Today I celebrate another birthday. I am thankful for the love that I have received from friends and family via texts, calls, Facebook, etc. The only disappointment I’ve experienced so far today is that because I made plans for this evening to celebrate with friends, of course, it snows.
I am not surprised that it’s snowing, or rather a Polar Vortex because every single year since I was like 7-years-old, if I make plans to celebrate my birthday, it would snow. I recall year after year that it would snow the day of my planned celebration and my mother standing in the kitchen taking calls from parents calling to wish me a happy birthday, but that so-and-so friend would be unable to attend my party due to inclement weather.
I think the hardest part about celebrating a birthday, besides getting older, is the reflection that is inevitable by coming to the realization that another year has passed. I think for many, including myself, we tend to judge ourselves on what we have achieved.
Are we closer to our goals? Are we doing more to contribute to a purpose?
Are we building a successful career?
Do we have healthy relationships?
Everything and anything is suddenly under the microscope, even our weight and fine lines, that may not have been there five years ago. If you have read any of my previous blog posts, you may have an inkling of what my past year has been like. I took the bull by the horns in January 2018 when I starting using the PowerSheets intentional goal planner.
In January 2018, I wrote as a daily goal that I’d drink 16oz water daily, eliminate soda, and eat clean. By April, I checked off almost every single day as completing that “cut out soda” goal. In May, I discovered that when I cave and drink soda is when I ate fast food. So in May I made a goal to cut out fast food. In those months, May, June, and July, I checked off almost every single day as completing that goal. Amazing, right? It kind of is … for me anyways! It’s not as easy as it sounds, but checking that box seems to be magical for my psyche. By August, I almost mastered the no soda and no fast food goal. Between July and now, I have lost 15 lbs thanks to weight watchers! I am super excited about that progress I have made in self-care. It’s definitely not easy to stick to a healthy eating plan when you’re a huge foodie like me!
Of course since I experienced such great results from using the PowerSheets in 2018, I purchased them again in 2019 (no brainer!) In December, I worked really hard on the prepsheets to prepare for the new year. Simply stated, the prep work are the pages with thought-provoking questions to help you decide what really matters most to you, who you are, and what you want to accomplish. The PowerSheets then helps you to break down the goals that you said were purposeful into smaller monthly, weekly, and daily goals then helps you track those actions to stay accountable on your “tending list” (see the pic below).
For January, I felt that I had the eating under control, but wanted to focus more on fitness, exercise, productivity, career, income producing activities, and some professional development goals.
See below for my actual January 2019 Tending List.
As you can see, I wasn’t very consistent with my fitness and exercise goals. I need to find a way to incorporate exercise into my daily routine. Now that we are just a few days away from February (time flies, even when your’re not having fun!) it’s time for me to start thinking critically about how I did in January and what I want to focus on in February.
I anticipate a lot of my focus to be around new marketing clients, of which I am super excited about, and the launch of the DCfempreneur in-person networking group.
The launch party is Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 11:30am at Lofty Salon & Spa in Vienna, VA! I do hope you will join us!
What are your goals for the month or year?
I’d love to learn more about your business if you’re wanting to grow and collaborate with other fempreneurs.
Don’t hesitate to reach out!