January Reset: Reflection

Danielle LaPorte Desire MapWelcome back to our January RESET project!

I am so in love with this project. I like Cathy Zielske’s November Thankful album, and I have loved participating with Ali Edwards’s December Daily album the last few years …. but I am all about the journaling, and the goal-setting, so this January project is the one I love the most.

Reminder that the digital RESET kit is on sale this week — it will work for this project (and others) throughout the year, so don’t miss out on the lower price.

You’ll notice that there are mini-post-its throughout indicating what photos will go in which pockets. I order my photos printed online, so I have to wait. I suppose if I were a better blogger, I could have done these pages weeks ago so they were all ready and complete to show you …. but that’s not what this project is about.

I want to do this project real-time along with you (this blog post was finished yesterday). I want to reflect on 2014 during 2015. I want to tackle each topic as we move through January together. I don’t want this to be a pristine, already-finished project.

That wouldn’t do me any good.

So forgive the post-its, and know that I am totally right here with you.

This week’s focus is to look back at the last year. With honest eyes. What went right and what went wrong. What do you want more of and what do you need to say no to?

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

Pro tip: I listened to dancey pop music while I worked on this section. It kept my spirits and energy up while I was reflecting on the worst parts of the past year.

If you can’t read my hand-writing, the tl;dr of all this journaling is:

  • Andrew’s freelance career is flying. I could not be more proud of him. He is VERY well-known in the Los Angeles music scene and had out-of-state and an out-of-country bands come to CA for him last year.
  • My writing career has gotten a giant jumpstart from the Austin event I went to last year. So grateful for that. I am currently working for those guys (just a few weeks so far) and loving it.
  • Mine and Andrew’s time together has been essentially non-existent and correcting that is our #1 goal for 2015

On to my pages …

A reminder that this project is YOURS too. If you want to skip the quick pages altoghether … If you want to double-up on the last-year-reflection. If you want to use only the kit or none of the kit.

My pages are meant to be an inspiration and a loose guideline — but I’d love to see your take too. Please leave a link in the comments if you are posting your January RESET project!

Reminder that just before this bit, I included an 8.5x5x5 page about where I am at right now ….

The Working journaling card I made with word art from the kit; the Celebrate filler card is from the Seafoam Project Life kit. I haven’t completely decided what 4×6 photo I’m going to add to this page, but Andrew building his own studio is definitely one of the most amazing things in our life right now, so that’s the focus.

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The backside of that page includes a Not Working journaling card (again which I made using the kit), and the floral card is from the Sunshine Project Life kit with my own phrase on top. The photo I want to add to this page is this one on the right – which I realize seems kinda sad being next to the ‘not working’ card, but really our lack of time together in 2014 was basically the low point.

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The next page is just a simple 8.5x5x5 white cardstock.

The prompt label is from the digital kit and the gray and white striped washi is from Freckled Fawn.

This page is to remind myself what we are moving away from. The first one, for example … we hired a gardener over the summer. We don’t *really* have the extra money for that luxury right now, but we have more money than we have time, and if we didn’t hire it out neither Andrew or I would ever make the time to mow the lawn.

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Just a look at those pages side by side.

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The back side is still white cardstock, all just my handwriting.

These are my BEFORE bits. … I have plans for this year. We have about 14 million things that need to be done on this house, but these are the 3 I want to focus on now. Small. Making our master bedroom more of a haven (we still use sad Walmart TV trays for nightstands), our backyard (disaster) and my office (switching rooms, for a start).

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After this page of journaling I’m going to print out these photos in 5×7, adhere back to back and add in as pages.

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After the ‘before’ photos, I am including one last page of 3×4 pockets that reflect on 2014 more generally.

2 photos on this page (this one and another from Andrew’s studio), and journaling about how my 2015 OLW was manifested in 2014 (which of course ties in to why I chose it for this year), and journaling about the highlights of 2014.

Because as awful as the year was in some ways, in others it was incredible.

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Back side …

This photo of Sean and me and a little note about how meeting the SPP guys was the best part of my year … and a couple filler-ish cards about creating.

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And then finally will be a big 6×8 print of this photo (from December 23):

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 I am loving this project so very fast — Each new page and each new step are so personal and perfectly what I need.

Next week’s prompt is all about RIGHT NOW. How am I feeling, what am I doing, how am I spending my time. A good, thorough check-in.

Are you joining with January RESET?

P.S. Don’t forget the digital kit is on sale this week only!

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START. Now.

As Lara Casey says, there’s nothing magical about January 1. That said, today is just as good a day as any to start that one thing you’ve been thinking about for awhile.

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How many different excuses have you come up with to keep yourself from starting? Are you afraid of failure or or afraid of success? Are you having to overcome the negativity of other people, or the negativity from yourself?

You keep telling yourself you are going to start someday — why not start today?

The most difficult part of most projects is the starting … and the finishing. So, get half of that over with now by beginning.

Start. NOW.

(leave your accountability requests in the comments)

P.S. I (hopefully) started 2 daily habits today.

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Giveaway: Big Things Happen pdf printable (from Elise Joy)

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I am SO excited to offer Elise Blaha Cripe’s Big Things Happen printable to one of you lucky people.

The short version is: This giveaway is for the printable pdf file, enter below.

The long version is: I’m using this myself this year (goes perfectly with my One Little W0rd), and as soon as I downloaded it and printed myself a copy, I decided I wanted to give one away to you lovelies. So I emailed Elise to ask what she would prefer (should I buy another and just forward the email, or did she want to invoice me separately). And she responded that she’d like to sponsor the giveaway. Because she’s RAD. Obviously.

So I am so proud to giveaway a pdf printable today!

From Elise’s product description:

PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION
A few years ago, I had a similar calendar to this one where each day of the year was numbered and the idea was each day that you did something (I chose exercise) you got to check off the day. The goal was to “fill it in.” But the lesson I learned was to “keep going.” Who cared if I missed a day, or even a week? When stepped back a bit and could see the whole year in front of me and how far I had already come, any day checked off looked like progress. I just wanted to fill in what I could, celebrate what had been done and keep looking forward.

I really wanted “goal-setting” to be a part of MAKE29 somehow because it’s such a huge part of what I do, both in real life and online. I am so happy with this edition and what it will hopefully represent for you.

Also, obviously, think about just grabbing your own copy here. I am *definitely* using mine for at least 2 habits in 2015. And I am considering starting a 3rd/4th/more habits part-way through the year.

It’s a printable so you can start right away!

(lord above I love January 1 and new starts)

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New Project: January Reset

It’s here. January 1. My new favorite project.

I am so excited to invite you to reflect along with me throughout the month of January….

January Reset

January is a time for fresh starts, new eyes, recalibration.

Join me each January for a RESET project.

Throughout the month I will post different journaling prompts and topics to help you review the year behind and RESET for the year ahead.

I will be using the brand new 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.

(the kit is on sale right now and kind of a crazy steal, so if you are at all considering this project I would grab it)

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January Reset

(above are some journaling cards I created with the elements of the kit)

Each Monday in January here at Lemon and Raspberry, I will post about how I am using the kit to journal about the following topics.

Week 1: Reflection (January 5)

Week 2: Right Now (January 12)

Week 3: Goals (January 19)

Week 4: Action Steps (January 26)

Throughout the month, my primary goal is to encourage journaling and reflection. I mean, this kit and playing with paper and stamps are fun and lovely, but I believe it is our words and individual stories that really give these projects their worth.

We’ll go over what is working and what is not, give you reminders to just start and mini-celebrations when you’ve finished. We’ll reiterate goals and give you the easy check-off pages to establish those new habits.

To start us off, a quick look at my ‘title’ and first couple pages. The very beginning.

I’m still waiting for an order of photo prints to arrive, but the empty pocket on this first page will be this self-portrait from September 2014 (from an event I was super scared to go to and so glad I did. Totally changed my life. I love the way that event/weekend made me feel and – bonus – I’m wearing a blue/teal color in the photo).

The RESET card is included in the kit, and the FRESH START card I made using Ali Edwards Story Stamp kit.

I’m a big fan of the white space. Very clean, new, blank slate. We chose blue/teal as the main color for the digital kit because it can feel both invigoratingly wintery (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) but also cooling summer (for those in the Southern Hemisphere).

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The first opening spread …

The PRACTICE journaling card I made (simply matched the color to the kit and used a similar-ish typewriter font) with a quick jotting of what my One Little Word means to me. The floral journaling card I made with an element from the kit.

The blank 4×6 space will be a photo of my husband and me from last night (New Year’s Eve).

A quick note — one of the reasons I am so excited about this project is because my husband and I had a rough 2014. Both of us are working really really hard at our respective careers, both of us making giant sacrifices for the future, both of us insanely proud of what the other is doing. But that means that our just-hanging-out-being-together time was cut to …. honestly, less than the bare minimum. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you a couple could spend that little time together and still be happy.

Anyway, the point is that this project is in part about Team Schubert. You may choose to have the project all be YOURS. Let it be your quiet in the storm of having 4 kids. Or let it be a project with you and your senior in high school daughter who is facing big life decisions this year. Or let it be about your business and partnership with your best friend. Whatever YOU need right now, this project can work for.

Mine is for Team Schubert.

Which brings me to the first Quick Page (from the kit) I used….

(the Quick Pages are 8.5×5.5. Half of a regular letter sheet of paper. So they should both be easy to print AND fit into your 6×8 album (or larger) and probably your planner too)

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As you can no doubt see, it is almost empty. That is only for the photo. I actually did the journaling on the next page first (photo below) and realized I wanted to blur out 2/3rds of the words before posting a photo. So for this ‘This is my WHY’ page, I just took the photo first.

You will likely see a lot of that kind of thing in my pages throughout January. This is a very personal, and at times private project. Yes, I would love you all to join me throughout the month, but this album is my own little space and I will be writing things that are just for me (and Andrew).

In designing the kit, Allie and I didn’t really specify which pages or elements go where. There’s no rules for how to use this kit, and if you want to save this quick page for next October or not use it at all, that works well too.

But I love it for an opening statement.

The backside of the quick page I adhereed white cardstock (so that page is nice and sturdy) and used one of the label prompts across the top.

The second week of January will explore the NOW feelings, positioning, etc in more detail, so this list is more of a beginning list. More of where I’m starting from before doing the project. It includes feelings about 2014 and desires for 2015 among other things.

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I’ll have more pages to share with you Monday! All these posts will be tagged here, too. And most of the content reposted and reshuffled here throughout the year.

Supplies so far:

Let me clarify, that the digital kit is in no way required to join in the project. As you can see I created some journaling cards on my own (the practice card, for example, didn’t use any kit elements). I would still love if you joined me in journaling and reflecting each week throughout January when you do it all your own way.

That said …. This is the kind of digital kit that you can use all year – not just for a holiday. You’ll find 3-month, 6-month and 9-month check-in pages to encourage you to move forward all year. You’ll find journaling prompts that remind you why you are doing this and what you don’t want to do in the future.

The quick pages will get you started right away. No excuses. 

This kit pairs perfectly with a small 6×8” scrapbooking album, or even your favorite planner. You’ll be inspired to be ambitious and to let go of the old, when you dive into the RESET project.

I want to make this project an annual one, and I’m very proud of how this kit will help.

My intention is to do this project every year. I think it is the perfect companion to choosing a One Little Word, mantra or 1 big goal, especially for those of us who have a tendency to maybe think too much about mistakes and should-haves in the past.

I seriously love this and I can’t wait to see what you all do with it.

Happy January! Will you be joining Allie and me in the RESET project?

P.S. #JanuaryReset

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Goals and intentions for 2015

Image taken in Austin when I was there to meet with other writers. 2 more similar trips to Austin planned in 2015!

Image taken in Austin when I was there to meet with other writers. 2 more similar trips to Austin planned in 2015!

2014 was rough. So much so that I’m not even going to do a year-in-review kind of post. Let’s just say I gained a lot of weight, didn’t really make any money, barely got to spend any time with my husband and started over (again) in a new career. There were some cool things, yes, of course, but …. over all I’m ready to look forward.

Right now…

I have 5 jobs. FIVE. Lemon and Raspberry, fiction-writing and 3 part-time jobs working for other people. I’m really excited about starting the new year like this and even more excited about the possibilities for the future. I would much (much much much) rather it be this way than a full-time day job outside the house, with no real control over how I spend my day.

I am *this close* to finishing my first book in a series to be sent off to beta readers (I wanted to be done before Thanksgiving, but oh well). I cannot wait to be done, mostly because I cannot wait to see what happens next. I’ve made writing novels a much (much) bigger part of my day than this time last year.

I read more than 100 books in 2014 (112, to be exact) and …. I never thought I’d say this, but that might be too many. I *maybe* could have gotten more done in my life if I hadn’t read so much.

Looking forward ….

 As mentioned – fiction. Tentative release schedule will be book 1 (currently called Academy of Secrets) of my first series published end of Feb/beginning of March. Another book (stand-alone) published end of June, and then possibly books 2 and 3 of the series published in the last half of the year. Sign-up for my email list here for dates, cover releases and maybe even free books.

Also … editing fiction. I would love to do developmental editing on 1 novel every month or so. Not a ton. Not a full-time career, but enough to be useful to other indie authors and help them become better writers. I did a bunch last year, and have a few things lined up for this year. It’s kind of the best job in the world – reading novels.

Those 2 things combined (plus all the work I have done with the BUILD ecourse) mean it is a natural fit for me to jump headfirst into self-publishing. I am already a part of the community of self-published authors that listen to SPP, and I am working on becoming a bigger presence there.

Lemon and Raspberry was kind of … just treading water last year (part of my goal to NURTURE what I had instead of continuing to launch new things), but I have some plans for this year. I want to do more webinars, and offer more journaling and memory keeping resources. All tying in with my hopefully daily PRACTICE of writing more. I have a bunch of content that needs to be organized and added to the BUILD ecourse. I love this space.

This will be the year Andrew quits his day job. We are set on it. I don’t know when yet, but he is really doing incredible things in the music industry and his little niche and he is an honest-to-goodness record producer. He is so close to being able to be totally freelance.

No big trips planned, no big house projects (except landscaping the backyard which we are trading with one of Andrew’s recording clients for). 2015 will be a year to reset and get a firm foundation for the future.

What do you have planned this year?

P.S. I want to be Joanna Penn when I grow up

P.P.S. I wrote these long-term goals almost 2 years ago and I think I’m doing pretty well so far

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One Little Word 2015: PRACTICE

One Little Word | Ali EdwardsChoosing BRAVE as my One Little Word in 2013 changed my life.

Choosing NURTURE in 2014 ended up being exactly what I needed for a rough year.

I had chosen One Little Words before 2013, but it wasn’t until that year — the first time I signed up for Ali Edwards’s class — that I actually got anything out of it. I don’t even remember the words I chose in 2011 and 12. I am not even an affiliate, but I just love it so much. Sign up for 2015 here.

(I know if you have done the class once or twice, you might feel like you don’t need it. You *get* what kind of projects to fill your year with. But I need the accountability, so I am happy to give Ali money every January)

My word for 2015 actually came to me about … two or three years ago or so, and I knew I wasn’t ready for it. But I wrote it down (in this very same draft post) and thought about it. Around November of 2014, I revisited this word and description and knew it had claimed me.

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An online entrepreneur I follow — Chris Brogan — chooses 3 words every year. For 2012, he chose Practice as one of his words and described the meaning far better than I can:

Practice is the building block of all habits. But I just realized something. You might think I mean “practice” as if that’s separate from doing.

Practice is the path. Practice is what you do every time, not just before the “real” thing. Practice is the choice to adopt the lifestyle, the way, the path of what you intend to be.

Because the secret is that there are those who “do” and those who “are.” If you “train for a marathon,” you might complete a marathon. If you “become a runner,” you will run as many marathons as you’d like.

When you go beyond “do” and into “be,” that’s because you’ve chosen a practice and not a destination.

The practice is the reward. The practice is the reward. Practice means that I will remember to do DAILY what needs doing. I will look at all of my larger efforts in life as the results of the work I accomplish through practice. I can’t be a sharp sword if I stay in the scabbard all the time. My days will be geared around practice. I refuse to just “wing it” in any aspects of my life any longer. And when I say that, I don’t mean that I’ll not allow for serendipity or leisure, but instead, that I will be much more mindful of how I can accomplish what needs doing, and that I will work towards those goals and interests in a way that affords me more success.

 I love it. That is exactly what I need right now. That’s what I mean when I say I wasn’t ready January 1, 2012 when I first heard it (I was still at the day-job then), but I *totally* am now.

Now — 2015 — I feel like I have finally shaken off all the baggage and crud from having a full-time day job that made me miserable. I feel like I am ready to start again with a new foundation and build my work and income (and practice) from the bottom up. Taking 2014 ‘off’ from launching new L&R products is a big part of that and now I have a clean slate.

I’m ready to actually identify myself as a writer and publish finished novels. Move beyond ‘do’ into ‘be’ … I love how much this word means DO. Look at the synonyms in the image up there: execution, use, implementation. All focus on doing. Actually doing it, and not just planning to do it.

The word PRACTICE ties in with my 2 biggest goals for the year — write fiction every day (and publish it regularly) and get into shape.

I have everything I need to write (just gotta get my head in the right space), and I bought myself a Fitbit a couple weeks ago to track my steps and be the constant reminder that I have been sitting for too long.

Lucky me — Elise’s Make29 product for December was perfect for these goals! I logged on too late to get a letterpress one, but I bought the digital download and promptly printed myself off one (and then my printer ran out of ink).

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That’s where I’m going to start. 1000 words written (and I’ll print up another for 10,000 steps taken). Considering I don’t yet do either of these every day it’s enough to start with, but I’m hoping by the end of the year I will have a higher word count and other daily/weekly practices.

I also want to work on improving my chosen PRACTICE (read: career) and read at least one writing-craft book each month.

Results are the external proof of practice. If I can write at least 1000 words every day, that’s probably 2 books a year. If I can walk 10,000 steps each day, that will burn about 4x more calories than I am doing now. I want to get into the practice of taking care of my backyard (I forget to water vegetables) so we have a lovely place to hang out. I want to get into the practice of a better-structured promotional calendar for L&R, so new readers can easily find my old offerings.

There are lots of ways to take this, and I love the long stretch of 365 to feel my way through this word.

I’m ready to PRACTICE.

 What is your word for 2015?

P.S. One Little Word word choice and discussions from my friends Megan, Elise, and Ali. I hope you find your word!

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Last One Little Word NURTURE update

I’m spending this week saying good-bye to 2014 …. and so good-bye to my One Little Word: NURTURE.

I took Ali Edwards’ class last year, and updated my One Little Word album periodically. Not every month. But I still love the class. Later today I’ll post about my new word for the new year. (in case you missed it … earlier glimpses at my One Little Word album here in January and here in May)

I *still* have a bit of gaps to fill in. It’s on my to-do for later in January. I’ll probably take a full day to finish up NURTURE for 2014 and start the OLW album for 2015.

I’m not sure which month this project is from, but it is supposed to be a letter to yourself. I love the journaling projects so much. I like taking the time to write this all out to really see what I think about things.

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In the photo above you can see a bunch of blank pockets on the right. That will be filled with the November project, each pocket will hold a photo.

Not necessarily in this organization (but maybe), but here’s a look at the photos I am ordering. I’ll add a *tiny* bit of journaling to each one. For example, right side middle will say “I’m thankful for Sterling and Stone” … left side middle will say “I’m thankful for the week with Grandma”

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Backside of those pockets will be this …

These are all various ‘categories’ I wanted to nurture at the beginning of the year. I had these cards taped up on my wall for most of the year as a reminder.

The journaling of each card is more or less how I did (not great).

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The next page is this … another year-long journaling project but broken down by month instead of topic. As you can see there are blank spaces. I’m not 100% sure what I want to put in there. I’m *bad* at using ‘filler cards’ or other scrapbooky stuff strictly for decoration. I want to *try* but that’s why the pockets are still empty.

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That’s probably it. I think there was another December journaling project in the class, but I am just not feeling it. 2014 needs to be behind me, so the next page in this album will likely be the first OLW project for 2015! I’ll share soon!

What do you do for your One Little Word?

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Giveaway: Finishing Manifesto

When are you going to finish what you started?

As artists and crafters we have perpetual projects in progress….
…never-ending photo organization
…trying to stay “caught up” with scrapbooking
…constant blog re-designs
…planning your eventual etsy shop
…piles of fabric and thread for that quilt that you will finish someday
…lots of ideas for projects that you will get to one day.

When exactly will that “one day” be?

When will you actually sit down and cut the fabric?

When will you send the email to request a design quote?

When will you take that next step to move your project forward?

As creators we are constantly fighting against…
…apathy
…the lizard brain
…distractions
…the Resistance
…fear

All of these things are fighting against us finishing our creative work.

Arm yourself in order to finish your creative work.

The Finishing Manifesto will help you do that.

This is my most popular product, and I’m planning a follow-up book for later this year *hopefully*. Get it today for 30% off, or enter below to win a copy…

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Resources for setting and reaching goals

It’s that day! The first of January. Fresh start, new beginnings, and goal setting! I love using January first as an excuse to reset and visualize how the coming 12 months will play out …. Here are some great resources I’ve found for setting and reaching your goals:

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Desire Map: New paper planner for 2015

For the first time in I literally don’t know how long I am going to use a paper, physical planner for next year. (I’m sharing this with you now in case you want to get your own before the beginning of the year!)

After seeing Kristin’s Filofax, and looking at a bunch of different options, I’ve decided to use Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map Planner.

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I suppose you don’t *need* to go through the Desire Map book to be able to use this planner, but I would still recommend it.

The very basic premise is that you decide how you want to feel, instead of definitive specific goals. For example, maybe your goal is to finish your book to submit to agents. But the Desire Map program has you look at WHY. What do you want to feel by finishing that book? Is it that you want to feel accomplished because you finished? Or you want to feel intelligent (because look at how much you know), or that you want to feel …. you know, whatever?

One of the things I really liked about this planner is that it’s got a spot on every single day to write your Core Desired Feelings. I love that repetition, and I love having the reminder every single day.

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I love the month-views include a spot to note the goals and intentions for each week.

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And at the end of each week — the Sunday of any week — includes different reflection questions than the other days of the week. I need that pause. I’m really trying to set better work boundaries and this should be awesome.

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I kind of don’t want to write in it. Which is silly, of course. But it’s so pretty and new and clean. But I made myself write in it, reading the beginning/intro bits, putting in dates and events I knew already.

This first beginning part includes room to write your major goals and core desired feelings. A good overview spot as you begin (and a little cameo by my OLW for 2015).

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You can see more photos, watch a video and order your planner here.

Do you have any good tips or resources for 2015?

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