“Get your life together and keep it together.”
This is my mantra for the year. With so many moving parts in my life these days, I am being intentional about how I spend my time and my energy. As such, I knew that I couldn’t kick off 2016 without some helpful tools to keep me focused and on track. This is the first year where I have taken steps like this. It’s like they say… “If you want different results, then you have to do something different.”
Here are the five most important things that I am relying on to help me jumpstart this year and keep me focused on God, goals, and order.
- NIV Bible for Women ($23) – I already had a couple of Bibles, but I was looking for one that incorporated devotionals and lessons throughout. I learned about this Bible when a friend, Halleemah, shared the news that she was tapped to pen one of the devotionals. One of my goals is to spend at least 15 minutes each day with the Word, and this Bible is certainly helping me do so.
- Lara Casey’s Powersheets ($35) – I have been waiting to get my hands on these sheets for monthssss. In November, I finally snagged a six-month set and committed to using these to help guide my goal-setting for this year. What I love about them so far is just how thorough they are. This process has really challenged me to reflect on where I’ve been and what I want to change (and WHY). I’d love to dig deeper into how they are helping me, but think that it is best to save that for its own post.
- Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner ($58) – Planners are my friend. However, I’m pretty particular about what works for me. Last year, I went through three planners, including the Passion Planner, before settling on something that worked. For this year, I decided to up my planner game and find something that was cute, functional, and really addressed all my needs. Voila! My research lead me to this planner. I love it so far and really feel like I made the right decision.
- Colored Sharpies – You know how Pinterest can gas you up and think that you can do anything? Yeah, well, that is what happened to me when I thought that I could color-code everything in my planner without losing my mind. I color-coded ONE DAY of appointments and to-dos and was like, “Nah.” However, having colored Sharpies around is still incredibly beneficial. It has helped me highlight very important tasks and makes writing notes and thank you cards much more fun. They didn’t work out for my planner needs but I know that I am going to rely on them a lot this year.
- Podcasts – I am all about podcasts these days. Now that I’ve gotten the hang of things, I’ve decided to listen to them when I’m pumping or nursing. The two that I can’t do without are from Myleik Teele (Founder of curlBOX) and Mattie James of Mattieologie. Myleik has an incredible energy about her and she is a mentor-in-my-head. While she focuses a lot on business, she also delves into personal topics for a well-rounded batch of conversations. Mattie’s podcasts are dope because she focuses a lot on building your creative brand and blogging. As I dive back into blogging, I’m looking forward to using some of her tips.
How are you planning to make this your best year yet?