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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How to get over a bad day

Hey there!

Here’s a quick break from the blog schedule for this week because I thought sharing these tips is important. This thought came because yesterday I had a pretty bad day.

If you’re a woman and you go through PMS every month, I’m sure you will understand what I’m talking about.

Yes! I had a pretty bad day yesterday. *sigh

I woke up feeling well and ready to have a productive day, I got dressed, had breakfast, read for about 40 minutes and sat at the computer to add my new collection to the Buffet Event at the shop.

All good so far.

Then, I started feeling a bit distracted… I didn’t want to do anything from my to-do list.

*Weird feeling* 

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Not only did I feel resistance to doing the things on my list, but I also had those bad thoughts of self-doubt. Can you relate to any of these thoughts during PMS?… or any other bad day?

* You have to do this, you should to do that…
* Why can’t you just keep doing it? You were feeling good about it before, what changed?
* Why is everything so complicated for you? Everyone else has it all figured out.
* Why can’t you just keep your promises?
* Why did you start it anyway?
* Are you sure you wanna keep doing it?
* Who do you think you are to be doing it?

How can one make any progress having these voices in her head all along the way?

In the past, I used to push and push harder to keep crossing things off of my to-do list and have a usual work day. The outcome was I had most things done or sometimes half done. That’s good for a bad day, huh?

But as the years went by and I became more mindful and intentional about my life, I learned that it’s not always good. Here’s why:

Creating the life you truly wanna live is about
living the life you truly wanna live every day.

I’m always talking about creating the life I truly wanna live. What does that mean? It means that all my decisions now are with the aim of creating the reality I think is beautiful and happy for me with the things and people I love to hang out with.

But first, the most important thing to be aware of about creating is that it happens now, at this very moment. So, I’m creating the reality I aim for while I enjoy the whole process every single day.

That’s what I thought was worth sharing with you:

While having half or most of my to-do list crossed off is good, the feeling of frustration at the end of the day was not compatible. As human beings, our goal in everything we do is cultivating feelings of worthiness, pleasure, and happiness and/or any other positive feelings you consider important. It all boils down to us always wanting to feel good.

Reflect on how your to-do list makes you feel

Crossing off items on the to-do list will only make us feel good at the end of the day when the things on our list are meaningful for us. Tasks for duty’s sake don’t make us feel good. They make us feel nothing if not frustrated. I know I feel totally frustrated, but it has to do with my core values and I’ll be writing about it soon because I just love the subject. The tasks that provide us that feeling of accomplishment are the meaningful ones.

OVER TO YOU: If you’ve never looked at your to-do list with this perspective in mind, I challenge you to take a 5-minute break and reflect about the items you have in your list and also your goals. Ask these questions to each task/goal:

  • Is it valuable?
  • Do I feel like doing it?
  • Why is it important for me?

P.S.: Remember to be honest with yourself. If you don’t feel like doing something, it probably is not as important as you think it is. Sometimes we take someone’s else important stuff as ours, that way we don’t live based on our own values.

Great warning here! When we live up to other people’s expectations for a long period, our life becomes meaningless and we fall into depression.

Be aware of what you resist always persists

An important lesson I learned in the self-growth path I’m walking is that every feeling we resist persists. A couple of years ago, when I was depressed, I used to try to different things: cheering me up or distracting me watching movies and series. Both are ineffective because they were about me resisting to feel what I was feeling. The feeling persisted for days and nothing seemed to get me back in a good mood. It was hard.

Find the reasons underneath the self-doubt and negative feelings

I don’t believe I’m facing depression anymore because most of my days are positive and productive and I’ve been living intentionally every day. It doesn’t mean I don’t face bad days. Yes, I do. What is different now is the way I react. I don’t resist anymore. I take some time off to feel what I am feeling and reflect about the reasons I’m having those feelings. Sometimes I journal, sometimes I draw intuitively while listening to mantras so I can express my feelings through art, sometimes I meditate… these work very well for me.

Any way you choose to reflect and reveal the real reasons for the negative feelings about yourself, it is important to find a quiet place and calm your mind before starting. Breathing deeply helps to calm down and concentrate.

 Take time off to do what makes you happy

Yesterday, instead of pushing me to do as many tasks as I could. I took a quick look at my daily schedule and did two that I knew were priorities I couldn’t just pretend they didn’t exist. After that, I gave myself permission to do whatever I felt like to.

This time, I didn’t need to reflect about what I was feeling because I know these are usual feelings of PMS and I just need to go through the day and I’ll be ok. So, instead of journaling or reflecting I chose something that would make me feel really good.

I drew a lot! I love drawing and I know I need to practice to become the artist I wanna become. However, I don’t give myself much time to draw because I have a pretty busy schedule. I usually draw to illustrate posts or to add to my vision board, but I almost never draw for my pleasure only.

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Accept that it is not a great day… and that’s ok

I’m addicted to making progress, but I learned to accept that some days are not as good as others while some are extraordinary. This is the Universe balance, we would never identify a day as extraordinary if we never experienced a bad day.

Remember this is only ONE day in a life-time period. At the end, it will have no impact on the big picture of your living.

Be patient and persistent

Today is a new day. I woke up feeling much more positive than I was yesterday. I won’t lie and say I’m feeling energized and vibrant. I’m not. But I’m feeling much better and I’ll focus on the priorities and things that I feel more motivated to do because I know that if I’m patient and keep doing what makes me feel better everything will get back on track in a few days and the negative thoughts will be in the past and won’t matter anymore.

And here you are. I hope you find it useful and it can help you create more intention and peace in your living.

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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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