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If you’ve been around for a little while, you may remember that the word and goal of the year for 2016 was “Balance”.
Well, to put it concisely: I failed to balance things well in 2016 and ended up going into complete survival mode by the end of the year. While that may seem a little bit harsh, I have been giving the concept of balance a lot of soul searching, research and thought. I came up with some new strategies for 2017, as failing didn’t mean that I plan to give up, but rather continue the journey by adjusting my action steps.
One of my biggest epiphanies came in November after Sarah from She Holds Dearly reached out to me about trying her new course, Making Time to Hold Dearly. Not only is the course filled with beautiful photography, but it was exactly what I needed at that moment.
One of the first lessons that she shared in the course was that “searching for balance” is going about things all wrong. I was trying to balance a million things, and it was simply impossible. I was saying yes to everything, and then becoming overwhelmed and burned out as I struggled to do it all without a plan. I would do what I had committed to and then the true essentials were falling by the wayside.
Sarah began describing the place she was in when she realized something had to change. All I could think of is, “Yes! This is also me she’s describing!”. She helped me realized that I needed to prioritize the most important things- not try and fail to balance all the things.
One particular part of this course stood out to me- it was prioritizing my health. Through Sarah’s words, it became immediately clear to me that all of the other things she was talking about, things that I wanted badly in my own life, were not going to come without first being a healthier person. I discussed my major priority for this year in yesterday’s post.
I have four main priorities for 2017:
- Health: see my detailed plan here.
- Family: spending more time doing things as a family and unplugging.
- Growing and streamlining my business.
- Organizing and working on renovating and decorating my home.
None of these things is overly novel, but the way that I’m approaching them has changed through taking this course. I’ve utilized the goal planning worksheets in my planner and created a blueprint for the year. I will be touching on my goals in my monthly health updates, and the home-related topics like organizing, renovating, and decorating are exactly the reason this blog exists in the first place, so you’ll have a front-row seat. I can’t wait for what the year will bring!
Sarah’s course is live today! Truly, I could not recommend it more. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it brought me hope in a moment that I was truly overwhelmed. If you want to learn more, click here.
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