What's Up in 2018: Goals, intentions, and transparency

It’s tempting to let my goals live quietly in the solitude of my journal, with only my eyes to see and judge them. This holiday/planning season has been by far my most productive. I churned out blog posts ahead of time, got most of my Christmas presents bought and wrapped more than a week before the holiday (but not all of them), and outlined a variety of planning activities from my experience than anyone can implement for a killer new year.

Read on for my full 2018 goals list + a little remix of what a yearlong goal really means.

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With Your Theme as Your Guide, Prepare for 2018

A peek into my "set it and forget it" lifestyle.

This may be the first time I admit this but here we go: I'm a sporadic creative. If I don't set myself up for success, I will inevitably fail. Some mornings I wake up completely unable to make decisions, comprehensively organize projects, or manage communications. On these mornings I make mistakes. I miss deadlines. Calls that were supposed to take place get missed and apology emails go out after I've already let someone down. 

Read on for activities you can implement in your own life to "set and forget" the actions to take to bring make your 2018 priorities your reality! 

 
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2018 Holiday Bucket List

2018 Holiday Bucket List

In the clarity of the present, I’ve created a 2018 Holiday Bucket List so when September and October of the upcoming year start sliding rapidly by, I have a bold reminder of my commitment to making the most of the holiday season. 

Read on for my list of 12 Holiday Bucket List traditions I'd like to bring with me into the new year. 

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A Year in Review: 2017

A Year in Review: 2017

Life tends to pass by in a blur, dotted with formative moments, the occasional surprise that moves you, and can only be remembered with the fleeting space we have in our minds. This year I made a point to document as much as I could - to take photos, write in journals, create plans and lists and save them for later. Packing everything I owned into a bus mid-year had me regretting my memory hoarding, but looking back this week, it was entirely worth it. 

Read on for the whole year in review! 

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The Complete New Year's Checklist

The Complete New Year's Checklist

Planning frenzy! Last minute Christmas shopping! Keeping it all together, oh my! 

With enough people telling you how to set goals, what accessories you will need in 2018 (queue eye roll), and the overwhelming quickness of the holiday season, I've put together a concise and comprehensive checklist that even only half completed will set you up for a killer 2018. 

Read on for a series of checkboxes to start your year on point! 

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How I Plan for a New Year

How I Plan for a New Year

It's no secret that I believe in planning as a tool for any endeavor: Project management, grocery shopping, a lifelong bucket list, getting Christmas shopping completed on-time. That's why December has seen more of me face down in my notebook more than any other month. 

Read on for a suite of activities to guide your 2018 planning. 

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Experiments in Time (and Self) Management

Experiments in Time (and Self) Management

In my own perceived self-importance, I thought, "How superficial can you be, to just get high checking things off and never be done with anything?" I never claimed this was a nice thought! 

Since I started using my Ink + Volt to-do list daily, I've seen a change in that. Without a "job" with a set schedule of clock in-clock out, how many hours I spend working each day is essentially up to me - which can be a positive or detrimental fact. I found that laying out what I needed to (and expected myself to) do each day was helpful creating my days and sharing expectations with others. These line items were typically informed by project plans (bus, business, education), commitments (chores, appointments, self-care), and begrudgingly: stuff that just popped up and seemed urgent. 

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Extraordinary Dreams Require Extraordinary Planning

Extraordinary Dreams Require Extraordinary Planning

It's no secret that I'm a proponent of getting out of my brain and into some realm of reality: paper, computer, calendar, another person;

anything to get my thoughts one step closer to actualization.

It can get exhausting, the extensive gathering of information about what it is I hope to accomplish, what's already been done, who I might connect with, how much time I have, and so many more considerations. I've found it difficult to keep a planning "routine" as my life lacks structure and I am full of excuses. (Really, just the latter)

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How I Plan for a Trip (Especially to NYC)

How I Plan for a Trip (Especially to NYC)

New York is my favorite place to go alone. To be completely anonymous, not just in a foreign place but among so many strangers who respect your space in response to you respecting theirs. Moving fluidly from metro stop to destination, one neighborhood to the next, a new world opening up before me as I climb the stairs from underground. 

In this post, I detail how I plan for my trip, the details I've arranged, and some special events I'm excited about. 

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