January Recap and February Goals

I’ll start this post with a big Ooooops!

When I was getting to the end of the series *New Year for a Better Me*, I realized Lisa’s prompts finished on day six. She writes seven posts because the first one is only introductory. Oooops! It means I have a post left and I was wondering what I would share with you to complete the series.

You can read all the 6 days of *New Year for a Better Me* here:

Read Day 1
Read Day 2
Read Day 3
Read Day 4
Read Day 5
Read Day 6

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Then, I thought … January ended… it’s good timing to share a recap and see the progress I made towards my yearly goals and also share my next steps.

 

January Events and Goals

In January, I had two important events:

  • Back to School
  • Scrap Survivor Contest Prep at Gingerscraps

The tasks and habits you see below are all related to goals I have this year. The tasks and projects are divided into three categories:

BUSINESS

  1. Follow the schedule of releases and events at Gingerscraps
  2. Do the January lessons of the coaching program
  3. Create collabs required at the store
  4. Contact a designer to collab

BUSINESS EXPANSION

  1. Blog consistently
  2. Post on Instagram daily
  3. Open Etsy Shop

PERSONAL

  1. Drink tea consistently
  2. Stop drinking soda
  3. Drink green smoothies daily
  4. Finish reading Tim Ferris’ Book
  5. Start reading another book from Must-Read collection
  6. Buy a new book from the Must-Read collection
  7. Meditate at least 3 times a week
  8. Do the gypsy rituals to balance my energy

JANUARY RECAP

As you can see above, I had a lot to focus on and I took advantage of the high energy I always have when a new year begins. It is not a surprise that I didn’t have all of them perfectly done, but I think I made good progress.

BUSINESS

(1) I released all products I had in my schedule and most of them were made in advance so I could promote properly. (2) Doing the lessons gave me the clarity I needed. I’m loving it! (3) Collabs created on time. (4) Done. I’m not gonna share who she is and what we’re going to work on before we have it all set-up. Sorry.

BUSINESS EXPANSION

(1) I know this is not the proper way to set a goal because it was not very specific, but sometimes I’m not clear on how I want things done, so I figure it out as I start doing. That’s what happened with the blog. My plan was to be consistent and now I have a clear goal of posting on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. I’m flexible enough to change the days if I cannot do it for any reason, but I’m going for three posts a week. It’s been working well for me. (2) This has been a great new adventure for me. I’m an introvert on social media, you won’t see me posting photos and sharing things very often. I was only used to sharing everything related to my designs on facebook. I was afraid of not having content to share and I’m happy I’m doing it and getting very inspired to do more. I missed a couple of days, but I also posted more than once in some days. (3) I opened my Etsy Shop, this is something I have wanted for so long and it finally happened. I want to create printable art and more productivity and organizational resources.

PERSONAL

The personal category is the longest list and also the hardest to work on because most of them are habits I wanna create. (1) I was recommended to drink 500ml of tea every day. I haven’t reached that, actually I drank tea on some days, but I missed some. However, I’m getting more and more used to it. (2) This is one of the hardest. I’ve been addicted to coke for years. I know how harmful it is, but I struggle to stop, I have a mental block. So, I decided to get back to holistic therapy to work on my emotions and mental blocks about eating and working out. I only drank soft drinks twice in the last 15 days. (3) We (hubby and I) know the benefits of green smoothies and we wanna make it part of our lives. In January, we skipped a lot of days but it doesn’t make us wanna give up. (4) Done. This is such an incredible book. Tim Ferris has a unique view of a lifestyle. (5) I started reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and I’m loving it! (6) I bought the first book a Brazilian influencer wrote. I love her story, what she shares and I wanted to support her, too. (7) Poorly done. I think I only meditated one or twice in the whole month. (8) I skipped some days, but I’m getting used to them.

At the end, I think January was pretty good. And here are tasks and projects I’m focusing in February:

February Events and Goals

In February, I have two important events:

  • Scrap Survivor Contest Opening for Registration at Gingerscraps
  • English Classes start
  • Trip to Rio prep

Following the same pattern, the tasks and habits you see below are all related to goals I have this year. The tasks and projects are divided into three categories:

BUSINESS

  1. Follow the schedule of releases and events at Gingerscraps
  2. Redo the Ideal Client exercises of the coaching program
  3. Do the February lessons of the coaching program
  4. Create a collab with the designer I contacted in January

BUSINESS EXPANSION

  1. Blog three times a week
  2. Post on Instagram daily
  3. Create three art projects to add to the Etsy Shop
  4. Podcast launch prep

PERSONAL

  1. Drink tea consistently
  2. Stop drinking soda
  3. Drink green smoothies daily
  4. Finish reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. Meditate at least 3 times a week
  6. Do The Work of Byron Katie at least 3 times a week
  7. Do the gypsy rituals to balance my energy

And here you are. Now I have it all set and ready to focus on what matters the most. I wanna thank you for following the *New Year for a Better Me” series of posts. It was fun and very useful for me posting it and I hope it was somehow useful for you, too.

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New Year for a Better Me – 7 days of Review | Day Six

Lisa Jacobs hosts a seven-day review series* on Marketing Creativity. This review process is derived from her book – Your Best Year 2017 – which I bought as soon as she launched after using the previous edition which I loved. The 2017 edition is even better than the previous one and I truly recommend using it if you are running a creative business online.

I responded to the prompts in a self-paced way back in November. I’m glad Lisa is careful enough to add her own responses as examples in the book, it helped a lot. As I decided to share my goals for this year here on the blog, instead of writing a post with my resolutions I thought it would be a good idea to share my whole review with you, following Lisa’s series.

As I said before, it’s a seven-day review and I am writing seven posts however, they won’t be posted daily, I am posting them as soon as I write. If you haven’t set your goals yet, I hope that seeing my answers or visiting Lisa’s blog and seeing her answers might help you set your goals.

Read Day 1
Read Day 2
Read Day 3
Read Day 4
Read Day 5

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Today, we’re going to set real and specific goals that we will work to achieving in 2017. Lisa shares that every strong fighter always has a culmination of four things: (1.) Determination, (2.) Discipline, (3.) a Timeline, and (4.) a Trainer.

It made me think about my own journey on achieving goals and making progress.

  1. Determination. It’s something I master now. A couple of years ago, I was too afraid to try anything. I had dreams but they were only dreams, I didn’t feel confident enough that I could make them happen. Focusing on myself – working on my emotions in therapy sessions, seminars, books and other sources and getting to know my core values and what really matters to me built the determination I have now.
  2. Discipline. I think this is the perfect timing to work on discipline. Of course, I already improved in this area while working on all the above, but creating the time schedule I mentioned on Day Five may be a great chance to build discipline.
  3. A Timeline. Some months ago, I realized I only saw two possible endings – success or failure – and that was a huge factor that kept me from setting specific goals until today. I was afraid of dreaming big and not being able to achieve my goals which would make me feel like a failure. And if I was dreaming small, I would still feel like a failure because I knew I could have done better. I learned that everything we do is progress. Maybe, I won’t achieve all my goals this year, but everything I’ll have done by December 31st will have brought me closer to achieving them. That’s why it’s easier for me now to set a timeline and break-up big goals into small steps throughout the year.
  4. A Trainer. I felt alone for so long. I’m used to applying lots of things I learn online or on books. It is a good way of improving however, it is a slower way for me because I need to figure things out by myself and apply and analyze and… well, I had no support. Last November, I decided to invest in a coaching program and it’s been the best investment I’ve done for my business so far. My progress has been much faster than before. Besides the coaching program, I invested in Lisa’s YBY and it also paid off. So, my intention is to keep on investing in education from now on. That’s why I decided to go back to a part-time job to make money for that.

Create goals in all 5 pillars

Create a specific goal for each of the five pillars of life: Relational, spiritual, mental, physical, and financial. The more detailed the better! 

P.S.: I wrote only the goals I have a clear idea about. I avoided writing things I want but I’m not clear about because it would make me feel confused. So, I will be adding other goals when they become clearer and relevant.

Relational

  • Take one day off every other week for self-care.*
  • Travel to the beach with my family at least three times this year.

*I’m also making some changes in my daily routine such as getting dressed and wearing make-up before work. I work from home, but working on pajamas has made me feel less feminine.

Spiritual

  • Keep doing the gypsy rituals (weekly)
  • Visit the gypsy temple every other month
  • Learn gypsy cards reading

Mental

  • Read 10 books from my current list of must-read.
  • Read CTI Book
  • Take an Illustration Course
  • Finish 100 Rejection Letters

Physical

  • Therapy Sessions focused on eating disorders
  • Follow the nutritionist’s advice

Financial

  • Pay off credit card
  • Get a part-time job for 6 months

 

And here’s day six of the review. On the last post, I’ll share a recap of January and how I made progress on my goals.

*Lisa’s series is called New Year For A New You, however I don’t like the idea of thinking of me as a new person, I’m always looking for becoming a better version of myself, opening up for my core values and truth. That’s why I changed the name for New Year For A Better Me.

 

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New Year for a Better Me – 7 Days of Review | Day Five

Lisa Jacobs hosts a seven-day review series* on Marketing Creativity. This review process is derived from her book – Your Best Year 2017 – which I bought as soon as she launched after using the previous edition which I loved. The 2017 edition is even better than the previous one and I truly recommend using it if you are running a creative business online.

I responded to the prompts in a self-paced way back in November. I’m glad Lisa is careful enough to add her own responses as examples in the book, it helped a lot. As I decided to share my goals for this year here on the blog, instead of writing a post with my resolutions I thought it would be a good idea to share my whole review with you, following Lisa’s series.

As I said before, it’s a seven-day review and I am writing seven posts however, they won’t be posted daily, I am posting them as soon as I write. If you haven’t set your goals yet, I hope that seeing my answers or visiting Lisa’s blog and seeing her answers might help you set your goals.

Read Day 1
Read Day 2
Read Day 3
Read Day 4

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Today, we’re going to talk time. Lisa suggests we start thinking about time as a precious, non-renewable commodity. She says time is the most precious resource we have on Earth. Know the value in each of your 24 hours every day. 

I admit that I have good weeks, I feel pretty productive and don’t waste time on things that are irrelevant. But there are weeks that I slow down a bit, I feel a bit distracted and end up doing fewer things, but I’m always making progress. This is how things work for me, this is my natural flow. I usually need to slow down in some weeks so I don’t get burnt out. Here are my answers.

Choose a direction 2017

What are your main priorities in life (i.e., family, profession, marriage, personal wellbeing, etc.)? List them in order of importance.

  1. Career
  2. Money
  3. Family / Home*
  4. Personal wellbeing and health

Last year, I focused a lot on my family and my own wellbeing. I had therapy sessions, my daughter had therapy sessions and it improved our communication in a big way. We scheduled frequent outings without our daughter so we could have some time alone to refine our dialogue and plans and stay in sync. We spent quality time together, we became closer as a family. We also became closer to my parents. I spent more time with my little sister, too. We started going to a gypsy temple and learned some energy rituals that changed us in so many ways. Last year I was very focused on myself and people I love.

This year, everything is flowing in that area and I wanna focus on my career and money more than anything. I have other things I wanna improve on in the other areas, but these are my two top priorities in the first semester.

*I merge family and home in the same category and I also think about my marriage when I refer to the family because I think everything here is connected. If my marriage is not doing well, it influences our relationship with our daughter and it reflects in our house and vice-versa. I usually spread my dedication and time to them in the same proportion. However, if you have a tendency to focus more on one area than the others, it is better to separate them in topics. You always have to make things work for you.

Use the graph to chart how you invest your time during a typical 24-hour period. 

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Confession time: I don’t have a very typical routine. I usually go with the flow, if I feel more energized in the morning, I work more in the morning. If I’m feeling a bit distracted or tired, I spend more time doing things that make me feel good. Besides that, sometimes I have appointments or errands to run and then my schedule changes completely.

Does your time chart (where you’re spending your hours) reflect the priorities you listed in question 1, and in the correct order?

Maybe, it is time for me to crave for more structure. I guess I’m afraid of feeling trapped in a strict schedule. I have to experiment and see what works best for me, right?

How might you rearrange your schedule for better results?

I’ll set up a schedule for the first time and I’ll experiment and adjust it as needed. I’ll share it weekly on Instagram in February as a way of being accountable.

And here’s day four of the review. This planning system by Lisa is very detailed and some parts are comfortable and others may take me out of my comfort zone, this is a great thing because we must get out of our comfort zone to make changes. I’ll be posting day 6 with a new list of prompts + my answers. We will talk real specific goals. I’m feeling Yay! and Eeek! about it because sharing it on the blog is committing publicly to those goals.

P.S.: When you only feel excited, it may not offer any challenges and you’ll likely feel unmotivated to take action. If you only feel fear, it will get you stuck and you won’t take action either. That means excitement and butterflies in the stomach is the perfect combination of a goal.

*Lisa’s series is called New Year For A New You, however I don’t like the idea of thinking of me as a new person, I’m always looking for becoming a better version of myself, opening up for my core values and truth. That’s why I changed the name for New Year For A Better Me.

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New Year for a Better Me: 7 Days of Review | Day Four

Lisa Jacobs hosts a seven-day review series* on Marketing Creativity. This review process is derived from her book – Your Best Year 2017 – which I bought as soon as she launched after using the previous edition which I loved. The 2017 edition is even better than the previous one and I truly recommend using it if you are running a creative business online.

I responded to the prompts in a self-paced way back in November. I’m glad Lisa is careful enough to add her own responses as examples in the book, it helped a lot. As I decided to share my goals for this year here on the blog, instead of writing a post with my resolutions I thought it would be a good idea to share my whole review with you, following Lisa’s series.

As I said before, it’s a seven-day review and I am writing seven posts however, they won’t be posted daily, I am posting them as soon as I write. If you haven’t set your goals yet, I hope that seeing my answers or visiting Lisa’s blog and seeing her answers might help you set your goals.

Read Day 1
Read Day 2
Read Day 3

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Today, we’re going to set intentional goals for 2017. I really like how Lisa challenges us to think of what will take us out of our comfort zone. You’re gonna notice some of the questions Lisa asks are focused on the business because her book is tailor made for that but I think we can benefit more from the questions and plan our personal life, too. That’s why you’re gonna see a mix of business and personal goals and intentions. Here are my answers.

Choose a direction 2017

What would you do in 2017 if you knew you could not fail?

  • Blog consistently and find ways of making money with it
  • Start a podcast to share what I learned and what is working for me on self-growth, planning and goal-setting (and achieving, of course)
  • Become a Creative Life & Productivity Coach
  • Open Just Because Studio shop at Etsy and sell printable art and planning tools*
  • Create a planner (printable and physical offer)
  • Hire an employee living in the USA to handle shipping of physical products (or find a cheaper, faster or easier way to ship internationally)
  • Lose 27 pounds
  • Become a vegetarian
  • Save money to live abroad in 2 or 3 years.

*Etsy Shop opened.

What are some things you could be doing that you’ve been too afraid to try? How can you stretch your comfort zone?

Despite knowing I need to invest in education and services to grow my business and pivot it into what I vision, I’ve been too afraid to spend the money because I didn’t have any savings.

Last October, when Tiffany Han opened her coaching program named 100 Rejection Letters for registration I decided to take a leap of faith and trust myself and my business to provide and enrolled.

I noticed that my plans for 2017 started even before I started planning on paper. I shared on the post about my word of the year that I felt like I was ready to start fresh and choose a new word in October and I believe it was happening also in other areas. Enrolling for Tiffany’s program was a great way to stretch my comfort zone. I’ve been making good progress with my business, overcoming fears and believing in my talents and strengths.

So, I’m very focused on making the best I can with the program.

What have you been struggling with for entirely too long?

Not feeling I’m enough. I always think I’m slow, distracted, not talented, not worthy and that’s why I cannot have what I want or be who I wanna be.

My new word of the year was chosen to help me work on this.

What could you outsource, delegate, automate, and/or stop doing in 2017?

I’m going to outsource extra money going back to school to teach some groups for six months.

I’ll delegate house chores to a home cleaner as soon as I can afford to pay her. This will free me up to dedicate to what I love – my family, my business, my hobbies.

I’m going to automate… well, I’m not sure yet because I need to learn a bit more about the ways I can automate. So, I will search about automation.

Again, this happened before planning… I decided to stop selling in two shops and I’m an exclusive designer at GingerScraps since last October.

In what ways and which areas will you “upgrade” your life?

I’m going to upgrade my business following the lessons from the 100RL.

I’m going to upgrade my health by following the nutritionist recommendations.

I’m going to upgrade my confidence in my image with meditation and my word of the year plus being more careful with my body and outfits. No more working on pajamas. *grin

I’m going to upgrade our family finances by budgeting for paying off debts.

I wanna end 2017 feeling more successful as a mother, wife and creative business owner.

And here’s day four of the review. I’m very excited about sharing my goal-setting because I can review it and become more confident about the things I want while I write the posts. I’ll be posting day 5 with a new list of prompts + my answers. We’re gonna talk about time management, a topic I love so much.

*Lisa’s series is called New Year For A New You, however I don’t like the idea of thinking of me as a new person, I’m always looking for becoming a better version of myself, opening up for my core values and truth. That’s why I changed the name for New Year For A Better Me.

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New Year for a Better Me: 7 days of review | Day Three

Lisa Jacobs hosts a seven-day review series* on Marketing Creativity. This review process is derived from her book – Your Best Year 2017 – which I bought as soon as she launched after using the previous edition which I loved. The 2017 edition is even better than the previous one and I truly recommend using it if you are running a creative business online.

I responded to the prompts in a self-paced way back in November. I’m glad Lisa is careful enough to add her own responses as examples in the book, it helped a lot. As I decided to share my goals for this year here on the blog, instead of writing a post with my resolutions I thought it would be a good idea to share my whole review with you, following Lisa’s series.

As I said before, it’s a seven-day review and I am writing seven posts, however they won’t be posted daily, I am posting them as soon as I write. If you haven’t set your goals yet, I hope that seeing my answers or visiting Lisa’s blog and seeing her answers might help you set your goals.

Read Day One Review here.
Read Day Two Review here.

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Today, the prompts are a bit different. We’re going to start shaping our goals for 2017. I really like how Lisa guides us to find clarity about what we truly want. She starts with a concept taught by James Arthur Ray in Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want. Here are my answers.

What do you wanna change in 2017?

Financial: 

Replace delivery and junk food expenses with outings and small trips. Pay off credit card and pay monthly bills on due date.

Spiritual:

Transform my energy into action to achieve my goals.

Mental: 

Read 10 books + read book Tiffany referred. Go through 100RL program, take Ivan Quirino’s drawing course and subscribe to Skillshare.

Relational: 

Be present and enjoy moments with family and friends. Hire someone to clean the house to avoid the usual disagreements among us. Take one day off every other week to take care of myself to feel more feminine and connect with my body. Take small trips to the beach with the family every three months.

Physical: 

Take the nutritional advice and recommendations seriously. Get organized and prepare meals in advance to make the best choices. Work out frequently.

Next Step…

Then we must apply all the things from the list above to the following list from Tony Robbins. I’ll do as Lisa did and post only my priority for now or else this post will be too long.

I choose to focus on my spiritual goal first because it will influence positively all the other goals. Of course, I’m doing some things from other goals, too… especially because some cannot be put off (e.g. money making products and projects and lessons of 100RL program) and some need consistent small steps to become true. However, one of my biggest challenges is to transform my energy into action to become more productive and assertive. So, here are my answers following Tony Robbins’ list to find more clarity in setting the goals.

What do I really want? (vision) 

Use my energy to do things that are useful and make me and my family happy, with this avoid getting depressed or sick.

What is important about it? (values)

I want to make my dreams come true, live the life I truly want to live. Besides that, I want to teach others how to live a life with soul and purpose and how to achieve their goals while enjoying the journey to get there.

How will I get it? (methods)

  • Energy Rituals – energize water with crystal and gratitude prayers before bed
  • Herb showers
  • Meditation
  • Green Smoothies
  • Work-outs
  • Go to the Temple once a month for energy cleanse and guidance

What is preventing me from having it? (obstacles)

  • Inconsistency when applying the methods.

 How will I know I am successful? (measurements)

  • 75% of the year were productive days
  • I achieved at least 75% of my projects and goals
  • I went to the temple at least 12 times

What are productive days for me? Days that I make progress on my projects and goals, that are all noted in my planner. I also consider days off with my family or me time as productive because they are part of my relational goals as long as they are scheduled and don’t harm my other goals.

How am I going to track my productive days? I’ll track all my days using Pretty Productive Progress Tracker Calendar that you can find on Etsy. It has not only the monthly tracker but also a place for a review every month so you can reflect on what challenges you’re going to tackle next.

Find the tracker on Etsy.

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And here’s day three of the review. I’ll be posting day 4 with a new list of prompts + my answers. We’re already shaping up the projects and goals, soon you’re going to see what my resolutions are for 2017.

*Lisa’s series is called New Year For A New You, however I don’t like the idea of thinking of me as a new person, I’m always looking for becoming a better version of myself, opening up for my core values and truth. That’s why I changed the name for New Year For A Better Me.

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