Saturday, February 6, 2010

Monthly Goals: February

dwellstudio for target via apartment therapy

And now, on to the February Goals!
(If this seems random, see this post for an explanation.)

In bed by 10:00pm, up @ 6:00am.
aka: end that horrible habit "hitting snooze."
This may seem like a silly goal, but it's meant as a step towards something bigger, so bear with me. I'm trying to set small goals so I'm not too overwhelmed. This only counts for weekdays, btw-I can't promise anything for the weekend. I believe that if you're well rested for the week, and if you're on a sleep schedule, it makes everything run a lot smoother. Oh, and remember that pic? That's the bedding set I have-love it (and now you see why it's hard for me to wake up)!

Start Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure.
For February, complete weeks 1-4 (of 8).
I've tried this I think 3 times before, and so far I'm really good at completing week one. Then I usually run out of ambition. When you do the cure, you're supposed to follow the apartment therapy blog and post with other people, but I don't know when the next cure is and I'm impatient (maybe that could be another personal goal-patience).

Create a schedule and realistic goals.
I need to figure out what works for me. I seem to be very motivated on Saturdays, but that doesn't always follow through. I need to create a schedule in order to attend to many different things for my Etsy site: creating items, bookkeeping, photographing items, posting items, blogging, etc etc. And then I need to account for the fact that sometimes life happens and the schedule does not. Room for error-noted.

I'll embellish on each of these as well as progress throughout the month.

What are your goals for the month of February?

Rachel May

Monthly Goals: Focus for 2010

dwellstudio for target via apartment therapy

As 2010 forges on, and rather quickly I might add...I've decided that what I really need in my life is focus.

A coworker of mine is trying to develop better habits. Each month, she chooses one thing to change about her lifestyle-in an effort to develop better habits. Each month means a new change and another step towards the lifestyle that she wants. As a new month comes, a new change is introduced-and hopefully by the end of the month, a habit is formed. although she's creating a lot of change in her life, she has attainable goals and time to figure them out.

I personally think this is an awesome idea, and I feel like right now, this is something that could really help me achieve some focus in my life.

Each month I want to have 3 areas (becuase I can only focus so much) to work on: Personal, Home, and Business.

Personal: I feel like there is so much time spent worrying about completing other things, and I need to start making me a priority. This category would include things such as: completing a project, quitting bad habits, etc.

Home: As a graduate in interior design, I believe that your home truly affects your daily life. I know that when I clean and prepare for the week on the weekends, that week goes a lot smoother. I also know that spaces affect my moods, good or bad. I want to take this and start incorporating it into my monthly goals. I want to answer questions and find solutions to things. What am I doing to make our rental more of a home? What cleaning habits could help me more? I want to learn to cook more at home and complete more interior projects as well.

Business: As much as my home and my happiness are important, so is my business. It completes my trio of goals for the month. I find that in the business aspect of my life, I tend to think and plan a lot of things, but I often fail to execute them, or I just get overwhelmed with all of the work that needs to get done. Hopefully having a monthly goal will help that.

I'm also hoping that by posting this on here, I've got to be a little more accountable-my journal doesn't talk back, and sometimes I need a kick in the butt to remind myself to get stuff done.

I will share my February goals in the next post, which will explain the picture:)

Rachel May

Blog Crush: JeremyandKathleen

I am loving the blog jeremyandkathleen. It's written by a couple (obviously) and starts with the purchase of their new home, their renovations, design ideas, etc. Jeremy is an electrical software engineer and Kathleen is an art director (I want to be like her).

I just got done reading ALL of their posts (that's what I do when I find a new blog). Just like watching a new tv show, I've got to go back to season one to see what's going on! This blog is really fun-there's so much amazing photography, it's about a truly fun and artistic couple, and Kathleen makes me want to learn more about typography.

I love finding blogs about people that really have a passion for their work and their lives. This is one of those blogs-I highly recommend it.

Rachel May