Checking in on My January Meetup Goals

new dresser photo by fallenpeach

look! a new non-broken dresser!

Is anyone else surprised to see the middle of January already? Taking a look at my goals it looks like I haven’t gotten very far. Honest excuses include family time for a wedding and visiting cousins and some personal things that came up, but the truth is that I still haven’t mastered time management very well.

I have started wearing my fitbit again, although I haven’t been recording food. But it’s a first step to have it on me and be aware of how much I’m moving day to day.

And I have gone through a lot of my clothes and tossed some of them to make room because we FINALLY GOT A NEW DRESSER (see totally a mess and non-staged photo above 🙂 )and re-set up our closet a bit 🙂

The logo I created for Team Hartbeat will most likely get revealed some time this week, so there’s that accomplishment! And Matt and I are just a few days mulling away from finally deciding on the name for our graphic design company.

Also, I created and put up a new banner for this blog and will hopefully continue working on small changes as the month goes by. What do you think of the new banner?

How are your goals coming along? Did the middle of January catch you by surprise too?

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Slowing Down for 2014, How I’m Handling Getting Overwhelmed

Feather on Rain Drops photograph by fallenpeach

Confession: I get overwhelmed every few months. Completely, nothing is working, freaking out overwhelmed. I tend to overbook myself with projects and work and every once in a while … it just hits me. At that point I feel like I’m not getting anywhere and I’m just working myself to the bone for nothing.

This usually isn’t entirely true. But it’s how I feel for at least 3 days every few months.

In 2013 I came up with a lot (A LOT) of plans and ideas. I want to try to implement many of them this year. But I don’t want to freak myself out. So I’m trying to pace myself this year. I’m setting small goals and not rushing to finish projects. For example, we will be launching a graphic design portion of fallenpeach. Do I know when? No, not yet. I know it will be this year, but I’m not rushing. I want to do it right. Once I know more details about that part of our company I will set a launch date to work towards. But until then, I’m just keeping it as one project that I’m working slowly towards.

Another example: I’m making my own engagement calendar. If I came up with this idea last year I would rush to tell everyone and announce everything about it right away. Instead, I’m taking it slow. Making each month as I go and making changes each month. When it’s perfect, I’ll tell you guys and make more announcements. But until then, the details are staying mostly a secret.

So this year, I guess, one of my words is SLOW. I’m slowing down. Taking things one step at a time. Keeping things to myself until I’m ready.

How about you? How do you handle being overwhelmed? What steps are you taking to get more done instead of freaking out?

First Meetup of 2014! January Goals

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Let me just say, I am so ready for 2014.

2013 was a year of ups and downs, happiness and sadness plus lots and lots of IDEAS. I am, in fact, overwhelmed with ideas for 2014. Which means that I need to be even more organized that usual this year if I plan on getting any of them accomplished.

To help myself, I’ve made my own engagement calendar (more on that later this year!) and have written out an editorial calendar for January. I’m also back to categorizing my goals for the month. So, here we go!

fallenpeach January Goals 2014 Meetup

Personal:

  • Wear Fitbit more often and record food.
  • Sort through clothes for holes and worn items, then make shopping list and replace tossed/donated items.

I am determined, this year, to be healthier. This doesn’t mean losing weight, more eating better and not getting caught in laziness traps. I also have noticed recently that I’m wearing like the same 2 pairs of pants always. I hate clothes shopping, but I think it’s time to assess what I have and what I need so that there is a bit more variety … and fewer holes….

fallenpeach:

  • get back on track with blogging
  • create official mission statement and put on all social media/websites/shop etc
  • re-organize blog sidebar

This is going to be a learning and building year for fallenpeach, Sammy & Friends and our upcoming graphic design division. I’m ready to push forward and get more professional and organized with everything. No more flying by the seat of my pants (as often, anyway). Also, time for a few little changes to spruce up the blog!

sammy & friends:

  • make bookmark out of new winter illustration
  • encourage Matt to make more illustrations!
  • build a page on this blog for Sammy & Friends

Sammy & Friends is quickly becoming its own business area and I’d like to devote more space to the little guys on this blog and elsewhere. I’m debating opening a second shop just for them on Etsy, but I still think owning more than one shop will be too difficult for me right now. For now I’ll start with expanding their visibility.

graphic design:

  • I was asked to create logo, banner and avatar re-designs for an Etsy team! Can’t wait to show off what we are working on 🙂
  • come up with name for our graphic design company

Our graphic design offerings are expiring in our shop because we are working on creating a whole separate business just for our custom work. This is a big undertaking and I want to do it properly. We probably won’t officially launch until late in the year, but keep in mind we are always available for custom and graphic design work!

other:

  • write out February blog schedule
  • create February calendar pages, making changes from what worked and didn’t in January

As I mentioned earlier, I’m creating my own engagement calendar. It has elements that I’ve never really seen in one before and I plan on spending the year perfecting it. Sometime in the Fall I may offer printables or actual paper pages for sale, I’m still working out the details. Either way, I’m excited to work on this project and see how it works out.

THE MEETUP – has been slowing down a lot lately and I would love to see it built back up to the community it was. If you are working on monthly goals, please feel free to link to them in these blog posts and spread the word!

The Meetup is a community of bloggers who set monthly goals and encourage each other on projects and goals. Link to your goals below, I would love to see what all of you are up to this month!

Ice Photos and Goals for January 1st

ice on window photo by fallenpeach

Hello, dear blog readers! I just wanted to pop in and let you know that come JANUARY 1ST I WILL be back to blogging regularly. I am hard at work with Christmas gifts, personal projects, and getting ready for being back on track in 2014 right now, but I’m ready for January and being back here more often.

This past weekend I spent some time making an editorial calendar for January and sorting out which projects are taking priority. Because, oh yes, I have tons of projects in my head and on paper. Even some fantastic new ones I can’t wait to tell you about.

While you are waiting (patiently, I hope!) though, don’t forget that I’m on twitter rather frequently – @fallenpeach

I’m also on Instagram with my 30 Days of Lists posts and other random photos. I’m even posting an ornament a day from yesterday through Christmas.

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season, see you January 1st!

Meetup: December & End of the Year Goals 2013

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Happy December! It’s hard to believe that 2013 is nearly over. Looking back, it has been a rollercoaster of a year for me. But it’s not over yet.

On the first day of November, I talked about RESETTING. My goals for November where to simply work on personal projects, sort photographs from road trips and take some time for myself.

I would say I was mostly successful. There were two craft fairs in there, and a handful of other obligations, but overall I’ve really gotten a good start on resetting. That’s right, start. I’ve decided to continue my RESET goal until the end of 2013. I’m about halfway through sorting road trip photos and one of my big goals for December is to at the very least choose and print the ones I want to put in an album.

This is actually a great way to bring in Day 1 of 30 Days of Lists because my list for BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR is really just a fancy way of saying December Meetup Goals!

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How was your November? What are your goals for December? Are you participating in 30 Days of Lists as well?

November Meetup & Taking Inspiration from Jena Coray

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Lately I’ve been feeling overwhelmed. Not all the time and not in huge amounts, but little by little. A couple weeks ago I had a little break down. I cried on my husband’s shoulder, took some deep breaths and then went on with my life. That tends to be how I deal with things – I don’t. I cry once and then keep moving. Sometimes this is good, but a lot of times it comes back to bite me.

Jena Coray is one of the first people who I found and started following on the internet after I started fallenpeach. I read her business blog and joined in a monthly Goal Meetup which has become The Meetup. Recently, Jena posted about taking an “accidental sabbatical” and I have to say, this post has arrived at the right time for me.

While I can’t exactly do what she did, I plan on taking inspiration from this particular blog post and using November to RESET.

In particular, I’ve noticed that my balance is off. I spend a lot of time working hard at two jobs (one 9 to 5 and then fallenpeach) but not seeming to get very far. I spend a lot of time blogging, twittering and marketing but not a lot of time working on my products and then there’s the big problem.

Let’s talk about my Core:  Photography. I love photography. I love showing you my work, both the photos that make it into bookmarks and those that don’t. I love making personal albums and looking through them time and again.

and I have, literally, hundreds of photographs from past trips that I HAVEN’T EVEN LOOKED AT.

Read that sentence again. I am all about road trips, photographs, adventures and I have folders and folders of photos that I haven’t had time to edit and put into a personal album, let alone sort  for new product photos. This isn’t healthy for me. I need to force myself to take the time to look at, edit and sort those photos.

There are other projects too that I need to work on. But what it all really comes down to is BALANCE and Time Management. I need to be better at both of these things.

So. November. My only goal is to Reset. I’m going to continue blogging, but not 5 days a week. I’m hoping for 2 or 3, but we will see how it goes. I’m not  going to pressure myself. I will remain on twitter, because it’s totally my addiction, and I’m really loving instagram as well. But behind the scenes, I’m going to try and work on those two things I mentioned. And hopefully, at the end of it, I’ll have a ton of new photos to show off and new products to boot.

What I’m hoping is that November will be for restructuring my priorities and December will be for slowly putting everything into practice. It’s amazing, but 2014 is right around the corner. And I have big plans for 2014, if only I can get my act together.

Have you ever RESET? How did you go about it? What are your biggest problem areas?

Posted your goals yet? Link to them in the comments, I’d love to read them!

Keeping the Momentum from Recent Brainstorms on our Road Trip

 

Badlands Black and White Photograph by fallenpeach

I don’t know about you, but every time I go on a road trip (or even just a hike or extended walk) my brain starts going a million miles a minute. I start plotting and planning all the things I’m going to do when I get home and thinking about all the projects that are in progress that I want to finish. Some of the plans are more elaborate than others.

Unavoidably, when we get home we get caught up in the day to day and our plans and schemes fall by the wayside. Some stick around long enough for me to add them to my to do list, but usually most of them fall apart and disappear. It makes me sad.

On our last road trip, where I took the above photograph in the Badlands, we schemed and plotted as per usual. We talked about wanting to own a teardrop trailer. Then we discovered you can work living campground to campground and talked about maybe someday getting and airstream and doing that. We discussed breaking our graphic design business off from fallenpeach and giving it it’s own identity. We talked about possible names and what our niche would be. We talked about building fallenpeach and finding more craft fairs to do in 2014. We talked about Sammy and Friends and how to build that up as well.

This time, I’m determined to keep these thoughts going. Some of them more immediately than others. We will be doing more craft fairs in 2014. I’ve already made an excel spreadsheet of fairs I’m interested in for preparation. We will be building fallenpeach as well as Sammy and Friends. AND my winter project WILL be to come up with a name, logo and branding for our graphic design business. I have plans, most of them are good plans, and I’m determined to keep working on them as hard as I can.

How do you keep your momentum from brainstorming when you are away from home?