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january monthly goals + december recap

January Mood Board // "You have the power to make your life happy" // Bubbly Design Co // January Monthly Goals

{ via // dried herbs // organized kitchen // be cozy art // basket // blonde // ice skating // gray skirt // boots // this year // fawn wallpaper // planner // wake up }

After the buzz of the new year wears off, what’s left to be excited about in January? It can tend to be a bit of a dreary month, but my goals this month reflect a renewed appreciation for quiet moments, slowing down, and yet still working towards my year-long goals. Even though the month is already half over { say what?! }, I believe wholeheartedly, there’s still a point in reviewing what I’m hoping to achieve this month. So let’s break things down, shall we?

I’ll be the first to tell you I’m not doing a stellar job keeping up with some of my January goals. Namely, I’ve already taken several days off from blogging this month and not kept to my Monday, Wednesday, Friday publishing schedule. But, here’s where you have to learn to be gentle with yourself. I chose to disconnect more than I originally anticipated, largely because of two sick days and a visit from my sister-in-law. Sometimes life gets in the way of our lofty plans, and that’s okay. As the saying goes, “When you make plans, you make God laugh”… or something like that.

To keep things a little shorter than previous months, I made a snapshot of how I did in December alongside what’s on deck for January. In case you ever thought I was infallible… think again. Look how many boxes are left unchecked from December!

Bubbly-MonthlyGoals-Jan-ComparisonWhile Zumba and hand-lettering just did not make the cut last month, I’m proud to say I’ve already attended one Zumba class and have another one tonight. It may be the cheesiest form of working out, but it makes me giggle every single time and in my book, that’s the only way to get through a work out.

Overall, I’d say my January monthly goals are a bit more flexible than December’s were. I didn’t say how many hours of phone-free time I wanted to schedule { but I hope at least one hour per week } or how many books I want to read — just that I want to reserve time and energy before I crash to read a little. It helps me fall asleep SO much easier, plus, I’ve got a long list of books I want to read.

Another huge weight off my shoulders, that has actually helped me work towards several other goals, is unsubscribing from unnecessary e-mails. This can be a huge time-suck — clicking through each e-mail and logging in to many different sites to unsubscribe or “down-subscribe” { i.e. – to receive fewer emails but still be subscribed }. But, I can’t sing the praises of this exercise loudly enough. Getting fewer e-mails not only lowers my stress, it’s helping me stick to a budget { fewer temptations to purchase }, and carve out time for more important matters — off e-mail and off my phone. Want to know which ones I’m keeping in my inbox? Glitter Guide { duh! }, PureWow, and Real Simple.

So, what are you hoping to achieve this month? Better yet, what have you ALREADY achieved this month? Please do share, especially if you’re writing goals on your own blog. I would love to check them out and am always adding to my blogroll on Feedly.

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  • Reply
    January 17, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Some classic movies to try:
    – Pierrot Le Fou
    – North by Northwest
    – The Seven Year Itch
    – Contempt (Le Mépris)
    – Roman Holiday
    Good luck!

    • Reply
      Jessica Alayne
      January 21, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      Oh, I’m for sure adding these to my list! Thank you 🙂

    • Reply
      January 13, 2019 at 6:09 pm

      Seven year itch and Romans’ Holiday are in my classic collection in the Apple library!

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