Monday, December 30, 2013

Manic Monday | Prepping for the New Year

So there's no doubt the biggest question that will be circulating this week, "What's your New Year's resolution?" Over the years I've made many resolutions, but like most they seem to stick around until the end of the month or if I'm really brimming with ::will power:: until the snow melts. I think it was about 2010 when I decided to do away with the traditional resolution and micromanaged my goals. Now I'm not saying that what works for me will work for you but I am hoping that maybe you will catch a little inspiration on how to organize your desired achievements for the New Year. 

I separate my goals into six different cattegories:

Emotional | Here I list goals that I can achieve that will keep my happiness consistent. I also list characteristics of myself I would like to improve. For example I tend to take on more tasks than I can handle at once and I need to remind myself to focus. I also have a goal to remain goal-oriented...if that isn't micromanaging, I don't know what is. Maybe I need to add, "limit micromanaging" to the list!

Mental | These goals include the things that I want to learn, classes I want to take, things to research, degrees I wish to obtain, etc. After all knowledge is power, right?!
Physical | Here's where the traditional New Year's resolution really comes in. I list my physical goals in this category. However, I stopped putting down a desired weight and instead just put that I want to feel healthy. I also list activities that I want to try and classes that I want to take like yoga.  
Spiritual | My thirst to learn something about many different religions is expressed under this category where I list tasks like reading different religious texts to learning about the Universal Laws, numerology, bio rhythms, etc. 
Financial | We all want more money, or at least enough to live comfortably and in order to do so I list the different amounts I wish to accrue in different accounts and I will throw in a desired credit score and some tips on how to obtain it. 
Life | AKA "The Bucket List" I want to write a book one day, dream in a different language and understand it, and orchestrate a flash mob just to name a few of my aspirations. 

Many of the categories bleed into one another but it helps me to keep things organized in my excessive attention to detail world that I have created for myself. I feel like the breakdown of the goals truly helped me with my ambitions. 

I usually update my lists about this time of year by crossing off things (which is a GREAT feeling) and usually adding things or changing some of the goals slightly to suit the new paths I have taken. Once the lists are complete I keep them in a spot that I know I will see them on a consistent basis so I can be reminded of the things I would like to accomplish. 

| Toolbox | 

Planner | This calendar has become my go to book for just about everything. I display my goals in the notes pages and will fill the planner with vision boards and inspirational quotes along with my schedule and immediate tasks that need to be completed. With technology and the multitude of apps I'm sure I could easily put all of my information into my phone but there is just something about having that hard copy that I can write in and update. 

Bill Book | I have created a binder to track my finances by documenting estimated income and what bills will be paid with each check. It's nice to keep all of my bills and finances in one book so when it comes time to budget everything is right there. I make sure to keep the book stocked with stamps, envelopes, and post its. If you are interested in my monthly budget worksheets you can email me for the template at 

 |Financial App | This app is great for tracking your finances!

Journal | I think that everyone should have a journal. Not only to express your thoughts and emotions  but to document important life events and express your creativity. 

|Dream Journal| I like to keep a dream journal to write down my dreams when I remember. 
|Dream Journal App | There is an app Called Dream Mood that I use to help interpret some of the symbols. It's great because there is a journal you can use and save the symbols you look up. I do like my hard copy journal, call me 'old fashioned'. 

Fitness App | Noom This app is great for setting fitness goals and tracking them. Check out my review HERE.

Check out some of the other apps that I like HERE.

These tools help me achieve my goals and allow me to organize the chaos I bring with me into the New Year. I hope that some of these might help you or at least catalyze you to become more goal oriented instead of stressing yourself out over trying to accomplish that one New Year's resolution. Life is a learning process and each year we learn what works and what doesn't. Don't beat yourself up over a failed resolution. Instead modify your goal and try to figure out why it didn't work in the first place in order to make progress. 

Here's to a New Year of growth and prosperity!!


"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficuilties." 
-Helen Keller

Monday, December 16, 2013

Manic Monday | Be Inspired.

The last couple weeks of school had my brain running in overdrive and I couldn't help but feel my muse dancing circles around me taunting me with inspiration. With my time being consumed with final projects to complete and final exams to prepare for all I could do was push those creative thoughts into my brain's reserve. Now that school is over and I finally had a chance to clean my house and run some errands, this Lady is ready to  squeeze some of those juices out this week! Here are some of the things that have been inspiring me lately and I cannot wait to show you how I incorporate some of these ingredients into some LadyLove cocktails!

What has you caught up in the creative winds this week?