Alright, confession time. Did anyone else sleep ALL weekend?? You guys- other than church yesterday morning (and catching the Colts game in the afternoon), I literally slept all weekend. I’m talking like 16 hours on Saturday. I’d like to blame it on the new flannel sheets I put on our bed but really I think it’s because I loooove to sleep and also BECAUSE I’M OLD AND CHRISTMAS ABOUT DID ME IN. I suppose a full week of partying with family and eating cake for breakfast will do that to ya. I hope you all were able to find some rest (and flannel sheets because – LOVE) this past weekend because Hello, Monday!
I’m so excited to combine the Grateful Heart linkup with January’s Twelve Months of Bliss challenge for today. Whether you’ve joined me in previous monthly challenges or not, this month’s challenge Own It is something I think we all benefit from taking part in. January’s challenge is going to challenge you to make ONE goal (or take one goal from your already-made new year’s resolutions list) and accomplish it. Here are the details…
If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. -Thomas Edison
JANUARY 2016: Own It
Challenge: If you could choose one goal for yourself this month – what would it be? Once you’ve decided on one, write it out on a piece of paper. Then, underneath your one thing, list 5 steps that will help you reach your goal. Keep your goal and this list somewhere you will see it daily: a mirror, desk, car, refrigerator, etc. Finally, find an Own It Partner – tell this person what your goal is, how you intend to reach it, and check in with them at least once a week. (Your partner does not have to take part in the challenge, they just need to be someone who will help encourage you each week.)
How often: You will make one goal for yourself this month. Don’t forget to check in with your Own It Partner once a week though!
What you will need: A goal, an Own It Partner, and a willingness to succeed – you can do this!
Why?: I think a lot of us start out with the best intentions each new year – we want and hope for better things for ourselves but as hard as we may try, it’s easy to lose that fire and ambition as the year continues on. This month should prove to you that 1. sometimes it’s easier to start out with one goal vs. staring at an entire list of them, 2. you do have people around you who want you to succeed & are willing to encourage you throughout the process, and 3. you are capable of reaching the goals you set for yourself.
[For those of you keeping a 12MofBliss journal: Were you able to accomplish your goal this month? If yes, does this encourage you to continue making and “owning” goals for the rest of the year? Did it help to have an accountability partner? Did your partner take part in the challenge with you? If you were not able to accomplish your goal this month, will you try again next month?]
January’s Linkup: This month’s linkup will take place at Ember Grey on Wednesday, January 27th. This linkup will serve as a place for all of us to share our thoughts and reflections on this particular challenge.
Psst!… I’m going to tell you all right now what my goal is for this month! This month, I am going to wake up every day at 5:30am. EVERY DAY, even on the weekends. This is something I’ve wanted to try for awhile now and my reasoning for this goal is because I think I could get a lot more done each day if I woke up earlier. Clearly if you read the intro of this post, you’ll know this is no small feat (sleeping is only one of my top favorite things in life) but I’m determined and ready to own this. I’ll let you all know on the 27th how it works out 😉 #fortheblog
Today, I am SO grateful for the opportunity to do these monthly challenges with you guys. I’m grateful that we live in a country where going after our dreams and setting personal goals is possible and that we can find others around us to encourage us while on our journey. If anyone would like extra encouragement to help reach your goal this month, please leave a comment below or shoot me an email (found here) – I would love to be your cheerleader!
What are you grateful for?
- Link up below and join the rest of us in starting each day this week with a grateful heart. Each week’s linkup will be open until Friday night!
- Link up to your Grateful Heart post and please link your post back to Ember Grey (via link or Grateful Heart button) in your actual post so that others can be introduced to it and link up too. *Any posts that do not have to do with this Grateful Heart topic or those that do not link back up to this blog in the actual post will be deleted.
- If you use #gratefulheart on Twitter, tag me and I will retweet! @embergreyblog