Yesterday I shared about how I think that everyone should live a year worth celebrating every single year. So since my 29th year on this planet began yesterday, I’m setting out to do just that.
If you know me at all, you know that something I hold dearly is the idea of living life intentionally. And being intentional starts with having goals. When you have goals, you know what to do each and every day to live your dream life. That said, I also don’t undervalue spontaneity, and leaving plenty of white space is equally important.
So I’m doing a a couple things this month to kick off living a year of absolute amazingness:
- Saying No – This is probably the hardest one for me. During June (and probably July, but I’m trying not to think that far ahead right now), I will be saying “No!” to a lot of things. I won’t be jumping on any new challenges, taking on any new clients, signing up for any new freebies or courses, or starting any new projects. Basically I’ll be saying “No.” to anything that is outside of my exactly what’s on my “Yes!” list. This is really hard for me. I’m the type to volunteer for just about anything, but rarely do I actually finish what I start. And it tends not to leave me any of that white space that is crucial to being able to take care of myself.
So what am I saying yes to in June?
- The Miracle Morning – I read this book at the end of May, and I’m implementing Hal’s Life S.A.V.E.R.S. and doing the 30-Day Life Transformation Challenge this month. It helps that I’m already a self-proclaimed “morning person” and just need some structure for those early morning hours so they aren’t lost to scrolling Facebook, but if you’re NOT a morning person, I highly suggest reading this book! (Big shout out to Kara at BohoBerry.com for introducing me to this!)
- Finding My Tribe – While I have some super amazing friends, I’ve found myself in a bit of a negativity rut with them lately. It’s not their fault in any way, but I’ve created habits of using them to vent to and I need to shake that. And I’ve noticed a ton of negativity in my normal Facebook groups. So I joined the Being Boss Clubhouse and a small mastermind group. I’m really hoping that these positive forces can help me slide into to a new, more positive mindset.
- Taking Care of Myself – I actually started taking this seriously in May, so I’m working on being consistent. With five small kids, homeschooling, running a business (or two or three), going to school, and trying to be a good wife, I often find that I’m last on my list of things to take care of. This is an area where The Miracle Morning is really going to help. Meditating and exercising in the mornings is a huge piece to this puzzle. I’ve also been working on eating better, taking my vitamins, and drinking more water. Seriously, folks, it’s the little things. Next up is finding a hobby…I seriously don’t have one and am no longer sure what I do “for fun.”
- Family Time – My little brother (that I haven’t seen in about 4 years!) is getting married this weekend and we will be traveling to celebrate with him and his soon-to-be wife. I’m really excited! Then my little sister graduates high school the following weekend (she lives with us here in Michigan), so we have a ton of family coming to visit and celebrate next weekend. Then we have the rush of Brett’s sixth birthday and Father’s Day. We’re planning lots of fun outings and taking advantage of having a lot more time with extended family than we usually do. Living so far from everyone, this is super rare for us!
- Wrapping Up Client Work – As you probably noticed in the first part, I said I wouldn’t be taking on any new clients in June. I’ve reached a fabulous point in my business where we’re quite busy between Feather & Wild, Josh’s new Cooper Leigh Gaming, and our design business at Cooper Leigh Creative. My design calendar is nearly always full from referrals and I love it. But with going back to school, it’s almost gotten to much for me to manage without something falling through the cracks. During June I will be closing out all of my open client projects to prepare for launching something fun later this year. I’ve decided that this is a great time to transition to something a little more sustainable and way better for our tribe.
- Staying Caught Up on School – Oy, this is a big one. Josh and I are BOTH going back to school right now. On top of homeschooling, him working his 9-to-5 still, and our businesses. The next 15 months are going to be CRAZY. I started back in April and he just started last week. Thankfully, my program is relatively short. In the meantime, if expect to see a lot more nutrition and food posts for me. Feeding a busy family of 8 gluten-free on a budget really brought to light for me that there are not a lot of resources out there for families like ours. I decided to go back so that I can eventually create meal plans and resources for families like ours. It’s really important to me that we feed our family quality, healing, nutritious foods, but we have to be realistic that we can’t buy 100% organic or make every single thing from scratch. Going back to school for Nutrition with a Culinary focus is helping me find that balance and I cannot wait to pass that knowledge on to you all.
When it’s all said and done, it looks like a lot, but I know this list of priorities is extremely slimmed down compared to what January through May has looked like for me. I want to encourage everyone to really look at what will make this an amazing year for you and focus in those areas. Even if it means focusing on cutting some things out of your life (that can be even MORE important in many cases). The list of things you’re saying no do can be just as important as the list of things you’re going to do.
What are you saying no to in June?
Seriously, comment below and let me know! I can’t wait to hear!