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When I sit down to write my goals for the year I like to choose a word to help set the tone and give me a bit of direction. In 2018, my word of the year was balance. I was struggling with the feeling that my personal life and work were so intertwined I no longer knew what was what. I was burnt out and tired. If I had to give myself a grade on how well I did with balance in 2018, I’d probably say a “B.” I still made a lot of excuses for allowing my work to consume my life. I’d blame it on owning my own business. I’d say it’s just the nature of this industry. But the truth is, that’s BS, and I honestly didn’t realize it until I went through some business coaching towards the end of the year. Mike reached out and offered to coach me for a month and having never done anything like that before, I figured I’d give it a shot. It was a very helpful and eye opening experience. At the same time, 2018 was a year of reflection for me about my purpose (personally and professionally). I learned a lot about myself and what I want out of my life and my career, which leads me to my 2019 word of the year. I asked Jess and Caylin (who will be contributing here more regularly) to share theirs too, since I think it’s always nice to hear different ideas and perspectives and maybe even help some of you with your goals for the year. I’d love to hear if any of you have a word or theme for 2019. Let us know in the comments.
When I started writing out my goals for 2019 (going live in tomorrow’s post) the one word that kept popping into my head was intention. I want to be intentional with my time and how I spend it, in my work and my personal life. I want to spend less time mindlessly scrolling through Instagram and only follow and interact with accounts that I enjoy. I don’t want to check my email 500 times a day. I want to spend more time with the people who are important to me. I want to give my time to causes and organizations that I am passionate about. I want to be intentional about how I spend (and save) money. I’m tired of the buy, buy, buy all the time culture. I want to curate things with intention and just have less “stuff” in general. I’ve thought about that a lot the last few months…more to come tomorrow.
There’s a great quote that says, “You know how every once in a while you do something and the little voice says, ‘There. That’s it. That’s why you’re here.’ And you get a warm glow in your heart because you know it’s true? Do more of that.” It’s very easy for me to get caught up in the things I think I should be doing and not what I want to be doing. I’m at a point in both my life and career where I want to be more intentional with the projects I take on, the people I work with, and how I continue to grow my business. I also really want to take time to give back to the community—I’m looking into mentoring in the new year. In 2019 I do want to be on social less and read more, I want to take more classes (online or IRL), and spend more time with people I care about. I also want to appreciate how far I’ve come and really celebrate the wins instead of breezing right by them. I’m excited for what this new year has to offer.
In 2019, my goal is to spend more of my time and energy (and money) on new experiences and making memories, as opposed to material things. I also hope to be more fully immersed in my experiences without distractions like social media. I feel as though sometimes I get caught up in the ‘things’ that will make me happy next, when I want to start to focus instead on new activities and feelings that I want to experience, with the knowledge that I will find a lot more fulfillment there. So far, I’ll be going to a pasta making class, taking a weekend in Florida with girlfriends and visiting a speedway in 2019– all adventures I have never done before! I’m looking forward to intentionally putting effort into doing things and therefore taking effort away from buying things.