starting the year on the front foot

In an ideal world I would have loved to have started this year on the front foot but I was well and truely shattered. The final quarter of 2017 was incredibly busy for both my husband, Tony and I professionally and I was still trying to keep on top of everything with our home, and be a good mumma to our two boys, Jack and Matthew. It was a huge juggling act.

When the new year rolled around I could not shake the tiredness, and to be fair felt completely embarrassed. Where had the energetic Emma who loved reflecting on the previous year and get going with goal setting gone?

I decided to give myself a break, and enjoy a more relaxed pace with the school year finishing, the busy festive season behind me. I enjoyed taking my two boys along with my Mum to vacation swim school at the beach. It was great to start each morning at one of my most favourite places on earth. I love feeling the soft sand brush over my toes, and the cool refreshing ocean run over my skin. If I can organise myself to catch a sunset or a even better a sunrise, I quite literally feel like I am in heaven. The beach calms my mind, which at most times of the day races from what I need to achieve, to my family needs, and other priorities, much like most busy parents. In short the beach refreshes my soul.

The last part of January was spent in Bali, Indonesia with family, and boy did we have a wonderful time together by the beach and the pool. It was after a few days of complete relaxation, well as relaxing as you can get with two curious and energetic boys by your side, I began to dream. I dreamt of the coming year and what I wanted to see happen for our little family and myself. I really do believe it’s important to take some time out as a busy parent, and to reflect on the previous year, and think what worked and what didn’t. And come up with a plan for your future. You are important and deserve the very best. Your future is bright, and just think how much brighter it will be with a plan.

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This blog post is intended to encourage and inspire you. I want you to know it’s ok, to feel completely shattered at the start of the year, and no you don’t have to have a full list of goals set out on the first day. If you did – well done to you! If not – don’t beat yourself up. Take the opportunity to breathe, and find peace in your world. For me it is at the beach, for you it could be curled up on the couch with a good book, or running amongst some of Australia’s incredible bushland. Whatever refreshes your soul, and quietens your heart and brings you peace – do it.

Once you feel ready, I encourage you to take the time to make a plan. Essentially that’s what goals are all about. Making a plan to become the best version of yourself. I tend to split my goals up into the following areas:

  • Spiritual
  • Financial
  • Relational
  • Personal
  • Physical, and
  • Professional

Once done, I leave them to gather dust. No, just kidding, I break them down into quarterly goals, and then monthly goals, and make sure my upcoming monthly goals are displayed somewhere I see them often, to ensure I stay on track.

I’m keen to hear from you, what do you love most about goal setting? Do you have any tips you would like to share on starting the new year on the front foot and staying on track throughout the year…feel free to comment below your handy tips…

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