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End of Year Goal Recap!

Hello friends – long time, no talk! 🙂 Am I the only one who is simultaneously excited for the new year and a little disappointed about not quite getting everything that I wanted to accomplished in 2015? Even though I have these conflicting feelings, I am trying to focus on the positive “clean slate” feel of 2016. Since I missed my 3rd quarter goal review altogether, I wanted to make sure my last post of 2015 was a final review of this years goals.

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In case you missed them: 1st Quarter Goal Recap and 2nd Quarter Goal Recap. For this end of year recap, I have listed all of the mini goals I started the year with in pink and then a summary of how I did in black. You can click the link following each number to see my full original post about each goal category. You might want a beverage of some sort before you start this! 😉

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2015 2nd Quarter Goal Review

We are officially half way (plus a week) through 2015! How did that happen?! I found my 1st Quarter Goal Review post to be helpful as I was reflecting on my 2015 goals several months ago, so I wanted to share my progress through the 2nd quarter of this year as well.

My overarching goals for 2015 are listed first and if you click them, you can read my original posts that outlined the mini goals I would be pursuing over the course of the year. The “successes” and “areas of improvement” listed below focus specifically on my progress in April, May and June. 

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2015 Goals:

1. Growing my business

2nd Quarter Successes: I collaborated with one of my favorite bloggers, Tina from Carrots ‘n’ Cake for her sons 1st birthday party. This collaboration helped drive some traffic to my shop, plus Tina was super fun to partner with! I also launched a new “Party in a Box” line of products.

Areas of improvement: I am at a point with my business that I get enough orders to stay busy (which is awesome!), but it also means that it is tricky to carve out time to develop new products. Starting a digital product line has been at the top of my “to do” list all year. I have several items started, but I need to focus on finishing and launching them. I also need to start consistently sending out and promoting my “weekly” newsletter. Sadly, these last two items are identical to what I wrote in my 1st quarter review. My first digital product is slated to launch this week (!!!) and then I am going to focus on finishing and launching several other digital products that are almost complete by the end of July. Hold me to this, o.k.?! 😉

2. Getting healthy / taking care of myself

2nd Quarter Successes: Weighing in here weekly. Although now that I am looking back, I realize, with the exception of June, I only weighed in monthly this quarter (eek!). Let’s call this a half success.

Areas of improvement: Making sure I weigh-in here weekly, the accountability and reflection does help me (even if I am not always posting losses). I also need to stick with my low carb eating. The summer heat makes it difficult to get outside for exercise, so I need to come up with a new indoor plan to get more activity into my days. My current “mini-goal” is to lose 20 pounds by mid-August (I set this goal in June and am currently on track to do this.).

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I Get by with a Little Help From my Friends (and Family)!

Happy weekend, friend! Today I am sharing the 4th installment of my 2015 Goal series. Re-connecting with family and friends is something I have been thinking about a lot recently.

For almost my entire life I lived in Kansas – 18+ years in my hometown in western KS and then 10+ years in the northeastern part of the state. I moved to the northeastern part of the state (Topeka) when I started college at Washburn University (go Ichabods!). After college I stayed in Topeka and following a brief stint in banking, I returned to Washburn as a professional staff member. I mention this timeline because it was during and after college that I really established a wonderful network of friends. Additionally, I was only about 5 hours away from my hometown, so it was relatively easy to travel home or meet my family half way on the weekends.

In the summer of 2013, my boyfriend and I moved to Arizona. I am extremely thankful for my co-workers and friends in Arizona, they have truly made this new place feel like home. However, I have proceeded to get really bad at keeping in touch with my friends and family back home (and those who have moved away from KS!). In some ways I feel connected through social media and I am fairly good at texting, but when it comes to actually calling or writing friends and family, I am not doing so well.

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Each time I do chat with a friend on the phone, I feel SO much more connected to them and their lives (not to mention how happy it makes me!). I also love sending snail mail, BUT I seem to always be a week (or more!) behind! It may seem silly to write about these kind of goals here, but it is very helpful for me to quantify what I have been thinking about and again, the accountability of others knowing what I am working on this year is invaluable. 🙂

Without further ado (sorry this post got so LONG!), my mini goals for re-connecting with family and friends this year: 

Send 1 written letter per week. I actually love writing letters and used to have regular pen pals when I was younger. I also have a small obsession with stationery, so this one should be fun (and hopefully achievable).

Purchase & mail special occasion cards (or gifts) 1 week in advance of their special day. My sweet grandma actually mentioned a great idea to me regarding this goal. She said that at the beginning of each year (when she gets out her new calendar), she adds all special days to the year and writes “mail (fill in loved one’s name) birthday card” 1 week before their special day. This habit is BRILLIANT to me! I have always had my loved ones special days on my calendar / in my planner, but by the time their big day comes around it is too late to get anything to them on time – see “always sending things late” issue above! I am implementing my grandma’s technique this year! 

Call my Mom (hi Mom!) and Dad every week. I used to be much better about chatting with my folks regularly. I love them dearly, so this is a priority for me this year.

Call 1 friend each week. Y’all better pick up the phone! 😉

Alright, hopefully these goals don’t sound too much like a “to do list” that I simply want to check off each week, but more like a reminder to invest some time each week towards building my relationships with those I love the most. 

If you are striving to send more snail mail, I have the PERFECT giveaway happening right now! Click here to enter for a chance at winning a darling box card set of greeting cards from illustrator Madison Lytle.

How do you stay connected with friends and family? I would love to hear your tips and tricks in the comments!