A Fresh Start

So A Fresh Start isn’t exactly an original title for a January”s first Living Well Wednesday blog post–after all, it is the beginning of another new year. Resolutions, goals, vision boards, new calendars–so many things designed to give us a fresh start on our life right?  And unfortunately many of us know that a lot of these things will end up left in the dust by mid-February.

Please don’t think I’m talking about you here, because I’m actually trying to figure out how to make lasting changes in my own life. So rather than casting a huge net out there listing dozens (OK more than dozens) of resolutions and changes I want to make, I’ve been spending the last couple of weeks reading (which is always one of my goals–read more of everything!)

worm reading book

At any given time I have a stack books I’m reading and right now that stack includes The Vision Board by Joyce Schwartz, Push by Chalene Johnson and Dog Days by Jon Katz. Sure, some of my books are just pure pleasure reading; but I am also trying to read more self-improvement and motivational books too.

Where to Start

Goals and planning are a big deal this time of year, but how can you create goals without knowing first what is most important to you?  This was the big message I got from Chalene Johnson, her book and her 30 day programs.

Your goals have to match up to your values or you may find yourself moving in the wrong direction!  So before I started my list of goals, I’ve been creating a list of my values and my dreams.  That way I can make sure that my goals are pointing me in the right direction!

Joyce Schwartz even suggests that before you create your vision board, you might think about creating a values board or even a dreams board.  While I don’t have the luxury of time for creating vision boards and values boards and dream boards, I have been making notes–lots of notes.  In fact, there are all kinds of notes scribbled into the books I’ve been reading–my ideas, values, dreams and more.  I’m hoping to get a better idea of where I can go, of where I WANT to go–so that when I get there, it will be the right place for me.

My Goals

* As I said above, read more; more professional, self-improvement and recreational books. I plan on taking advantage of the Kindle and the Nook apps so I can carry my “books” with me

* Like everyone else, I’d like to lose weight, but my goal is going to be to drink more water, to take my vitamins and maintain a regular exercise schedule

* Make regular updates to my blog; expand it and learn how to make it work for me–on a personal, professional and even a financial basis

* Clean and organize my closets and drawers; I plan on doing this by making regular donations to the Good Will monthly

* Set up a vegetable garden that I can use and share with friends and my neighbor (we did this last year pretty successfully), and update my flower beds

* Create a list of BOLD GOALS aimed at growth for my direct sales business

What about you?  Have you already created your list of goals for the year?  Have you considered whether they’re in line with your own personal and professional values and your dreams?

Let me know, and let me know of any other books you think I’d enjoy too.  Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Lynsey Jones The Party Plan Coach says

    So funny that I just received PUSH last week and am reading it too! HA!

    Great list Ann! It’s gonna be a BOLD YEAR!!!

  2. Thanks Carla; can’t wait to hear more from you as well!

  3. Jan Hatchett says

    Sounds like you have a good plan for the year!

  4. Ashley Montgomery says

    I can’t wait to hear about your BOLD GOALS!

  5. Ann –

    I always learn a lot when I read your posts!

    Thank you!


  6. I just hope I can keep up with everyone else!

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