Start Your New Year With Planned Goals!

by Kathy Sykes on January 1, 2013 · 4 comments


Happy New Year! Welcome back!

This year I have decided to sorta “re-brand” my blog as an extension of some of the things that  I do well……organizing, working effectively/efficiently, supplementing my child’s education at home, and giving back.

That is why my first blog post of the year is about how to live your life this year with end goals in mind. Have you ever noticed how much perseverance and dedication you have to a task or project when you know what the end goal is going to be?

Well, that is how I have chosen to live my life for 2013. I guess you can say it is my “theme” for the year..“PLAN IT AND WORK HARD TOWARDS IT!”

So, how am I going about this process?

  • This first thing that I have done was to plan and schedule “time off” during the year. For me, this means time off from my work (outside of the home…i.e. job). This time off includes two week-long vacations, two three day weekends, and what I consider “mental health days”. This year I won’t allow myself to work more than two months straight without at least one “mental health day” to relax, recoup, and release.
  • During my breaks, I have also scheduled planned “spa days” in the midst of the year. Most of the time with our hectic schedule, we put on the back-burner things that we need in order to be more at ease and relaxed at work or with our families. I always like to get a massage while on vacation. So, since I am taking two vacation weeks this year, that means that I will have two massages at different times of the year. Then what I will do is pre-pay for two more massages so that I can have a “spa day” every three months without excuse.
  • We always like to do one big home improvement project for each year. In 2012, we updated our kitchen with refinished kitchen cabinets and new granite countertops. This year, we will be focusing on updated some furniture specifically new bedroom items for my son’s room and a guest bedroom. I may throw in a few new items for the living area as well. It is always best to set a budget and start saving toward these goals at the beginning of the year.
  • This year (and for the others to come), my husband and I have decided to attend at least one marriage retreat or seminar to refocus us on each other and doing marriage well. We attended on near the end of 2012 and it gave us great insight into what is consistently needed to keep a marriage healthy and growing. After 10 years of marriage, you can sometimes lose sight.
  • I like to plan my volunteer, charity and giving projects at the beginning of the year as well. If you follow my blog or follow me over at Your Virtual Pharmacist, you would know that the Alzheimer’s Association and creating giving programs at my church are close to my heart. Most organizations already have a calendar of events that you can review and sign up for. This would be a good opportunity to schedule those “days off” for your giving back to the community. I also love this time because it helps me to teach my son the importance of taking the focus off of himself and doing for others. It is also great for adults too.
  • As far as my blogs are concerned, they will also be a huge part of my 2013. This year is the year of the “rebrand”, focusing on local (but topics will be universal), improving content, and monetizing my business.

Of course interspersed in there are our resolutions to work-out regularly, cook more at home, visit loved ones more often, etc. I believe that if you prioritize the big things, it will be easier to do the more simple things in life.

Let’s chose to live intentionally in 2013!



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Linda Kirk January 1, 2013 at 9:10 am

So proud of you


Kathy Sykes January 1, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Thanks! Looking forward to a great year ahead.


Shelda Truelove January 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Very inspiring and insightful. Thank you for sharing.


Kathy Sykes January 2, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Thanks Shelda! And welcome to the blog family!


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