This year has gone by so fast. I really can’t believe that it’s already December 1st. It feels like just two or three months ago I was getting excited about going into 2017.
I’m not sure if I’m as excited this time around (lol!). I mean, of course I’m excited for what’s to come in 2018, but I know that God has big plans for me and it’s going to require me to step out of my comfort zone and be stretched a little bit. I don’t think I’m ready for it, but I have to get ready…
…Which leads me to the topic of this post. Yesterday on twitter I posted the affirmation that I’m focusing on for December.
I am now putting my life in order. I am preparing to accept all the good that is coming to me in 2018.
I believe that 2018 is going to be a year of overflow, a year of abundance.That’s the type of year I’m claiming, but I’ve come to realize that I can manifest this but not be ready to receive it. I want to be ready. I want to remove everything from my life that will not serve me and my purpose in 2018, including people, things, beliefs, and habits. That way, I can be open to receive everything that God has for me. Below I’ve listed the five ways that I’m going to declutter my life and prepare for 2018.
Purge My Closets
The first thing that I’m going to do to prepare for the new year is PUUUURRRGEEEEE! I literally have clothes everywhere, yet for some reason I can never find anything to wear. This clearly means that I have items that have not seen sunlight in I don’t know how long, so it’s definitely time to get rid of them.
I think the easiest way to go about doing this is setting aside a day or at least a few hours to go through all of your clothes. I personally like to separate my clothes by season first. Since we’re heading into the winter I’ll start with my winter items, then fall, and then I’ll finish with spring and summer items. Next, I’ll make three piles – Keep, Give Away, and Sell.
The names of the piles are pretty self explanatory. The clothes in the keep pile you will keep, the clothes in the give away pile you will give to friends or donate to a shelter or a store like Goodwill. Lastly, the sell pile will be clothes that you can sell to places like Plato’s Closet or on Poshmark. I haven’t had much luck with getting a nice amount of money at Plato’s so I think I’m going to try Poshmark this go round. Once the clothes are on there I will announce it on my twitter so make sure you’re following me there!
If you do this process correctly (don’t be like me and keep clothes that you haven’t worn in three years but think you might need in the future), your closet should be organized and you might even have a bunch of extra space for new clothes. That means we can go shopping right?!
The second thing that I’m going to do to prepare for the new year is evaluate my relationships with the people in my life. This isn’t going to be too hard for me because I don’t really talk to many people besides my family. However, if you have a lot of friends or people that you’re close to, I recommend that you evaluate your relationships with them and see if there’s anything that needs to change before the new year. Here are three questions that I think are important to ask yourself about every person:
- Do I feel drained after I spend time with them?
- Do we encourage each other to be better?
- What does this person add to my life (good or bad)?
I’m not going to tell you what you should do after you come up with the answers. That’s totally up to you, but I want you to keep in mind that the people you keep around having a strong influence in your life. Also, you don’t have to wait until the end of the year to evaluate your friendships. Make this something that you do all year long.
Create a “Boss Space”
A “boss space” is a place in your room or in your home that you set aside strictly for making boss moves. Now, boss moves can mean different things for different people. For example, because I’m in college and I’m a blogger boss moves for me would be doing homework, studying, writing blog posts, sending emails, etc. If you were a fashion designer, your “boss space” would be a space where you designed the clothes or took pictures. It’s basically just a space that you set aside to get stuff done!
This is important to me because I tend to spread my stuff out everywhere! I find myself doing a lot of work on my bed and I end up losing papers under clothes or I fall asleep when I’m supposed to be writing a blog post. Your boss space allows you to focus and be productive.
My boss space is going to be at my desk in my room. Because I’m choosing for this to be the space that I use strictly for school and blogging, I have to remove anything from it that does not allow me to focus on those things. The biggest thing that I’ll need to remove is my makeup. My makeup takes up a majority of my desk because I don’t have a vanity so I couldn’t do homework there even if I wanted to. In order to make that space I’m going to move my makeup into my bathroom.
After you choose a designated space and clear it of everything that shouldn’t be there, you should add items that will aid in your productivity. I love this Focus aromatherapy candle that I got from Bath & Body Works. This candle is so relaxing and helps me to really focus on the things that I need to get done.
After you’ve completed those steps you should have a special “boss space” just for you to make some boss moves!
Make A Game Plan
Another thing that I’m going to do to prepare for the new year is make a game plan that includes my theme for 2018, my goals, the things that I accomplished in 2017 and the direction that I want to go in. I have created a worksheet for to help you organize all of these things. You can grab it right here or scroll to the end of this post. The worksheet has four sections for an affirmation, your direction, goals and accomplishments.
In the affirmation section you just want to write down an affirmation for the year 2018. I haven’t decided yet but I know it will be based around my theme which is abundance and overflow.
In the direction section you write down the direction you want your blog, your business, etc. to go in. For me, I want to incorporate more bible studies into my blog, but I also want to be more personable and talk about things that young Christian women like myself face in our day to day lives.
In the goals section you should write down any goals that you have for 2018. Some of my goals are to save an amount of money that I’m not going to say on here (lol!), start my business, and publish at least three books. Remember that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think so don’t set tiny goals just because you think they’ll be easy to reach.
Last, but not least in the accomplishments section write about the things that you accomplished in 2017. You can write down anything you’ve done that you are proud of. I would suggest that you also take a look at these things and how you accomplished them and see if you can apply those same techniques toward your new goals.
The last thing that I’m going to do before the new year is celebrate. I’m celebrating the good and the bad, the ups and the downs, the pretty and the ugly. I’m going to celebrate that I’m still alive which means that I still have purpose! What are you going to celebrate?
These are the five things that I’m doing to prepare for the new year! If you’re doing anything different or if you’re going to do the things that I listed above, let me know in the comment section! To grab your free game plan worksheet, click the image below.
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