January is the month where we reflect on the past and set an intention for the year ahead. This isn't something that I always did, but wish I had. How do you get somewhere if you don't know where you're going? Don't get me wrong, life could be boring if you just followed a mapped out plan for yourself, but you also can't be successful if you just wing it 24/7. Admittedly, I purchased PowerSheets last year, but failed to follow up throughout the year. However, simply writing out my dreams helped to guide my 2017, and this year I do plan to make it a priority.
Some highlights from the year include: pursuing Kaitlyn Ellis Events full-time, celebrating 10 years with my husband, and travelling to Vienna.
So, what am I hoping for in 2018? Here are 5 of my big picture goals for the year.
1. Curate A Routine That Works
Pursuing Kaitlyn Ellis Events has been the been the best decision. However, as a girl who has always had a million things on the go, it was a drastic change. At the beginning of the year, I was running a business, working part-time, and also attending school. So, when I decided to dedicate myself solely to running a business, it freed up quite a bit of time, time that I'm not used to having. Honestly, it makes me feel lazy, haha. I decided on this change for a better life balance, but it still feels awkward at times. For this reason, one of my goals this year is to find a routine that works. While also appreciating that it may need to be thrown out the window at times.
2. Date My Husband
When you've been together 10 years, you get comfortable - Sean knows me better then anyone else, and vice versa. I'm not saying that we don't go on dates, but I do want to make it a more of a regular occurrence. It can be tough with him working out of town, and myself running a small business (especially during wedding season), but that's no excuse to put a relationship on the back burner. I do foresee a few that include chatting about building our forever home over coffee, but do you guys have any other ideas?! I'd love to create a list to pull from, spontaneously.
3. Give Back To The Community
This winter I had the opportunity to donate a couple floral pieces to a charity auction put on by Rebel With A Cause - an organization focused on demonstrating the power of art to heal, empower, impassion, and strengthen. Their first year has been about helping the underprivileged, distressed, and low-income youth, which is a subject very close to my heart. They plan to host workshops sometime in the spring, which I 100% plan to be apart of, but giving back feels SO good and is definitely something I'd like to do more often. Therefore, I'll be researching around the Okanagan to find other opportunities to give back to this beautiful place I call home.
4. Honour My Body
This is not simply about losing weight, or going to the gym more. Yes, those are part of the equation, but this is so much more. For years, I've lived off of coffee and non-nutritious food, and any free time was spent with my butt on the couch binging the latest Netflix series. There really wasn't time (or desire) to cook a proper meal, or energy to go run on a treadmill. This year, I'm continuing to explore a primarily plant based lifestyle, and ensuring that I am active at least 3 days a week with 1 day of yoga. Meal planning is already helping significantly, and following my first goal of curating a routine will inevitably assist in ensuring that I remain active.
5. Find Contentment In The Present
In a world of endless comparison and desire for material items, I choose contentment. There are moments where I get caught up on where someone else is in their life, or where I feel concerned over wearing the same outfit twice on Instagram (actually), but I've decided to pause and think of all that I have to be grateful for - which is a long list. I encourage you to do the same. Wherever you are, whatever kind of day you're having, find the good.
Oh, and I also hope to blog more ;)