2023 is Here!

2023 is here and I for one, could not be happier. Most people start the New Years out with a resolution or a word for the year. I personally do not do well with setting resolutions. I normally break mine the first week into the New Year. But, the word for the year is something that has given me some thought. I spent this past weekend mulling over what I wanted my word of the year to be.

Instead of having just one word, I decided to go with a different approach. I would have one overarching word that would encompass other things that I was working on as well. If you read my lessons learned blog, these are going to sound really familiar to you.

My overarching word for 2023 is Happiness. This has been crucial to my 2022 ending and I know going into 2023 this needs to remain important to me. Happiness. Happiness for me looks like being involved in things I am passionate about. Making sure I take the time to do my self-care routine; this includes journaling, reading. I notice a difference in my outlook and attitude when I don’t make time for these things. Learning to stand on my own two feet and being proud of everything that I have accomplished.

One of the underlying things that I plan on paying special attention to this year is Energy. Positive energy is key. Investing in people who have positive energy and are investing that energy back into me is also pertinent. I have always been a giver, and I go above and beyond. This year, I am really taking the time to examine that. Whether that be relationships or activities. Is this person actively investing positive energy back to me or am I just giving and giving. Does this activity, bring me positive energy? Is this getting me closer to my goals, or is it throwing me off course?

When life gets busy, we keep our heads down, get to work and often miss opportunities that present themselves. Those opportunities could be game changing to your happiness aspect. Paying attention to opportunities and surroundings is another underlying concept that I am focusing on for 2023. The world is vast and you never know what or who may turn up on your door step. I plan on working hard this year with my head up and eyes open.

For me, traveling is one of my favorite things to do and plays right into happiness. I plan on getting out and about as much as I can in 2023. You never know where your journey might take you or who you might meet, or what you can learn along the way.

Do you have resolution for 2023 or are you a word of the year type person? Do these align with your overall goals?

I am nervous but excited to see what 2023 has in store for Mattie and I! I hope 2023 has some amazing stuff in it for you as well.

As always, share some love, we could all use a little more love

XOXOXOXO

Casey

Annual Calendar Review Time

This is one of my favorite weeks of the year. The time between the Christmas Holiday chaos and the start of the New Year. The few days of down time and quietness. It also happens to be one of my favorite person’s birthday this week, so that is a major plus!

I love planning and setting out goals. In the beginning of December, I sit down and write some big overarching goals. This week, I take the time to really hone in on those goals. Break them down into quarter goals, monthly goals, weekly goals, and focus on what I need to do daily to get to where I want to be. Having a huge goal is a great idea, I believe it is always better to overshoot than undershoot. However, sometimes when you have big goals, it is very hard to see the progress that you are making. That is why I like to break things down into quarters, months and weeks if I need too.

Before I begin honing in on my goals for the new year, I do something called a calendar review. I read this in a book by John Maxwell, Rachel Hollis also talks about this, but she learned it from John Maxwell as well.

I am a pen and paper girl, I still hand write things in my calendar. My calendar travels everywhere with me. I also carry highlighters because I highlight the different activities that I am doing. Every activity or thing receives a different color, from work to appts to self-care, the list goes on. The reason that I highlight, is so that I can easily see where I am spending most of my time at and where I potentially need to make more time for other things. I am sure google calendar can do this even better than I can, but for me, it is all about putting pen to paper and being able to check things off. This calendar review is something that does not have to wait until the end of the year to happen, it can happen quarterly or even monthly.

As I review my calendar and think about my goals, I am looking at what I completed versus what I did not get done. (I like to put check marks and x’s by things that get completed vs. not completed). If I am noticing that my self-care activities (journaling, meditation, little things that make me happy) are not as high as I would like them to be, then I will make sure to adjust my self-care goal more for next year. If I have a specific career goal, and I see areas where I really excelled in, I will aim to do more of that in the coming year. There are times when I see areas where I really struggled, that gives me pause to think, is this really getting me to where I need to be and if not, is this something I even need on my plate.

There is something special about looking back over the year, seeing everything you accomplished and the wonderful times that you had. You could even get extra creative and put pictures in from your events. After a few years of keeping your calendars, you would end up with somewhat of a scrap book of your life over the past years.

There are all different ways to get ready for the New Year, this just happens to be one of my ways. Regardless of how you get ready, just be sure you are getting ready. It is a great time to get refocused and zoned in on what you are wanting to accomplish in life. Remember, you only get one life. Be sure you are making the most of it!

As always share some love, we could all use a little more love!

XOXOXO

Casey