Planning For 2017

20161230_065816As I sit hear drinking my coffee and eating my flatbread toast with pear butter spread (made by my very own cousin, Gypsy), I can’t help but think of how preparing for a new year never was a serious matter for me.  However, the older I get, it seems like it is becoming imperative for me to actually give some serious thought to the next year.  After all, I am not getting any younger, and the older I get the faster the years tend to pass by.  While this has nothing to do with decorating or anything vintage, I can’t help but think that it is needed to change some of my vintage ways.  So, bear with me while I blab about inventing a new me.  You can teach a vintage dog new tricks.

Wednesday morning, I woke with a large amount of fervor filling my body.  I immediately went to our wonderful Walmart, and bought a poster board with the firm intent on putting a few things on it that I would like to accomplish during the year 2017.  However, after returning home, I began to read a few articles from the selection I purchased in the magazine area of the store, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Guided Journal–New Year, New Me”.  These articles encouraged me to brainstorm even further when putting together my dream board aka. vision board.  Honestly, I prefer calling it a vision board because I believe it is meant to be a visual reference when pursuing your goals and taking the proper actions in making those dreams become a reality.  My vision board went from simple resolutions about job success to so much more.  There are so many things about myself that I realized I wanted to work on during this new year.  Sure, there is always that goal of becoming healthier, but I never really thought about the steps in making that happen.  I know that I am behind on this style of thinking, but at least it is better late than never.

The Christmas holiday has made me realize that I have slipped on developing stronger relationships with my family and friends.  I reconnected with family members that I have not talked to in years, and it made me think of how important it is to have those strong relationships.  Let’s face it, we all lead very busy lives, but with social media and today’s technology, the excuses as to why we are not closer to family and friends is merely just that, an excuse.  We get tangled into our own little world and eventually become…selfish.  I have become selfish.  It is so easy to close myself up in our apartment, after a day of teaching, and lock myself away from the world.  That is completely unhealthy, and aside from physical health, mental health is equally important, if not more so.  So, I’ve decided to really challenge myself this upcoming year, and actually hold myself accountable by documenting my actions towards achieving these goals.  Yes, it is a new year, and it is so easy to start these new routines like all other resolutions, but sometimes it isn’t always easy to keep up because we get lazy and don’t hold ourselves accountable.  Well, documentation and reflection should help with that.  Also, by posting my vision board in a place that I will see it every morning and afternoon is a constant reminder that I have goals that need achieving.

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My vision board turned into a challenge to be a better me in all areas of my life.  I am completely excited about these new challenges, and I look forward to documenting my journey throughout the year.  I am a  planner addict, and naturally I have found ways to incorporate my addiction into this journey towards improvement.

I have planners and journals for everything.  These are just a few.  I used to be the type of planner to include everything into one planner, but those days are over.  I will update everyone on my planner collection for 2017, as well as the uses for each one, very soon.  After much thought, I have finally found a way to keep my personal life, business life, school life, and social media life in order.

Enjoy the rest of 2016 while you can, and stay tuned for how I plan to document my way towards achieving my 2017  goals…..