I shared this post on my Instastory’s the other day that made me reflect on goal setting. While I know what I want and need to do this year, I was three months into 2018 and had yet to have a list of goals to refer to. That’s not even like me. I wrote that post two years ago and SO much has changed since then. This site has grown exponentially. I’ve grown into collaborating with brands and creating products and services that have helped so many other women. I hit a four year anniversary at my company and hit some career milestones on the way. I got engaged and am in the process of planning a wedding. Not to mention, combining my life with a whole ‘nother human. I may be late, but I can’t preach about the importance of goal setting without living it. Perhaps by sharing them publicly with you all, it’ll make it easier to be held accountable.
I knocked out one of my brand goals in the first quarter, which was launching the No B.S. Blog Building E-Course. Did I mention I had to open up ten additional seats due to capacity? *Humble brag* But as far as The B Werd goes, I’m planning on launching two additional werkbooks that are going to help everyone who’s worked through my Brand Beginnings Werkbook take their blog and brand to the next level. I’m talking, some amazing resources and collaboration opportunities. I’m also anticipating my first five figure brand collaboration along with some invitations to some really exciting events. What I have the opportunity to do now is so much different than when I started in 2015, or even last year so I’m truly looking forward to taking The B Werd to the next level.
I’ve been at my current company for a little over four years and it’s been an amazing and flexible place for me to build a career while still being able to baby my passions. My plan was never to be a full-time blogger, or even entrepreneur, so it’s still incredibly important to me to make sure that I’m growing in my career which is where balance comes into play. It may seem as though I’m not doing as much on social media and the blog, but in order for me to execute some of my 9-5 goals, it’s going to require more of my time and focus. I want to create something new by focusing on our Young Professionals instead of our regular clients, so wish me luck!
Last year my goal was to save. I quit buying designer shoes, starting bringing my lunch to work and was able to stack up an attractive amount. Let’s just say, I could’ve bought my BMW cash all because I scaled back my lifestyle a little bit. However, I’d also never worked so hard in my life as I did in 2017. 2018 is definitely going to cost me LOL. We have so many expensive things going on in our personal life that I’m glad I made saving my goal last year. It’s certainly provided us with cushion as well as piece of mind through these transitions. Not to mention, weddings are crazy expensive. I may not be able to save as much this year, but what I can do is create additional ways to create income so I don’t feel the expenses quite as much – so that’s the goal.
I will be the first to tell you that I have very little idea on how to be a wife, barely even a girlfriend. I spent 26 years of my life on my own. My own time, my own dime, my own decisions. It’s going to take some major adjustments not to just transition into this new role, but to also perform well in it. If someone had complaints before, I could just tell them to deal with it or find the exit. From what I’m hearing, marriage isn’t like that LOL! Luckily Nate is so patient with me, because the process is much more about me learning how to undo things I’ve naturally done all my life so that I can remain happy individually as well as in my soon to be marriage than it is changing for another person. Do you all have any book recommendations that may help me see myself clearer as a wife? I’d love to see things from different points of view instead of just the one I’ve created.
There are many things that helped shape me as a woman that I love to do, that I rarely have time for these days. That includes reading as many new books as I’d like and using my Friday nights for Sex And The City marathons. Because time is so limited, this year I’m committed to being intentional with my time, days and projects. By the time I look up, my week is over and I’m rushing to hit reset before Monday. I want to be sure that I’m not only carving out the time to do the things that matter to me, like read new books, go to the gym, write more for the blog, but that I’m also intentional with the task I’ve worked hard to make time for instead of using it as an opportunity to scroll on Instagram or wonder endless on the internet.
I don’t have very many friends but the women I consider friends mean the world to me. I want to make it a point to make sure they know that they do and go out of my way to be there and present for them along with what matters to them. I text my friends allll day long, every single day but I don’t want to miss out on what they consider important. As bad as it sounds, serious relationships take up a lot of your time. My schedule isn’t just mine anymore (another struggle) and it’s easy for your friendships to take the back burner since you have a significant other you’ve likely made plans with without even realizing it. I value my friendships enough to make a conscious effort to keep them intact, whether it’s making brunch plans or getting on a plane to visit them one weekend every six months.
Those of you who follow The B Werd know I had some weird health issues last year that I believe stemmed from pushing myself further than I could handle. Believe it or not, stress can really begin to take a toll on you in all areas of your life if you don’t take breaks when your body tells you that you need them. That was the beginning of my “health journey“. I’m dedicated to learning how to treat my body the best I know how this year. Outside of changing my eating habits and committing to staying active 4-5 times a week, I want to challenge myself to get in the best shape of my life. I’m naturally a slim girl, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t improvements that can be made to my overall health. For example, I added ACV into my daily diet. What I thought was adult hormonal acne, was really just bad gut health that was easily cured by making a change in my daily routine. Small changes like switching your grains out for quinoa or pasta out for zoodles make a big difference in now just how you look, but how you feel. If you want me to continue sharing my “go-to meals” I definitely will.
If you haven’t gotten around to creating any goals just yet, It’s not too late to do so or even redirect them. What are your 2018 goals? Share below