Small Goals: February 2017

Chrystina Noel Small Goals February 2017

One month of small goals down. What have I learned? I really stink at small goals. Well, that might not be true. I’m great at accomplishing things, but I currently have no system in place to accomplish small goals. To explain further, I wrote this great blog post about all the goals I was going to accomplish, but then didn’t write the goals down anywhere I was going to remember to do them.

That said, I totally just looked around my desk and realize I have 4 started to do lists. So I might just need a new to-do list system. I’m waiting for the day that I put my whole life into Asana, but until then, I’ll just rewrite these 4 post-it notes on one new post-it note.

So let’s check in. Here were last month’s goals:

  1. Go through my closet to get rid of anything I haven’t worn in the past year.
    Success. I still feel like I have too much stuff (most of which is basics or dresses), but at least I went through it again.
  2. I want to make progress on the books & magazines on my night stand.
    Not a chance. I’m listening to too many podcasts right now to read books. And I’m not flying enough to have that non-internet time blocked off already.
  3. Repackage my Christmas Ornaments in an efficient way when we take the tree down.
    Yes. It was a beautiful thing. I bought small little bubble bags for each ornament.
  4. Make progress on the blogging e-courses I’ve signed up for.
    Not a chance again. That said, Jess Lively’s Life With Intention Online has started up again and I’m taking that, so maybe that counts.
  5. Figure out how to close down my Chrystina Noel shop.
    I did this right after I finished the last post. I think that’s the key to getting this done.

(Guys. If any of you have any suggestions for how to make small goals, that would be great. Right now I’m having a very difficult time differentiating between small goals and things already on my to-do list.)

For the next month, here’s what I’m going to try to accomplish:

  1. Make my first king cake.
    I can’t believe I’ve never done this before. Working with dough kind of makes me nervous (what if that yeast thing fails?), but I’m excited to give it a try. Mardi Gras brunch  here I come. (The reason this is still on the list even though the brunch is already planned is because I can totally see myself copping out and just making cinnamon buns.)
  2. Make Ben a nice Valentine’s Day card.
    Last year Ben made me a really nice Valentine’s Day card. I tend to get in a card-making rut and they all start to look the same. I’d like to step outside of my comfort zone on this one this year.
  3. Leave work at the office.
    I’ve been really bad about this recently. I’ve been putting personal stuff in the middle of the day resulting in needing to take work home with me in the evenings. It’s not good for my sanity (or anyone around me). So I’m going to start trying to be more productive during the day so I can leave it behind for a few hours.
  4. Finish the branding for the podcast Jess and I want to start.
    Branding is no joke, man. I’m not even trying to get the perfect branding. I’m very aware that whatever branding we create for our podcast is subject to change in the next few months once we learn more about it, but trying to create a logo is nearly impossible if you ask me. I’m far too left-brained for this. I’m just going to have to set time aside and see what I can do.
  5. Get my heat fixed.
    I’ve been without heat for a good number of weeks this winter. It involves carrying a portable space heater up and down the stairs every time I switch rooms, which is kind of obnoxious. I don’t know how people get anything fixed though. Especially things that you kind of need to try something, wait a few days, see if it fixes it, and try it again. WHO HAS TIME FOR THIS. That said. I’m really sick of being cold. So I’m going to have to figure something out.

And that’s it. Let’s see how I do. I’m linking up with Nicole from Writes Like a Girl about Small Goals today. If you’re looking for some inspiration in life head on over to her page to see what she and a bunch of other cool people are doing.

Small Goals: January 2017

Chrystina Noel Small Goals January 2017

Welcome to the first ever Small Goals post here on Chrystina Noel. I’ll be linking up with Nicole from Writes Like a Girl this year to talk about some of my small goals. Essentially, she sets five small goals each month because sometimes major goals can feel unattainable, but small goals can build on each other to help you succeed in the long-term. Each new month I will list 5 new goals and recap on how I did on the previous month’s goals. I’m getting started a little late this time around, but here goes nothing:

  1. Go through my closet and get rid of anything I haven’t worn in the past year. You may know that I did a wardrobe overhaul last year where two blogger friends, Sarah and Sarah, came in to completely gut my closet and help me figure out what was working and what was not working. That said, I think that I’ve found a lot of pieces in the last few months that feel like me, and I want to make sure that I’m only keeping things in my closet that feel like me and the person I want to be. Plus, since Ben moved in I’ve needed to consolidate and so everything’s kind of overflowing again.
  2. I want to make some progress on the books & magazines on my night stand. I went around the house a little bit ago and put all of the books I’ve been meaning to read and all of the magazines I haven’t read yet and put them on my nightstand. This is going to mean less Netflix-ing for a little bit, but I think it will be worth it.
  3. Repackage my Christmas Ornaments in an efficient way when we take the tree down. Right now my ornaments are thrown in a big Tupperware container with a lot of old newspaper pages, paper towels, and plastic baggies. I would really love to make this look nicer and make it easier to get the ornaments in and out of the container.
  4. Make progress on the blogging e-courses I’ve signed up for. There are so many things I’ve paid for that I haven’t had time to do anything with. I would really love to make some progress on these to get my money’s worth and make the blog even better.
  5. Figure out how to close down my Chrystina Noel shop. Now that I’ve officially closed down the card shop there’s no need for me to have a Chrystina Noel company anymore, I can just add everything to my personal taxes for now since there won’t be a sales tax situation anymore.

Thanks so much Nicole for the inspiration! I’m excited to take on some smaller monthly goals for the year.

PS. Check out other cool folks’ small goals on Nicole’s site here.

Plans for 2017

Chrystina Noel Plans for 2017

(Please take a moment to appreciate the symbolism of this photo. Trashing some things from 2016, recycling others… too much? Maybe. Eh.)

Happy New Year! (Said like Frosty the Snowman says Happy Birthday.) That’s what I’ve decided. Last weekend was actually New Year’s weekend. I feel a little bit more rejuvenated. There’s a strong possibility that I’m feeling refreshed because I finally had a chance to clean the bathroom, but we’re just going to roll with it.

I’m decided my word for 2017 is going to be simple. If you’ve been reading along for a while or know anything about me in everyday life, you know this is the opposite of how I usually do things. It’s not that I try to make things complicated, I just tend to overthink things and commit to so many things that I find myself making things more complicated than they need to be. My goal is to spend some time cleaning out the excess this year. So what does that mean?

  • I’m going to focus on relationships that matter for a while and stop over-complicating things with such a large amount of acquaintances.
  • I’m going to stop buying too many groceries and focus on how to best use the food that I already have so that I throw less away. This also includes something I’m working on this year called “stop eating when you’re full,” which is surprisingly harder than expected.
  • I’m going to cut down my expenses so that I’m able to save a little bit more money.
  • I’m going to get really solid on my values so that the decision to say “yes” or “no” because much more simple. This definitely includes not saying yes because I feel like I’m supposed to say yes.
  • I’m going to put my energy into things that I feel like I get some return on as opposed to putting energy in with no positive outcome.
  • I’m going to put the work in up front when I start a big idea so that when I actually go to execute, it becomes simpler. For example, I’ve already pre-addressed and organized all of my birthday cards for the year, so now it should just be a matter of picking the card and envelope up off of the top of the pile and getting it sent.
  • I’m going to leave some open nights on my calendar so that I can relax. Whatever the heck that means.

When I wrote every one of those bullet points I wrote “I’m going to try to…” and then had to go back and cut out the “try to.” You’re either going to do it or you’re not, right? We’ll see how this goes.

What do I have up my sleeve in terms of the blog?

  • Hostess posts about where to start if you have no idea what you’re doing.
  • Instead of “weekly snippets” posts I will be switching to currently posts for the year.
  • I’m going to be participating in Nicole’s small monthly goals link up.
  • I’m going to start a series about following people around while they grocery shop.
  • There will continue to be party recap posts.
  • There will continue to be greeting card posts.
  • I’m 95% sure I will be starting a podcast with Jessica of Sweet Love & Ginger. Maybe we’ll become famous. But let’s be honest, mostly I just want to talk about hosting parties with somebody else who loves hosting parties.
  • I’m going to continue to run PHLbloggers.

That seems like enough. I’m excited. It’s going to be good.

PS. I’m linking up with Nicole from Writes Like a Girl who shared her 2017 word: forge. Head on over to her site to check out her (and a lot of other cool people’s) post(s). Maybe it will give you some inspiration for a word of your own.

2016 Goals

chrystina noel 2016 goals

Yesterday a good friend of mine asked me what my 2016 goals are. I had thought about it a little bit, but I didn’t actually know what they were until I said them out loud. The past few years I have come up with a series of goals I wanted to accomplish during the year. The first year that worked, the second year it didn’t, and the third year it didn’t. So this year I am going to refrain from making a specific list of goals for the year, because I just don’t think that’s where I am right now.

Second of all, there are definitely some general goals that are in the back of my brain right now. Try intuitive eating, be a little more easy going, save a little bit more money, etc, but they’re not going to be the focus of the year. This year I am going to be focusing on three things.

Get Rid of the Extra

What does this mean? There are a lot of things I do because I feel like I should do. A lot of things that people wouldn’t necessarily notice or care if it didn’t happen. This includes things like – sending out 120 handmade holiday cards (30 hours + $100 later…), not cutting myself a break if I’ve just had a really long week and I really just need to stay home, and dedicating time at work to extra activities for resume-building purposes that provide negative joy with minimal recognition. That said, there are plenty of ‘above and beyonds’ I do that I find to be totally worth it. These include – planning RLO alumni events every few months, sending out birthday cards to everyone during the year (most of those same 120 people), and hosting parties for people I love. I want 2016 to include more of the latter, and less of the former. Speaking of which…

Continue to Build the PHLBloggers Community

My pride & joy of blogging this year was the PHLBloggers community. We successfully hosted 20+ events last year including book club meetups, coffee work sessions, educational events, and social events – and I want to spend time this year to make the group even better. I’ve spent a lot of time recently thinking about my card business & the e-books I’ve written, and none of them bring me quite as much joy as planning a successful PHLBloggers event. Step one? Finish planning a conference. Goodness I’m excited.

Make More Time for “Me Projects”

Haha, this could mean anything, right? Well, in this instance “me projects” means creative efforts. If I want to print a bunch of cards for myself to use I will design & print them – and don’t worry about whether or not they will sell. I want to send more care packages and “just because” handmade greeting cards. I want to make personalized birthday cards again this year instead of sending a black and white (literally) postcard. I want to host more parties and have more get-togethers with themes. My day-to-day is already filled with so much left brain that I really need to get back to more about this blog started as for me – a place to let my right brain have a little fun.

That said. I still plan on having one little word for the year. And that word will be love. Love better. Love harder. Love bigger. In my romantic relationship, in my friendships, and most of all, for myself. I will spend more time doing what I love and less time doing the things I don’t love.

And that’s it. Only three things – all of them pointing to love. Now I need to spend some time writing these down somewhere I will remember them.

How about you, what are your goals in 2016?