On the morning of December 31, I set goals just like so many others. I wrote down weekly, monthly, and yearly goals for my personal development. But I didn’t leave it as sweeping promises to be better. I also made individual action plans to reach each goal.
I have plans for 2018. I’m already well on my way for some. One was to revamp my blog, which I’ve completed if you’re reading this!
This post is more for me than for you. In an attempt to hold myself accountable, I plan to write a short reflection at the end of each month. I’m starting to understand the power of writing down your thoughts. If you want something, write it down. Accountability is the fuel that flames need to burn. And I want to burn bright some day.
I hope that others can find some sort of inspiration in my honesty, and maybe take a second to reflect on their own lives. I don’t know everything, but I do know that through sharing experiences we become better, more patient, more compassionate versions of ourselves.
As I get older I realize how much of my wants and needs revolve around time. Time passes so quickly when it’s wasted. I’m hoping that a little bit of accountability will help me make the most of each quiet moment.
If I manage to inspire anyone feeling the same along the way, then my writing has fulfilled its duties.
A lot of things are working right now. A lot is going according to plan, and a lot is going even better than expected. Despite my successes in January 2018, I believe there is always room to be better. A better person to others, and more loving of yourself.
Allow time for coffee breaks—often.
Unplug for at least a few hours on weekends.
Continue to practice self-care with regular workouts and limiting bad habits.
Practice efficiency. Turn off email notifications and tackle them in single sweeps.
Read all the books that have been collecting dust on my shelf.
Continue to replace late Friday nights in the city for early Saturday mornings in the mountains.
Waste less: food, time, energy. Cut out what doesn’t serve you.
The last one is my most challenging struggle. I’ve realized that part of self-love includes eliminating the habits, things, and people in your life that stand in the way of your dreams. My dreams are big, but they’re waiting for me to reach them.
All I’m doing is trying.
Let’s practice accountability together! How is your year going? Let me know in the comments.
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Wow! Hey Jill! Thank you for sharing this blog post. I love it. You remind me so much of my sister who is an author at heart. I wish she had your confidence (even if maybe to you it doesn’t seem like it but, the fact that you’re sharing means you have it more than you know). My resolution this year was to end Resolutions. I make intentions and currently I’m my intention is to be intentional with my life moving forward. I’m in limbo. I’m impatient. But, today my dad told me it serves a purpose to prepare me for what’s coming next. The thing is…I don’t know what that is. I’m so incredibly honored to read your words and hope that you continue to share!
Hi Taryn, Thank you so much for your kind words! I think setting intentions is such a good idea for you. A feeling of forward movement. Your dad sounds like a smart man. Everything we endure prepares us for what comes next. Everything happens for a reason. I hope you figure out what your reason is. I also hope your sister finds the confidence to share! It definitely takes work, but you’re right that me sharing here is my little steps forward. I’m sure with your support she will be able to share sometime too!
Well done. Love your reflections. And especially appreciate the focus on getting rid of what doesn’t serve you. I really enjoy your writing!
Thank you! It’s a work in progress. I’m so glad you like it. 🙂