  • Time management/social media


Step Three: Get Visual
I've created a Pinterest Board bursting with items that make me feel full, energetic, positive, passionate, and make me want to accomplish BIG things! Check it out here!

If you'd like to participate in "Making Things Happen in 2014," check out Lara Casey's blog here! When blogging or posting on social media, be sure to include the hashtag #makeithappen2014, so everyone can follow along! 

Happy New Year! 

1 comment:

kjoy said...

This series looks so great! Thanks for introducing me to Lara's blog. I'm going to fill out these questions for myself right now. I appreciate your transperancy. Here's to a wonderful year of making things happen!

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