It's not too late to reflect on 2023 and set your goals for 2024! The holidays get busy and we jump into the new year quickly, so don't feel behind if you haven't sat down to process these things yet. I haven't finished with them either. I've started to reflect on this past year and started to plan for the upcoming year and I want to share some things that I've come up with that might help you to reset going into the new year.
Reflect back on 2023 and plan for 2024. It's important to reflect back on the previous year before jumping into the new one. It reminds us of what to be thankful for. What worked and what didn't this last year? What brought you joy this year, and what did not? What are your goals and intentions for 2024? What old goals do you need to let go of so they don't follow you in 2024? It's normal to not achieve all of your goals in a year and it's normal for your goals to change. Old goals either come with us into this next year and we come up with a plan to make them happen, or we bless and release them. Write down your goals and put them somewhere you will see them or can read through them daily to remind you of them consciously and subconsciously.
Create a dream/vision board. This can be on a piece of paper, canvas, poster board or even on Pinterest. If you haven't read, #futureboards, I highly recommend it at the new year to help you with your vision boarding. Keep your vision board where you can see it often to help you achieve your goals. If you've never done this activity or you don't believe in it, I encourage you to try it. I have had so many of my goals and visions come to fruition because I have put them down on paper and revisited them often. Don't knock it until you really try it, my friends. And by really try it, I mean you have to be intentional and sincere about the things you write down or the photos you choose. You have to come up with a plan of how you are going to achieve these things and you have to look back on them often, or it is a lot less likely to work for you. There's a reason you see the visionaries out there killin' it, think about it!
Choose your word for the year. Put this where you can see it everyday. What is your overall theme and focus for 2024? If you run a business, use this word in your marketing throughout the year, that's what I do to help me keep it at the forefront of my mind.
Asses your goals for 2024 and pick a habit to start putting into place. Start with one. I know looking at this huge goal list or vision board can be overwhelming. It's also highly unlikely that with the stroke of the new year you're going to change into this brand new, completely different person. You can though, start showing up as the best version of yourself (whatever that looks like for you). Start with one habit that you work on daily until it starts becoming a natural part of your routine. Come up with a trigger. Something that will trigger you or remind you to do the new habit. It can be setting a reminder or an alarm. It can be an action that sets you into the new habit. Let's say your new habit is flossing your teeth everyday. The trigger could be brushing your teeth. Every time you brush your teeth, then you tell yourself the next action is to floss. Once you have incorporated this new habit for at least 30 days and it has become part of your routine, try adding in another new habit.
Clean out the pantry, fridge and medicine cabinet. Anything in the 2023 date can be thrown out.
Clean out and organized your email inbox. Create folders to stay more organized this year. Unsubscribe from irrelevant emails.
Clean out your phone. Clean out your photos, files, texts, voicemails, etc.
Clean your makeup, makeup brushes and tools. Throw out makeup that is over 1-2 years old. Did you know makeup expires? Check the bottom of the container to see how long the product lasts. Makeup that is over a year old you would probably want to replace anyway because of bacteria. Mascara and lip gloss you should be replacing every few months.
Clean out your closet. Donate what doesn't fit or anything you haven't worn in the last year.
Pick a room each day, week or month to purge and detail clean.
Get a new notebook and start journaling everyday. This helps to get all of your thoughts out of your head and on to paper. A little therapy, a little reminder of the things you want to do. Also a good keepsake for your children or future generations.
Replace your old hair extensions if it's time. I can help with that! ;)
Start a new hobby (or pick up on the one you love). One of my favorite books I read this year, The Big Leap, suggests getting back to doing what you loved as a kid before the world told you who to be. What hobby have you been wanting to try or get back to? The Big Leap is one of the most therapeutic books I've ever read, highly recommend!
Start a new book. Try to read for at least 30 minutes a day.
Get outside everyday. Soak up the sun and get fresh air. Bonus if you can include physical exercise. I've been loving just getting out and walking! Pick new places to discover to keep it interesting.
Reconnect with friends and family. Send a text, plan a lunch.
Wake up early, go to bed early.
Finish your bookkeeping for 2023 and prep for taxes. I know this isn't fun, but the sooner you get it done and out of the way, the better you can be focused on the current year.
Get moving. It's no secret the benefits of working out have on your physical and mental state. Whether it's walking, hiking, taking workout classes of any kind, make it happen!
Preparedness. Take inventory on your emergency stash things and see what needs to be switched out or what you can add. Emergency ladders, fire extinguishers, flashlights, generator, food, water, batteries, emergency backpack, car emergency pack, etc.
Things to replace throughout the house:
Air Filter (and any other filters around the house)
Time to buy new underwear (lol)
Burnt out light bulbs
What did I miss? What are you doing to reset into the new year?
I am wishing you a happy, healthy, prosperous and fabulous new year!