I love memory keeping. Of all kinds. I love it. But one of my very favorite personal projects that I’ve done the last few years is creating a year-long 6×8 pocket album specifically to document my goals and my progress on them.

I call this my January RESET project. I plan to create a new goal-setting album at the start every year, making myself write down the goals and document how I am hitting them. Or not.

Be sure you check out my previous pages in this project here. I started in January and tackled a different topic each of the first four weeks of the year. Beginning with reflecting on the previous year, all the way through setting goals and specific action steps.

Because you can’t hit your goals if you don’t know what the next step is. And you can’t know what the next step is until you know what is already done.

Which is why part of this year-long project is regular updates on progress. Today I want to share with you my 3-month check-in pages for January RESET. I’ve been reading The 12 Week Year and participating in my friend Clark’s (open-to-anyone) 90 Day Challenge accountability group. The idea of setting 3 month goals, and giving yourself more frequent deadlines seems to work really well to make you more productive.

Revisiting where I am with my goals on a 3 month basis is really helping me re-focus, re-prioritize and re-motivate me to get going on all of this.

Necessarily, this project requires a lot of journaling. I talk about what I want to do, what I have done, what is working or is not working, what obstacles I have had to overcome, what wins I can celebrate, and so much more.

The first couple pages of this 3-month update includes summaries of what has been accomplished so far and what I am still working on. Part of my goals are to write every day, so I’m including these 3×4 calendars to show off how many days I have been able to accomplish this (don’t judge when you scroll down and see April).

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The backside of the page is just a lot of journaling about what has been happening in this year so far.

I really want to encourage you to use your own handwriting when you are journaling about personal topics like this. Not only is your handwriting a very personal, intimate aspect of YOUR story, but the actual physical act of putting a pen to paper can help you process thoughts better than typing it out. Highly recommended.

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The next page opens with a selfie and a note to myself. SO much of this project is just a series of notes to myself. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

One of my big goals for 2016 was to move to Texas (done) and unpack right away and make this feel like home. I’ve moved so often over the last 10 years that I have barely had a chance to feel settled anywhere. These last 3 months, the goal I have made the most progress on has definitely been my ‘make a home’ goal.

Document your goals with January RESET project

I included a couple photos to document the progress (my apartment isn’t very big). I am proud of myself for only having a few boxes to still unpack, for having bought and put together a few pieces of furniture that I needed, for making myself at home. There are still a few things I want to do, but this is good progress for 3 months.

This next page — the 4×6 photo on a 6×8 piece of white paper? I changed my mind after getting the photos together. I had intended that photo to be used in a different layout, but the more I played with it the more I liked the idea of a big 6×8 image to document this new big part of my life:

Writing dates. One of my writer friends here in Austin has invited me to a writer / working date at a local coffeeshop almost once a week since I moved here. I love it. I love having local friends to be social with, and I love knowing that those hours are set aside for working on my books (instead of everything else).

Document your goals with January RESET project

And then the other side will be another 6×8 photo (still to be printed). A new goal that I set for myself over the last month is to make physical activity a priority. I have spent so much of the last year+ just sitting. Sitting and working. Sitting and reading. Sitting an working …. Sitting and staring at the wall :)

Ok, not really, but I work at the computer so much I feel like I bruised my tailbone. So these next 90 days (as part of this accountability group) I am focusing on hitting 10k steps (on my fitbit) every single day. Once I get that habit down I may add another habit, but this photo of me and my boss on the left is of a walking work-meeting we had a few weeks ago. I love that I live in Austin now and can do this. I love that I work with people who are up for this kind of meeting. I love that I have the flexibility in my job to walk while working.

At this last bit of my 3-month check-in I made sure to list out my current status. I have several big goals for the year, and all of them are in various stages of completion. I still have several months left to work on the rest.

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MY CHALLENGE TO YOU: Document your goals.

Whether that is a whole RESET album like mine, or a journaling card in your Project Life spread this week or a whole series of Instagram posts. Take the time to

  1. write down what your goals are and
  2. celebrate your progress on them!

We mark so many milestones in our life that just kind of happen to us — birthdays, other people’s weddings, grandchildren. It’s time to celebrate the milestones that you make happen for yourself.

Be sure you check out previous posts in my January RESET album here for ideas and inspiration!

Supplies used from Allie Scraps, Ali Edwards, Studio Calico, Kelly Purkey, Project Life.

NOTE: This project originally appeared as part of the interNational Scrapbooking Day content in the ScrapGals Facebook Group. DEFINITELY join us there!

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January RESET: Action Steps

Last of the January RESET prompts! By now you should have a pretty good idea of how you’re going to move forward to make this the best year ever!

I love love love the new fresh start beginnings of the year. I love planning. I love how much I have to look forward to this year.

If this is the first you’re hearing about it, check out earlier posts:

SO! Moving on to this week! ACTION STEPS

Action steps are basically … breaking down your bigger goal into smaller, more manageable pieces. It’s all well and good to say I’m going to publish 6 novels this year, but there are A LOT of smaller steps built into that. First I have to finish 1 rough draft … then revise that draft. Then polish that draft. Then cover, then marketing, then get it to market, etc. Times 6.

Action steps.

For another look, read: Stop trying to change your entire life in one night

You’ll probably notice that this section is a bit shorter than the other weekly prompts. Not because Action Steps are less important or less content-heavy than Reflection or anything else. The opposite actually.

But breaking down all of my 19 million action steps for these big goals would just be way too cumbersome for my January RESET book as it is. I really prefer physical notebooks for this kind of to-do-list planning. I

Rest assured that I know “write 3 more rough drafts” is not a proper action step for getting books published. But all my 75,000 pages of to-dos don’t need to be here.

The photo that will go in that pocket (once it is printed) is this one — my current, rough list of everything I need to do to revive this site. Let’s be honest. I’ve kind of ignored growing L&R for the last 18 months or so. It’s still here, yes, but I’m not at all using this asset as I could. That’s one of my goals this year, and these are my action steps.

For my big big big goal, I’m using one of the Quick Pages from the January RESET digital kit.

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Then just a couple of blank white sheets, to break down my other big big goals into smaller, manageable steps.

(again, I will reiterate that I KNOW this isn’t all the steps I need. Making my Italy 2009 photo album requires still editing the photos, for example).

It helps my brain so much to have this all written out. I am a big fan of long brain dumps. (I think I’m due for one soon).

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And then the final bit of this section is another Quick Page. No excuses. Yes, publishing 6 books in the next 11 months will be hard as hell. But no excuses.

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The next time I will update this will be early April. Every 3 months seems like the perfect time to check-in to see what has been done, what still needs to be done, what targets need to be adjusted or what goals needs to be thrown out altogether.

What are your Action Steps this week?

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January RESET: Goals

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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January RESET: Right Now

If this is your first time hearing about the project, check out Allie’s full page here and my 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 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.

A reminder that this project is YOURS too. If you want to skip the quick pages altogether … 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:

This 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…

Actually … I feel like this first new spread is still part of the REFLECTION prompt.

I have several of those blank Month / Focus cards, and will try to do the whole year, recording how often I am making the time to work on my books.

The blank spot on the right will be this photo (needs to be printed). This is my right now. It was literally taken just a few days ago. It represents where I am RIGHT NOW in my life — totally flexible schedule and independence to jaunt off to an Airbnb for a week to do nerdy history touristy things by myself.

I LOVE IT. I am so so happy that this is what my RIGHT NOW looks like. This photo and what it represents makes me so happy.

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You’ll notice the background of my album looks different than last week — that’s because I’m actually working from an Airbnb this week rather than my usual home. I love that. I love that I can work from anywhere.

This next page begins the small ‘right now’ section. About what I want to cut out of my life. About the opportunities and structure I have to my life right now.

It’s so very 100% different than my Right Now was a year ago. And so worth documenting. I’m already excited to see how my Right Now will look different in January 2017.

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The back side of that page is a quick jot-down of what today looks like. Literally today. Monday, January 11. I am still in my Airbnb in Richmond as I type this, planning on stopping by some plantations on my drive back home to Virginia Beach. What my work today looks like. What my brain today looks like.

(The 3×4 cards on the right are just place-holders at the moment. I haven’t decided what that next page will look like as of this posting)

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‘Today is for’ and ‘Just for Me’ journaling cards are from the kit, as well as the ‘Just say No’, ‘Right now I’ and ‘Today is for…’ prompt strips. Other cards are from Studio Calico, Midnight core kit, Ali Edwards, Kelly Purkey and made by me (and Kellie Stamps).

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!

What does your RIGHT NOW look like?

Next week will be about my big 2016 goals! I have been thinking about these for a few weeks, but waiting to actually document anything specifically. I am super excited about the next January RESET pieces.

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January RESET: Reflection

Welcome to the January 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.

The first week of the year is for Reflection on the year behind us.

**insert manic laughter**

Oh. Yea. Thinking long and hard about what happened in 2015 is going to be so fuuuuuunnnnnn.

I almost skipped this step altogether. Because obviously I KNOW what went wrong in 2015. Nearly everything negative last year stems back to one single thing that I had no control over. One single thing that will obviously not be a factor in 2016.

How much can I possibly get out of Reflection this week?

But I did it anyway. Because (shocker) I don’t actually know everything and self-examination is always useful.

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I love my title page. I love the simplicity. That ‘OKAY, let’s try that again’ journaling card is from Studio Calico. I’m not exactly sure when or how it came into my possession but it is SO perfect, right?

I love that photo of me with the flag. I realize it makes me look more patriotic than I probably am, but I love it. I was happy that day. I was doing something that I love (vacation in Washington DC) and I was moving forward from the heartbreak of earlier in the year. My only disappointment is it is a cell phone photo, so the image file isn’t terribly large. I’ll survive.

Turn the page … and a bit more introductory pages …

I have left the ‘This is my WHY’ page blank for these photos. Only because that is super super personal journaling, and it was easier to take the photo first, rather than blur it all out for the blog post. You will likely see a lot of that kind of thing in my pages throughout January. This is a very personal, and at time 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.

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That mirror selfie is from my trip to Austin in September. When I saw some of my closest friends, met new people in my industry and let myself be talked into moving there. I felt super cute that day. I love this photo of me.

The ‘Dear Self’ 3×4 card is Ali Edwards. The 2016 filler card is Studio Calico. And on it I have handwritten a bunch of different words/phrases that mean RESET.

The THIS IS MY WHY printable page is included in the RESET digital kit, and I’ve backed it with just white cardstock. I have a lot to say on the topic :)

Turn the page …

More cards from Ali, Studio Calico, and that RESET kit.

More reminding myself 2016 is a new beginning. Some More / Less journaling. Basically it comes down to more things that I love and find MAGIC …. less things that I do just because I’ve always done them.

More being intentional with how I spend my time and money. Less being lazy about how I spend my time and money.

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Turn the page … more digital kit and Studio Calico journaling cards. A photo of me on a trip to Alexandria. In front of an enormous statue of George Washington!

I debated with what photo I wanted to put there. Again, wanted it to be something I loved in 2015 … but in this case, Washington will actually figure in my 2016 as well. It’s not a great photo if you want to see ME, but it’s a great photo for my life right now.

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.

You’ll notice I didn’t bother to list out all the ways my 2015 was absolutely the worst year of my life. No reason for that. There are some smaller things from last year that I can work on, though. The WORKING card lists good parts I want to carry forward, the NOT WORKING card lists what I want to put behind me.

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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?

That’s it for now!

And, actually … I realized as I was putting this blog post together that I have more wins from 2015 that I didn’t document. I should. I’ve just been operating under the “2015 sucked, let’s move on” mentality, but actually some good things happened.

Like, I lost 30 pounds! Granted it was all anxiety-and-grief-driven lack of appetite. But still. I’ve kept it off so that’s something.

So, yes, I’m publishing this post as-is, but I will likely change around and add to these pages. Because the WINS are definitely worth recording.

So my REFLECTION section will get a bit bigger …. and then move into the RIGHT NOW section that I’ll show you next week.

(spoiler: It’s not actually done yet, because my intention is to complete these pages and this challenge along with you. I’ll record my RIGHT NOW sometime in the next week to share next Monday)

Are you RESETting this January? How was your process of looking back over the past year?

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January Reset: Let’s try that again

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New year …. New start. THANK GOODNESS!

Last year about this time I was collaborating with my friend Allie on a digital kit specifically for helping document the new RESET beginning of January. It was wonderful and I loved it.

I LOVED the intentional way I really spent time with my goals. I loved making time to reflect on the previous year. I loved giving myself the focus on RESETTING.

I loved this project for the 4 weeks I spent with it.

And then at the very end of January everything in my life changed and I was struggling with day to day stuff, let alone working on bigger goals. So I gave myself permission to give up on the RESET project. I was far too deep in the messy middle to really be resetting anything at all.

I’m not going to lie — it makes me sad to look back over those goals and action steps and think about how differently my 2015 turned out from what I had hoped.

But, on the flip side …. I am so genuinely excited about what is next. I am so so thrilled to have this opportunity to start over and reset. This January will be so much more truly a RESET than last January was.

This year will me so so much better in every way, and my January RESET project will be such a magical way to begin it and really set the tone for 2016.

You can also see some examples from Allie on her page here.

We’re both using the digital kit. It’s **super** flexible. I am using some of the cards/pages straight out of the kit, I am creating my own cards with some of the kit elements, and I’m also adding in products from other creators (Ali, Kelly, Kristin, and more)

GRAB YOUR DIGITAL KIT HERE
(it’s ON SALE right now for the beginning of the project)

 

I will be posting about my own RESET project here on the blog in January, occasionally on Instagram, and also throughout the year on my newsletter.

Allie is also hosting an Instagram challenge throughout January and we would LOVE you to join us!

Begin your 2016 with INTENTION. Join us for a January RESET!

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January Reset: Action Steps

This is the last of the January prompts for this (awesome fantastic new favorite) project: January RESET.

I totally intend to update this mini album at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and a year. And do it all again in January of 2016. I really hope you join me!!

I have been absolutely loving this project. I can’t wait til I receive all my photo prints and these layouts can feel more DONE. I didn’t do any scrapbooking (except WitL) in 2014, and I am loving this start to 2015.

I guess I just feel like I need more journaling in my life. I love photos and photography, but sometimes the editing gets backed up, or I have to size them for the right pockets or I forget what the photo is of (my husband takes a lot of photos of his recording sessions and things, for example).

But journaling? That I can do any time. Any where. I’m working on writing as a daily practice, so this journaling-focused memory keeping project was ideal.

I really (really) would love if you joined me!

If this is the first you’re hearing about it, check out earlier posts:

SO! Moving on to this week! ACTION STEPS

Action steps are basically … breaking down your bigger goal into smaller, more manageable pieces. It’s all well and good to say I’m going to publish 4 novels this year, but there are A LOT of smaller steps built into that. First I have to finish 1 rough draft … then revise that draft. Then polish that draft. Then cover, then marketing, then get it to market, etc. Times 4.

Action steps.

For another look, read: Stop trying to change your entire life in one night

This section opens with a couple journaling cards and photos. Again, my apologies for the lack of done-ness in these spreads, but it’s really important to me that I do these prompts throughout the month instead of all ahead of time like a fancier blogger would.

The ‘Take Action’ and ‘One Day at a Time’ and >> stamps are all from Ali Edwards’s One Little Word mini kit. I love it. I really just bought that kit for the stamps. The black chevron washi tape is Freckled Fawn

The #1-10 journaling card is from the RESET digital kit that Allie designed. It’s perfect for this. I didn’t write down specific action steps, but rather the daily habits I want to PRACTICE this year.

The opposite page is a 5x5x8x5 page broken into 1 section for each of my 4 big goals (front and back). 2 tiny notes on this page, I haven’t 100% decided what the fourth novel (late November) will be. Possibly book 3 of my series but that’s not written. Possibly a stand-alone more literary-ish novel. We’ll see. Also, Andrew and I haven’t been on a proper vacation since summer 2013, so it’s time. No idea where/when/etc.

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Again, as I noted last week, blank space left for details about private goal. I’ll let you know when I accomplish it. But not til then.

(since I took those very first ‘before’ photos a couple weeks ago I have actually done a couple teeny tiny action steps on the bedroom/office front. Can’t wait to show you when I check-in at the 3 month mark.

Opposite page is just a time-capsule-type page of what I am planning on working on this week. Each one of those works towards my goals. I will obviously be doing other stuff (like dishes. Bleck), but this keeps the focus on the action steps that will help me accomplish what I dream of.

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And finally, the back page is the same concept but for the month of February. Writing this all out was a bit of a wake-up call. I might be busy this month!

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This is the last of the JANUARY prompts … but I’ll be posting again in early April with a 3 month check-in. This project is designed to be a foundation for the full year, and I am so excited to see how this year shapes up. The next section will probably open with progress photos!! ESPECIALLY since I plan to publish my first book March 3! Expect an Amazon screenshot or something to mark that.

Don’t forget to grab the digital kit here. You can do your own RESET project any time. There’s nothing magical about January!

xo

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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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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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