New Years

Two Articles that are Inspiring Me in the New Year

It's that time of the new year, where New Year's resolutions start to wax and wain if they haven't already. I didn't really make any resolutions this year, not that I don't have goals that I'm working towards, but I just didn't have anything that I wanted to set in stone right off the bat. 

At the beginning of this year, I read two articles that have been in my thoughts for all of January, making me think beyond the "I'd like to lose 10 pounds" and propelling me forward.

The first article highlights people who didn't achieve success until after they were forty. The fact that I'm turning 30 this year sometimes comes up and smacks me down because I'd always thought I'd be at a different place than I am now in my life. I don't know about you, but I put a ton of pressure on myself to accomplish goals within a certain time frame and when it doesn't happen, I get discouraged and wonder if it ever will. This article reminded me that success can happen at any point in a person's life. I'm not locked into the "I have to reach my goals and do all the thing by the time I'm 30 or 35." Would I like it to happen before I'm 80? Yes. But forget about the fat lady, life ain't over til it's over, folks and we've got until than to see our dreams realized. 

Did you know that Vera Wang designed her first dress after she was forty? Amazing, right? You can read about her and others who reached their goals later life in this article here.

via:   Glamour

via: Glamour

The second article is by Whitney English, designer of the Day Designer and also a blogger. I love Whitney's blog because her articles are always so full of wisdom and common sense for life and business. Her article at the beginning of this year, "Beyond Resolutions," really struck a chord with me, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. In this article Whitney encourages her readers to focus more on the kind of person they want to be rather than just what they'd like to do. The way she weaves being and doing together in this post is thought provoking. I hope you take the time to read it because I really believe it can impact your whole approach not just to this coming year, but also your approach to each day. You can read the article here.

What is motivating you in this new year? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!

New Years, Goals, Rainbow Chasing, and Grace

We are two days out from January 1st and a new year. Can you believe it?! 2015 has flown by like no other. Time, please stand still.

I haven’t really decided if I want to make any new year’s resolutions yet. I did last year, and wasn’t so great at sticking with them even with a plan mapped out.

I’m a goal oriented person, so I’m always making goals for myself even without a new year to spur me on, but new beginnings are always hopeful and nice.

What if we made more realistic goals for ourselves? Like, eat allllllll the donuts. Watch allllllll the shows. Sleep allllllllll the sleeps. I mean, wouldn’t life be easier and for once you’d feel like you accomplished all that you set out to do? ;)

Anyways…….I’m sure I’ll be making some goals, but I’m going to try to make them stretching while keeping them realistic for myself.

I won’t be cutting sugar (nasty, horrible stuff) out of my diet, and I won’t be exercising (nasty, horrible stuff) every day, but I’ll try to limit the amount of both and find a healthy balance.

I probably won’t read my Bible every day, but I’ll try to read it most days.

I probably won’t be hopeful, grateful, and determined all the time but I’ll try to be hopeful, grateful, and determined most of the time.

I’m working on some business goals, and I know I’ll succeed at some and fail at some, and I’ll have to work really, really hard to give myself grace. And I’ll probably mourn a little and pass out when I turn 30 this year and realize I haven’t become Martha freakin’ Stewart yet. Although I’ll pass on the jail time, thank you.

I’m excited for the new year and a little scared of it. I mean, I thought I was going to stay in my twenties forever and be wildly successful. Again, Time, please stand still. Maybe this will be the year I find the fountain of youth and the pot of gold. ;)  (If you need me, I’ll be out chasing rainbows)

As I’m sitting here writing to you, I’m thinking that this year, I’m going to focus on the word grace. This past year I’ve focused a lot on gratitude and having mastered it, it’s time to move on. Just kidding, about the gratitude that is. ;)

I need the grace, though to accept that God’s plans and timing are better than my plans and timing. So, thanks for letting me sit here and ramble with you. It’s bringing me perspective and ideas.

What about you? Are you making some goals? I’d love to hear them and be inspired by you and maybe you can help me decide on some goals that I should have for the new year.

I hope your soaking in the last little bit of this holiday season and enjoying those you love! I can’t wait to hear from you!