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Goals, April 2014

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had an awesome and rest-filled weekend.

I’v been taking advantage of the amazing Spring weather to get things in order – organizing, writing and brainstorming. I’ve been putting a lot of work into the new and improved April Newsletter, which I think is going to be awesome. The semester is almost over, and I have a feeling that this is going to be an amazing Summer for me and for the blog!

Last month, I set two simple yet intention-filled goals for myself: simplify my eating and bring behind-the-scene projects to center stage. Well, one done is better than nothing at all.

I still haven’t felt ready to reveal some of the small features and projects here yet. I’ve had so much going on, and adding one more thing to the pot would just be one thing too many. I’m going to keep holding off on those projects, maybe until Summer when I’ll have more time to give my all to them.

April: A Focus on Development

For the rest of the month, I want to keep developing the things I already have in the works. I love starting, putting new ideas out there and generating creative things. But at some point, you have to stop starting and just work. 

Some of the things I’m going to keep developing…

  • A new creative writing series that may become a link up
  • A new weekly feature to showcase my favorite creatives
  • The new and improved And Yes To Joy newsletter
  • A small online shop!

All of these things have been in the works behind-the-scenes for some time now, and I’m excited to give them all the full attention they deserve.

What are your goals for the month? Are you starting anything new, or working on developing older projects?


Goals, February 2014

I feel like time is literally flying this year, right before my eyes. January seemed to just fly by, and now another month is here, which means time to set some new goals and intentions to focus on.

I like breaking down goals every month, to make my longer term goals seem a little nearer, and more attainable. It’s easy to say that you will accomplish ‘x’ amount of things over one year, but breaking it down piece by piece helps to bring those goals to fruition. And this year, I am all about results.

The hardest part of goal setting, in my experience, is getting over the little road blocks that distract you, and help to keep you stuck where you are.  Checking in with myself to make sure I’m still pushing in the right direction is a huge help.

This month, I’m focusing on…

+ Finding balance, and avoiding overwhelm at all costs. I’ve become so used to having a schedule jammed packed with things to do every hour of every day, that I’ve accepted overwhelm as a necessary evil. It isn’t. This month I want to continuously focus on saying no when I have to, and admitting when things are becoming too much.

Life is always perceived to be the huge juggling act, but that’s not how things have to be. You shouldn’t spend your time trying to balance a million things in mid-air, hoping that nothing falls down and hits you in the face. Balance is key. Just making a few small changes to how I run this blog has helped me incredibly reduce feeling overwhelmed.

+ Enjoy the little things that are happening, and give them full credit for being amazing. I can already tell that this year is going to bring so many new and exciting ventures my way. From my decision to jump head first into offering eBooks and eCourses here on the blog, to dedicating time to take writing more seriously.

This month, I want to celebrated all of these little behind the scenes happenings to the fullest. Who says you have to wait to see the finish product to have a little pride?!

+ Finish organizing the blog a bit. I’ve been working on revamping the And Yes To Joy brand a bit over the past few weeks. It will include a little refreshing to the design, logo and color scheme and a redo of some of the blogs pages. I want this blog to be completely functional, and to serve it’s purpose in the best way possible. I can’t wait to share all of the behind-the-scenes details with all of you.

That’s it, three simple areas of focus for a short, but still mighty and meaningful month. I love how a lot of these are me oriented. Really focusing on my own wellness and well being.

5 Things That Will Keep You From Accomplishing Your Goals

Woop woop, we made it through the first week of 2014! How you feeling, how are all of the goals you set shaping up so far? I hope you’re on the road to feeling accomplished and seeing all the changes you created intentions for in this new year.

Since this is the season of setting goals (and, let’s be honest, forgetting goals) I wanted today’s post to be kind of a avoid these things while you can to stay in the clear type of post. Because while you’re out setting great goals and getting excited, there are small things that can come up in the following weeks or months that stop these goals from coming to fruition. I know, because I’ve been there, and it isn’t fun to look back 6 months down the road and realize your still at the starting line.

So, without further ado, 5 things that will keep you from accomplishing your goals.

01. Waiting until you’re ready to start.

I promise you this – that “ready” feeling you’re waiting for isn’t in a hurry to find you. The day you decide that you want to accomplish something should be the day you start working on it. Sitting around and waiting until you feel the time is right is a guaranteed way to ensure you never start. Why waste time?

Action item: Write down something that you can to IN THE NEXT WEEK to help make one of your goals a reality. It doesn’t have to be big or small, but it needs to be something.

02. Keeping all your goals to yourself.

Let the secret out, right now! You’re most likely keeping your goals to yourself for one of two reasons, you’re afraid at taking the risk, or it isn’t really a goal that matters to you. Some kind of  magic happens when you share your goals with someone. It creates a system of accountability – and you need someone to hold you accountable!

Action item: Chose one of your short or long term goals, and share it with someone that you trust. Tell them why this goal is important to you, and what you hope will happen after accomplishing this goal.

03. Setting too many goals.

Erika wrote an awesome post on setting realistic goals. It’s great to get excited and want to take on the world, one checklist at a time, but let’s be honest, that’s a lot to do in 365 days. It’s perfectly fine to set one or two really strong and meaningful goals that you are able to carry out. Keyword, able.

Action item: Take a look at your goal list, and count them up. Now make a top 2 that are your most important and meaningful and let your focus fall to those.

04. Creating goals to please others.

No, no no no no PLEASE do not do this! Your goals should have personal meaning and relevance to you. If you’re aiming to accomplish all of these things to make other people happy, you will end up being the most unhappy, under motivated and uninspired person you know. Do things that are pleasing to you; set goals that will bring you joy. When the people who you want to make happy see how well you’re doing by implementing change, they will be happy too! Win, win!

Action item: Write out 3 reasons why you set the goals that you’ve set. If any of those reasons soley include “to make _____ happy,” reevaluate my friend.

05. Comparing your goals to everyone else’s goals.

Okay, so maybe your goal for the year is to eat out less and your best friend’s goal is to win the Nobel Peace Prize. That doesn’t make your goal any less meaningful or significant. Comparison will drive you crazy! Focus on your own goals and the rest will fall in line.

Action item: Make a list of reasons why your goals, no matter how big or small they, are significant and important.

What are some of your top 2 goals, and what’s your plan for accomplishing them?

OOOHHHH!!! Don’t forget the first And Yes To Joy Newsletter will be sent out on Monday, January 13th! Make sure you’re subscribed so that all that inspirational goodness hits your inbox, too!

Kicking Your Goals Into High Gear

Before we all know it, we’ll be welcoming 2014! Didn’t this year just fly by? It can’t just be me feeling this way. With the end of the year approaching, if you’re anything like me, you’re working hard to wrap up some goals that you set at the beginning of the year, and preparing to focus on new ones.

Nothing feels better than reflecting on a year that just passed and celebrating all of the things you’ve accomplished. I want all of us to be able to share in this celebration of accomplishment! So to help us all knock those final things off of our lists, let talk about how to kick yourself into high gear.

01 / Evaluate your remaining goals goals. Many times, we put a goal on the back burner because we didn’t set it to meet an immediate need. It’s easier to focus on short term goals, because their results are seen faster. So revisit some of those goals that you set that haven’t been given attention yet. If they still carry as much significance as they did when you first set them, keep it on your list to tackle. If you’ve gone a different direction and you aren’t feeling a particular goal anymore, it’s okay it retire it.

02 / Get a little obsessive. When I’m really working hard to accomplish something, I completely surround myself with it. When I decided to launch this blog, I was writing And Yes To Joy all over my notebooks, planner and on post-its around my room. I’d write out the vision for it all of the time. And before I knew it, launch day was here. The more you see it, the more likely you are to do it.

03 / Share your goal. I know that sharing something you’re passionate about can be scary. You feel vulnerable, and don’t want to give someone a part of you that they may judge or criticize. But sharing your goals with others creates a system of accountability. It’s one thing to remind yourself of something you want to get done, but another to have someone else rooting for you, and expecting something of you.

04 / Write it out. Write out the vision you have for yourself upon achieving your goal. What will the future be like once you have this thing completed? What else will you be able to focus on once this is done? Sometimes, seeing it written out inspires you even more to bring it to fruition.

05 / Recognize your fears. If you’re holding back from completing this goal because of the fears associated with it, you need to acknowledge that so you’re able to move on. Take a moment to confront, and even write out, the things that you are most afraid of when it comes to this goal? What is limiting you, or stopping you from succeeding? Once you label it as a fear, and not a real obstacle, you’ll be able to press on!

06 / Make a plan. Now, it’s time to execute. Set deadlines for yourself, give yourself set times to work on things that work realistically with your lifestyle. Plan ahead for some necessary changes and adjustments, too. If your goal requires you to write for a few hours a day, don’t plan to go out to coffee or lunch when you would normally have free time. Prepare to make a few sacrifices so that you meet your goal in the end.

What goals are you trying to accomplish before wrapping up 2013?