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Goal Setting With PowerSheets & Day Designer

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I cannot believe it’s September already. The excitement of a new season along with everybody else gearing up to go back to school made this month’s goal setting so easy. After a crazy, fun-filled summer, I’m ready to get back to my “normal” routine the rest of the year.

My Goal-Setting Process

Over the past few months, I’ve found my goal-setting triple threat in my PowerSheets, Day Designer, and weekly calls with my accountability partner and business bestie. All three help me take big, scary goals and break them down further and further until they become attainable through small steps on a daily basis.

At the beginning of the year, I worked my way through Lara Casey’s goal setting series as well as the introduction pages of my PowerSheets. Once I have all my goals for the year down on paper, I use the monthly planning pages to break down them into monthly, weekly and daily intentions, along with a quarterly refresh and reassessment. I’m a little bit off, so my three-month refresh happened between August and September, which felt perfect to me. Then, Callie and I have weekly check-ins where we share the top three things we’re hoping to make happen that week. These are usually based on my “tending list” for the month but can change because — let’s be real — life happens. From there, I use my Day Designer to plan out where I can fit things in throughout the week and keep track of my daily to-do list.

I’m a major procrastinator, even on things that I love, so this system is really helping me keep my priorities top of mind and working in the right direction.

Right now, I’m content with the idea that I’m making slow but steady progress towards my goals each month. “Progress, not perfection” is absolutely one of my favorite mantras and something I’m constantly reminding myself of.

September Goals

I’m feeling excited about the month ahead, but not placing too high of expectations on it. While I certainly did not get as much done this summer as I had hoped to, I’m not beating myself up over it. I know this fall will bring a bit more of a routine, not to mention the wonderful feeling of a fresh start that comes with a new season.

Here’s what I’m working towards this month:

  • Stick to my monthly budget and work towards paying off my car loan. I want to have my car paid off by the end of October, a year from when I bought it, and I’m now in the home stretch!
  • Host a closet sale on Instagram. I’ve gone through my clothes to pair down to just my capsule wardrobes and eliminate things that no longer fit this stage of my life. However, I’m getting rid of a lot of pieces I truly love and therefore want to make sure they go to a good home!
  • Publish at least one blog post per week. This was a goal in August that did not happen so I’m trying it again. This month, I’m taking part in the Blog-tember challenge which should ensure I meet (and exceed) this goal.
  • Participate in at least one Twitter chat each week. This is one part of my weekly routine that fell by the wayside over the summer. I love connecting with other creatives in my favorite Twitter chats — #CreativeCoffeeHour and #CreateLounge — and can’t wait to get back to that.
  • One new goal I’m adding to my list this month is working my way through all the various educational materials I’ve accumulated. I have stacks of books as well as a few e-books and courses that I’d like to complete before the year is up. Plus, there’s something about the back-to-school season that makes me want to learn new things too.

In addition, I’m working on lots of things are staying behind-the-scenes for now, including new products hitting the shop soon. I’ve been doing lots of dreaming and scheming lately, and I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on!

What are your goals for September?

Being Nimble in 2016

Big things happen one day at a time

When I first wrote about my one little word back in January, I thought being nimble would be all about letting go of the search for the perfect balance and learning to embrace all of the roles in my life without guilt or resentment.

It quickly became clear that being nimble also means letting go of the rigid boundaries I set for myself. Throughout the year as I was trying to plan out the launch of Style in Doses, I kept hitting the same walls.

At the beginning, I insisted that everything had to happen in a perfect month-by-month timeline. Of course, by mid-January, that timeline had been thrown way off and I was already feeling like things were being thrown together at the last minute. I began to feel paralyzed by my to do list and unable to move forward.

It took long conversations with both my boyfriend and my business bestie to realize that the stress I was putting on myself to conform to my own rigid outline was entirely unnecessary. As soon as I granted myself permission to be nimble and flexible with this project, the feelings of self-doubt and anxiety eased.

Rather than enforcing a strict schedule on myself, I’m taking this project season by season. Spring was the season of planning and preparation. Summer has been a season of hustling to get the shop open. Now, heading into the fall, I’m trying to figure out what’s next. My hope is that, over the next few months, I’ll begin to find my groove with this new role as business owner.

The weight has been lifted, and I’m ready to get to work.

It’s Time to Shop Style in Doses

Months of planning, prepping and sewing until my fingers were sore all led up to the launch of Style in Doses on July 7.

I am so excited to have a new outlet to share my passion for style as a form of self-expression. I’ve spent over six years documenting the evolution of my own personal style. In that time, I’ve learned how style has the power to transform, from building self-confidence to shifting your perspective.

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When you look your best, you feel your best. And the energy that starts building when you put on a killer outfit in the morning can carry you through the entire day.

With Style in Doses, I hope to help others find their own blend of style, confidence and self-expression even in the tiny details.

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Whether it’s a stylish laptop case you’re proud to pull out during an important meeting or a cute headband that elevates your just-rolled-out-of-bed hair so you’re not afraid of who you’ll run into at the coffee shop on Saturday morning, I want to help you carefully curate things that feel like you in all aspects of your work and life.

The summer line is in the shop now, featuring cheery patterns, blue and pink hues, and lace and leather accents. A few of my favorites include a creamy tweed foldover clutch with hints of pink and navy threads and a gold zipper, a floral laptop sleeve that goes just about everywhere with me, and an iPad sleeve adorned with quotes from Peter Pan, Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre.

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I’d love for you to explore the shop and let me know what your favorites are! A giveaway may be in the works soon. 😉

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