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It’s a New Year, welcome to 2020! Whether 2019 was a smasher for you or a year you’d rather brush under the carpet and forget about, it’s the time now to work out what we want from the year ahead.

From the point of view of both my personal life and running my business, I’ve been looking back at the last year and the goals that I had set myself … did I achieve what I had set myself? If not, why not?

So I’ve been thinking what do I need to do to make this year the blooming successful fantabulous year that I’d like it to be, and this is what I’ve come up with… This year, I’m going to START IT RIGHT!!

A lot of people tend to start the New Year hungover, groggy and attempting to figure out their New Year’s Resolutions, which will inevitably fail.

I think that one reason that a lot of resolutions fail is that you just pick one; no follow up, no plan of action to help you achieve it, just a random thought plucked out of the air. And then when that ‘goal’ isn’t met, we get disheartened and lose motivation. I know that’s certainly been true for me, and with a real buoyancy about the year ahead, feeling like I now have a much clearer vision for where I want to be in 365 days’ time, I don’t want it to go to waste.

1. Do A Yearly Review

Answering these questions can help you brainstorm goals and habits you want to achieve in the new year.

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Think about answering these types of questions:

  • What went well for me last year?
  • Anything that was not so great?
  • Did I achieve anything?
  • How did I improve my life?
  • Did I improve my relationships? How?
  • What can I do to improve my relationships?
  • Is there something I wish I did more of?
  • What do I wish I did less of?
  • Did I remember to celebrate my successes?

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“I’m proud of…..”

For me, I am very proud of the way I managed my emotions during an incredibly stressful time last year. I’m proud that I continue to reflect and take care of myself.

I’m proud that my self confidence is building, that I’m managing my anxiety & panic attacks, and that I’ve taken some big steps in my business enabling me to achieve sales and be part of events that I wouldn’t have imagined possible.

Keep asking yourself what you are proud of and grateful for until you have at least 50 items.

2.Reorganise Your Workspace Or Living Space

Having a fresh start can be uplifting. I find the process of decluttering incredibly satisfying and motivating. Starting work with a clean desk makes me feel as though my mind is clear and ready to focus.

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3. Increase Your Awareness Of Your Thoughts

As someone who suffers from panic attacks & anxiety, I know first-hand the benefits of relaxation and mindfulness. It’s a fantastic way of using a bit of time that you’ve taken out for yourself and can achieve great results.

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4. Schedule Family Time / Reconnect With Family

Time spent with family can give you warm feelings inside. A form of mindfulness is being aware of your surroundings, what you hear, what you can feel and to be in the moment is an excellent way to enjoy time spent with loved ones.

5. Take Daily Steps Towards Achieving Your Long-Term Goals

This is so important. Try and create a daily routine where you record the things that you’re grateful for; remembering to state your long-term goal and figure out an action plan before you start your day. Doing this helps me to figure out the most important task that will get me closer to my goal.
In the evening, review the day.

I celebrate three accomplishments from my day, state my goal and evaluate what makes me most grateful. Doing this practice keeps me focused and helps me to have a vague idea of what I want to do the following day.

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Try not to stress about the next day too much – with a good night’s sleep, you could conquer the world!

I for one will be following these steps to keep up my motivation, and hold the vision I have for the upcoming year firmly in sight. If you want to see what I’ve been up to, pop on over to my Instagram, where I post daily images of my crafts and work in progress. And if you fancy getting your craft on in 2020, head on to my events page, where you can see all of my upcoming workshops.

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and successful Year to come!

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