Happy Friday my friends!
In January, I wrote a post about how I could not believe that I actually completed this fall challenge I set for myself in September of 2014. I had committed to the challenge, but got into such a working routine that I completely forgot the challenge was why I began in the first place. I was happily surprised when I realized what had happened.
I am not the girl that frequently meets her goals. I've always been a bit of a dreamer...visualizing and creating ideas, but not a person who follows through from start to finish. So, you can imagine how pleased I was with myself when I discovered that I do have the ability to work through goals.
From this, a new challenge was born - The Year of Goals Challenge.
Essentially, this challenge is to see how many goals I can set and meet within the upcoming year. Each month I will not only list my goals, but will also post a recap of what was [or was not] accomplished. I'm not even really sure if this is something people would want to read. Maybe you'll find it boring, but I hope you'll be able to just bear with me.
Maybe you might want to set your own monthly goals and play along!?!
Anyway, here were my February goals:
Roasting fresh beets - I did this! We got a ton a beets in our CSA shipment and after I roasted them, I topped the beets with goat cheese and walnuts here.
Complete desk styling - This one was a big, fat fail. My desk is a hot mess and it wasn't until today that I picked up the art I was having custom framed [more on that later] for the space. Needless to say, this goal will be pushed to March.
Practice staying focused on the bigger picture - This goal was directed at Everyday Enthusiastic 100%. Sometimes I find that I am reevaluating and reassessing too often to make progress with my business. Reevaluation is great, but if done too often, it can be paralyzing. I needed a long-term short-term plan. By that, I'm saying that I needed a long-term goal for the short-term [I consider 6 months to a year generally as short-term in the grand scheme of life]. I sat down one Sunday evening and hashed out a 6 month plan for Everyday Enthusiastic. Since I tend to work better when I can talk through something out loud [so ironic that I am a solopreneur], I asked if Drew would give me about 20 minutes to listen and brainstorm. This method worked very well surprisingly because he was able to brainstorm some interesting ideas that I probably would not have thought of on my own.
I then chose a few different potential paths for the 6 month plan that looked interesting and/or felt right, and spent 5-10 minutes flushing out every possible detail or train-of-thought associated with the implementation of that plan for EE. I did this for about 3 potential plans and then settled on the one I thought made the most sense/got me the most excited. I then listed on a piece of scrap paper the basic direction and details of this 6 month plan, slapped a date 6 months from the day at top [August 8, 2015 - I'm not allowed to reassess until this date] and went on my merry way because I had a plan.
Phew - this one goal discussion could be a whole blog post on its own! Would you be interested in reading that if I wrote it? I have so much to say on this topic! Let me know in the comments!
Make a Valentine's Day craft just for fun - I did complete this goal and you can see it here. The big confetti-bombed letters turned out A-MAZ-ING and were so fun to make. I hadn't intended on fulfilling this goal and sharing it [I figured the craft would be just for me], but they were too cute and too fun not share. These letters should not be labeled as a Vday decoration only. They can be used at weddings [awesome cake table backdrop display], photo booth props, parties such as kids birthdays and baby showers [make the DIY with the monogramed initials of bday kiddo or new baby]...honestly, the list could go on forever.
So, there it is folks - my [extensive] February goal challenge recap.
All and all, I got 3 out of 4 which isn't too shabby for the first try. Wanna play along?? Whats the worst that could happen? You set some goals and then they don't get done? But the best that can happen? You accomplish more in a month than you've done in the past two! Let me know in the comments if you want to join the Year of Goals Challenge!
This post appeared first on Everyday Enthusiastic. All ideas in this post are of my own opinions including any mention of companies and/or affiliate sites. No sponsorships were involved in the creation of this post. Photographs taken by Meredith Wheeler using a DSLR Canon Rebel T3 and edited using Photoshop CC.