Christmas is over and the end of the year is quickly approaching on its wintery coat-tails. The days marking the end of 2017 are literally right around the corner, and yet it seems so far away.
Perhaps it is because I head into Christmas going 158mph that I am so exhausted with this year. I begin my pre-Christmas pump-up right around Thanksgiving and then am full force the entire month of December. My weeks have been filled entirely with cooking, baking, decorating, shopping, shipping, hobnobbing, celebrating, wrapping and planning. On top of my typical December Ho-ho-holiday load, I have been being a mom and also working my side-hustle here on the blog, working my side-side-hustle on the other blog and I just launched another side of the side hustle. You would think I have more sides than hustle at this point.
It’s true though. Lately, I find myself lacking in motivation to finish out the year. I am dreaming of snuggling up in one of these Bear Suits and binge watching Scandal on Netflix until 2018. I would like to accept that there is some time for me to take little mental vacation during this downtime between now and the end of 2017. Sometimes I need a little help relaxing and letting go of the mental to-do list I tackle daily.
I’ve been doing these few things that have not only helped keep me motivated to not only make it to 2018 – but to burst into the New Year like the freakin’ Kool Aid Man – full throttle, pumped and not the slightest f*ck given for breaking anybody’s stupid wall. I have goals for 2018 and the only way to achieve them is to hit hard.
This is what I am doing to motivate me for 2018.
Wake up Early
There are probably folks who know me who are having small heart attacks right now knowing that I’ve said the phrase “Wake up early”. Not only have I said it, but I actually do it. And I do it because I *shudder* want to.
*cue folks fainting*
I have three kids, in case you missed the last 7 years. they have trained me to be awake at all sorts of ungodly hours. They have also trained me to get up early if I have any wish to have any time for myself. Sure, after everyone goes to sleep there is the time that I can enjoy. That is if I can keep my eyes open long enough to finish a cup of tea. By the end of the day, I am totally exhausted and I give whatever little bit of attention I can muster to The Mr. before we both collapse in an exhausted stupor.
I like to wake up and sip coffee while I gather my bearings, which take some time to be gathered if I am being at all honest. I don’t pop up at the break of dawn singing salutations to the sun and accomplishing great feats… usually. I don’t claim to rise at 4 a.m. hit the gym, shower and make breakfast before I wake all the kids for school either.
I wake up about 15 minutes before the kids get out of bed, 30 if I am being ambitious (which I usually am not). I make coffee or tea, take a vitamin, take a poo without an audience and usually about the time I turn on the News a child stirs. Sometimes I can throw a load of laundry in the washer. Sometimes I can check all my emails and craft responses to those in need of a witty one. Sometimes I do nothing.
This little bit of extra time has a way of motivating me. It makes me think clearer about my daily goals, whether the goal is to put on pants or embark on a business endeavor.
I know that some people like to leave their trees, lights and other holiday decorations up well into the New Year. I get that, this season really is wonderful so why not hold onto it for as long as you can, right? I am #teamrealtree so sometimes I don’t get that option. I don’t like pine needles everywhere so early dismantling of Christmas decor is a must for me. I take the week that follows Christmas and I slowly but surely un-decorate. I find places for all the new goodies acquired on Christmas and I gather all the old things that we are donating.
It helps me do something when all I really want to do is nothing until 2018 arrives.
Choose a POWER WORD
In case you haven’t heard about the #OneWord movement, I will enlighten you. People take great care in selecting their One Word – a power word that will guide you through the following year. This year I have chosen ELEVATE. You can read why I chose that word and how I will apply it to my life, business, blog in the coming year here.
People use words such as Expose, Rise, Grace, Gain, Love, Growth, Abundance, Unstoppable, and more. There is an article in Forbes about selecting a power word for the coming year and how to incorporate it into your 2018 goals.
This is something fun and meaningful that you can do to help you get through the last dragging days of the year that will help ring the New Year on a high note. Use some fancy font and print it out in big, bold letters. Hang it where you will see it daily.
Create a VISION BOARD
Honestly, this is going to be my first year where I use a vision board. I am of the notion that you can manifest your ideas if you say them out loud. The same idea applies to a Vision Board but instead of saying your goals out loud daily you create a board with photos of your goals. A vision board is a collage of how you see your self and your life proceeding through the future. You can go short or long term with your vision board or you can combine the two like I am. You can also include words that you would like to manifest in your daily life. If you’ve chosen a power word for the coming year, put that front and center on your vision board.
I am including short-term goals, like a picture of Tombstone Arizona as a visual reminder of a destination goal. I would love to take my family there this year and so it’s going on the board. I will keep my board intentionally clean and uncluttered because that is part of my 2018 vision, to declutter my space, both mentally and physically.
I have written a post about my vision board and how you can create your own that you should check out if you are new to the Vision Board, as I am.
Rest and Relax
I have been finding it easier lately to just let-go of things that once would cause me great anxiety – like paper plates. Seriously. I have a strange, deeply rooted issue with paper plates. I somehow feel as though I am a failure as a parent if we don’t eat dinner, sitting together off of real plates. I know, you don’t have to tell me I am weird, I am well aware.
Last month my dishwasher broke and before we could get it replaced I was stuck doing dishes by hand. I realize that I am spoiled. It sucked and I hated it. I went out and bought paper plates and let go of that anxiety. I fed my family on plates that could be tossed nightly and didn’t’ care. It feels good to relax about something so trivial. Now our dishwasher is fixed and we are back to using real dishes, but I don’t have that underlying anxiety that I used to have.
Resting instead of working on the housework well into the night has been a great contributing factor to my state of relaxation. it has probably helped me see things more clearly also. Not folding laundry until midnight gives me the time to just hang-out and be with my family and appreciate them. They don’t actually give two shits if their laundry is folded – and I know this for a fact because I have peered into their dresser drawers. They don’t care.
So taking a breath, time to rest and relax is helping to focus on what I want to get out of the New Year.
Instead of barrelling into the New Year half-cocked and ready to rumble, I have taken the time to focus on myself. I have given myself the opportunity to create clear goals for 2018 and the tools to accomplish those goals. That is what motivates me to get through these last few dragging days of the year.