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“Bust Out the Bubbly” – My 2018 Goals & Intentions

I decided that this year I’m leaving 2017 in 2017. Don’t come knocking past because I’m looking forward. I’m using the lessons I learned from my challenges and set backs to help me grow and to propel me forward. This coming year is the year I’m going to let go and flourish. I’m going to open up and bloom for the world to see. I’m going to learn to love myself so fiercely that rays of light bust out of me like a feverish disco ball. I’m going to own 2018. I’m going to stop thinking about it and I’m going to do it. 2016 was about realization, 2017 was for planning, 2018 will be my debut – the beginning of a masterpiece. I’m leaving the mess behind and walking into a world of possibilities this year and I’m going to do it my way.

 Areas of Focus –

19 Things Before 2019

Level 10 Life

Commit30

By products of my goals: stronger and deeper relationships with my family and friends, better self-esteem, money and financial security, style and grace, a simpler and more comforting lifestyle, a more positive story to tell, a stronger body and mind, more artwork, and a better understanding of myself and the world around me.

 Now down to the meat and potatoes of my business goals for 2018…which is a huge part of who I am and what I want out of life.

Business in 2018 –

Blog & Coaching

Boutique

Young Living Essential Oils

I spent a lot of time the end of this year planning out what I wanted 2018 to look for me and set a loose timeline of how it will play out. This gave me the opportunity to see things in a manageable way and to envision my goals realistically playing out. The first half of the year I will be focusing on launching and starting the steps to build my dreams. The second half of the year will be focused on defining and growth.

Jan-Mar – Quarter 1 – Organization of blog, social media promotion schedules and routine, launch boutique, start Young Living Essential Oils business.

Apr-Jun – Quarter 2 – Launch Coaching, defining and developing boutique and essential oils business.

Jul-Sep – Quarter 3 – Focus on business growth across all areas.

Oct-Dec – Quarter 4 – Continue to focus on business growth, evaluate year and start building plan for 2019.

I am a super planner type but what I learned in 2017 is that I can get myself stuck in the planning and dreaming and become a bit overwhelmed in all that I set out in front of me to accomplish. There is no perfect time to start but if you never get started then you’ll never give yourself the chance to finish. This coming year, my focus is on starting – wherever and however that may be. I am going to focus on my year one quarter at a time and learn as I go…and I’m going to allow my beliefs, my values, and my intuition guide me in all that I do.

Cheers to a New Year!

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How to Clear Space for the New Year

The New Year is one of my favorite times of the year! I love the feeling of knowing a new leaf is turning, new opportunities are on their way. It also gives me a place to begin a new chapter and to clear out what’s lingering from the past year. 

Physically

  1. Go through stuff at the house.

    1. Donate things that do not serve purpose in your life anymore. I have been collecting boxes of things to go to Goodwill and to sell all year, it’s time to get them out of the house! Take some down time to go through things in your home. Ask yourself, “is it going to bring value to your New Year?” If the answer is yes, then put it away in an organized place; if no, then add it to the donate pile.
    2. Go through clothes and accessories. I like to do this a few times a year but this is a great time to really power through your clothes and accessories. What image do you want to project in the New Year? Does this piece fit that image? Check out Power Tips for an Awesome Closet Clean Out for more tips and ideas.
    3. Go through paperwork and files. I am notorious for collecting information and being a bit old school, I tend to print out everything and take lots of notes so I end up with lots of piles and files full of paperwork. (I’m working on this – Evernote is a great resource for keeping digital notebooks instead of lots of paperfiles). Sit down and go through all your paperwork, what is dire to keep? What can be put into digital form? Take what you decide to keep and organize into a binder or notebook and tuck safely on an organized shelf.
    4. Clean out car. Grab a trash bag and clean out the water bottles that have piled up. Clean out the console that’s been collecting gadgets and stuff. Give your car a good wipe down and hit a car wash so it’s shiny and clean for the New Year!
    5. Go through make-up and beauty products. Check expiration dates, a good rule of thumb for make-up is that if it’s over three months old, it’s time to toss it. Clean your make-up brushes to remove any dirt and bacteria and toss the colors you’ve never used (you can donate if it’s never been opened). Go through your hair products too – what are using, what have you not touched in six months? 
  2. Clean out digital.

    1. Clean out inbox. Go through all the emails you’ve been hanging onto – either complete the task or more the email into a folder for reference later. Unsubscribe to the emails that aren’t serving purpose or the places you don’t shop. I have found unroll.me very helpful in managing my emails. Check out How to Keep Control of Your Inbox for more tips.
    2. Go through social media accounts. Go through your accounts, who are you following just to follow? Clear out Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, etc. to only include people and accounts that are bringing your valuable information, information and inspiration that fits your goals and your path. Unfollow negativity.
    3. Clean out computer files. Clean out duplicates of photos, delete documents that are no longer relevant. Organize documents into proper files. 

Mentally

  1. Lingering thoughts and emotions.

    1. Journaling. Take some time to yourself and write it all out. What are you still holding onto from the past year? Journaling has proven to help us work through lingering emotions and feelings so that we can work through the process of letting them go. 
    2. Meditation. I find that adding some deep meditation sessions to my schedule at the end of the year is a good way for me to work through the experiences left on my mind from the year. It helps me separate the lessons learned from emotions of the experiences.
  2. Set goals and intentions for the New Year.

    1. Goal Planning. What do you want to accomplish in the new year? Separate your goals into categories – personal growth & development, tasks, business goals,etc. I start with a full list and then I will work them into categories and build steps to reach those goals. Break your goals into monthly goals and set deadlines to reach them. This helps you build a solid plan to reach those goals.
    2. Setting up my Planner and Calendars. My favorite part of the New Year! Use some of the breakthrough work you completed in your goal planning to build your planner and calendars for the new years. What adventures and experiences do you want to set on your calendar? What habits and routines do you need to build into your planner to help you reach your goals? I’m looking at the Commit30 Planner or The Desire Map Planner for this upcoming year. 

Every year we get another opportunity to work towards building the life we dream of and become more of who we want to be! Set yourself up for a successful New Year by clearing the space you need to grow into everything you dream of! Check out these other great resources for your New Year’s Planning:

Tidying Up for a New Year

New Year Planning & Making Goals – Planners, Notebooks, and Accessories to Set Up Your Planner

5 Top Goals to Get Focused on Self-Improvement

 

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My Minimalism Challenges: Getting Started & Making Progress

Minimalism is a way of life that I look up to. I love the freedom that comes with the simpler lifestyle but changing my lifestyle comes with a set of challenges. I’ve been working towards minimalism going on almost a year now and maybe I tried to take on too much change at one time. Learning not to expect too much from myself at one time has been a process. I have to recognize where I am in my life right now, my current environment and make adequate steps into the right direction, not expect it to all happen at one time. 

I’ve decided to start with three challenges:

Challenge #1 – Clothes.

When I was young, I dreamed of being a fashion designer and of owning a clothing store, I love clothes. I prefer not to wear the same outfit twice…this department is a toughie for me but I’m working on it! I go through my clothes at the beginning of every season now and focus on thinning out each time and only purchasing items that are classics or that I’m in love with. This past weekend, I bit the grit and posted items that I haven’t worn or rarely wear onto Poshmark (want to sell your own stuff – visit Poshmark to sign up and use referral code @gingergoose – I made $100 this weekend!). So here’s my thought process – some of the clothes I listed are still hanging in my closet – like the J Crew jean jacket I had to have two years ago and still have yet to wear – if they sell then they’re gone, if I wear it and decide to keep it then I pull it down from Poshmark. This helps push me into a ‘let it go’ thought process. 

 Challenge #2 – Building minimalist thought patterns and slowing down to focus on one thing at a time.

Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of minimalist thinking folks around me so the influence is limited for me. It is up to me to change my thought patterns to see the world from a less materialistic point of view. I spent much of my life with the ideas that paying more for convenience was the daily norm and that having a gadget for all your needs was the way to go but I yearn for a simpler life. I find that I think and function better in a less cluttered space. I have the passion and desire to live a ‘less stuff’ lifestyle but I find myself challenged in how to go about it. I challenge myself to become more educated about the beliefs and the practices of minimalism. I challenge myself to listen to Podcasts weekly. I also challenge myself to sit and watch The Minimalist documentary without multitasking.

Challenge #3 – Focus on adding more experiences and less stuff to my life.

It has become a habit to spend money every day. I want to break this habit. The next couple of months I want to focus on highlighting experiences and less on stuff. I want to go to an event without coming home with souvenirs and learn to choose to take a walk instead of buying something online…habit change.

Physical Goals for the Month:

  1. De-clutter one area per week.
  2. Dispose of or donate at least five items that I don’t use per week.
  3. Listen to at least one minimalism podcast or read one minimalism article/post per week.

 

Thinking about minimalism for yourself? This is a great post to get started: What is Minimalism?

 

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My Travel Bucket List – 70 and Counting!

I sat down this morning to take some time to explore my personal life values and the desires I have for my life. I really took the time to dig deep, creating a super long list of all the values that are important to me. Narrowing them down to a handful and I discovered that there are some things I really want in my life, that I talk about all the time, but I haven’t been making as many actionable steps towards them that I should be making:

1. Adventure

2. Exploration

3. Discovery

In my younger years I didn’t really take the opportunity to explore the world as much as I would have liked to. When I look back at some of my happiest moments it was when I was traveling and exploring new places…like Maine, like North Carolina, Canada…my list is kind of short…but if you look at my Bucket List it is filled with places to visit and adventures to be had. This past year, after watching an interesting Netflix show called No Tomorrow, I bought a little black book and got to work really nailing down some bucket list essential stuff…even though I’ve been crossing some goodies off of it, I’ve only knocked one travel goal off of it – visit New Orleans. I got distracted from building my dream of travel and this morning during my self-discovery and reflection sess I was reminded of it…which let me honest, some of the adventures are pretty specific…oh and it’s a bit long too…but hopefully it’ll give you some ideas too! 

My Travel Bucket List

  1. Ride The Great Wheel in Seattle
  2. Visit Boliva’s Witches’ Market
  3. Cape May, New Jersey
  4. Visit Ulrich’s (that’s my maiden name so that’s why it’s super appealing to me) Biergarten in Germany
  5. See the Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C.
  6. Get a picture on the steps from ‘The Exorcism’ in Georgetown
  7. Visit Kauai – go on a helicopter waterfall tour & hike, go mountain tubing in Waihai Stream, go on a Napali Coast raft tour, see the Open Ceiling Cave
  8. Go to the Florida Keys Underwater Music Festival at Looe Key Reef
  9. Float in the Dead Sea in Israel, Jordan, Palestine
  10. Visit Lego Land (they happened to build one in Philadelphia which is a bit closer to my home!)
  11. Visit a rainforest
  12. See the Northern Lights – and sleep in a glass igloo
  13. Go ice skating in Central Park, NYC
  14. See Light City in Baltimore, MD
  15. Visit Thailand (this is an ultimate item for me!) – visit an elephants sanctuary, volunteer and help the elephants, visit a temple
  16. Go to a Pittsburgh Penguins game
  17. Salem, Massachussetts – tour and learn more about the witch trials
  18. The Fiji Islands
  19. Venice, Italy – ride a water taxi, visit Aqualandia waterpark, walk inside St. Mark’s Basilica, see The Bridge of Sighs, eat a gelato, climb the Campanile
  20. Attend Solistice in Times Square, NYC
  21. Go to the Envision Festival in Uvita, Costa Rica
  22. Camp on the beach
  23. Drink tea in England
  24. Egypt
  25. Sleep in an overwater bungalow
  26. Swim with manta rays
  27. Visit a monastery
  28. Swim with pigs at Pig Island in Exuma, Bahamas
  29. Visit a castle
  30. Go on a Disney Cruise
  31. Go to Disney World (can you believe that I’m in my thirties and I’ve never been!)
  32. Go back and see my hometown – Norfolk, VA
  33. Hike the Inca Trail
  34. Visit California (I have lots of stuff I want to do here!) – wine tasting in Napa, ride a trolley in San Francisco, hug a redwood, visit Mont`ana de Oro State Park, visit Chinatown, Jake (L.A.), visit Catalina Island, visit The Glass Beach at Fort Bragg, visit The Point Reyes Lighthouse, walk under The Cypress Tree Tunnel, visit Yosemite National Park, visit Victoria’s Beach historic pirate tower in Laguna Beach, visit Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, hike to the Hollywood sign, see The Golden Gate Bridge, visit Griffith Observatory, visit the Santa Monica Pier
  35. The Baltimore Zoo (I live so close yet I’ve never been!)
  36. Africa
  37. See a bullfight in Spain (kinda hate how these can be a bit inhumane but I did a big study on them when I was a kid so I’ve always been curious to see an official one)
  38. Visit a volcano
  39. Punalu`u Beach in Hawaii – a black sand beach
  40. Visit a pink sand beach
  41. Attend Firefly Music Festival in Delaware
  42. Visit The Niagara Falls
  43. Japan – visit the bamboo forest in Arashiyama
  44. Ireland
  45. Visit Colorado (this is another ultimate item!) – visit the Four Corners (where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet), visit Crystal Mills, The Garden of Gods, see a show at Red Rocks Amphitheater, go hiking in Colorado, visit Pagosa Hot Springs, Rocky Mountain National Park
  46. Take my son to Dylan’s Candy Store in NYC (his name is Dylan, wink wink)
  47. Visit Antelope Canyon in Arizona
  48. Go to Seawitch Festival in Rehoboth Beach, DE
  49. Run in the Surf City (Half) Marathon in Huntington Beach, California
  50. Attend Sloth Sleepover at The Zoological Wildlife Conservation in Rainer, Oregon
  51. Go to The Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama
  52. Visit The Artic Circle
  53. Take cooking classes at Ill Fontanano in Umbria, Italy
  54. Take a luxury train ride on the Belmond Royal Scotsman
  55. See the tulips at Keukenhof Park, Holland
  56. See the dragon’s blood trees in Socotra, Yemen
  57. Visit The Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach in Queensland, Australia
  58. Visit the Glowworm Caves (The Waitomo Caves) in New Zealand
  59. New Hope, PA
  60. Visit The Betty and Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria in Austin, Texas
  61. Visit Puma Punku
  62. Stay at The Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos
  63. Bethlehem, PA
  64. Visit the Catacombs in Paris
  65. See The Great Smoky Mountains
  66. Go to a seahorse farm in Hawaii
  67. Shenandoah National Park
  68. Visit Cathedrals Beach in Galacia, Spain
  69. Go to a Titanic Museum
  70. Stay at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lair in Tribeca, NYC

I’m at seventy for my travel bucket and wish list and the list keeps growing! What’s on your travel bucket list? Share your ideas. I want to go out of this world with a book full of adventures! 

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50 Quotes For Success To Bring You Up When You’re Feeling The Sting Of Setback

It can be a long road to success. It may take late nights and a whole lotta sweat and tears. I’m not going to be the one that’s going to sit here and say “It’s going to be easy” because most times it isn’t. There will be set backs and failures, which are all natural in the process of making change, of pushing down walls and working towards your dreams and goals. But I will sit and say, “Don’t give up”. If you want it, if you’re willing to work for it, you’ll make it happen. Big dreams take work and they take time and they take overcoming challenges but it’s all possible to make those dreams come true. 

Some of my little secrets to keep yourself inspired and motivated: Surround yourself with things that build you up, surround yourself with people that are making it, reward yourself for little wins along the way and post all the motivational quotes, mantras and affirmations you can all over the place! 

50 Quotes For Success To Bring You Up When You’re Feeling The Sting Of Setback

  1. “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning” ~ Robert Kiyosaki
  2. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~ Winston Churchill
  3. “Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success.” ~ Bo Bennett
  4. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
  5. “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” ~ Nikos Kazantzakis
  6. “The secret of success is that we never, never give up.” ~ Wilma Mankiller
  7. “Fall seven times and stand up eight.” ~ Japanese Proverb
  8. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” ~ Colin Powell
  9. “The secret to your success is determined by your daily agenda.” ~ John C. Maxwell
  10. “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” ~ Napoleon Hill
  11. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” ~ Pablo Picasso
  12. “I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.” ~ Florence Nightingale
  13. “A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
  14. “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” ~ Arthur Ashe
  15. “Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.” ~ C.S. Lewis
  16. “Success is not the absence of failure, it’s the persistence through failure.” ~ Aisha Tyler
  17. “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  18. “Success is a journey, not a destination.” ~ Ben Sweetland
  19. “There is no success without hardship.” ~ Sophocles
  20. “Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.” ~ Lydia M. Child
  21. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ Winston Churchill
  22. “For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” ~ Walter Scott
  23. “True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.” ~ Paul Sweeney
  24. “Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
  25. “They succeed because they think they can.” ~ Virgil
  26. “It’s how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success.” ~ Charlotte Whitton
  27. “Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” ~ Arnold H. Glasow
  28. “Things that look like an ‘overnight success’ typically are not.” ~ Jason Calacanis
  29. “That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  30. “Success is a process, a quality of mind and way of being, an outgoing affirmation of life.” ~ Alex Noble
  31. “Our daily decisions and habits have a huge impact upon both our levels of happiness and success.” ~ Shawn Achor
  32. “Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” ~ George A. Sheehan
  33. “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream, and how you handle disappointment along the way.” ~ Robert Kiyosaki
  34. “There’s a lot of blood, sweat and guts between dreams and success.” ~ Paul Bryant
  35. “There’s no abiding success without commitment.” ~ Tony Robbins
  36. “The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success.” ~ David Sarnoff
  37. “Much effort, much prosperity.” ~ Euripides
  38. “Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying.” ~ W. Clement Stone
  39. “Without failure there is no sweetness in success. There’s no understanding of it.” ~ Glenn Beck
  40. “To follow, without halt, one aim: that’s the secret of success.” ~ Anna Pavlova
  41. “Success is the progressive, realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals.” ~ Paul J. Meyer
  42. “The real secret of success is enthusiasm.” ~ Walter Chrysler
  43. “Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” ~ Joyce Brothers
  44. “What drives success is internal motivation.” ~ Vivienne Ming
  45. “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business and your business in your heart.” ~ Thomas J. Watson
  46. “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” ~ John Wooden
  47. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” ~ Walt Disney
  48. “I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
  49. “Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have.” ~ Zig Ziglar
  50. “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet a success unexpected in common hours.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

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The Meaning Behind My Blog Name

I got into the blogging world several years back when I launched a crafting blog. Then I migrated to a foodie blog, and finally finding my home in launching Do Five Things A Day in 2010. When I started Do Five Things A Day I was going through a bit of a rough patch in life. I was struggling greatly with my Rheumatoid Arthritis on top of other life challenges and found myself many days with a lack of motivation and energy to make it through my day. I started taking a step back and focused on slowing down, taking into consideration that I had more on my plate than I could handle at the time. I developed a plan to focus on tackling just five tasks or goals a day. This is where my blog name came from. The theme I was developing for my blog was to build confidence in the things I did accomplish each day rather than only seeing what I didn’t get done. I wanted to learn to accept myself for where I was in life and build my self esteem up to feel proud of the steps I was taking to move forward, no matter how big or small they were. This was the beginning of a transformation for me and for my blogging career. Over the past seven years I have come and gone to the blogging world through Do Five Things A Day. I have shifted and I have twirled many times in life and in careers as I sifted through learning more about myself and what I wanted out of life. My blogging style and posts have followed suit as I migrated through these changes and discoveries within life and within myself. 

What started as a journey to find myself has bloomed into so much more. I still to this day follow my philosophy of doing five things a day and now most days I find myself doing much more. This blog has taught me to see myself and my life differently. It has taught me to be more forgiving and more compassionate to myself and to accept that there are big days and there are little days but each day I am making progress and each day has meaning. In the beginning I started this blog for myself, for a place to escape. Today it holds a purpose to share my stories to inspire others, to help others accept and grow as I did (and to continue growing). I’ve grown to understand that some days I’ll do five big things but other days I can be happy that I just got out of bed. I’ve learned that each day brings new opportunities and that personal growth and discovery is a life long journey.