Now that it’s officially 2017… we have a blank slate. How are we going to fill it? What will we make of it? It’s really up to us. As for me… I make goals, not resolutions. Long term goals that will keep me inspired and excited, but also short term goals to keep me on track to where I want to be by the end of the year. I do have to say, my goals for 2017 are much different than usual. After achieving everything I have this past year, I’ve quickly realized that there is a purpose and meaning beyond those achievements.
2016 was a year of transitions. Although there were many career triumphs, there were also many personal struggles. Struggles that I don’t necessarily talk about here on social media, but know that I am human and I go through relationship, motherhood, and all around life struggles as well. I won’t go into details of what those struggles were, but experiencing these things put a lot of things into perspective for me. On the flip side, I’ve reached almost every material and career goal I had on my 2016 list (buying a house, winning blogger of the year, booking big campaigns and magazine covers, etc.). Although I am entirely grateful and proud of these moments, I have come to a realization that it’s a never ending cycle of wanting more and more. I like to call it the “FEEDING THE BEAST” syndrome. The more you feed it… the more it wants. Now, I’m not saying that setting career goals is a bad thing, but I am saying that it did not fulfill me the way that I thought it would. I will, of course, continue to stay focused on my business and continue to grow it as much as I can, but I think that will naturally and organically happen with an immense amount of passion and dedication.
This brings me to my 2017 goals. Instead of focusing on physical/material achievements this year, I decided to focus on things that will truly fulfill me long term. I took some time the past few days to reflect on what it is that truly fulfills me.
It truly fulfills me to:
1. GIVE MORE LOVE
More love and attention to my husband, to Chloe, to my family, and to those around me. Whether it be spending more time with them or taking the time to do small gestures such as writing letters, thoughtful notes, to even a simple phone call, or even a catch-up brunch. I want to pour more love into other people, show them that I love and appreciate them, and spend more quality time with them.
2. TAKE CARE OF ME
This may sound selfish but it’s not. This year I really lacked in this category and I saw the effects of it. I was simply just too busy to have a consistent workout schedule, to go to my doctors for a check-up, or to even get my shoulder problem checked out and taken care of. As a busy working mom, the last person I paid attention to was myself and it was damaging. When I feel strong physically and mentally, that’s when I’m able to perform my best. This year I will put ME first because when I take care of me that’s when I can take care of those around me.
3. WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER
Don’t get me wrong I’m a true believer in hard work. I’ve busted my ass off for 10 years to get to where I’m at, and I think it’s absolutely crucial to stay up late, grind, & hustle it out. This has always been a hard one for me because I like to have my hands on everything that I can, but I’ve learned that if you can find someone better than yourself to do it, then let them do it. Don’t micromanage your life. It’s crucial that I work SMARTER, so I can have more time with my family.
At the end of 2017, I would like to say that I was able to be the best mom, wife, boss, friend, and my true authentic self. I believe that these 3 goals will help me get to where I want to be at the end of the year! Happy 2017 everyone, let’s make this year the best year possible! Believe in the strength of your dreams and yourself! Now that I’ve shared my goals, what are your 2017 goals?