Tag: goal setting

Make It Happen

I only blog when I’m inspired to do so, so I’m sorry I’ve been a tad MIA.  Today I’m feeling inspired though so woohoo!! Here goes…

I’m sitting in Starbucks right now filling out my Lara Casey Powersheets (google it. order it. start it. best decision you’ll ever make.) and I’m so darn excited!! It’s crazy to me how clear your life goals become when you’re asked specific questions and have to write them down to hold yourself accountable.  Case in point, writing down what fires you up.  What really gets you excited about your life and your goals?  For me, it’s reading business books, booking design contracts, having work featured on blogs & in magazines, “wow-ing” my clients, and being unique in all aspects of my business.  I don’t think I’ve ever written down what gets me excited about my career until today and it was really kind of mind-blowing.

And then I had to write down my vision for my life.  I think many people have a vision of where they’d like to go but I don’t know many that actually write it down into a confined paragraph of what they really hope and dream for (without it being surrounded by money).  Half way through my paragraph I naturally wrote 3 words I want to be known for: creative, loving, and empowering.  When you get that question, “how would people describe you in 3 words,” it’s my dream that those would be the words.  And I really want to hold my self accountable to that.

As I sit here reading this blog post I can hear Royce on the other side of the room in a client meeting for their 2014 wedding, talking about his shooting style and his background in ski photography, I can’t help but smile to myself.  How cool is it to hear your husband living his dream and sounding so happy in his career?!  Ah, this is the life.

#MakeItHappen

P.S.- My month of eating gluten-free is going great, I’m still at hot yoga 3 days a week, and I’ve been reading multiple business books!  Woohoo for goal setting.

xonicole

Goal Setting

This past weekend, Royce and I had the chance to escape to Sparkling Hill Resort. Two days of bliss in white robes, slippers, saunas, steam rooms, hot tubbing, infinity pools… I could go on and on about how great it was (minus the food… not so good).  Our intention wasn’t to go as a break from life or work, it was just to regain focus on what matters to us.  Number one was our relationship.  I can honestly say I love Royce more today than the day we got married.  And that was just two and a half months ago.  We’re learning each day small ways to nurture our relationship.  We have an unspoken rule that when the other person comes home we always take a moment to pause from what we’re doing to greet each other at the door.  That may seem odd but it’s amazing how much of a change you’ll see in your relationship.

Our second focus was business inspiration.  When we did a tour at Sparkling Hill a couple weeks ago I saw this amazing white room with comfy lounge chairs, a beautiful view, and hot tea and I was dying to grab a business book and just read for the day.  So when we packed for our trip we each grabbed our favourite books and our notepads and were ready to be inspired.  The Tea Room and Serenity Room did not disappoint.  Though I can’t tell you how many times I turned to Royce and whispered, “You know what this place is missing? Hot chocolate. That’s all I want right now.” Their damn cleanse mentality really sucks the fun out of being in a robe with a good book.  Anyhow, while I sipped my unsatisfying cucumber & lemon water Royce and I got so excited about what we were reading and learning about; quickly bouncing ideas back and forth about what we can change with our businesses to grow into what we want them to become.

So with 2014 just a mere 2 weeks away, goal setting has become my sole focus.  My PowerSheets from Lara Casey are in the mail, my hot yoga membership for January is purchased (thanks to Royce’s surprise Christmas gift), and my mind is buzzing with inspiration. I’m creating 3 personal goals, 3 business goals and 2 financial goals for 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years.  Without a goal how do you know if you’re on the right track?

So far my personal goals for 2014 include:

1) Do hot yoga a minimum of 3 days a week for 1 year (I really love yoga and I have lumbar spine instability so my body actually needs it)

2) Eat gluten free for all of January 2014 (I’ve tried it out today and so far I’m feeling better than any other morning)

3) TBD

My business goals are private but hopefully you’ll see visible changes and growth in Created Lovely in 2014!  I think it’s so important to set goals and really stick to them.  Make sure they’re SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely).

Example:

Bad: Lose weight

Better: Lose 5lbs by March 2014.

Example 2:

Bad: Spend less money on myself

Better: Create a budget of $50 a month for personal spending in 2014

I write them down in a pretty notebook to feel more concrete and I’m going to frame them on my wall in our office to hold myself accountable.

Are you working on any goals for 2014?  I’d love to hear them so that others can be inspired too!

xonicole