Almost two full weeks into 2023, and I am still feeling the fullll effects of the new year energy. I love the excitement of a fresh start, and while I know that you can choose to start something new at any time, the new year really is the perfect opportunity.
Historically speaking, I make a big list of goals every year – some of them get accomplished (the number of books read), while the rest get forgotten by about January 23rd. But I wanted this year to be different. I have done so much reading (and scrolling) about how to change your habits, meet your goals, and make consistent strides towards the person you want to be in ways that are actually effective. What I’ve learned about myself is that while I make lots of goals and plans and ideas, I’m not often actually breaking down those goals with actionable steps that can get me there. So this year, I am making that change! I won’t go into the whole breakdown of how I’m doing that, but it entails calendar reminders and events planned, notes in my phone, handwritten lists, habit tracking in notion, and all of the crazy meticulous planning that will hopefully help me keep my goals more top of mind and attainable!
Time to Manifest
Last week I hosted my third annual vision board party, and it is now a full blown new years tradition for me and my friends! I want to share all of the details of our night, and then my goals for the new year, as well!
While it would be ideal to sit down and make our vision boards before the new year, the holidays were just so busy with family gatherings, work, and travel between myself and my friends, so the first week of January is going to be my target timing from here on out. We met on the first Friday of the new year at my house, and it was truly the most fun evening. We had a fun little charcuterie spread, lots of wine, and my friend Morgahn even made a heart-shaped cake that said “Time to Manifest” (are you kidding me?!).
I collected an array of magazines over the last year – I wanted to have tons of different topics covered so I had everything from Southern Living to Real Simple to Cosmopolitan to Town & Country. We had plenty to choose from! I also pulled out lots of stickers and little paper pieces that I’d saved over the years to use.
I asked each guest to bring a frame to make their vision board on, a pair of scissors, and themselves. I usually just buy a cheap 12×16 frame from Walmart every year so they’re all the same. Then I brought out glue sticks and my washi tape collection, and we got to work!
Everyone just flipped through the magazines looking for things that stood out to us, but what was even more fun was finding a page that reminded you of someone else at the table so they could add it to their board! We cut and taped and then just got to spend time together and my heart was so happy!
Going for Goal(d) (I tried)
Now for my 2023 goals – they’re in no particular order! I’ll get more into the goals as we go through the year, so I’m not going to give much explanation here – just the list of goals that I wrote down in my journal to kick off the year!
Read the Bible in one year using The Bible Recap as a guide.
Get connected in church.
Work out consistently 4-5 days a week.
Walk 10 thousand steps a day.
Keep a bullet journal this year.
Eat healthy 60-80% of the time. (really just not eat takeout and fast food multiple times a week)
Wake up at 5am consistently every morning.
Spend less time on my phone.
Have a consistent cleaning routine.
Have less possessions aka declutter!!
Read 100 books this year.
Review & share more of the books I’m reading.
Keep up with book club reading.
Send 100 cards.
Take both dogs to training so we can go on walks together without losing our minds.
Read Kindle before bed.
Host a murder mystery game night.
Host a tea party. (These two are silly, but after the vision board party I just realized how happy hosting makes me and that I just don’t do it enough so time to jump in!)
Make our home cozy.
Stay consistent in building my habits.