CHALLENGES, GOALS, AND RESOLUTIONS – OH MY!

Happy New Year! Is anyone else shocked that it is already 2 0 1 9!

Who else doesn’t do “resolutions”? If you have known me for a while you will know I start every single Monday with a fresh start. What an amazing way to begin new. It really has changed my life. Many years ago, I worked with someone who every single Monday came into the office and used every adjective you could think of to describe her Monday. After a few weeks, I actually became very sad for her. I thought, wow, is her life really that bad? Then her negativity began subconsciously rubbing off on me. The first time I said out loud, “Monday, YUCK!”. Something happened inside. I knew from that moment I had to change my thinking, or I would quickly go down the negativity road and I would bring on myself a life I didn’t enjoy.

With that being said, one thing I do E N J O Y very much is goal setting…and spreadsheets hee, hee. If I can combine the two – wowza! It is as if my heart is jumping with joy. Nerdy, right? That’s okay.


Let’s get into the meat of today’s post.

G O A L   S E T T I N G

Whenever you start thinking about what you want to achieve, set a goal. There are some easy peasy, as my three old would say, steps to ensure success.

Use the S.M.A.R.T. method and you really can’t fail!

Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Realistic
Time-bound

I like to leave my goals sheet overview on my desk. I can see it each morning when I sit down with my cuppa coffee and review the day ahead. I know others who keep their list in their planner, on their bathroom mirror, etc. Put it wherever YOU will see it every. single. day. This really is key
Are you good at following through by yourself or do you need an accountability partner? I am somewhere in the middle. I really do not have close friends nearby to sit with weekly or monthly; therefore, I like to use online versions of accountability – my blog, Facebook Groups, my YouTube videos, etc. Just figure out what works for you!

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” ~Chinese Proverb

Don’t be hard on yourself and give yourself lots of grace, especially in the beginning. What is it that they say 21 days to make a habit! You will not be perfect on all goals all the time. Just keep going every day. Do not let one slip up drag you all the way back to the beginning. You got this! I promise.

I would set the four following categories:

Daily Goals
Weekly Goals
Monthly Goals
Long-Term Goals

I think each category title is pretty self-explanatory. If you are having trouble feel free to comment or email me. I love helping others set their goals and cheer them on!

Until next time.

Joy in the journey,
Jess 

WORD OF THE YEAR 2019

Happy New Year! I am so happy you are here.

In 2013 I started coming up with my WOTY. How many of you do the same?

Have you determined what yours will be for 2019? I struggled with a few different ones. I felt very strongly about one word in particular and woke up on Friday night, December 28th and just knew I was supposed to change it.



My 2019 Word of the Year is: I N T E N T I O N A L

2018 was a very unusual year for me. I had all these great things I wanted to accomplish and while some were, I felt pulled in 100 different directions. I gave my all to others and put myself on the backburner.

This year is all about INTENT. Everything I do going forward will be with intent. If that requires me to say no to some things or people, I will be okay with doing so. I have a very heavy “to-do” or “to accomplish list” for 2019. I will give it my all and make the things important in my life a priority.

I have broken down my GOAL List the following way:
1. Spiritual
2. Personal Development
3. Health
4. Romance
5. Family
6. Business/Career
7. Finances
8. Fun & Recreation
9. Social

I listened to a podcast and this was the quick & dirty explanation of each category.

Spiritual – the inner part of yourself.

Personal Development – your mind. How are going to be better at who you are? What am I going to do to grow myself?
Health – what am I going to do to take care of my body?

Romance - this is the person I want to spend the rest of my life with. What will I do to contribute to a healthy relationship?

Family – when we take the time to reflect on how we’d like our family to grow, we invest in our family’s success.

Business/Career – what am I going to do in my business or career that’s going to move it forward?

Finances – what do I want to achieve financially?

Fun & Recreation – what am I going to do for fun?

Social – how can I nurture my friendships?

I really like the breakdown of each category. I believe this is an easier way to focus the whys of what is important to me. I have listed about 4-5 different ways to focus on each topic throughout the year. This seems manageable and exciting!

Do you have goals for the new year? Have you put together a written plan to hold yourself accountable and track your success?

Until next time.

Joy in the journey,
Jess








MY FACEBOOK FAST & WHAT I LEARNED




May 21st or 23rd was my last day on Facebook. I honestly do not remember the exact date, as it was unplanned.

I have had one heck of 2018. Multiple friends have passed away, business has been on-fire = overwhelming at times, and personal life, while not “bad” in the traditional sense, it has been very exhausting. Throw in some SAD for an extra punch to the gut and then no downtime planned…I just could not see the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak.

I was approaching my 44th birthday on June 1st and decided it was time to start removing things in my life that were causing unnecessary pressure. YES, I am stating social media felt like pressure. Why? I honestly can not answer that question, but it did feel that way. One thing that I noticed was months ago, sometime in the last quarter of 2017 I removed Facebook from my iPhone, then around January, I removed Facebook Messenger (again) from my phone. Can we just pause and let it soak in how much I loathe Facebook Messenger? This concept apparently makes people ANGRY! Yes, you heard me right. If I didn’t respond to a comment…real frustrating would brew in some people and then let the private messages begin…AND then get sooooo upset when I didn’t reply to their message in .02 seconds of them sending it…HOLY FREAKING COW! Now keep in mind NOTHING you send over a private message is an emergency…or is that just me? An emergency warrants a pick-up-the-phone and call me…doesn't it? Or am I just that ol’ fashioned? Regardless it was a MAJOR source of frustration. I then (again, months ago) uninstalled Facebook Messenger (yes, you can do this), BUT…apparently people can send you messages, they just sit there and rot as unread messages on the sender’s end…which then they end up sending even MORE messages! I posted NUMEROUS times on my wall that I DO NOT USE MESSENGER, PLEASE DO NOT MESSAGE ME THERE. The messages will not be read…email, text, or call me. Clearly no one reads my posts, or they choose not to absorb what I write, or they do not think it applies to their messages. I assume no one really reads what I share. Womp, womp, womp…

That was a very long explanation on why I woke up one day and decided not to log into Facebook and then I woke up the next day and the next day. As of today, it has been 36 or 38 days since I have even had a sneak peek on to the ol’ Facebook. The hardest week was when I would talk to people (yes, I still verbally communicate with others) about a photo my son posted where he looked apparently really handsome (perhaps good genes, hee hee). I wanted sooooooo freaking bad to see what they were talking about, but I didn’t give in. And I still haven’t. The boy needs Instagram, just sayin’.

With all of that, I survived. I am still here. My life continues. Nothing bad to report.
Will I ever go back to Facebook? Of course. Maybe today, maybe tomorrow, maybe next week, maybe next year…I have no idea. Do I miss seeing the photos others post of their dogs, cats, and children – yep. Do I miss the art community that only shares on FB – yep. Do I hope everyone welcomes me back when I pop in and say “heyyyyy!” – I sure hope so. I do genuinely miss you guys. I love seeing the POSITIVE things people share. We are all so busy or live far away and it is a great way to “keep in touch”. I really do enjoy the Facebook community and have made many genuine friends that I would never have met in real life.

All in all, if you need a social media break, just do it. It will all be there when you are ready to come back.

I love all y’all and I really do hope you read this with my full sense of humor and seriousness at the same time. Sometimes I am the sarcasm Queen and other times I can’t crack a giggle if my life depended on it. I blame it on being a Gemini.


Until next time.



MY FIRST SWAP!


A while back I joined a Facegroup group that makes and swaps altered Rolodex cards. I joined my first one earlier this month. The theme was Disney Characters. My partner told me she likes Bambi & Thumper, Winnie the Pooh, and Lady & the Tramp. I decided to make her one of each. Hope she likes them! They were a ton of fun to make and I can certainly say I am enjoying making these and am looking forward to participating in more of this groups swaps.

Items Used-
Cardstock - Stampin Up
Pattern Paper - Lawn Fawn and DCWV
Stickles
Lawn Fawn dies
Ribbon - Stampin Up
Ribbon - unknown
Dollar Tree doily
Rubber Stamps - Stampin Up
Rolodex Business Card 2-Hole Punch
American Crafts We R Memory Keepers Punch Board Tab Punch Board
Google Images


Until next time.