There are some people who don’t necessarily agree with creating resolutions at the start of a new year. While I absolutely respect your decision to not do so, if you are, in fact, one of those people, I personally think you’re making a mistake.
As a big believer in personal growth and goal setting, I think it’s important to use any opportunity to reflect on where you are presently and where you want to go from there. As soon as you determine those two things, it becomes so much easier to put plans in motion in order to get you from ‘A’ to ‘B’. Sure, maybe you’re one of those people who reflect multiple times throughout the year, but one thing’s for sure – there will never be another day throughout the year that makes you feel – consciously or subconsciously – forced to reflect on where you’ve been and where you’re going more than New Years Day.
I think keeping a resolution is far less important than making one. Taking the time to sit down and write out a list of things you’d like to make happen for yourself is far more beneficial than actually achieving every single thing on your list. It makes you aware of the things that you want, it makes you feel grateful for the things you already have, and it inspires you to put plans into action.
I’ve come up with three resolutions this year that will help to create a mindset that allows me to get shit done. You know, the law of attraction and all that jazz – put positive energy into the world, reap positive rewards. They are:
1. Do a minimum of three collaborations per month
I’ve truly enjoyed creating my blog. I love the creative process behind it and I love expressing myself through written word. I especially love sharing it with you and getting your feedback and hearing your kind words! I love all this stuff so much that I’d eventually like to do this as a full-time job. I recognize, however, that this will take time, energy, and resources. I’ve decided that networking and getting my name out there and building my portfolio is a good place to start. So if you have a blog you’d like a guest post on, or if you’d like to write a guest post for me – holla at me! Alternatively, if you have a product or service you’d like reviewed, I’m still accepting opportunities. Let’s help each other succeed, friends!
2. Save, Save, Save!
2014 can probably be dubbed as ‘The Year of Impulsive Spending’. When I see something that I want, I have to have it then and there. As you can imagine, that mindset is kind of a problem for my bank account. Towards the end of last year, I put a budget in motion to start saving and, with the exception of Christmas shopping, I’m happy to announce that I’ve not only been saving money from each paycheque, but I’m also spending less in general! They say it takes 21 days to break a habit.. maybe now that my 21 days without online shopping (for myself) are up, I’ll no longer have the impulsive shopping itch!
Saving is beneficial for a variety of reasons. Not only does it provide you with a fallback in case you lose your job suddenly or have a car repair or emergency vet bill that needs to be paid, it also is incredibly inspiring and motivating to watch your savings grow. That isn’t disposable income in there. That’s your future. That’s a business, a car, a house, a trip, renovations, upgrades – it’s freedom. The freedom to buy what you want, when you want and to actually be able to afford to buy what you want, when you want. The freedom to travel or invest. I’m really excited to see how much I have in there this time next year.
3. Maintain a Vision Board
I’m super excited about this one, guys! I truly believe that we have the power to manifest the things we want. To do that, however, we need to continuously be putting our wants at the forefront of our thoughts in order to put that positive energy into the world. Enter: vision boards! Vision boards are a great way to learn what you want to achieve – it can be a place you want to travel to, a word you want to have represent your year, the name of a company you want to work at, a dollar amount you want to achieve by the end of the year – anything! Putting thoughts into writing or into something visual is a great way to acknowledge your wants and also gives you something to look at regularly to keep you inspired and to keep those wants at the forefront of your mind so you can manifest the life you want!
It’s important to not just create a vision board and let it collect dust in a corner. Continuously update it with new plans and ideas as they come to you. Treat the vision board as the visual representation of the life you want to have.
I hope sharing these goals with you will inspire you. I hope maybe if you haven’t thought about a resolution for the year, you’ll take a moment to reflect now. I also hope that sharing this with you will help to keep me accountable – I need a good kick in the pants sometimes when it comes to getting things done in my personal life. So, what is/are your resolutions for 2015? I’d truly love to hear them! Comment below 🙂