#January, #goals, #resolutions, #newyear, #newyou, #motivation…just some of the hashtags you see all through January and the beginning of a new year on social media. We almost all fall victim to the trend and the idea of a new year and a new way of living. New year, new you, right? What better time to get your life in order, get healthy, get that new job, or find your life’s purpose than the beginning of a new year? It makes sense, so who can blame us? Calendars and planners are all on sale, so we’ve all been posting our cute, new planner. This will be what gets my life together! Will it? Will the planner itself be what keeps us organized and reaching those new goals? I too fell into the trap of the new and pretty planners, so I’m right there with all of you. I was in Barnes and Noble for something else, and well, when I saw the Lilly Pulitzer planners were 50%…game over. I couldn’t resist. I never see these on sale, and how pretty are they? I got caught up in the new year, new organization trend just like everyone else. Let’s be honest, we can fill out all the planners, calendars, lists, and organizers we want, but it’s not going to make us better than last year. Follow-through. Follow-through is what will get us ahead and make us accomplish those goals and dreams. These first few months of the year don’t have to be about making sure you start losing the weight and crossing off the goals on your list. It’s really as great a time as any to start. Since it does fit with the new year, I figured it was a fitting time for this post, but I’ll also remind you to start or continue all the goals, lists, and dreams you can think of the entire year. It shouldn’t just be a resolution!
I did not get this book because it’s January. Self-improvement books are a slight guilty pleasure I don’t often admit I love. I guess there’s nothing wrong with it, but sometimes I feel weird saying I like this type of reading. Then again, when it does rarely come up in conversation, I’m glad to find out many people share this same interest! I actually came across this book, “Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live on Purpose.” while browsing through my Instagram feed. I can’t even remember who it was now who was reading it, but most of the people I follow on Instagram are fashion and lifestyle bloggers. The cover of the book caught my eye, as per usual, and the caption under her picture intrigued me enough to look the book up online to find out more. That same evening, just a a few nights ago, I downloaded it on ibooks and began reading! Anonymous blogger I follow, thank you for leading me to this book! The author, Lara Casey, has done a wonderful job inspiring women to get the life they want. Whether you’re struggling with worry or scared to take a leap into something new, or you need some helpful words of wisdom to follow God’s plan, this is a great tool to help you live a more purposeful life. I find it very helpful, and there’s extra tools to help on her website like a free printable goal setting sheet, as well as the Make it Happen Powersheets Planner. It is $55 and currently sold out, but you can be notified when it’s back in stock!
Although again this may seem like something designed to use from January through December, this journal actually has no printed dates. You fill in the date whenever you write in it. Admittedly, I’ve only written in it once or twice so far, but I plan to try to make it a daily habit at night before going to bed. Again, follow-through is the key. To be honest, I sometimes have trouble with the follow-through. Some of you might think it seems like to much work to stop and think about your favorite moment of the day. It doesn’t even have to be the moment you’re most grateful for in the day or what you accomplished. It’s simply your favorite moment of the day. Whether it’s reorganizing the shoes in your closet or something deeper like a home-cooked meal with your family, it is all about YOUR favorite moment, big or small, alone or with family and friends. I couldn’t stop with one simple moment, so in my journal I actually ended up writing a few different ones. I guess that’s a good thing. Hopefully it’s not hard to think of something good from your day, but of course, we all have some harder days. Pick this journal up at Staples for just $2.99! It also makes a great little add-on gift for friends and family needing a little inspiration.
Some of you probably love Lilly Pulitzer, and some of you may not be too into it. I know people who feel both, but there are some things I just find too cute to pass up…this planner being one of them! As mentioned earlier, when I stopped at Barnes and Noble for something completely unrelated, the 50% off sign above these planners just pulled me in. Planners are one of my favorite things, another guilty pleasure. In case you’re wondering, I do use my phone calendar like the rest of the world, but there’s something about writing down what I need to do, goals, and events and crossing them off after that just makes it so much more satisfying. I don’t find the phone calendar to be quite the same experience! When I found it wasn’t just certain planners on sale, I couldn’t pass up the largest size. I like a big planner, with plenty of space to fit everything, and add extras like goals for the week and more. I’ve used the planner, and yes, just looking at it gets me more excited to write everything and plan out the months ahead! I would recommend this one or one similar to all of you out there dying to get organized and motivated to check off those goals, no matter how big or small.
Don’t just let these helpful tools be a New Year’s Resolution type of organization! Whether you started, or intended to start, getting your life together in January, or you still haven’t gotten around to it, any time is the time to start. While it’s most fitting for this time of year, gather your tools, and make it happen whenever works best for you. Maybe that means you take it one step at a time. Starting small is usually better than jumping in full force anyway. The quicker you change several things in your life, the harder it is to keep it going. The harder it is to follow through. Baby steps, my friends. That’s the way to go! Leave a comment with your favorite ways to get organized and the most successful thing that works for you!