Setting Goals For 2020

Setting Goals For 2020

Setting Goals For 2020

Setting Goals For 2020: 20 Must-Dos Throughout The Year

There’s something about a new year that makes us all feel ambitious, optimistic and hopeful.
And then, usually somewhere around the middle to end of January, we feel all ambition-ed out.
The high of the holiday season is over, and for many of us, we may even feel disappointed in
ourselves for not following through with our new year goals.

But that doesn’t have to be the case! When setting goals for 2020, take a new approach!
Instead of tackling them all at once (or planning to, at least), break them up over the course of
the year, and find yourself meeting goals each season!

Winning In Winter

The days may be short and blustery, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of them
with several goals to get the new year started! This is the time of year that most are coming off
of holiday indulgences and are ready to reel back in for health and happiness. For those efforts,
consider these five goals:

  1. Eat better. We’re not talking radical change (unless you want to!)—but just making a
    resolution to eat a bit differently each day can change so much. Have one less cup of
    coffee; make one more meal at home instead of eating out. Simple steps are attainable!
  2. Sleep more. The days are short, and it gets so dark so early anyway. Give yourself the
    gift of sleep; it makes a difference for mood, health and performance!
  3. Be grateful. Start that gratitude journal! It’s the right time of year, and just taking a few
    minutes each day can give you a positive mindset reset.
  4. Go to the doctor. Many people don’t want to go to the doctor right after the holidays
    because they feel like they indulged too much, but honestly? Seeing where you are at
    the beginning of each year gives you good milestones for health and sets you up for
    success in your wellness goals. Physicals are important, so take care of yourself!
  5. Read more. You know you want to, and there are tons of good books waiting. Reading
    for relaxation calms you in a way that other relaxation techniques can’t, and also keeps
    your brain sharp as you take new information in!

Spring Into The Season

The sun is coming out more and more and you can tell that the bluebird is on its way! Take this
season to regenerate, grow and bloom yourself! Consider starting by:

    1. Garden. There really is a lot to be said for getting your hands in the dirt and watching
      something from seed to beautiful bloom. It’s like gardening your soul too!
    2. Organize. It’s a new season, and it’s a perfect time to clean out things you are not
      wearing, using or want. Less really is more, and you can feel good about minimalizing so
      you can focus on more of what you love.
    3. Review. Take a look at what has happened in the first three months of this new year
      and decide if you like the trajectory. If you do, keep going. If not, change the course!
      Spring is a great time to revise plans for the year and then take steps to make them
      happen!
    4. Challenge yourself. You may be in a completely different season of life altogether—an
      empty nester, a new-to-you-again career, or even back in the dating world. Challenge
      yourself to do something different this spring. Join a local hobby group for something
      that interests you. Take continuing education to amp up that career or even check out
      online platforms for meeting new people. You can do it, and there’s no time like the
      present!
    5. Refresh. April showers bring lots of opportunities to rest and snuggle in for some
      downtime. Every season you give yourself rest and recuperation is a season you invest
      in you, and this helps you meet daily goals all year through.

Summer Sun And All That Fun

Traditionally a season for fun and adventure, let this quarter of the year be that for you. Take
the time to enjoy this earth and the relationships you have on it! Consider:

  1. Take a girls’ trip. There is nothing like hanging out with those lifelong friends who
    refresh your soul. Make the summer of 2020 be one that is a balm to your heart and one
    in which you spend quality time with people who get you. Make it somewhere fun for all
    and cherish the memories.
  2. Get outdoors. The days are long and the nights last forever in summer, so take
    advantage of them. Sit down at the beginning of each month this summer and plan
    something each weekend you can look forward to.
  3. Visit family. Remember the days that summer vacation meant long car trips to visit
    family? Odds are so many of those family members are aging and not as easy to stay in
    touch with anymore. Make it happen. Take the time to visit your family. You’ll never
    regret the intended family connection.
  4. Work on your holiday shopping. No, we are not kidding! Thanks to Amazon Prime Days,
    retailers have taken to offering sales in the summer that rival Black Friday and Cyber
    Monday deals. How awesome would it be to spend the holiday season 2020 enjoying it
    and not being worried about holiday shopping?
  5. Get the Vitamin D. Most Americans are quite deficient in Vitamin D, which is pivotal to
    healthy moods and immunity. Get out and soak up the Vitamin D (but be sure to use
    sunscreen as well!) and be sure you’re eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies this season
    brings.

Fall Into Fantastic

We’re not sure how, but every year, this season comes faster and faster! Don’t let the hustle
and bustle of the impending holidays slow you down or steal your joy. Instead, why not:

  1. Try a meal delivery service. There are so many meal delivery companies that offer
    fresh, clean foods delivered right to your door. Some let you cook the foods yourself;
    others have it practically done for you. Consider trying one this season so that dinners
    are one less thing on your plate.
  2. Give back. For many, this is a tough time of year because it’s a holiday season without
    loved ones. The best way to cure that loneliness is to give back and serve others. Find a
    place where your talents can be appreciated and watch how your gratitude grows.
  3. Organize. Yes, again. The fun of summer often leaves us with bags still unpacked and a
    chore list to get to when ‘life settles down.’ The thing is, it won’t settle down unless you
    help it, so take some purposed time to organize—clothes, things you don’t need/want,
    holiday decorations, etc. You’ll feel less rushed this season if you know where
    everything you need is.
  4. Carve time out for yourself. Believe it or not, it’s okay to say, “No, I’m sorry, I can’t.”
    This time of year is full of amazing things but be careful with your time so you don’t
    overextend yourself and then lose joy in doing things out of obligation.
  5. Soak it up. As the year wraps up, soak up all this magical time of year has. Spoil your
    children or grandchildren, your friends and neighbors and delight in all the gifts of the
    year. It goes by so quickly!

Biting off hard-to-achieve goals just because it’s a new year and a new opportunity doesn’t
always make sense, so instead, give yourself some grace and spread those goals out throughout
the year! You’ll constantly be on a path of positive growth if you do!

Setting Goals For 2020
Karen Rae

Karen Rae

Owner, Fave Lifestyles
www.FaveLifestyles.com

about

Karen Rae

I was becoming an empty nester, a woman of a more interesting age and in transition. Sound familiar? I was at that place where we question our purpose, value, and worth and what in the world are we going to do with the rest of our lives.

I noticed women have a huge hunger to belong to a community of women where they can feel safe, share openly from their heart and have other women to do life with! This is why I created my Fave Lifestyles.

Fave is for the woman who wants to call Fave her community of women who support, uplift, and make her feel better about herself. I want to create a place where we help her answer life's questions and just do life together!

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WOLK for Me

WOLK for Me

WOLK for Me

Do you speak kindly about yourself?

My friend Michol is a truth-teller. She’s passionate about life, devoted to her friends and family, a great
business women, but she’s a truth-teller. When she called and wanted to talk, I listened.

Michol follows my author page on Facebook. She likes and comments. I like and comment in reply. One
day rather than post a particular comment, Michol thought it best to talk to me personally. My heart
skipped a beat; my skin temperature rose.

After seeing another comment about words of loving kindness, Michol asked, “Deanna, when are you
going to say words of loving kindness about yourself? To yourself?”

Hhmmmm…

Are you able to speak kindly about yourself? Do you worry that to do so might bring out a little too
much bravado and not enough humility, appreciation, gratitude, you fill in the blank ________?

I’ve lost count of the number of days that have started and ended with a critical assessment at the
mirror. And that’s after jumping on the scale with great hope and anticipation and then jumping off with
a heavy sigh. I can’t tell you the number of times my internal dialog has been anything but empowering
and encouraging. Why am I able to be there for others, but not myself?

What do you say to yourself in the quiet moments? In the crazy ones? When life unfolds beautifully?
When it doesn’t? Remembering Michol’s call, do you say words of loving kindness about yourself? To
yourself?

You and I really are beautifully and wonderfully made. And we can’t be all God needs us to be and all He
wants us to be, if we deny all that we are. God don’t make junk.

Psalm 139:14
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.

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Deanna Nowadnick

Deanna Nowadnick

Speaker | Writer | Author
www.FruitOfMySpirit.com

about

Deanna Nowadnick

Before my father died, he reminded me that Mom had asked me to write a book. At the time the boys were in college, and the notion of writing was unfathomable. Writers write books. By the time my boys were adults, I’d run out of excuses. I was also at that age when I could pause and reflect.

Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace was my first publishing endeavor. My second was Signs in Life: Finding Direction in Our Travels with God. Both are collections of stories that tell of God’s love and faithfulness. Both tell of His remarkable grace and mercy.

When not writing, I serve as the Client Service Coordinator for The Planner’s Edge, an investment advisory firm in Washington state. I’m active in my church, serving on the Leadership Team and gathering with a wonderful group of ladies to study and giggle over lattes and chocolate. On my desk is a rock with the words “Choose Joy!” etched in it. It’s my inspiration for each day. As an author, it is my hope that my own words might share that joy we find together as children of God.

With Him, it can be so.

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Creating Website Content (Less is More)

Creating Website Content (Less is More)

Creating Website Content

Your website is often the first time a potential client is deep diving into your offerings. Maybe they have heard of your business and they are looking at your site for more info or maybe they came across your site via Google. No matter how they arrived, you want them to stick around as long as possible. The quickest way to turn website visitors away is to have a cluttered, text heavy, unnavigable site. Our advice when it comes to website content is less is more! 

People Do Not Read Everything

 People are busy and do not spend a lot of time consuming website text. If your site is page after page of paragraphs, you are going to lose the user’s interest. To create the best experience for site visitors, only include essential information and make it easy to scan. Bulleted lists and short paragraphs are easy to glance over and gather the main idea of the text. Remember that the user does not need all the information from your website, they just need enough info to move onto the next step of the sales process. 

 Don’t Hide Call to Actions

 Since people tend to scan and not read websites, too much text results in burying any call to actions (CTA) you have on your site. A well-designed site has a variety of CTA’s to move the client to the next step. The action steps should be clear and easy to navigate. This is nearly impossible on a text heavy site. 

Don’t Give A Poor Company Impression

 A messy and crowded website can feel disorganized and that can result in the user thinking that your company is disorganized. When people feel like they are looking at something messy it creates stress in their body. You do not want that feeling associated with your company so keep it light and airy! 

Pique Interest To Complete the Sales Process

 The goal of your website should not be to give all the information needed to make a final decision. If you give too much info there is no reason for your potential client to ever contact you for more info. This can result in the client dismissing you as an option without any personal contact or a chance for your sales team to talk to them more extensively about your offerings. Your website should give enough information that the client knows you offer the service they need and it piques their interest enough to make a call to take the next step. 

 Think of the Mobile Users 

 As with anything to do with websites you MUST think of mobile users. The majority of your website visitors will be on a mobile device. The problems that desktop users have will be amplified when they are moved onto mobile. Always check your sites usability on mobile and desktop to make sure it is user friendly for everyone. 

Creating a site with just enough content to educate your audience without overwhelming them should be the goal. You want to give enough information that makes them take the next step in the hiring process, and if they land on a cluttered site and leave that will never happen. Create something clean and easy to navigate and you create a pleasant experience and a great first impression of your brand. 

Creating Website Content

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Danielle LaFleur

Danielle is a serial entrepreneur and has been creating and running businesses for over 20 years.  Danielle Owns Easy As Pie Design a website and marketing firm, specializing in websites designed for engagement and profitability.  She also offers Masterminds and One-on-One MVP Alignment coaching. 

Danielle has been featured in over 30 publications, worked with National Geographic in over 50+ countries, and has created a process for extracting an ROI from an ROE in training and development which is currently being used in over 100+ corporations.

Danielle encourages all of those that work with her to deep dive into their values, maximize those natural talents and skills, and create the life they have always dreamed of. She is a full believer that when you align yourself with who you are meant to be, there is an opportunity around every corner.

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How To Evaluate Your Year

How To Evaluate Your Year

How To Evaluate Your Year

You’re about to ring a new year in, and as we do, we tend to stop and wonder not only where
the previous year went, but how it went as well. As 2020 is on the horizon and 2019 draws to a
close, it is a great time to think about the events of 2019 and the goals for 2020.

Personal Relationships

Personal relationships are the most important things we humans have. There is no time like the
end of a year to look at them and decide whether or not we put enough time and energy into
the really significant ones. List the people closest to you; create separate lists for family and
friends. Jot down some of the highlights of each person’s relationships with you, and then list
what you would like to see different in the coming year based on this year’s interactions. This
list will also become a tangible way for you to evaluate the strength of your relationships each
year, as you’ll be able to compare actions with intentions at each reading.

Personal Finances

Take a look at your money. Look at whether or not you have savings for an emergent situation
(or several, as that tends to happen) and whether you are working for your money or your
money is working for you. Many of us are still helping our children pay off student debt (or
putting them through college and beyond) while others are ready to live life large in retirement.
Whatever stage you’re in, think about whether or not your income and savings not only allow
you the life you want to live right now, but in the future, as aging care may become an issue for
your parents or even yourselves.

There are many of financial planners who specialize in helping achieve financial goals in this
stage of life, and as we don’t have quite the same advantage of time as we did in our 20s. Take
the time to talk with one and make sure you’re prepared for the upcoming years.

Are You Working To Live Or Living To Work?

Another aspect of your year you may want to evaluate is your career. You may have built a
prosperous and thriving career over the last couple of decades or you may just be getting back
into the workforce now that the nest is empty and there is time for you. Either way, you’ll want
to look at why you’re working, and if what you’re doing is fulfilling. More, you’ll want to really
pay attention to the successes you’ve had (or plan to have) and make sure they’re documented
for comparison and reflection. Particularly useful for when you have reviews, knowing what
you’ve done in your career and listing the goals you have will give you a sense of
accomplishment and direction in your work.

If you’ve been working because it’s something to do, but not something you want to do, now is
the time to think about what you want to do with your life. It’s never too late to become what
you always wanted to be, and it’s a great time to honestly look at who that is, and how to get
there. Yes, it’s scary, but you’ve got life experiences that have shown you that you can do hard
things, so take the plunge!

Taking an honest look at your year not only helps you reflect on your successes and personal
achievements, but it also lets you have some perspective for formulating goals you have for the
upcoming year. Getting to where you always wanted to be starts with knowing where you
came, so take a look, be proud and grow from here!

How To Evaluate Your Year
Karen Rae

Karen Rae

Owner, Fave Lifestyles
www.FaveLifestyles.com

about

Karen Rae

I was becoming an empty nester, a woman of a more interesting age and in transition. Sound familiar? I was at that place where we question our purpose, value, and worth and what in the world are we going to do with the rest of our lives.

I noticed women have a huge hunger to belong to a community of women where they can feel safe, share openly from their heart and have other women to do life with! This is why I created my Fave Lifestyles.

Fave is for the woman who wants to call Fave her community of women who support, uplift, and make her feel better about herself. I want to create a place where we help her answer life's questions and just do life together!

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Is It Time to Throw Away Athletic Shoes & Bras?

Is It Time to Throw Away Athletic Shoes & Bras?

Is It Time to Throw Away Athletic Shoes & Bras?

Did you know your workout items – especially shoes and bras – have a shelf life? They can be the most significant (and important) investment after a gym membership or private trainer. You need to replace them regularly. For bras and shoes, that can mean yearly!

Annual Goodbye!

You should be refitted for both running/walking shoes and athletic bras every year. Yes, really! They wear down with each wearing. That means that mere months after buying them, you’re not getting the same support you got week one. So why does that matter if they still feel comfortable? Lack of proper support in your athletic gear can lead to health problems and risk of injury.

  • Athletic Bras: You know that expensive athletic bra you bought last year and worship each time you wear it? Don’t wait until you begin to see actual wear and tear before deciding it needs to be replaced. A good indicator? Does it still feel as snug as it did when you first bought it? Yellowing or fatigue in the underarm area of the bra is another sign it’s time to say goodbye to the bra!
  • Athletic Shoes: Shoes carry you through your day. Athletic shoes bear your weight during exercise. Their quality, as much as their wearing, matter greatly. Once they wear down beyond a certain point, they’re not providing sufficient support. That can lead to orthopedic issues and pain. Your knees, back, ankles, feet, and even hips can be affected by shoes that offer inadequate support. You also risk twisting an ankle or knee. – Depending on how much pounding your running or walking shoes take, you might need to replace them every few months or once a year. How they feel is not an indicator that you need to replace them. By the time they show wear and tear, they are way past their prime!
    • The middle layer of cushion in the sole begins to break down somewhere between 300 to 500 miles. Somewhere in that span of mileage is when you need to replace them, whether they’re walking or running shoes.

Quality Matters:

When it comes to buying athletic shoes, clothes, and bras, quality and care can help with their lifespan. You truly get what you pay for. You really should invest in the best quality you can afford. Also, you should pay close attention to the manufacturer’s instructions for washing and drying. Typically, they recommend hand washing (or on delicates in the machine) in cold water and line drying. You’ll get more mileage out of your clothes by doing so!

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