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January 6, 2018 - 19 comments

3 tips to making sure you crush your goals in 2018!

goal setting and crushing goals this year

My introduction to Goal Setting and Goal Crushing

I'm not entirely sure why, but goal setting has always fascinated me. When I moved to LA, I worked at lululemon for a few years and they introduced me to goal setting as a concept and it really blew me away. I remember we were all told to find our B-HAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal). That was so scary to talk about! Would people think I'm crazy if I said I wanted to travel the world for a living or be known as the best adventurous wedding planner of all time?

We would even get together outside of work and have mini goal coaching sessions, talk about what we're doing everyday to get closer to our goals and celebrate every time someone accomplished one.

Now, we all have our own techniques when it comes to setting goals and actually reaching them but here are 3 tips that have really helped me check them off my list!

  1. Write them down.

    Whether it's in a notebook or on your Facebook page, there is scientific proof that you're more likely to accomplish them if you start by writing them down! If anything, you are declaring to yourself, on paper, that these are some goals and dreams you would like to accomplish in the near future. Next to each goal, make sure to write your "by when" date. For example: I will travel to Bali by October 2019. (Note: I didn't say I want. I said I WILL!)


  2. Get yourself a buddy.

    If I have no one checking in on me, you can be CERTAIN that I will not be going to the gym every morning but if I know someone is waiting for me at 7am, I will not let them down! Not only that, but talking through your goals with someone else can be really inspiring. They may have great ideas that you never thought about but overall, they are your very own cheerleader.
  3. Be kind to yourself.

There's no point in beating yourself up if you didn't accomplish something exactly when you wanted to. Reflect on what you could have done better and move on! It's also OK to modify your goals. Life happens and things change. I think one of my 5- year goals was to live in a big house...umm I live on a boat with my husband and 2 dogs and I am LOVING it!

Hope this was helpful! What is ONE goal you are definitely crushing this year?

(photo by Lauren Han)

December 22, 2016 - No Comments!

Lessons from 2016 and Goals for 2017

Goal setting for the New Year!

As we're getting ready to welcome a new year, I've been seeing a lot of posts on Goal Setting, How To Make 2017 Your Best Year EverGreat Things are Happening in 2017, etc. But what about 2016? Shouldn't we look back and try to see what we might have learned from this last year? Well, most people I've chatted with actually HATED 2016. So much crappy stuff happened to them and as we all know, to the world as a whole. I get it. I agree and I do think all the terrible things that happened this year are making us stronger and will in turn, help us all shine in 2017. That's where my goal setting comes into play!


Photo by Chloe Moore Photography

Looking back on this past year

On a more personal level, 2016 was actually really amazing for me. It was a time of self reflection, determination and exhilaration. The biggest thing was that Chris and I got engaged (YAYYYY!), I quit my day job once and for all (scary) and I did a full business rebrand that was spot on. On top of that, I attended a million networking events and wedding industry meet ups to finally realize on December 21st that the only people I should be spending this much time with are my closest friends and family. They are the ones that encourage me the most, they inspire me, they're full of good (and different) ideas that can help me push my business forward. Don't get me wrong, I love a good #GirlBoss hangout with other super talented ladies but I would prefer to spend my free time with people I know well and love.

New year, new goals

So that leads me to my last point which is my motto for 2017:

Do Less, Book More.

Sounds too good to be true, eh? Let me clarify. I could go into this whole thing about the universe and energy but since there are so many beliefs out there let me just say this: The more you can replace the things that don't love with things that make you happy, the more you'll attract those happy things. Basically, in 2017 my "business plan" is to do more yoga, more travel, more dinner parties, more horseback riding, more wine nights, more family time and more exploring. I will be going to less networking events, spending less on marketing, driving less, stressing less and most importantly, I will be saying "No" to clients that just don't fit my "ideal client" mold (highly recommend listening to My Creative Empire Podcast - Episode #6 to learn more about the "Gentle No" concept).

So farewell 2016, you have been a great year for learning but we're all very excited to welcome 2017! Excited to set these new goals and see them come to live!

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