While most people were spending New Year’s Eve with family and friends, I opted to stay at home. It’s been a weird week and then when I got home from work, my cat was sick and thought it was better to cuddle with her and make sure she was ok. When your fur baby is over 18, you never know…
I had time to think while watching a marathon of “Wings”. I had read a blog by Ashley Castle, a world-class traveler and Arbonne consultant, earlier in the day and it got me thinking: What are my goals and dreams? What do I need to change to reach them?
I actually met Ashley this summer. She was working on the Mutual of Omaha Aha! Tour. When I came in for my interview, she spotted my Arbonne necklace and made a connection. Once an Arbonne sister, always an Arbonne sister. Since then I’ve followed her on Facebook and via her blog. I won’t lie, I’m pretty jealous of her lifestyle as she is always traveling somewhere, it seems. But she is by no means a trust fund baby, she has worked hard to make it all happen and she is a travel writer so makes a living by the sights she sees. The point is that that was her dream and two years ago it HAPPENED. Now, someone didn’t just give it to her…again, she worked for it, it was a GOAL.
She makes goals in four or five areas of her life every year. She WRITES them down. I’ve had my Arbonne consultants ask why they should write their monthly goals down. Here is the reason: you are 70% more likely to reach a goal if it is written down. If you don’t write it down, the likelihood of reaching that goal drops to 7%. (Thanks, Ashley!). In reading that, it made me think this: “If I don’t write a goal down, I really have no intention of doing it. I have no DESIRE to reach that goal. It’s just a “if I do it, then it’s cool.” kind of goal.
I will be following Ashley’s method of creating goals in my life from professional to different aspects of my personal life. I also will be focusing on the positive. This includes cleaning out the negative friends, acquaintances, books and so much more from my life. I will be limiting some relationships because they are “poisonous” which may mean cleaning out my Facebook friends…the horror! I will be downsizing because we all have too many “things” in our lives. Things do NOT equal happiness. I will cross one or two items off of my bucket list. I will run more races, will take the time to FEEL better about myself which will translate into looking better, if that can happen. Haha! Just kidding. I will take time for ME. We don’t do that either. Taking time for yourself isn’t a bad thing, being selfish with “me” time is a GOOD thing. If we don’t take time for ourselves, we are no good for anyone. As a social butterfly, this will be a hard one for me. I hate missing out on things! I will try new things because if you don’t try it, you don’t know if you like it!
This is a start to my new year. This will be a new year, a new me and a great new time in my life. This is the year I turn 40 and I won’t go into it kicking and screaming. I will welcome it because it means greater things are ahead.
I hope you had a great New Year’s Eve and that you have an amazing start to 2015.