2018 Goals

Last weekend a few of my friends and I gathered together to put together our vision boards for 2018. If you remember my blog post from a few years ago on how to create a vision board, you know that I’m a huge believer in putting your goals and aspirations out in the universe. 

The holidays were a little sad for me as my family and I coped with the loss of my grandmother. So, I spent my holidays unplugged and off social media to unwind and reflect. Which is something I plan to do more of in 2018. Unplugging allowed me to listen to God and think about my goals for the new year. 

One// Unplug more

Unplugging a little bit during the holidays was nice. It reminded that you can miss out on the important things in life like connecting with family and friends if your face is always tied to a screen. It is hard to unplug when my day job and running this blog require me to be online all day. I plan to unplug at least one weekend a month in 2018. 

Two// Embrace my journey

2017 was filled with breakups, ending of friendships, hospital stints and me pondering what to do with this blog. I often tend to plan for the future which is hard when you are supposed to leave things up to God. So in 2018, I am going to achieve being present over perfect and embrace my journey. 

Three// Travel more

I’ve been fortunate enough to travel all over the United States and travel internationally. The world is a huge place and there are still several countries and cities I would like to visit. My first trip of 2018 is already in the works. I’m excited because this will be my first trip internationally since my trip to Aruba two years ago

Four// Learn a new craft/skill a month

In 2016, I set a goal to read a book a month. This year I set a similar goal and this time it is to learn a new craft/skill a month. My first class is at the end of this month. So stay tuned for recaps on the blog each month. 

Five// Focus on my health

I am an overall health conscious person and I watch what I eat. This year my focus is to meal prep more and get back in the gym. I just signed up for TRX training classes and I am about to embark on 40-day yoga challenge. So stay tuned for weekly recaps on the blog to hear about how my challenge is going. 

Six// Save, Save, Save

For the past year, I have been following the Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University program. I am currently in Baby Step Two and have paid off all my credit cards. My focus for 2018 is to ambush my student loan debt. I spent most of 2016 and 2017 in grad school getting my masters in Integrated Marketing, now that I am done with school its time get rid of those students loans. My goal is to finish paying them off in 2019. So as I reach milestones in Baby Step Two, I will share details of my progress here on the blog. 

Seven// A new look and feel for Eat.Drink.Shop.Love

My goals are to make some big changes here on the blog. Throughout 2017 the biggest question I got from readers was “Are you still blogging?” Yes, but working a full-time job as a content strategist and going to grad school started to take over my life. During that period, I decided that Eat.Drink.Shop.Love needed to grow up. I decided to slow down the amount of content I shared here on the blog until I figured out what that meant. In 2018, Eat.Drink.Shop.Love will be changing and the type of content I’ll be sharing will be more personal. So think new look, new name, new experience. I will share more details later on. 

What are your goals for the new year?

 

How to create a vision board

As I mentioned in my last blog post on finding inspiration for creating vision board, I hosted my first vision board party on Sunday. I invited a few friends over to create our boards and books together. I’m a bit of a magazine hoarder, so this was also an opportunity to get rid of the stacks piling up. I decided to create a vision board this year rather than setting new years resolutions. I wanted to be able to visualize, pray and meditate over my goals on a daily basis. I’ve heard how transformational vision boards were and wanted to try it for myself. 

How to Create a Vision Board

How to Create a Vision Board with Clean Eat Magazine and Good Housekeeping

How to Create a Vision Board

 

How to create a vision board

  1. Gather your supplies – Head to your local grocery or craft store to pick up the essentials for making your vision board. You’ll need scissors, glue, magazines, poster board. I decided to frame my board so I can hang it above my desk. One of my friends decided to do hers on a push pin board so she can change her board as needed another one created a vision board book so each year she can add a page. I got most of my items at Target, Marshalls and Hobby Lobby. 
  2. Plan your goals– Write out the goals that you would like to work toward this year on a sheet of paper. I knew that for 2016 to I wanted to make strides in my career, travel, my relationships, and staying balanced. 
  3. Choose a color theme- I ran out of room on my vision board but my goal was incorporate fabrics that matched my home office/guest room. I brought green and gold fabrics to add to the board. I think adding color to the board allows it to pop but also match the area where your board will be. 
  4. Start clipping and collecting– Flip through your favorite magazines to find quotes and images that are inspiring to you. Clip them and set aside. I started looking through my favorite magazines days ahead and putting the clippings in a ziplock page. 
  5. Have fun!- Have fun when organizing your board. I had a little bit to much fun and ran out of places to put all of my clippings. 
  6. Find a place to hang your board- Lastly find a place to hang your board. Make sure it’s a private area that’s your visit everyday. Some great places are your bathroom, your closet, or an extra room. 

If you create a vision board, share it with me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram

Best of Vision Boards

Yesterday I hosted my first vision board party. For years I’ve heard people talk about how powerful vision boards had an impact on their life. So before hosting my first party I decided to do a little research on vision boards to find some inspiration. I browsed YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram to find tips on creating an inspiration board. It was amazing to see how many goals came to life from what people had put on their vision board. I’ll be sharing my board tomorrow and how you can create your own to kick off the New Year. While you wait to see mine, check out a few of my favorite examples below.

Vision Boards Inspiration

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A Pinterest Milestone

10 K

Over the weekend I reached a milestone for the blog and a personal goal I set for myself this year. I reached 10,000 followers on Pinterest

If you follow me on this social media channel, you will know that I’m always pinning and that I’m addicted to all things related to food, weddings and home decor.

I would like to say thank you to all of my followers who love my blog and are fans of my Pinterest boards. If you aren’t following me yet, you can view my page here

New Year, New Goals: 2014

2014

After taking two weeks off from blogging to prepare for the New Year. I’m back! I must say I feel refreshed and ready to conquer 2014. Last year was the first time, I set blogging and personal goals for myself and accomplished most of them. This year I’ve set five personal and blogging goals.

1. Grow my blogger network-  In 2014, I would love to connect with more bloggers that are newbies and veterans to the business. Coming up on the heels of my four year blogging anniversary, I would love to partner with several bloggers to create some awesome content for my readers. I think its always great when you can connect with bloggers to chat about strengths and weaknesses you are finding with in the industry. 

2. Save, Save, Save- As a new home owner, I’ve really learned the importance of having a strong savings and emergency fund in the last year. In 2014, I want to create a better budget and stick to it. My spending lately has been out of control lately. 

3. Get Fit, Eat Healthy- My doctor recently put me on the Virgin Diet for 3 weeks because of some health issues I’ve been dealing with. So that means I’ll be giving up Gluten, Soy, Dairy, Eggs, Sugar, Corn for three weeks. Which could be a good thing because these last few months I’ve been slacking on eating healthy and working out. Instead of working out four times a week like I used to, I’ll be lucky if I make it to the gym once a week. So this year I want to make my health a priority. 

4. Unplug and Refresh- For the month of January a group of friends of mine and I made a pact to give up Facebook for a month. So far its been good for me. I’ve found myself these past few days reading and writing more. I do work in the social media industry, so I still have to use Facebook for work during the day but its been refreshing to skip the holiday engagements, daily baby posts, and horrible food photography. Lol!  In a recent article on Glamour.com, editor Cindi Levi, challenged her readers unplug more. So in 2014, I want to make an attempt to unplug at least three times this year from all social media channels.So who is up for the challenge?

5. Be a Better Blogger- In 2014, I want to be a better blogger. All though 2013 was a great year for my blog, I must say there were nights when I just wanted to click the delete and walk away from my blog. I learned in the later part of the year that I need to be more organized. The best bloggers are the most organized bloggers. So in 2014 I want to blog more often and create more personalized content that my readers will enjoy. 

What are your goals for 2014? I love to hear about it in a comment below.