I finally took some time to get my goals out of my head and onto paper. Well, actually into my computer. I feel a little self-absorbed talking about my goals on IBC, but I guess it’s only appropriate since this is my space to share things with the world. While I’ve had a lot of thoughts about this new year, they’ve been a bit of a jumbled mess in my head until now.
After preparing goals for several years, I’ve learned some things that work and don’t work for me. First, I like having a word to focus on for the year. However, I need some concrete ideas to back it up. A word is easy to remember but, for me, it just needs a little substance. Second, my goals for the new year need to be broad, rather than really specific. For example, instead of saying “I want to lose 15 pounds this year,” I’d rather focus on eating healthier and exercising more frequently. I’ve learned that if I give specific numbers, days, etc. I’m less likely to hit those marks because I feel pressured. Then when I fail, I throw the goal out the window. With broader goals, if I stumble a day or two, I simply need to pick myself up and try again.
With that preamble, my resolution for 2014 is ROAR!
As you may have guessed, this goal was inspired in part by Katy Perry’s song, “Roar.” Despite having listened to it a million plus times (Yes, you can blame me for overplaying the song.), I’m still completely obsessed with the song and its encouraging message. To give my roar a little more substance and definition, I thought making it into an acronym would be just perfect. So here goes:
I had originally intended to separate my professional and personal goals, but since my work and life are often (if not always) intertwined, I decided to merge the two. This resolution, however, focuses on the work side of things. Anyway, the underlying message here is to approach things with a more courage. To take more risks. Being in this community of bloggers, I’ve been inspired by so many fabulous people. And every time I see a really special project, idea, or thought, it was usually a result of someone taking a risk. Someone stepped outside the box and did things a little differently. Yes, when doing this there’s a possibility of failure. There will be criticism. People won’t like you because you did something different. However, I’m not going to worry about those things and instead focus on the end results or what I want to accomplish. Because honestly, that’s when the real magic happens.
More specifically, this year I’m going to work on growing Inspired by Charm. Last year I spent a lot of time helping other brands grow, this year it’s IBC’s turn. I’m hoping to do more projects, I want to dive into the world of blogger collaborations. I want to start making more videos and I’m also hoping to announce two wonderful secret projects that I’ve been working on.
As you know, last year I closed my B&B and Gift Shoppe. I also began transforming my house into my home. Through this transition I realized how much stuff and junk I’ve accumulated. I’m nowhere near hoarder status, but I need to get organized. Despite what the pictures on IBC show, I’m really not the tidiest or most clutter-free person. I partially blame that on my artistic side. The art must be perfect; everything else really doesn’t matter. However, I’d like to change that with lots of simplification and organization. Having this huge house all to myself, it should be fairly easy to keep things in order. Now I just need to make it happen. I’ll be sharing a little bit of that journey (the pretty parts at least). I want my house to be ready for visitors at a moment’s notice, rather than having to frantically run around or be embarrassed by projects scattered throughout the house. Also, having a more organized space will allow me to complete projects more quickly and with less stress. If things are in their place, I won’t have to spend half an hour looking for a paint brush.
Through this reorganization I want to to redecorate, paint, etc.one more bedroom upstairs. Then I need to make each bedroom have a specific function. I’m also hoping to create a workshop in my garage (another change that happened over the holidays which I have yet to share). But, most importantly, I need to tackle my disaster of a basement and find a place for everything.
Last year at this time I probably weighed less than I ever have in my adult life. I was also in moderately okay shape. Beyond that, I felt good, confident, and comfortable. I still had a tummy of sorts and my muscles only slightly made themselves known if I would flex, but I really felt good about myself. I’ve come to accept the fact that I will most likely never have visible abs or muscles for days and I’m totally okay with that. I seriously am. Here’s the thing, I like food too much. I’m going to continue to eat cheese, pizza, cake, pie, etc. However, during the past seven months or so, my diet has been beyond terrible. If I told you, you probably wouldn’t believe me. Anyway, I want to get back to feeling the way I did a year ago. I don’t necessarily need to be a certain number on a scale, but I do want that feeling in my head and heart again. I’ve already starting to be more conscious of what I’m eating, when I’m eating, and why I’m eating. I’ve also begun running on a regular basis. A week in, I’m already feeling better and I’ve shed a couple pounds. Slow and steady wins the race. Right?
Beyond being more healthful, I need to spend less time on the computer and my phone. With a job that requires me to be online, this is a challenge. However, it’s a must. A few instances made me realize this. First, waking up and immediately checking my email, before I even have two feet firmly planted on the floor is insane. One bad / stressful email can literally set the tone for the day. Not a good idea. Secondly, when I’m with my friends and family, I need to be with my friends and family, not checking my phone to see how many likes my latest Instagram photo has or having a conversation via text with someone else. Like seriously, that is crazy and totally rude. If last year taught me anything, I learned that I need to be in the moment and treat every event or interaction as if it’s my last. Finally, social media has made me a grumpy goose; Facebook, specifically. I’m not going to go into much detail here, but I will be spending less time on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, etc.
This is probably my most important (and hardest) resolution for 2014. It simply comes down to me being thankful for what I have. I often feel pressured by the world, especially when it comes to work. Why am I not doing such and such when someone else can? How can I improve my social media numbers? What can I do to make more money, work harder, sleep less, and have all of the things everyone else has (even if I don’t want or need them). I could go on…. But recently I’ve come to realize that the world isn’t pushing me; I am. Having unrealistic expectations of what mylife is supposed to be is only going to lead to disappointment and heartache. In the grand scheme of things, I’m doing okay. I have so much to be grateful for. This year I want to take time to rejoice in that. I want to work smarter, not harder. I want to focus less on the numbers and more on the people. Because they are ultimately what matters.
And that, folks, is my 2014 resolution. While I have lots of fun projects and exciting opportunities to tackle this year, these are the underlying ideas that will help determine how those projects and opportunities happen, or don’t happen.
And as the always fabulous Katy Perry once said, “You’re gonna hear me roar.”