New Year's Goals: Home + Travel

One big topic for 2018 New Year's Goals is Home and Travel.  It's a super important pillar that gives us a beautiful balance between the comfort of our roots and the thrill of adventure.

At different stages in life, we may be more inclined to hop around from city to city exploring the great, big world or more inclined to find that dream home, a place where we can relax and raise a family. 

Both inclinations, to settle and to explore, are totally valid human instincts.  Personally, I believe we need a good balance of both.

A home base is a necessary foundation where we can really settle down and grow some roots, be an active part of a community, and develop deep friendships with people we can easily hang out with in-person.

An active travel schedule is just as essential!  We need to spread our wings, experience other cultures, meet new people, and gain the personal development that, let's face it, we only get from stepping outside of our familiar comfort zones.

Check out the vision board I made for my dream home.  In 2017, I was really tired of feeling unsettled and constantly renting.  


And guess what!  By May, I bought the most perfect little bungalow.  <3

My boyfriend and I conquered some much needed renovations upfront and for now this little old lady is being rented on Air BNB to offset the reno costs. 

If you're staying in the ATL area any time soon be sure to check it out!


To wrap up, I created a list with all the major pillars of life to guide your goals in 2018. 

It really helps you think through the important things and understand how you're going to make it happen. 

It comes with 32 different avatars so you're bound to find a graphic that looks like you!  Or you can totally leave it off.


That concludes our last pillar of our 2018 New Year's Goals so that you can be ready to have your best year ever.

Wishing you the very BEST 2018. 



New Year's Vision Board: Relationships, Friends & Family

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New Year's Goals: Health + Spiritual Wellness

Why is it that New Year's resolutions always make me think I have to GIVE UP something?  For years, when people asked me, "What is your New Year's resolution?" I would just shrug.  Not interested, dude.  I like my life. 

But it can always be better, right? :)  Duh.  That's why for 2017 I decided to create New Year's Goals instead.  That made me feel like I was ADDING something great to my life.  I love this approach and am excited to double down on my goals for 2018!

The next main pillar of life is Health and Spiritual Wellness.

Health tends to be a big focus for New Year's in general.  In 2017, my boyfriend and I decided to join a gym and meet each other in the morning before work to exercise 2-3 times per week.

Truth is, working out regularly is not easy for me.  And no, it's not the exercising part that I find to be so difficult.  Once I'm there, I'm good.  It's the GOING to the gym/yoga class/pilates that I can't seem to hammer out into a steady habit. 

In the morning, I'm tired.  After work, I don't feel like it.  During lunch, there's not enough time and I don't want to get sweaty.  Wah, wah, wah!  You gotta do it.  It's just something you have to do if you want to live a happy, fulfilled, productive long life.

I give a lot of credit to my boyfriend who is motivated and creates a gym schedule for us.  We started out 2017 strong working out 2-3 times per week.  Then work travel happened and we t-o-t-a-l-l-y fell off the wagon. 

After a few months he suggested that we create a schedule with a trainer at L.A. Fitness.  As painful as it was for my wallet...  and as intimidating as it seemed at the time (I imagined a scary football coach yelling at me and shattering my emotional wellbeing)...  it was the best decision ever. 

Now that it's on the calendar, we're on a regular schedule!  Even through winter.  And our trainer is super sweet and encouraging.

Check out the vision board I made in 2017 for Health + Spiritual Wellness.  I had more of a yoga focus, but hey that's okay. 

Put it out there and somehow the Universe will make sure it happens!

I've created a few printable products to help you achieve your health and spiritual goals for 2018.  Yasss!

Body Goals provides a template for your work out plan Monday through Friday.  Keep up with your plan throughout the year and see how much you improve!

 Flat lay, top view office table desk. feminine desk workspace mock up with clipboard, twine, pencils, floral bouquet, craft diary and clips on white background.

The Meal Planner is a great tool for eating healthy throughout the week.  It's not that you don't like healthy food, right?! 

It's just hard when everything is so last minute.  The meal planner will keep your belly AND your wallet on track.

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The Spiritual Journal provides a guide for your daily practices such as prayer, meditation, mindfulness, and reading. 

It includes a section to write down what you're thankful for and which books/podcasts are feeding your spirit.

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New Year's Vision Board: Career + Finance

I have been reflecting on my vision boards that I created last year around New Year's.  It's certainly interesting to see all kinds of crazy progress in each area of my life.  Setting your intention and being really clear about what you want is certainly a powerful thing to do.

Each vision board represents one of the main pillars of life.

  • Career + Finance
  • Health + Spiritual Wellness
  • Relationships, Friends, and Family
  • Home

The first one is Career + Finance.  

Let's be honest.  We spend the majority of our lives at work.  If you hate your job or feel like you're wasting time doing something that isn't your longterm vision it can be pretty depressing.

I made this vision board last year by collecting images of artists and designers that deeply inspired me.  Making the collage gave me unlimited energy, an excitement in my bones.  I got clear about my vision.  And you know what?  This past year I've been very intentional about working towards that vision and have seen LOADS of progress. 

I signed up with MailChimp, for one thing!  In the past, I worked with customers who happened to find me on Etsy.  Now, I am being proactive about staying in-touch with clients, because I want to be the go-to designer.  I want to create digital products that will make your life easier and prettier!  

The Universe cannot give you what you want unless you tell it exactly what you want.  I told the Universe what I wanted.  I made my vision board, I scripted about it, and I talked about it nonstop.  And it has manifested in amazing ways.

So what do you want?

Do you want to be debt free?  *Raises hand!*  If money wasn't an obstacle, what would you be?  (Are you looking at me??)  Yes, right at ya. ;)   

What are your financial goals?  Do you want to create passive income or achieve financial freedom so that you can give ALL of your time to the things that really matter?  It's absolutely possible.


I've created a product to help you achieve your financial goals for 2018.  It's called The Ultimate Financial Planner and it includes a Printable (if you prefer to plan your finances on paper) and an excel spreadsheet that is pre-formatted as a budgeting balance sheet.  Hurray!  Setting your financial goals couldn't be easier.

Plus, it includes 32 PNG avatars to play with.  Yeahh. :)