With a lot to do and little time to do it, I’m taking a break to share a quick blog post on 5 principles and beliefs that inspire me without fail. Because honestly, we all need that every now and again.
I’ve always been a dreamer. Every year my dreams get bigger and I always believe they will come true. I love that about myself. I don’t doubt that things are going to work out how I want them too. The only problem is, in recent years I’ve spent a lot less time executing those dreams. It’s like Katherine Paterson says, a dream without a plan is just a wish. I’m committed to wishing less and doing more in 2017.
One way I’m switching things up from my usual SMART goals system is by having a word of the year focus. While I do still have some specific goals, they are guided by this one word.
If you have seen me in person the past few weeks, you may know that I’ve been obsessing over an online month-long event called Camp NaNoWriMo, an offshoot of NaNoWriMo (known in long hand as National Novel Writing Month).
The original NaNoWriMo is set during November, making it my absolute favorite month. I’ve mentioned this event several times in the past, as it’s a really exciting way to become involved in a writing project (check out my thoughts the first year I “won” the NaNoWriMo, but since November is going to be a really intense month for me (Hello first-time-mommy status!), I wanted to make sure I also participated in the smaller (but equally as fun) self-paced summer session of NaNoWriMo.
Books and books and books and books
I love to read. I feel like I’m pretty much always reading. And you know what? When I think back on the books I’ve read recently, I have trouble remembering the plots of those books. That’s just not cool. Because what is the point of reading, if the stories don’t stay with me?
I wish I could blame Audible and the convenience of Overdrive (renting audiobooks? I’m so down!), the new binging culture brought upon by the ease of Netflix, or any other reason. But it’s me. I’m letting myself get swept up, letting the dishes wait a little longer, listening to my phone wherever possible, staying up a bit later, waking a bit earlier, binging bing binging.
So one of my goals for February is to calm it all done, and take my time with books. I don’t need to multitask so often, I need to soak it all in. Why? Books are magic, they transport you into another person’s life, took authors over a year to create, and that shouldn’t be rushed. I think all of the hard work that went into a book should provide me entertainment for a whole week, not just two days.
To illustrate my point, here is my most recent book wrap-up video where I explain the 11 books (yes, 11!) I’ve read these past two months and a little more on why I need to slow it down.
Books mentioned: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, Matched by Ally Condie, Crossed by Ally Condie, Reached by Ally Condie, The White Rose (Lone City #2) by Amy Ewing, The Jewel (Lone City #1) by Amy Ewing, Similar to a fantasy version of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski, Teardrop by Lauren Kate, These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, Palace of Stone (Princess Academy #2) by Shannon Hale, The Forgotten Sisters (Princess Academy #3) by Shannon Hale, and The Siren by Kiera Cass
That’s a lot of books discussed in such a short amount of time!
So, let’s admit it, how many of us out there are binging books and TV shows as well?
Personally, I just hate knowing that there is a conclusion to the story out there, and I could know what it is RIGHT NOW, if I kept reading. I think that’s one of the main reasons I’m a binge reader and Netflix marathoner.
Hello, Kind Friends! Today I have a fun edition of 5 Tips For that shares how you can make 2016 the best year possible and rock those resolutions you’ve been trying to conquer for years.
I used to be the resolution queen, but these past two years I’ve been having trouble making what I want for my future a priority – and that has got to change. This year I’m going back to my roots and making sure all of my resolutions fit the SMART goals system, as well as making weekly and monthly resolutions to help me reach my larger goals in an almost step-like process.
In this post and in the video below, I share with you a bit of how I’m planning on rocking my goals this year and how you can to.
What are SMART goals? SMART is an acronym for what kind of a goal you want to set.
Is your goal…
And here are some further explanations:
Specific: Is your goal specific enough? General goals like “I want to lose weight” are overly general, because then even one pound lost counts as a success.
Measureable: Does your goal have something you can quantify, or measure, to know if you succeeded? This could be passing an exam with a certain percentage, gaining or losing a certain body fat percentage, or any other quantifiable number.
Attainable: Attainable goals are ones that feel challenging but also in the realm of possibility. If a goal is too easy, it isn’t a motivator. But if your goals have a little bit of stress involved, enough to keep you working hard, then they are more attainable in the long run. Does your goal meet this criteria?
Relevant: For a goal to work, it has to be something you are both willing and able to do. Is this goal relevant to your current life (ie. will you be motivated to do it) while also being realistic to what you are capable of?
Timely: Goals with a time-frame are much more likely to come true because the pressure you have to meet certain criteria within a window of time is much more motivating than “someday.” Do your goals have an end-date?
Goals that fit all five criteria are SMART goals that you can make come true. If you want this shown in a more easily digestible format, with a few other easy tips to help make setting your goals easier – join my mailing list to get a free printable file on the SMART goals system. Your email confirmation will share with you the free download link.
I can’t wait to share with you everything I have in mind for the new year. You’ll probably be surprised by a few of them!
What goals do you have for 2016? Let’s talk about them in the comments, I’d love to check in with you guys.
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Hello there, Kind Friends. November, my absolute favorite month of the year, is at our door. Here I’m going to share with you all my monthly goals, as a way to keep myself accountable and to also inspire you to set your own goals.
Goals are instrumental to keeping your dreams on track. Please do tell me your goals in the comments so we can both help each other.
So, why is this my favorite month? Well, November is National Novel Writing Month. AKA NaNoWriMo.
During NaNoWriMo thousands of people around the world group together to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. That equals about 1,667 words in a day.
It’s a really exciting time for those of us that love goals and being creative. I participated in this event last year and was able to make it to 36,000 words while also getting married. I feel super excited about this achievement.
This year I’m participating again! Since this event is going to take up a lot of my free time, it is my main goal for this month. Make sure you are following me on YouTube to get weekly updates on this project.
I have two other goals this month, to focus on my health and the cleanliness of the house. I’ve printed out two freebie pages from the Day Designer website to help me keep track of what I’m eating and how active I’m being, as well as a weekly chore chart to help Chris and I stay on track of our usual house duties. I think having a list to check off daily is going to be really motivating.
As for last month’s goals, I was successful in drinking six glasses of water a day AND writing an hour a day (for the most part). I definitely did not stretch for five minutes a day. I honestly kept forgetting.
Maybe as I keep track of my activities this month I’ll be able to incorporate that goal back into my routine.
What goals do you have for the month?