For my last post of 2018 I wanted to share my New Years goals with you. One, to help motivate you to set your own goals and two, to help hold myself accountable for my own goals. So first let’s chat about why it’s important to set goals each year. To me, goal setting has always been a practice that I’ve done. I set small short term goals as well as long term goals. The small goals, as I achieve them, keep me motivated to continue pushing towards my long term goals that will take more time and hard work to achieve. Not saying that my smaller, short term goals will be easy. But, they are designed to be achieved along the way to my long term goals.
When I think about my goals I first like to reflect on my past year and revisit my goals to see if I achieved them or not. I also like to look at the progress I’ve made overall as some of my more long term goals might not be achievable in one year. But as long as I made strides towards them that’s what really matters. Never give up, even if it turns out that your goals are harder to achieve than you first thought they would be or if you hit a roadblock in the way.
Last year, I kickstarted my biggest goal by doing the Whole30 in January. This getting back in shape after baby has proven to be a goal that’s taken significantly longer to achieve than I ever anticipated. I know I’ve made progress and that’s what’s most important. I’ve also continued to make healthier choices overall while still allowing myself to indulge every now and then so that I don’t feel deprived. I may currently not look the way I was hoping to but I am building strength and am slimming down. My stomach has always been my challenge (or problem) area but I can’t for the life of me seem to tone it up! So my fitness goal for 2019 is to finally rid myself of the extra weight around my midsection and tighten up my skin.
I’ll be attending a fitness and wellness retreat in Costa Rica March 31st – April 5th so I am looking forward to that as another excuse/reason to push myself now to feel stronger and better about myself before then! The Sweat Reset is going to be a great opportunity to continue the positive momentum. Five days of training, meditating, eating healthy, and working towards my goals. There is still room for YOU to join me! I have a code LAURA25 for 25% off their retreats. Click here to learn more.
My next New Years goals are around my business. Last year I wanted to at least double my income from the year before and I am happy to report that I more than doubled it, I tripled it!! So my goal this year is to continue with this forward momentum and double my income this year from last. Since the amount I need to make is significantly more my main steps to achieve this is by sticking to my work calendar. Setting aside time each week to pitch the brands I want to work with, as well as setting aside time to follow up on pitches I’ve sent out. Since we all know, it’s all in the follow up, right!
For my family goals this year I want to continue being more present on the days that I am with Mason all day. He only attends preschool three half days a week so on his days off and after school I want to be able to stop work and just be with him. I found it very hard this year to not want to work, send out emails, and be on social media engaging with my audience. It is hard to shut work off when it’s so easy to be on. But when I did leave my phone in another room while playing with Mason it felt so good to just BE with him. The only way this will work is if I manage my time well on the days that he is at preschool and also in the evenings once he’s in bed. I also learned from this year that I need to be better about asking for help and setting expectations. I definitely need to work on this so that I am able to enjoy my time with Mason and Justin without work on my mind all the time.
Traveling is another goal I like to think about at the beginning of the year. I already have Costa Rica on my own for the wellness retreat and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Last year I knew family travel would be placed on the back burner because Justin was pursuing his career as a fire fighter, going through the fire academy, and then starting his 18 month probation. But before that all started we did take a family vacation to Catalina Island. So I guess I can’t say we didn’t go anywhere together. We got to experience a helicopter ride, a first for all of us and had some great excursions while we were there.
Justin is still a probationary fire fighter so my goal for this year is to go on one family vacation somewhere outside of California. We may not be able to go to Aruba, Europe, or Australia as a family this year, but we have those to look forward to in 2020 once Justin is no longer on probation. I list those three destinations only because those have been on my mind the most lately. Maybe Aruba will happen, it just depends on timing I guess!
So there are my goals for 2019, I’d love to hear what some of your goals are?!
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