Happy New Year! It is wild to think that it is 2018! I remember thinking, "I will never get used to writing 1994 on the top right side of my binder paper" and look, here we are. Do kids even use binder paper in school anymore?
New year resolutions- either you hate them or you love them. And you can probably guess which camp I am in. Of course, I LOVE THEM! What a fresh start to the year and a great way to set some intentions for the year. Last night, Jesse and I sat down together and wrote out our resolutions. I think having someone to help keep you accountable is great and if you know Jesse, he is the most disciplined person I know and always keeps me accountable. Yesterday he asked me if I was going to work out!! Chill man, resolutions don't kick in until the first workday of the year! Everyone knows that!
Here are some of my resolutions for the years:
Write more. About every three months, I have an existential crisis with the blogging world and question whether or not I should keep blogging. It's not new news that I really don't like the commercialism of the blogging industry, but it's also no new news that I love to write. So I am back in 2018 with a focus on sharing content to inspire my readers. While I just live my life normally and share on here, I was looking at my site analytics and I was totally blown away by the total number of visitors who came to my site in 2017. It actually motivated me to pick up the laptop and start writing again. But since I am a creative person, I need a visually inspiring site so expect a new name and beautiful redesign coming in the next couple of weeks!!!
Read more. I was taught that if you want to be a great writer than you need to read more. I have found that reading inspires me to improve my craft like nothing else. When you have a toddler running around it is almost impossible to get twenty minutes of quiet time to read. If you have a few spare moments it is usually spent cleaning, making dinner, or switching the laundry. As Lillian becomes more and more independent, I am finding that I have some time for myself and it has been great. Looking forward to swapping the broom for the book this year!
Focus on positivity in the face of a mess! This is quite hilarious but completely necessary. If I walk in the door and my house is not spotless, I totally freak out and clean. I really love our home and want to take care of it but sometimes I just need to let it be and put on blinders.
Compartmentalize my feelings. This is the resolution I am most excited to focus on! Have you ever noticed that something bothers you at work and you feel like it's pervasive and impacts other aspects of your life? This happens to me a lot. Since a lot of my life and work is blurred, in the sense that I pour myself into my work and see it as an extension of myself, I have found that if things are stressful in one arena of my life, I unintentionally let them affect other areas. Jesse is really great about this skill. If something is bothering him at work, he just goes to the gym and releases the stress and comes home and acts like nothing is wrong. When something is bothering me it's like my entire day is ruined.
What inspired me to create this resolution is I heard that Navy SEALs are taught that the key to survival is compartmentalization and taking action. I am naturally inclined to take action if something is bothering me, but sometimes there is only so much you can do. You can't get rid of your feelings, but you can put your feelings into separate categories. I like to think of it like the vaults at Gringotts in Harry Potter. Just put that feeling in a highly secured bank that is locked and takes a train ride to get to.
Proofread my posts. This is sort of an inside joke with me, myself and I. But I have a tendency to just write my posts without rereading them. People will email me or message me and alert me of a typo. I usually leave them because I want people to see this as a raw flow of my thoughts, rather than a perfectly composed piece. But since a lot of potential colleagues look at this site I thought it was time to proofread it.
Exercise. I don't know anyone who does not have this as a resolution. And I think it's really great. We can always give more time and energy to creating a healthier version of ourselves. I have really enjoyed going to SoulCycle and Core40 classes this year and I can't wait to go to more this year, as well as sign up for a race or two.
Spend more time working hard. My days are bookmarked by drop off and pick-ups so when it all comes down to it, I have less working hours than most people in San Francisco. I usually have from 9:30-5:00 to get work done. Trying to squeeze work, exercising in, and since I work from home- cleaning, in those few hours can sometimes be a challenge.
If there is one thing I have learned, especially in the last few weeks as I worked on a big project is that working hard is not enough. You have to dedicate serious woman hours to work if you want to be successful. I am looking forward to creating systems that make things far more efficient so that I have more time to get things done.
Eat more often. This sounds totally crazy but I have a tendency to work for a few hours at a time without taking a break. I get on a roll and I don't even realize that a few hours have passed without eating or drinking anything. I want to eat more frequently and keep my blood sugar up.
Wake up every (weekday) morning at 6:00 am. Browch. This one is hard. I really do love getting up early-- on occasion, I get up at 5:00 am, but most mornings I get up at 6:45 or 7:00 am. And honestly, those 45 minutes in the morning make such a difference for how the rest of the day goes. So yesterday Jesse and I set up our lightbulbs to turn on in our bedroom at 6:00 am SHARP! It was so nice waking up this morning and having the lights on!
Take a class. I am looking for a creative class to take this year. I have always loved being in the classroom and love being a part of a community. I hope to take an Indesign class or advanced photography class.
Clear up tech debt. This is such a big one for me. It's actually probably number two after compartmentalization. But I have so many photos, documents, etc. on my laptop and phone and constantly get alerts that I don't have any more space. I need to spend a day just getting organized with my electronics- setting up a master password, organizing photos, deleting things I don't need anymore. It's not something that you can spend twenty minutes on here and there, it really takes three hours to get it all organized.
Grow The Bundle of Joy. Launching The Bundle of Joy was one of the highlights of 2017 and my goal for 2018 is to grow it and increase sales. I am SO excited. I have a very special Bundle launching in a few weeks and another one in the Spring!! Please follow @givethebundleofjoy for more updates!