Love ‘em or hate ‘em – it’s the beginning of a brave new year and we are all buzzing about the topic of RESOLUTIONS. It’s no secret that I am a fan of creating resolutions, but this exercise (no pun intended) seems to be facing rising unpopularity due to fear of inevitable failure. An article published by The Huffington Post quoted that just 8% of people stick to their resolutions.
(Really?! Just hearing that makes me want to smash my goals even harder!)
In this age of goal-getting, boss ladies and the celebration of female potential – why would someone like you or I shy away from this powerful opportunity to take back control of your life?
I thought over my 2018 ‘Game Plan’ this past week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve where time always seems to stand still. These days are the perfect time to reflect back with gratitude, then look forward with excitement. Yes – we should set goals throughout the year – and this is the best time of all to reassess and plan with purpose. My Game Plan is about ‘tweaking’ my outlook, goals and habits to make way for more THRIVE. I want to create habits to become the best Kyla that I’ve ever been!
My kitchen mission is to master new recipes and perfect impressive dinners. I want be at ease putting on a roast or turkey dinner without a flicker or anxiety or a recipe book needed. Being adept in the kitchen is going to give me a new avenue to feel confident in as a woman… as an adult! It will also allow me to enjoy hosting with ease so that I can focus on the people I’m sharing the meal with and nothing else.
My game plan is to uncover a few new recipes to put on rotation – particularly for a ‘Sunday Night Family Dinner’. Sometimes recipes call for a long list of ingredients… and the price adds up! When you put the dish ‘on rotation’, you get the most out of your ingredient purchase (especially all of the herbs and spices). I am going to alternate roasting beef and poultry, perfecting the recipe and technique until it becomes second nature. Left overs for the week from a delicious, clean meal? Well that sounds like meal prep is checked off the list, too! Score two points for THIS GIRL!
It is easy to be swept up and seduced by shiny new things. In my books, experimenting with the latest fashion and cosmetics is a creative outlet that brings me joy. I also believe that a luxury possession (such as a really nice handbag) can boost your confidence and give you an overall air of abundance. However, even with all of this in mind, the ultimate feeling of abundance comes from having cold, hard cash. For this reason, I have set the goal for my husband and I to save a chunk of change. The game plan is that the money in that particular account will not be for spending. It’s not a travel fund, rainy day fund, or even to be put into investments. The money I want to save will be simply for the purpose of feeling wealthy. The cash will sit in the way of a ‘luxury possession’… just to feel good about having.
I have a set dollar figure in my mind – choose one that feels good to you. It should feel like a significant yet attainable amount. Having the figure as a goal, rather than simply stating “I want to save money”, will help drive you to make it happen.
For the longest time, I had put down the idea of ‘balance’ as a myth – something that was futile. This year, I feel like it may just be worth a shot!
For me, the particular balance I’m seeking is between work and family/fun time. Leading up to the holidays, I felt like I was struggling to honour my work commitments while giving my family the attention they deserve. Admittedly, this dynamic was put under the pressure cooker of the added holiday to-do list (and the added holiday activity itinerary!)
I am tackling the balance challenge by putting pen to paper with a specific schedule for work time, social media time, me time, and most importantly – family time where work and social media don’t infringe. Social media time will have its ‘slot’ in the schedule to avoid it from draining precious hours from the other things that take priority in my day. My instagram ‘surf’ time will be after my eldest goes to bed for 20 minutes before settling in with my husband. I will also allow myself to catch up on my favourite You Tubers on Sunday evenings.
Creativity is Queen
This is perhaps the one plan that I am the most excited about. For me – creative time IS ‘me time’. I can’t survive without the accomplished feeling I get from tuning out from the world around me to write, brainstorm, sketch and design. Being creative is my connection point to source energy. It charges me up… and re-charges me. Luckily, my career is based around creativity – but I want to take it one step further.
To nurture my creativity, I plan to surround myself with the tools to act on my creative impulses. I won’t let a creative idea escape without taking note on paper or in the notes section of my phone. Where in the past, I would screen shot things on my phone just to be forgotten moments later. This is going to be the year of notebooks, planners, lists, sketches, and follow-through on the creative ideas that strike.
Walk the Talk
This wouldn’t be a New Year’s Resolutions list without including health. Health is a never-ending quest and admittedly, coming up short on goals when it comes to changing my body has been disheartening many times but that is by no means a reason to give up! Health and achieving my optimal body (again…) is no doubt a life-long journey.
Cutting out starchy carbs and filling my diet with protein, vegetables, and healthy fats has always been the fast-track to trimming down on bloat and feeling energetic. We are all snowflakes – so each of our bodies operate optimally on different types of diets.
I’m fortunate to have a treadmill – which ideally should make fitting in walks a no-brainer! Yet, at this point it has sat in my TV room for about 6 months and not deterred me from my couch potato ways! Lol I’ve always operated best when fitness is a set routine. Finding that ideal window in the day is key. Beginning this week, my treadmill time will begin once the kids are home from school. I plan to prep them a quick snack and then hop on the treadmill. I’ve never been an early riser – but leaving my kids and husband to go to the gym in the evening isn’t ideal either. I also don’t want to interrupt valuable work hours during the day where they are ‘squared away’ at school It’s my hope that the 3pm plan is the best fit for the time being in my particular situation. The Game Plan is to walk my way into a state of body love and awareness.
I am pumped to begin this new year with this Game Plan as my guide. I am not naïve to the fact that there will be hurdles and obstacles throughout the next 360-someodd days this year. The fine print of my game plan also states that when minor setbacks happen, or the ‘schedule’ need be altered – this is not to detract or derail the greater scope of the Game Plan. The plan is not in place to make my life rigid… rather to make my life better. I urge you all to be soft and loving with yourselves in 2018 as we all strive for our goals and live out our Game Plans. Encourage your wins and forgive the setbacks. But most importantly – never stop goal-getting.
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