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January 1, 2018

2018 Goals

Happy New Year Friends! I’m so excited for what this new year has in store for us. But before I start sharing all the things I want to accomplish this year, I’d like to share more behind my heart when I’m goal setting, and the process I went through this year to arrive where I am.

I always spend several days to a week in December really thinking about my goals, getting everything down on paper, and brainstorming all the ways I’m going to make these goals happen. I usually end up with this tremendous amount of things to accomplish and am excited about them all. This December I did what I usually do. I took time to sit still with my thoughts and figure out where my time would be best spent in 2018.

This year it was hard. Something was different. I felt a little unsure and unclear about a lot of my ideas. I still feel foggy on many of my big ideas and want to take more time to sit with them. That’s a first! Usually I’m fast to start implementing new things and head full speed at them. This year is going to be different, and that’s good.

As I was goal setting, this quote really stuck with me:

“What you put into you, is what will pour out of you.” – Christine Caine

YES! YES! YES! In the past, I have been so interested in setting good external goals, and there is nothing wrong with that; but I haven’t spent as much time building up myself, my character, and my person. This is the year for that. I want to GROW DEEP instead of growing wide this year.

Knowing this is how I am going to spend 2018 is freeing. It’s freeing to feel that I don’t have to have the whole year mapped out right now. It’s freeing to know that I have big dreams personally and for my business, and it’s OKAY to not fully understand them or share them right now. It’s freeing to see goals written down that have a lot of heart behind them.

My hope for you this year is that you will lean into yourself more and grow deep. Just because it’s a new year doesn’t mean all your goals have to be perfect and ready on January 1st. It doesn’t mean you have to understand them yet. I want to be able to CHANGE my goals and PIVOT my focus point if needed and when I’m ready. So today, I’m only going with the goals that I feel clear about in THIS moment. The rest I will sit on, meditate on, and gain clarity on with time.

So, if you feel like you’re in a similar place – don’t think too much about it and don’t pressure yourself! The act of setting goals is just writing down things you WANT to do. It’s setting a platform of intention. It’s about trying new things and breaking out of your comfort zone. It’s OKAY to change them. It’s OKAY to reevaluate and redirect yourself at any point in time.

Each year when I’m goal setting, I look for a theme or a feeling I have about the year and use that to filter my ideas through. So before I share my goals for 2018, I’d like to share my word! 🙂 My word for 2018 is: GROW. I’ll write more about this in a separate post, but lots of my goals and intentions for 2018 are centered around growing.

So, here we go….

Here is my INTENTION and DIRECTION for 2018, and the tangible goals within them:

2018 Goals:

Business

GROW my photography business. Implement ways to establish a legacy driven business full of purpose and passion. I want to support, empower, and uplift women.

  • I’m not entirely sure what all of this will look like this year, but this is my heart behind this business…so we’re going to figure it out. There are still a lot of things I’m sitting on for now. It’s going to be an uncomfortable year. But GROWTH doesn’t have to be comfortable, right!?!!? As of now this looks like:
    1. Hiring a business mentor and coach (Done!)
    2. Grow my email marketing list and figure out how I can serve those on my list
    3. Think outside of the box for advertising. Be okay with getting a little uncomfortable.
    4. Hire 2 interns
    5. Grow and strengthen my relationships within my industry
    6. Read 2 books each month! Readers are Leaders! #aopreads

Personal 

Improve my health. I want to feel energized, refreshed, alive, and healthy. I want to prioritize and respect myself and my time more.

  • For those of you who don’t know I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 2017 and had several surgeries. This threw a bit of kink in my active lifestyle, my mindset, my priorities, and really…everything. I’m always doing too many things (not something I’m proud of),  so I’m need to tackle this issue directly. I’m ready to put myself and my health first. This looks like:
    1. Spending more time outside. Going for walks each day, hiking on the weekends, and visiting more of the National Parks! Spending time outside always leaves me feeling more alive.
    2. Work with a naturopathic doctor.
    3. Meal prep for lunch and dinner during the week.
    4. Make and buy more natural home/cleaning and personal products.
    5. Implement strength training and yoga into my workout routine. I currently dance and run, but I think this will help immensely.
    6. Run another half marathon in a National Park!

Then this last thing fits both into my business and personal life…

Say “NO”. “No” is a complete sentence. I’m going to use it more and stop explaining to everyone WHY I’m saying no.  If something in my life doesn’t directly align with my purpose, my values, and my goals…I’m saying NO!

2018 is going to be a great year! I have a lot of amazing things to accomplish, and I know I can’t implement them all right away. It takes time. And since I have officially written WAY too much…I’ll share my specific January goals tomorrow! I’ll share how I’m starting the year off and where I am focusing my energy first!

Happy New Year Friends!

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