Goals and 2016

First, I want to start off by saying guys I’m done!! Haha I literally just submitted my last assignment of this semester hence I’ve begun winter break and needless to say I’M HAPPY. But anyways enough about school I can think about that in a month from now (eep). So today I came up with the logical conclusion that since last week I felt like motivating you guys to follow through with your goals and step out of your comfort zone I should probably give you a little insight as to how I go about goal setting and just getting prepared for the new year. Normally, I sit down and just make list of things that I want to work on. I set each of them up into a well worded sentence stating exactly what I would like to accomplish in the new year and that’s it. However, this year I went about it a little bit differently. I decided that I would start off by making a list of all of my priorities. For example:

  1. Faith
  2. Family/Friends
  3. School
  4. Work/Career
  5. Me

Yes, I put myself last. I don’t consider myself unimportant but I’ve always tended to prioritize other things before myself. So after making this list of priorities I decided to work within them. I asked myself what goal or thing do I want to accomplish or get better with in the new year that falls within these categories of things that are important to me. For example:

  1. Faith – Spend more time doing things that help me grow in my faith such as doing daily devotionals.
  2. Family/Friends – Deepen my relationship with my family and friends by planning to go out with x people/ person once a month.
  3. School – Succeed in my classes by allotting unchanging time slots to spend doing work for each of my classes. Specifically 1-2 hours per class.
  4. Work/Career – Get involved in volunteer or community service projects that will help me get a feel of x careers that I am interested in.
  5. Me – Be healthy. Exercise twice a week. 

After you’ve brainstormed all of these things that you would like to work on for the new year, clean it up. This is just an overview of what I did but you should go deeper be specific with what you want and create an action plan. Also, I would definitely type it up on a word document and save it. Spend some time looking it over before the new year and then leave it alone. I assure you that you know your goals and don’t constantly need to be looking back and forth at it the first months of the year. Your goals come from your priorities, they’re important to you. Determine that this is what you want to do and then do it. 

  
Once this time rolls around again next year sit down, pull up the document and examine your year. (If a year is too long you could also do a mid year review in the summer). Ask yourself if you were successful in accomplishing your goals. Was it because you did it the way you set out or did you veer down a different path and get the same or different results? Note that. If you didn’t succeed in one of them ask yourself what you could change to make this goal happen and if it is still something that you are interested in pursuing in the new year. Remember this a process. If you’re not used to organizing yourself and living a life in which you pursue goals intently ( this has been me all of my life) this will be a struggle but it’s possible if you allow it to be. Like I said last week, I believe in you. You’ve got this. 

  
Well until next week! Love you always ❤

Xoxo,

Mara

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New Year and Resolutions 

When brainstorming what I could possibly write about this Monday the thought popped into my head dude the years about to be over in less than three weeks! What better than to talk about the infamous New Year resolutions that are most likely bombarding your social media sites and attacking your mind as a result. Now don’t get me wrong when I say the word infamous I don’t by any means mean to downplay resolutions as something of no importance or effectiveness but I’m rather calling out the obviousness of its hype around this time of the year and the high percentage of non success in most people’s lives in about three months from now. I can truthfully say that until this year that was me. I would make list after list year after year but never saw any true results from them. For example, one resolution I had last year was to work on my health and to do so by joining a gym in the new year. January rolled around and yes I went to the gym once a week for about a month, but as per usual I then gradually stopped going for one excuse or another. 2015 definitely started off that way for all of my resolutions. However, by the beginning of this school semester I had a fire burning up inside of me against the mediocrity that was my life. I was tired of not having friends, of not doing anything with my life and letting fear rule over me. So I took action. I decided that I was going to make the effort to talk to people in my classes and go to clubs that interested me and I did. One of my resolutions was just that; to be more outgoing and to make friends. And would you believe it I have friends now?! I made more friends in one semester than I have in all of the years I’ve been attending university. So what do I want to tell you guys with this? Yes, make plans, make plans and goals for next year that your heart so desires to see accomplished, but you’re never going to see any results if you don’t make consistent effort and push yourself to do things that are out of your comfort zone in order to see your goals come true. Was I terrified of talking to new people? Yes! I’ve been socially awkward my whole life (legit this is not a lie) but stepping out even if your in fear is totally worth it because you will definitely see the results in the long run. I believe in you! Now just believe in yourself and kick 2016’s butt! Love y’all always ❤

Xoxo,

Mara