Mid-Year Goal Evaluation- 2018 Goals

The start of July means we are officially in the second half of the year. That means it's the perfect time for a mid-year goal evaluation to see where I am on my 2018 goals. Mid-year goal evaluations are super important. They allow you to celebrate the successes you've had, assess any factors that have kept you from making progress on any goals, and to debate if all your goals are still aligned with your vision for the year or if you would be better served by changing or letting go of some of them.

I've been thinking a lot about my 2018 goals a lot lately as I no longer feel attached to some of them and my priorities have shifted a little.  If you haven't seen my original 2018 goals post, you can check it out here- 2018 goals blog post. I thought it would be super interesting to share my mid-year goal evaluation with you so you can see how I evaluate my goals and you can do the process for yourself! So I left my usual hangout (my house,) and headed to a new environment (an awesome coffee shop I had never been to.) so I could focus 100% on the goals I had written down in my notebook; without the comfortable complacency that happens in my regular environment.


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Mid-Year Goal Evaluation - 2018 Goals

Business/Blog Goals

1. Blog at least twice a week. Post a YouTube video at least twice a week. Consistent daily sharing on Instagram.
     Evaluation- I was slaying these goals at the beginning of the year. Then a few things happened, which made me reevaluate how helpful these goals really are to my end-game. Few people visit my blog anymore. Perhaps I need to blog/promote in a different way so I'm actually reaching people and inspiring them to live their best, most creative lives like I want to. End result- consistency is important, but I don't need to post that often. And I need to reevaluate how I'm blogging and using social media if no one is visiting my blog.

2. Keep my blogging and YouTube videos focused on creativity and/or self-love and things involving them in my life.
     Evaluation- I'm going to blog and do videos on what I want to. It's silly to place parameters on myself when I'm more than a niche. Especially when most of the things I want to post about are already in that niche.

3. Show up to online space and share what I post on my blog and YouTube. This means Instagram stories, facebook scrapbooking groups, studio calico forum, etc.
     Evaluation- This is still important and I've been doing it. Yay!

4. Finish creating the Body Love Art Journal Class and find beta testers for it. Release and launch the Body Love Art Journal Class.
     Evaluation- YES! I did this one! Woohoo!

5. Finally, for the love of God, start sending a consistent newsletter. Even if it's just sharing what I'm posting on my blog.
     Evaluation- I did this and noticed little engagement, so I stopped. I need to find a way to add even more value to my newsletter so my subscribers eagerly await and then open each email. I want the babes on my email list to feel like they are part of an awesome community with exclusive privileges, extra content, and awesome freebies!

6. Outline and start creating my premium self-love course.
     Evaluation- I need to focus on making my already existent classes more successful before jumping into the next one. This is no longer a 2018 goal.

Personal Goals

1. Continue pursuing minimalism and paying off debt which I did pretty good at in 2017. 
     Evaluation- this goal is still important and I'm still working on it.

2. Start a local art meet up that serves the refugee community. 
     Evaluation- Unfortunately this goal wasn't coming to fruition despite my efforts. Some organizations wouldn't host an art meetup that didn't teach "life skills" like sewing or cooking. Others needed me to do it within a specific time frame, which would have required me skipping some of my college classes or work, or they wouldn't allow creative freedom. (ie. I would have to dedicate each session to a particular thing like painting or sewing; people couldn't be self guided to do art journaling or scrapbooking as they please.) So finally, after much friction, I let this goal go. Instead, I donated all my extra art supplies (that I was going to use to supply the meetup) to the local Levine Children's Hospital and they were elated to receive the supplies for kids and teens to get crafty! This made my heart very happy and I'm going to look into volunteering for their arts section!

3. Really appreciate being a pet mama and be present with them.
     Evaluation- This goal was all about enjoying my time left with Oreo and making sure the dogs weren't totally ignored since my cat required most of my time, attention, patience, and love. Tragically, Oreo died a month ago. I exceeded in this goal with Oreo since he got sick, and now that he's gone I can focus on the pups without needing it to be an intention so I'm letting this goal go as it's simply habit now.

4. Spend more time with God. Devotionals, bible journaling, and studies and faith based books.
     Evaluation- I've made good progress with this goal so far and plan to continue doing so!

5. Be a light in this world. Encourage others with positivity.
     Evaluation- Still important to me, still trying to do my best at it.


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There's my evaluation of my 2018 goals! I changed some, accomplished some, and am letting some go. All to better serve my bigger picture life goals. I hope this evaluation was helpful for you to see!

If you decide to reevaluate your goals, I highly suggest leaving your usual environment as I did. It really helps you to not be complacent and to instead be present and focused on really evaluating if a goal is serving you, if you're making progress on it, and how you want to move forward! Hope all of you babes are going into the second half of 2018 feeling inspired and ready for some magic to happen. I'm thinking of you!

xoxo,
Laura

Kelly Purkey Design Team Guest!

Hey gorgeous peeps. It's been a crazy last month around here. If you read this post, you know life has been hectic lately. Well it didn't slow down the way I had hoped because I had finals for school, I graduated with my bachelors degree, and then I had to say goodbye to my sick kitty which was heartbreaking. So it's my first time posting in a month, but I've got some pretty crafting projects to share with you today! Earlier this year I was a guest designer on the Kelly Purkey design team. I was so excited to work with Kelly's kits and make some gorgeousness with them! Here is what I made the month I was on her design team!

Handmade Stamped Card using Kelly Purkey Kits

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9x12 Project Life Page using Stamping and Kelly Purkey Kits

I filmed a process video so you can see how this project life page came together. I've been loving sharing my creative process with you guys on YouTube this year! Make sure you're following me there.

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Traveler's Notebook Spread using Stamping and Kelly Purkey Kits

This traveler's notebook spread turned out so gorgeous. I'm loving the color theme I stuck with using these kits. I was obsessed with the black, white, and pink with pops of green. This spread also has a process video too because I love you guys like that!

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I hope you've enjoyed this peak at my month guest creating for the Kelly Purkey design team. Happy crafting!

xoxo, Laura

2018 OLW Bullet Journal

My 2018 One Little Word is Visionary. This year I really want to step into my role as a visionary to help improve the lives of women with the knowledge I have to offer. My first part of doing that was launching The Body Love Art Journal class this year to help women make peace with their bodies and get creative. To track that and other goals centered around my One Little Word this year, I decided to make a bullet journal! 

This bullet journal is where I keep track of all my monthly goals centered around my OLW and my progress on them at the end of each month. You can see a process video for how I put together the start of this bullet journal on my YouTube channel here

2018 One Little Word Bullet Journal

Intro to my One Little Word Bullet Journal- I used a cute notebook (similar here) and got to work personalizing it. If you watch my YouTube process video, you'll see how I get creative and draw lots of flowers and floral patterns to create some of the gorgeous layouts in this new bullet journal. I started off this bullet journal with an entry on my 2018 One Little Word. I included the definition of my OLW, what it means to me, and how I want to live through it this year. Then I listed out my annual goals and created a cute vision board for my OLW and for my year.

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If you want tips on how to create a gorgeous vision board for your goals and year, check out my post on it here. If you like this One Little Word Bullet Journal, please leave a comment down below! I would love to hear what you think of it and hear about your 2018 OLW or how you are tacking your goals this year! Until next time, happy crafting!

xoxo, Laura

PS. Here's the process video for this bullet journal!