I love New Year's. I love the feeling of a fresh start!
Don't get me wrong, you can create a fresh start whenever needed, but there is just something magical of the crisp January 1st that you can look onto. It's a vast horizon of hope for me.
Even though I see New Year's Day as that great big beautiful tomorrow, in the past I have been pretty lackadaisical about coming up with good resolutions that I can stick to. This year I was a little more excited and prepared because I had just ordered a Passion Planner (insert smiley face emoji with waving hands.) If you don't know what a Passion Planner is, please, please click on the link and discover it for yourself.
GET YOURSELF A PLANNER... or even a piece of paper!
The Passion Planner is a bewitching book of balance for you personal and work life. It is a way to get organized and twrite down your ideas to be able to see the big and little picture. It was exactly what I needed to lay out my goals. The Passion Planner honestly opened up my mind and made the vastness and anxiety of setting goals go away. Literally a miracle mind map for how to set Lifetime, Long Term and Short Term Goals. If you don't feel like purchasing a planner I urge you to at least take a pen (or pencil) to paper and jot down your goals and ideas. It is more definitive when on paper and is a way to unload all of the thoughts you have in your mind. Take a second paper to then organize those thoughts a little more and so on. It really is a beautiful thing.
While eagerly awaiting my planner to arrive I had time to look back on 2017 (this is also a huge part of why I love New Year's, I love to reminisce and review the year.)
2017: A Quick Review
I applied to jobs that scared me
I accepted a job and a move that terrified me and elated me at the same time
I therefore moved to Washington DC
I became a vegetarian
I started this blog
I lost my Grandmother
I celebrated 1 year around the sun with my human who does not live in DC
I explored more FX makeup
I've rekindled friendships, kept old friendships alive and created new ones
I stared speaking my mind
I began to live the vegan lifestyle
I got another tattoo
I have learned not to say sorry for the person I am
Something struck me before the bright shining horizon that is 2018.
Maybe it was the realization that I would be turning 25 this year. Maybe it was the realization that I would be turning 25 this year without it even being a full month into the year and that I would be working one of my hardest work weeks on my birthday and that my sister would be out of town on my birthday... my 25th birthday (I have always traveled or done rather extravagant things for my birthday.) Somehow 25 was coming full speed ahead and I had just let everything go, I forgot I had a birthday with all of the hustle and bustle, forgot to ask off, adulthood pretty much just hit me like a brick wall. And that’s when I said fuck it. It’s going to be a dry(ish) January and TADAH! The birth of one of my many New Years resolutions! If you don’t understand how my mind jumps from “woe is me I have to work on my birthday” to the fiercely aggressiveness of having a dry(ish) January, well welcome to the club, I have no idea how I get there either! I think with adulthood coming on so strong and the discovery of my Passion Planner my mind was ignited and here we are!
Key general factors when setting goals:
So let's start with the big picture: LIFETIME GOALS
My Lifetime Goals include:
Looking at those Life Time Goals helped me figure out what my Long Term Goals were.
A Long Term Goal as defined by the world wide web is: A goal that takes roughly 5 years to complete.
WOW 5 YEARS. That's a little aggressive for me. I am keeping my Long Term goals to a 1 to 3 year-ish time frame for now.
My Long Term Goals:
Short Term Goal as widely defined on the internet is: A goal that will be achieved in a year or less.
Most folks short term goals are usually set to be 3 to 6 months out.
Why are short term goals so great!?
Setting yourself with a short time period to achieve said goal increases the likely hood that you will in fact achieve it! Short term goals are also meant to be more realistic and more attainable.
The way I tend to use Short Term Goals: As a break down and map to how I will achieve my long term and eventually lifetime goals. BOOM YOU JUST GOT INCEPTIONED. Kind of.
My Short Term Goals:
I know that was a lot to take in. Deep Breath.
This all may look like heaps of information and goals but they all lead to achieving my Lifetime goal of living a balanced life full of enrichment. I hope putting myself out there helps you create your road map to achieving your own goals!
I would love to hear what your New Years Resolutions/Goals are or if you have any questions on setting goals! I am all ears Honey Bunny.
I have a cat, as I am sure everyone is aware. He is absolutely fantastic and he can do no wrong. What I don't like are cat calls.
Why do cat calls need to vanish as quickly as Daniel Powter after his one hit wonder? BECAUSE THEY ARE OBNOXIOUS AND COME OFF TO THOSE WHO ARE BEING HOLLARD AT AS BEING A PIECE OF PROPERTY AND NOT AS AN ACTUAL HUMAN BEING.
Ok let me tone it back down. Cat calls are never a way of flattery. Cat calls do not discriminate, you can be hollard at as a male, female, trans, whatever floats your boat, alien. You know.
Who on earth thinks they will pick up someone with some sleazy terminology being thrown around along the sidewalk like trash... or as movies like to depict cat calls coming from cars etc.
Cat calls are just the shallow end to the deep deep pool of rape culture. First it starts by being yelled at by a stranger from just walking by them minding your own business to being followed, stalked, attacked and then blamed because you were wearing something that "eluded" to wanting to have been treated that way. WRONG. My clothes do not determine my consent. Also, flirting is human nature, i get it. But NO MEANS NO. Swallow your pride back away and call it a day.
As I rant on I know some may say... well that escalated quickly. But I rant and I escalate because this is the truth of the matter. Victims are made to feel as if they were in the wrong and that is not ok. We cannot stand idly by while this seems to be the norm of society. Stay constant-vigilant, speak up and fight like hell. It is our human right to feel comfortable in our own skin and for no one to take advantage of that.
If you are like me and LOVE wine. Why not drink a wine that does good everyday!?
OneHope was founded by 8 good natured 20 somethings that had the drive to create extraordinary products that inspire people to indulge wile doing good. In 2009 Michael Mondavi's son, Rob Mondavi Jr, took in interest in OneHope's mission and has been their primary consulting wine maker ever since.
So, why OneHope?
Each varietal of wine has a designated organization in which part of the proceeds go to with each purchase. If you're a wino, why not buy wine that makes an impact other than just getting you toasty? I can toast to that! A few examples of their impact to date is: 1,592,189 meals have been provided to help in Childhood Hunger, over 42,000 people provided with clean drinking water and 1,120 microloans provided to help break the cycle of poverty. Check out their Causes page to see all of the wonderful impacts they have been able to accomplish to date.
One of the many things I love about OneHope is that you can get directly involved, more than just buying wine. You can host your own virtual fundraising events that you can select your own foundation to have the proceed goes to. WHAT IS EVEN MORE AMAZING is that the original foundations that each wine stands for is still getting donated to ON TOP OF the 15% that will go to your selected charity. BOOM... Drop the Mic.
I am hosting a virtual event from June 3rd-June 30th. Continue reading below to find out the deets.
Shannon, one of my best friends, has been battling Juvenile Diabetes her entire life. These past few months she has been through a terrifying hell and back again.
My heart hurts seeing my best friend being in so much pain at the mere age of 24.
Millions of people around the world live with type 1 diabetes (T1D), a life-threatening autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults. There is no way to prevent it, and at present, no cure.
This is why I am partnering with OneHope and JDRF to raise money to keep the effort of this needed global research; to keep people healthy and to help find a cure so that not all suffer like Shannon has.
15% of the proceeds will be donated to JDRF of any purchases made on the OneHope Event Exclusive Offerings Page. I am saying it twice because this cause is SO GOOD: Any of the bottles being purchased on this page goes towards their original organization with then 15% in addition going to JDRF it's a WIN / WIN!
JDRF leads the global type 1 diabetes research effort by working every day by amassing grassroots support, deep scientific knowledge and strong industry and academic partnerships to fund research. I urge you to be a part of this and help create a world without T1D!
This event will be live from June 3rd-June 30th
This is not a sponsored post. This is my CoolGirlConclusion. I truly believe in the good we can all do while partaking in our daily lives and the daily rituals we love to indulge in.
If you want to host your own virtual event or find out more on how to get involved with OneHope. Hit up myself and @WineWithElizabeth
Hi, I'm Rachel, CoolGirlConclusion, honestly, whatever you want to call me (as long as it is nice.) CoolGirlConclusion is my way of life. I believe in expressing yourself and putting good vibes out into the world. I believe that all creatures on this planet are earthlings and that we are all here to love and do some creating. These posts are the random thoughts & passion points in my life. Welcome to my head and my (non-animal tested & ethically responsible) obsessions.
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