Hello and Good Bye

2018 is coming to an end and as I look back I can’t help but smile! Last year I started out in a pretty rough spot. I was struggling a lot with things that were out of my control and how things were happening too me. I couldn’t handle the pressure and I was at the point of crumbling.

But after one conversation I realized that I need to make a change. In April of this year I started to make some serious changes in my life. I had become so overwhelmed with things I couldn’t change that I lost sight of the things I could! I was lost. But this was the perfect time to really take a step back and make some changes and that is exactly what I did!

I learned that I needed time fore myself to re-center and to find my happy again. I started reading more. I started completing more of my hobbies and I started going to the gym. There is still work to be done because I am a work in progress but I know now that I am ready to put in all the work that I can!

Looking back at this year one thing I am so incredibly grateful for is the opening of my eyes to see that I have the ability and the strength to change area’s where I struggle the most. All too often in the past I would just make excuses when it came to character flaws and over this past year I have had my eyes open to the possibility of knowing that I am capable and I am worthy. Change is never an easy thing but having the strength to put in the time and effort to make the change is what makes all of the difference!

When I look back at my new years post from last year I see the glimmer of hope I had to change my life, I see where I wanted to make 2018 the best year yet and looking back I think that is exactly what I did! I may have started in a challenge but I can look back and see that I have come out on top.

Going into 2019 I have so many idea’s and thoughts roaming through my head on what I want to do, change, tackle and accomplish but amidst all of the random chaos floating around up there is a sense of bliss. Blissful thinking that I can do anything I set my mind too and that it just takes time and hard work. I don’t know that I have ever ended a year so incredibly proud of myself for everything I have worked for.

Am I perfect…never. Have I failed…miserably. Have I tried…you bet your ass I have.    And to me that is the most important thing I am proud of! Recently I got the pleasure to listen to an amazing young woman Sarah Bohnenkamp at a seminar. Her energy was infectious and what she presented was an incredible message that we need to silence our inner judging self and remember that we have awesome shit that needs to be shared with the world!

So that is what I am planning to do in 2019! I want to share my awesome shit with the world! I have some ambitious goals for this blog, my social media presence and for myself and I am so excited to get rolling into the new year!

And without further ado here are my goals for 2019:

Blog and Media: I want to get up at least 150 posts and keep to a regular and realistic posting schedule of Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I also have a goal of reaching 500 followers on my blog and my Instagram (speaking of which-shameless self promo- head over and give me a follow).

Personal: I’m going to continue reading and working to try and find a new book every month to really get back to a nice head space and also to help let my imagination run! I also am going to continue working on my leadership development through work and my goal is to plan a leadership clinic!

Health: One thing that I tend to loose track of during the busier times is meal prepping and I really want to hone in and make it a priority. No only is this helpful for me to not have to think about what I will be eating for breakfast and lunch each day, I’m saving a money on useless eating out. My other big fitness plan is to hit up the gym at least three times a week. I’m trying to change my mindset from all of the year past and not put a number out there but rather create habits, better habits, to really reinforce and stick with it.

Financial: Last spring I sat down with a notebook and really started to lay out what my husband and I were doing with our money each month. I wanted to pin down where we could save and where we could put our extra money toward becoming debt free and also focus on saving for a house. This has been the most helpful notebook for me to write everything down and really make a goal and stick to it! So I have set a goal for savings and a I also want to get as close as we can to debt free by the end of the year. I know that won’t be totally possible because we both have vehicle loans and I know we won’t be able to pay the off in a year but if we can get a manage on our other debts then we can focus more on those loans.

Something I am learning more and more is that each of my goals should be flexible with the ability to grow and change as my life grows and changes. I am excited to see where this year takes me and I cannot wait to make this the best year yet!

Happy New Year!

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