January Reset: Goals

First and foremost — this post was meant to go up on Monday, but didn’t because I was completing a HUGE STEP toward accomplishing one of this year’s goals! Hurrah!

Both Saturday and Sunday I woke up before 6am, and sat at the computer all day and finished my revision for my first novel. I was writing (and thinking) all day, both days until about 7pm on Sunday night. My back still hurts a bit.

At that time I sent emails, delivering the draft to my beta readers! My first novel is actually in front of readers! It’s not done, and I’m sure they will all come back to me with lots of suggestions, but finishing the draft and delivering a readable copy is a big big step!

I’m hoping to get back critiques by the end of the month, another draft, another round of beta-readers, final tweaks and releasing the book March 3.

It will be free to my newsletter subscribers … and then I have to get to work on the next book….

Because (as you will see in the next few images), that is my #1 goal for 2015.

If this is your first time hearing about the project, check out my first post here with an introduction and my first pages, and then the first prompt REFLECTION and my pages here and last week’s prompt RIGHT NOW and my pages here.

This is the THIRD prompt for our January RESET project: Goals.

These are the big ideas, the where-I’d-like-to-be, the long-term projects.

This week is not the time to worry about the next step (that’s next week), but instead a time to figure out what your priorities for the whole year are.

As we go through my pages you’ll notice there’s only 1 spot that I have a photo to include. This project truly is journaling-heavy. It’s almost all pages, labels and journaling cards from the RESET kit — grab yours here.

Here we go …

The left side is 3 journaling cards and 1 (still-to-be-taken) 3×4 photo. The two ‘filler’ cards are from the Seafoam Project Life kit.

The GOALS journaling card is from the RESET digital kit and I held myself to 4 goals for 2015, noted just briefly in bullet form. I actually love that the smaller card only left space for a reasonable number (one of them is still private).

The opposite page is one of my favorites for the WHOLE PROJECT. That gray label says ‘Write your number 1 goal for this year. Now write it another 10 times.’

I love that. I love the commitment. I love the repetition. I love the burning into my brain that happened when I got to number 8, 9 and 10. I love that it forced me to actually think about if this was what I wanted by writing it so many times.

My current plan is to self-publish a novel March 3, June 30, September 15 and late November/early December. Visit my author site and get on that email list if you’re interested.

So this page was a reminder that all my actions for the year should in some way support this number 1 goal.

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The back side of that page is still a 5.5×8.5 page with a label from the RESET kit — A year from now.

This list includes both my BIG concrete goals, as well as I-hope-I-can-manage-it goals. None are particularly audacious on their own, but if I accomplish all of them I will throw myself a party (again, one censored).

The opposite page is one of the Quick Pages from the RESET kit, all about acknowledging what the obstacles I have to overcome are. Because, yes, of course, it would be awesome to accomplish all these goals, but it’s not magic. There ARE things standing in my way that I need to move past/around/over/etc.

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The last layout for this prompt begins with the GOAL / Action Steps Quick Page from the digital kit. I only printed out one (though of course, you could print out 1 page for each goal you are going to pursue). This is a great transition to the next prompt for next week.

But, really, the goal that I will be MAD at myself if I don’t accomplish is publishing four books this year, so that is the only one worth the attention.

The opposite page is another series of journaling cards from the digital kit. ‘Just say no’ is blank in this photo because the journaling on that relates to my private goal.

I loved using the Just for ME journaling card in this section too. Not all my goals have to be I’m-going-to-be-awesome. I love reading and it’s my only real hobby and just for me I’m going to set the challenge to read 52 books this year. Considering that is way less than my average for the last few years, I think this is just an easy ‘goal’ that still keeps reading in my schedule no matter how busy I get otherwise.

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I’m excited to see how much of this I can accomplish in 2015.

Next week’s prompt is ACTION STEPS — the nitty gritty, actual steps to make these happen.

EXCITED!

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P.S. I’ve had a DVD (yes, actual disc) from Netflix since November 18 and still not watched it. Pretty sure that’s my plan this weekend!

P.P.S. A little blog post about my new part-time job

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January Reset: Right Now

Welcome back to our January RESET project!

If this is your first time hearing about the project, check out my first post here with an introduction and my first pages, and then also last week’s prompt REFLECTION and my pages here.

This is very seriously new favorite project. I am so excited to invite you to reflect along with me throughout the month of January…. And I’m already looking forward to reviewing my progress in a few months and doing it all again next January.

SO great!

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 have been 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.

Check out Allie’s first post here.

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

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!

On to this week’s pages … on the prompt RIGHT NOW:

The very first page is going to be THIS:

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Yep. MY FACE. In big-ish 6×8. And yes with that text.

I actually had my brother-in-law take a couple headshots of me specifically for this page, but the selfie (even with slightly wide-angle distortion) felt more authentic for this particular project.

As a reminder, the last page of the previous section will also be a 6×8 photo, so this will open the new section …. like so …

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The page across is an 8.5x5x5 simple white cardstock with one of the kit’s label prompts adhered across the middle. With a little bit of washi tape for decor. And then my streat-of-consciousness to-do list journaled down the page.

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The back side of that page is this Right now I am … quick page. Mostly about my mental state.

And a small 3×4 pocket page to close it out…. The flower and Today is for… journaling cards are from the kit. The Right Now card is from the Midnight Project Life kit and the Practice card I designed myself (for my 2015 OLW)

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You’ll notice this section is a lot smaller than the previous (and likely the section for the next prompt). This is for a few reasons, but really it’s more of a transition prompt than anything else. I don’t have anything more than this to say about my right now.

This is my right now. … and now I’m ready to move forward for the year!

Next week’s prompts is GOALS. For the month, for the year, for life. Whatever you want. I’m super excited to start dreaming big this next week.

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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.

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

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(I still love this weekly post. This is number #232 in the series!)

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Giveaway: January Reset digital kit

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GAH, you guys! I hope you can tell how excited I am about this new January RESET project!

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