It’s December already, where did time go?
I always felt like time was moving too quickly for my liking, but since I become a parent, it’s going at warp speed. I have a hard time keeping up and at times I feel like I need to hold on not to be thrown off the life carousel.
Thing is, life will happen, no matter if we are doing something with it or not. We can’t stop it or take a break, we can only choose to either enjoy the ride or just wait for it to end.
A big part of living life well is to set goals and work towards achieving them. Not only for our productivity in society, but also for our self-worth and life-satisfaction.
You can choose to see it as if nothing matters and we are all going to die in the end anyway, so why bother. Or you can decide to make the most of your time here on earth and really go for it, because what do we really have to lose right?
I love to set goals, but I haven’t always been great at actually achieving them. I had all the intentions and the excitement, but then life got in the way and I never really did much of the work to get there.
One of the main reasons why I didn’t actually reach my goals was that I didn’t make a realistic plan. I went all-in for a while and then it kind of fizzled out pretty quickly. The intention was there, but I didn’t know how to keep it up.
It was only when I learned the trick to start with the goal and work my way back that things changed ( you can find my blog post on exactly how I set goals here). Not only did it remove the blank space between where I am now and where I want to go, but it also thought me to break every goal up into mini-goals. It’s so much easier to take on something little every day, than something big in a year.
To me, my goal setting happens in January and then I work my way towards my goal over the next 12 months. I like to think of my life in themed years. I set my focus and try to stick to it in all areas of my life.
This year it was all about getting back to work after having had Ace.
…And I have to say that I think I really knocked that one out of the ballpark.
At the beginning of the year, it was all about putting the effort in and re-structuring my social channel. I focused on what worked well and figured out what I had to drop to be able to move forward.
So I upped my game on Instagram and really zoned in on my sustainable fashion niche. I also ran my #MINDFLUENCING campaign with Instagram in January. To me, doing good is a lot more important than to make money on social media. So I decided to not look at monetary gains for a while and only focus on having a purpose. (Of course, I understand that I’m very privileged to have been able to live off other things meanwhile.)
I knew my time was more limited than ever before, so something had to give. I decided that I had to give up my very timeconsuming Swedish blog, to be able to use that time to focus on a more international approach. I love Sweden and my Swedish followers, but I had hit my ceiling of growth there and since I live in London anyway it felt like the right move. I had over 9000 blog posts on that blog and it was a hard decision to make to “throw away” so many years of work.
But it really paid off. This blog really has grown fast in the last few months and even though I was a bit worried to blog 100% in my second language. I feel like it has gone pretty well ( I hope you feel the same…!)
..and then out of nowhere in June, I got offered a great job!
Actually, I got offered two at the same time, but xInfluence really stood out. I have always been happy being self-employed and working from home and cafés. But it felt right in my gut to accept and take on the challenge a start-up is. So all of a sudden I was office-based.
It made a massive difference in my work-life. And even though it wasn’t a specific goal to become head of creative talent for an influencer marketing platform, it really suits me and the theme of my year. I absolutely love it and I’m very happy I grabbed the opportunity when it came along.
I really believe in the law of attraction. When you are open to things, it will happen. I was putting out that I wanted to go back to work properly again, and all of a sudden I got offered a dream job. If that’s not proof that setting intentions are important, I don’t know what is.
What I want to say with this post is that it’s important to set goals, having a plan and keep on checking in with ourselves to make sure we are on the right path. It’s easy to think that things happen by themselves, but the truth is that faith often needs a little push.
Now is the time to take stock, reflect and set an intention for next year. And when January comes around we will set goals, make a plan and decide to make the most of our lives.
Photo – Roz Alcazar