So it’s almost February of 2018 already! How scary is that? More often than not, January can feel a little odd to most people. It usually comes with a ‘mixed bag’ of emotions; excitement, anxiousness, motivation, eagerness, and even fearfulness! I’m not one to set New Year’s Resolutions, but I do like to map out my goals once a year, and align them with my overarching goals. I use this as a guidance tool during the year to check in, and see if I’m going in the direction I want to be heading. The reason why New Year’s resolutions don’t work for me, and for most people in fact, is that the goals tend to be too big and rash, and not measurable! I start by thinking big (as big as my earrings, in fact!), and then funnel them down to more bite size, achievable, chunks.
Once a year I write down everything I want to achieve. And I mean everything! From career, relationships, business, blog, fitness level, style, material gains, emotional/psychological gains, and most importantly, the person I want to be.
From there, I break it down further, into things I can do in one year. For example, last year I had ‘start a blog,’ as one of my goals. Momentum is everything. And more often that not, it’s the sheer act of ‘starting’ something that often becomes a hindrance. Therefore, it should be a goal in itself. To START!
The goals themselves should then be written in a way that is not only measurable (think S.M.A.R.T goals), but in a way that is enticing and relatable. You should look at those goals and think, ‘yes, that’s what I want, and I can see myself achieving them.’ And above all, it’s aligned with your core values. For example, writing ‘I want to be a millionaire’ is too broad and meaningless. You could tweak it by saying, ‘I want to be in a position where I can purchase all that I need and want.’ See the difference?
And from there I plan my weeks and days around those highlighted yearly goals. Each activity I do, I ask myself, “is this a worthy investment in my time? And will it get me closer to one of my goals?” Of course, you can’t think like that all the time, as life is also meant to be enjoyed and lived. But it’s important to have some sort of guidance system in place, to keep you in check. And I just use a simple daily/weekly ‘to-do list’ system to ensure I’m prioritising actions that are aligned with my goals, as well as ticking off compulsory life responsibilities.
Once you’ve written your goals, it’s important to check in regularly and see if you’re staying on track. Evaluate what needs to change and what needs to stay the same, so that you can keep on top of your biggest priorities. And I think what’s most important, is understanding that life changes all the time! It’s important to be able to adapt and re-evaluate constantly, in order to remain not only relevant, but sane! Often this is where people get caught up, because they continue on a path that is not only unproductive, but often quite self-destructive. Be honest with yourself, and have the courage to change your position at any which point. As my mum would re-quote, “if you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.” – Jim Rohn
And another important factor to take into account when setting goals, is feedback. Don’t be scared to ask loved ones, friends, or mentors, for honest, constructive feedback. Sometimes an outsiders perspective is what you need to pull you in the right direction. And on that note, if you’d like to give feedback on my blog, it’s very much welcome. I love to hear what people are enjoying/not enjoying in regards to content, photography, styles, theme, etc, as it gives me an opportunity to tailor my approach to suit. So feel free to drop me an email or comment. 🙂
A quick note on this outfit. I’ve said it a number of times, but I will say it again. White tee’s are THE BEST. They’re so versatile. If you need some hints on where to find the perfect white tee, check out this post. And when it comes to skirts, there are a few styles that have huge staying power; the fishtail (or flute) skirt being one of them. They’re flattering, fun and versatile. I have been wearing this Aje skirt for years, and I don’t plan on stopping! Not only is the print gorgeous, the material is linen based, so it breathes really well.
As for the earrings…the bigger the better! But if you are going to invest in a huge pair of statement earrings, make sure they’re of quality. When it comes to big earrings, it’s worth spending a bit more, to ensure they’re comfortable and steadfast. These Mercedes Salazar earrings are worth every dollar! They are so incredibly light, and hand-made to perfection. If I could, I’d have them in every colour! New goal perhaps?!
I hope this year is gearing up to be an absolute cracker for you. Remember to always stay true to yourself and your values, be it fashion-style, or just general life stuff.
Thanks for stopping by. Again, if you’d like to leave some feedback, feel free to drop me an email or a comment.
Katrina – Leather & Soie
What I wore:
White tee – Levi’s
Skirt – Aje (no longer available)
Earrings – Mercedes Salazar
Shoes – Jo Mercer
Clutch – Olga Berg