January RESET: Goals

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Another week of January RESET. Another week to intentionally set my goals and direction for the year …

This week’s prompt is GOALS.

I admit, I jotted down some cursory goals back on December 28 or so. I just love the new year and fresh start and I’ve been thinking about what I want 2016 to look like for weeks.

But I also love being deliberate and intentional about it, and I’m glad I waited until this week to actually record them for my January RESET book. I had some time to think about it. I took the time to reflect on last year and why I didn’t meet my goals and really decide if this is how I want to spend my time in the coming year.

I have been using the RESET digital kit designed by Alexandra Rae Design (with some input from me). It includes lovely word art, prompts and elements, as well as pre-made quick pages to get you started right away. This kit can be used any time, but throughout January, Allie and I will be leading the way through reflecting on the past year and resetting for the year ahead using this kit as a base.

There are some great word-art and quick page for this in the RESET kit, but as always, make it your own.

First, you *might* notice a little something on the left. Between the Today is For page and this one, I am thinking about inserting 2 large 6×8 photos (there is an empty 6×8 page protector there now). I haven’t totally decided. Likely a selfie for at least one, but I don’t know how I feel about it yet … Still thinking.

This first page is a little bit more of … transition. A ‘right now’-type journaling card, and a couple little journaled paragraphs. Some of this is just encouragement to myself — writing it down makes it more real.

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Next, I’ve included another one of the monthly focus calendars. Obviously, nothing is checked off because it’s not yet February. My One Little Word for 2016 will help guide a lot of my goals and plans, so obviously I needed to create a card for that.

And then I’m using one of the Quick Pages from the RESET kit. A year from now …. Those are my main (big) goals for the year. I have some smaller goals, and other hopes-to-happen. But those are the big things I will be focusing on.

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You’ll notice my number one goal is to Publish 6 books. That’s not quite as ambitious as it sounds, considering three of them are very close to being done. I will still need to write several new books to make that goal, and it absolutely will be a stretch to publish all 6 in 2016 …. But I think I can do it.

(spoiler: If I can’t quite do 6 I’ll still have published more than I have now. Which is zero).

My goal to publish 6 books is going to drive all my decisions this year. Do I want to binge-watch that TV show? Not if I haven’t done my writing for the day. Do I want to attend that conference? Not if I need the money for editors or book covers.

Luckily I work for some of the biggest names in self-publishing, and just learning from them will help me avoid some of the bigger mistakes …. But it still is going to be A LOT of work.

I like work like this, though.

The next page is about my goal to make myself a new home. I don’t really have a home now. The house I shared with Andrew has been sold and 98% of my belongings are in a storage unit in California. I need a home.

I took a ‘before’ photo of the crowded bedroom at my parents’ I am living in now. I am SO grateful for the opportunity to live here while I transition, but it is definitely not a long-term solution.

By next December I want to have moved to Austin, Texas, and feel like I have made myself a home. Unpack all the boxes. Hang wall art. All of it.

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The next page is about my memory keeping goals. I did … virtually nothing in 2014. And only started again at the end of 2015. I have a lot of stories I want to record. And I plan to live a lot more stories that want to be recorded. The photo I got printed is this onetravel scrapbooking is going to be a priority in 2016. I’ve got big plans for that.

And then 4 journaling cards:

  • I want to take a minimum of 3 trips this year. I’ve already been on 1. I have a 2nd mostly planned. The third one can be anything (although I will probably visit a friend or friends in the midwest)
  • My income goal is …. modest by overall standards, but still quite a leap for me. Remember just 6 months ago I was basically a housewife. Now I am supporting myself completely.
  • The Top Ten is 10 big goals all listed out. …. Some are specific (like publish 6 books), some are fun and loose (like live magically). That will be my 2016. It all fits on one card.

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Products pictured are from the January RESET digital kit by Allie Scraps, also Studio Calico and Ali Edwards.

What are your goals for this year?

Next week will be the final prompt of January — Action Steps. This is the part where I actually figure out how to make it all happen. Breaking down all of these into specific action steps is going to take some time … This next week I’ll be working on that and share with you on Monday.

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  • Dawn January 18, 2016 at 7:31 am edit

    Great goals – anxious for your books. How did you pick Austin TX?

  • Amy T Schubert January 19, 2016 at 5:00 am edit

    That’s a good question :) I’ve had to explain it for a lot of people! I’ll write a dedicated blog post once I’m settled!

  • Natalie Strong January 23, 2016 at 9:19 am edit

    My goal for 2016 is to bring my blog up to an average of 500 daily views. I just started it on January 1st, so this is a from-the-ground-up goal. My longer term goal is to replace my current salary from working at my dad’s dental office with a creativity-based income by the time my dad retires… sometime in the next 3-5 years, I’m guessing. This is a big scary goal for me, but it is the answer to “What does your life look like in 5 years?” question. Thank you, Lemon and Raspberry, lots of great goal setting ideas. I definitely need to visualize this 5 year goal and then live the vision.


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