Can you believe it is January 1, 2016? It seems like it was only a little while ago that I was writing goals and planning for 2015.
Last year, my word for the year was freedom. I had to work at letting go of people, places and things that were no longer a good fit for my life. Not that all of those people, places and things were bad, they were simply taking up space—not adding value to my life or gaining any from me. You can’t move forward if you are chained to the unnecessary and unimportant. And, you don’t have the space to accept what is new and good, or to make use of what is old and good.
Lesson Learned: Walking in Freedom is Hard
I don’t have to tell you that being free is hard. When I was a child I couldn’t wait for the freedom that came with adulthood. No more yielding to my parents wishes—I could do what I wanted. What a rude awakening.
With freedom comes responsibility. Whenever you get rid of one thing, you essentially make room for something else. We often hold on the what we have because it is familiar and accepting new people, places and things is difficult. Change is hard. As I decided walked in freedom, I became more aware of the damage that bondage had caused. Have you ever looked at how raw a person’s ankles and wrists are when cuffs are removed?
There were several raw areas in my life that I had to get a hold of. And, understanding the lessons I learned in my quest to walk in freedom brought me to this year’s word: INTEGRITY.
I have a blog post coming up soon that explains why integrity is this year’s word. In the meantime, you can read and think about the definitions I pulled from Google.
- the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
- the state of being whole and undivided.
My Goals (Well, for January)
A while ago I stopped posting my goals because they were a reminder that I wasn’t achieving the way I wanted to. There are also people who read your goals and would rather see you fail so the negativity they speak over you, to you or about you can cause unnecessary obstacles.
Last year I decided to stop giving external stimuli ground in my life. No, I won’t post every goal and aspiration on my blog or online. But, there are some things I can share to gain accountability and to build relationships with my friends across the web.
My goals for January 2015 are to:
- re-read The 5 Love Languages
- blog 3 times per week
- get on top of my home and business filing systems
- start using Periscope (I keep being a chicken.)
- be more active with my Boss Lady Blogging Facebook group (Name change coming soon!)
- offer at least one printable or ebook on this blog
- use my FitBit (You can check out my profile and friend me at https://www.fitbit.com/user/2ZT2BW – my profile sucks right now because I haven’t been using it.)
Tools for Success
If you know me, you have probably learned that I like tools. Below, are some of the things I will be using more this year. *Note: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning if you click through and purchase something I will get a “referral fee” at no cost to you.
Creative Market . I came across this website late 2015 when I participated in a giving campaign for charity. As a blogger and publicist, I am always in need of stock photos and fonts. This is one of my go to places for creative digital products and inspiration. They even give away digital products every week. Click here to sign up.
NUTRiBullet. This gadget has been good to my family. My oldest son is a very picky eater. The NUTRiBullet helped us get more vitamins and nutrients in him. It has also cut our smoothie and ice-cream budget by about 70%. We live in Central Florida so cold drinks are a must.
FitBit Flex. I got this as a gift for Christmas last year and it has been an invaluable tool in my weight loss efforts. It tracks your steps (if you remember to charge it and wear it). It showed me exactly how sedentary I was when I first started using it. Increasing my steps from roughly 3,000 per day to 10,000 per day helped me to lose about fifteen pounds in less than a month.
I said a lot but now I want to hear from you. Did you select a guiding word for the year? If so, what is it? What are your goals? What tools are you using to make your life easier better?