ENDURING MUSINGS: 10 THINGS TO JOURNAL ABOUT THIS MONTH

10 Things to Journal About February 2015

 

Good Morning Optimists! Happy Friday.

I gotta say for this to be the first week of February, it has been dragging. Maybe it was the freak blizzard or “that” play from the Super Bowl (I’m still not over it myself.) Whatever it is, we need could all use some musing for the month, I know I sure could. So I’m here to share 10 things to journal about this month:

1. RELATIONSHIP GOALS: I gotta say that it has been hilarious to see all the memes going around featuring these “goals” but I wanted to take the idea and really reflect on it this month.

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2. SEAHAWKS: Who didn’t see the Super Bowl? And who has yet to hear about that terrible play? The aftermath of that play left me wondering about some of the bad calls I have had in my life.

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3. SELF LOVE: February is the month of love and not just the lovey-dovey stuff, it’s also about self love. Take some time this month and reflect on you and how much you love yourself. And if you haven’t yet, join me in the Self Love Journal Challenge.

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4. LAUGH: Who doesn’t love to laugh or a good joke? Enjoy and reflect on the gift of laughter this month.

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5. SNOW: This snow has forced me to think about relocating. How about you?  Fill some pages with travel plans, destination ideas and even outfit inspirations.

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6. PATIENCE: Despite having a name that means a form of it, I am still learning patience and with 2015 just beginning, we still have time work on our bad habits, especially patience. hourglass

7. COMFORT FOOD: Cold weather calls for great food! These cold nights have inspire me to whip up some yummy dishes. In fact, this month could be a good time to try out something new for the holidays.

 

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8. BOOKS!!! Since the weather isn’t letting up anytime soon, books have become my getaway from the cold. This month, think about the books you’ll be reading for the rest of the year.

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9. LOVE: You know I couldn’t complete this list without talking about the L-word <3 Enjoy all the benefits of love and remember to give love as often as you can.

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10. ANTICIPATION: 2015 has really just begun and that means that we have so much to look forward too. This month reflect on some of the events and experiences you’re excited about in the upcoming months.

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Happy Journaling, Optimists!

Until next time, stay blessed and inspired :)

TEOLOGO1

ENDURING LIFE: Love You, February! Monthly Goals

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Good Morning Optimists!

Well we are just a few days into February, so you know what that means?

NEW GOALS!

Last month’s goals are in the bag but that doesn’t mean that we can’t reflect on them and use them to jump start our new goals for the next 28 days (or less).

In January, I spent time brainstorming my next book and I started the first draft. I also started working on my business plan and started saving up for my screen printing kit too.

I used the progress that I made with last month’s goals to inspire this month’s goals. Check out my goals, my current reading material and more:

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This month’s goal chasing materials and motivators!
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From my vision journal…. I am focusing on using creativity to chase my dreams, inspire others, live fearlessly and fully step into my role as an entrepreneur.
I'm still working on Time Management for the Creative Person. It's been inspiring and VERY helpful. In additional to that book, I just purchased Kickstarter for Dummies and it has consumed much  of my free time as I prepare for my latest project!
I’m still working on Time Management for the Creative Person. It’s been inspiring and VERY helpful. In additional to that book, I just purchased Kickstarter for Dummies and it has consumed much of my free time as I prepare for my latest project!
I love and appreciate the brainstorming  process.  Mind mapping has become my favorite brainstorming/planning technique of choice. It allows me to get every idea out and figure out the action steps I need for each goal.
I love and appreciate the brainstorming process. Mind mapping has become my favorite brainstorming/planning technique of choice. It allows me to get every idea out and figure out the action steps I need for each goal. SHOUT OUT TO MY ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER, SHONELL B!
A glimpse at this month's goals...
A glimpse at this month’s goals…

My goals for February are:

  • Launch my Kickstarter Campaign!: I am excited to launch this campaign. I will be submitted my application this month to raise funds to help me launch my brand, The Optimist Kit ! I have started the development process already and I am really learning as I go along. Making this campaign happen not only fulfills a goal but it is also me taking a HUGE step out of my comfort zone and leaving fear behind. I have also decided to document my progress from develop, launch and beyond with a vlog on my YouTube channel. You can check out my current videos and subscribe here.
  • Organize my first Google Hangout: I have been toying the idea of hosting a live stream event centered on journaling topics. I decided to ask around on a variety of social media platforms and the idea was highly suggested and recommended. So this month, I will be brainstorming and organizing my first ever hangout. I plan to host the event next month so I will keep you posted on the upcoming date and how to register soon!
  • My final goal- Finish the first draft of book #2: With the Kickstarter project consuming much of my free time and my work schedule increasing, I lost track of my progress with book #2. Writing this book is very important to me and I do not want to lose sight of completing this book. So I am getting my head back in the writing game to get  this book done! I plan on creating a writing schedule, drafting a writing contract (yep, it’s that serious) and removing various distractions during my writing time. (Sorry Instagram :()
In addition to my goals, I will also be taking part in my own Self Love Journal Challenge. Have you signed up?  You can do that here.
In addition to my goals, I will also be taking part in my own Self Love Journal Challenge. Have you signed up? You can do that here.
With all my goals set, I input them in my calendar based on the dues I have created for them.
With all my goals set, I input them in my calendar based on the dues I have created for them.

Here’s to a blessed, productive and positive month. What are your three goals for the month? Share your February goals with me in the comments below or on Instagram. Follow and tag me @the_enduringoptimist and use the hashtag #optimisticgoals in your post.

If you have yet to draft your monthly goals, print off a copy of my MonthlyGoalSetting worksheet.

Until next, stay blessed and productive!

TEOLOGO1

ENDURING LIFE: Self Love Journal Challenge

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Hey Optimists!

How have we been this week? I am back to posting on Wednesdays (I know…I know. I tried to do Mondays but Mondays are CRAZY!)

I’m also sitting home sick yet productive.

One of those things is my challenge for next month…The Self Love Journal Challenge! 

Last year, I did the Self-Love Letter Challenge. I really enjoyed the challenge and I wanted to create a new one for 2015. February highlights love and what better way to show some love than with self love.

Here are the details:

Challenge: Self Love Journal Challenge

Dates: February 1st- 28th (5 daily prompts with a weekend reflection prompt)

Purpose:

CREATE– Reflective journal entries that celebrate self love, focusing on various aspects of YOU!

INSPIRE– Us to love ourselves from the inside out.

MOTIVATE– Us to remind ourselves here after just how special and loved we really are!

Each week will feature the following focal points: MIND, BODY, SOUL and SPIRIT! 

Sign up today to get your prompts, self-loving tips, music and I’ll be giving away something each week.

BONUS GOODIE!!!! Print out my special challenge journal page to document your journey through this challenge: SelfLoveJournalPage

Until next time, stay blessed and loved!

TEOLOGO1

 

 

ENDURING MUSINGS: Instant Journal Entry! “Currently”

(Photos via Google Images)
(Photos via Google Images)

I have a confession to make…

Sometimes I have no idea what to journal about. I know, I know…Shocking, right? Lol!!

I try to make it a habit to spend time with journal for at least 15 minutes a day and sometimes, it’s easier said than done. I say this because I work a 9 to 5 then I have the family to tend to. It gets rough to sit down and just stop.

When I do finally stop,  my body and brain are just a mess of ideas, worries, projects, deadlines and more. I want to reflect on my day or answer a prompt and other times, I just can’t focus on it all.

The solution…

An INSTANT JOURNAL ENTRY!

Instant journal entries can be fun and can create a break from serious reflection, inspire more positive thinking and motivate us to write more.

One of my favorite instant journal entries is the CURRENTLY entry.

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Currently entries are just how they sound; the entries are a rundown of what you are currently thinking, reading, watching, etc. I like to think of these entries as a scatterbrain’s playground.

Why?

Because we (ya’ll should know by now I’m a scatterbrain lol) can literally reflect on EVERYTHING that we are doing this very moment.

Currently entries are fun too (at least I think they are.) There’s no pressure, just us, a pen (pencil or markers) and our journal.  There are no right or wrong answers. It’s a boundless entry that could inspire you.

So how do you do a CURRENTLY entry?

EASY!

There are a variety of templates or you could just create your own, just choose 5-8 different currently topics (or use them all):

EATING

THINKING

FEELING

WATCHING

DRINKING

LISTENING TO

IMAGINING

WORRIED ABOUT

FORGETTING

WISHING

WANTING

NEEDING

FOCUSING ON

HEARING

WEARING (hehe)

OR…You could print off my version of a currently entry have some fun with me!

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Do you like the CURRENTLY entry? Have you tried it? Share your thoughts on this instant entry in the comments below.

Until next time, stay blessed and creative!

TEOLOGO1

ENDURING MUSINGS: Mad About Mind Mapping

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Yep, I said it and I will say it again, say it with me: 2015 IS OUR YEAR!

Now that we have made that declaration, it’s time to do some brainstorming and make plans.

As creatives, we tend to be all over the place and sometimes we lack specific direction with projects. I have been reading Lee Sibler’s Time Management for the Creative Person and it is filled with GREAT time management tips and exercises to help my fellow creatives and I how to manage our time at the office and how to make more time for doing what we love to do.

One of the greatest tips that I have been utilizing is mind mapping. Mind mapping is a planning/ brainstorming exercise that helps us reveal every possible idea, sub idea and details related to a specific topic, project or idea.

I think that mind mapping is idea for creative minds seeking unorthodox structure and organization and for those seeking to see the big picture of an idea as a whole.

How does mind mapping work? It’s easy. All you need is a pen/pencil, a piece of paper and your ideas of course:

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Now that we have our supplies, next lets draw a rectangle (or circle) for your main topic/project:

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Have your idea? Great! Let’s write it down in your first rectangle:

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With our main idea selected, lets think about the major components of our project and create separate “hubs” for each component.

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Add as many components as you can think of related to your project.

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Next, we can create the detail components for each element based on our project, I call these “sub hubs.”

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Finally, lets get as specific as we can and add additional details to our sub hubs:

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When we’re done, we have a beautiful map of our mind’s latest and greatest idea. Now that we see the big picture and all the elements that it takes to create the bigger picture.

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Have you ever tried  mind mapping? Did you find it helpful? Stressful? Share your thoughts on mind mapping below.

Interested in mind mapping?  Give it a try with my easy printable:

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Until next time, stay blessed and inspired!

anigif

TEOLOGO1

ENDURING LIFE: Taking Stock- My Recent Journal Entries

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Good Afternoon Optimists!

How have we been? I haven’t been feeling the best (hence the absence of Friday’s post) but I am working my way back to a healthier state.

On my blog, I talk a lot about journaling, I’m developing a brand around journaling and I absolutely love journaling. If you follow me on Instagram, I share highlights of my entries often but I wanted to start sharing some of my weekly entries right here on the blog.

I thought I would use this month to kick off the new feature with my journal prompts and entries from last week:

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Last weekend, I was completely unmotivated so I sat down and did some brainstorming via mind mapping. I have started working on a new project and this brainstorming session helped me put it all in perspective.

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PROMPT: Declare your greatness with an affirmation. Reflect on how you will reclaim your own victories this year!

This prompt was featured in my newsletter and I sure needed it. That same day, I had a moment of weakness. I have been feeling a lack of support from those closest to me and it left feeling less than stellar but after thinking about my mission and my purpose, I felt alive again.

I realized that the support of others will come and go but my faith, it cannot and will not fade. My faith is strong and it will carry me through all these moments of weakness.
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PROMPT: What makes you unique? What’s unique about your vision? 

Sometimes, you have to sit and reflect on what makes you YOU! I swear, my mother knew what she was doing by giving me such a unique name lol. I believe that I am just as unique as my name and I have always had a desire to share my uniqueness and creativity with the world.

The Enduring Optimist is more than a brand to me, it’s a way of living and while sitting down to reflect, I found that what makes my vision unique is the fact that I am sharing my learning experiences as I go while trying to keep a positive mind and sharing my thoughts, worries and fears no matter what. I want to create a business dedicated to reflection and growth, I want to own a shop that serves as a creative space to those who need it most.

My overall vision is to in inspire people to live a positive and creative life that they can discover and nurture through journaling.

In this entry, I stated that I want people to embrace their creative sides, their unapologetic sides and their raw sides. I want mothers to know they are not alone and they can dream big  and make it happen.  I want kids to escape in their minds and detail their journeys so that one day, they can really document their quests.

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PROMPT: How will you rise above to achieve your dreams? 

I was nearly in tears by the time I finished this post. I cannot remember a dream that I ever wanted as bad as this one. To rise above, I have come to realize that I have to eliminate distractions and keep a positive state of mind no matter what.

To rise above, I plan to keep myself encouraged as well as others too, I will maintain an open mind and a balanced one- which means that I utilize my time management and NOT burn the candles at both ends.

Of course, to rise above, you have to have faith and carry it with you at all times. :)

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PROMPT: What will it take to break through the “red tape” and live the life YOU want to live? 

My family is important to me and so is my purpose. In this entry, I reflected heavily on time management. Time is something of red tape for me. I have been reflecting on my need and desire to buckle down in order to achieve my goals.

Priority was the word of the night for me and I have since sat down to rethink my goals and my timelines.

Sometimes you have to go back and review previous journal entries; doing so, we can reflect on what we wrote and readjust accordingly. I seriously believe that journaling isn’t a write and forget type of activity. We fill those pages for a reason. We are writing the stories of our lives , so why not go back and re-read a chapter or two?

When was the last time you looked back at previous journal entries and was inspired all over again?

If you like my journal prompts, sign up for my online newsletter, The Optimist Weekly and get five new journal prompts, a weekly focus, blog updates and more. Sign up here.

Until next time, stay blessed and reflective,

TEOLOGO1

ENDURING MIND: Words of Wisdom- Toni Morrison

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Novelist Toni Morrison has been one of my creative inspirations for many years. Beloved has been one of my all time favorite books. It had an essence of supernatural folk lore and a touch of family ties that inspired many of the concepts and characters in much of my fiction pieces.

Today, I wanted to share some of Morrison’s most inspiring quotes, along with journal prompts (YAY!)  I created, inspired by her enduring words:

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PROMPT: Who are YOU really? What is your uncensored and unapologetic self made up of? Have you embraced your true self?

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PROMPT: What do you want to create? How will you create it?

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PROMPT: What impact can you make on those around you?

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PROMPT: How will you inspire others while chasing your dreams?

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PROMPT: If you didn’t have a care in the world, what could you accomplish?

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PROMPT: BREAK STUFF! Not literally but verbally. Unleash all your current angst on paper right now!

Which quote has your mind racing? Share your favorite quote and journal response with me in the comments.

Until next time, stay blessed and inspired!

TEOLOGO1

ENDURING MUSINGS: 6 WAYS TO RECHARGE THROUGH JOURNALING

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Okay Optimists, I have a declaration to make! I declare 2015 as a year of change. One of those changes is recharging.

I spent a lot of time last year burning the candles at both end; I was glued to my phone and laptop. I stayed busy yet I was unproductive. I would find reasons to “take breaks” or I would start researching something, open a new tab, log onto Facebook or troll through Instagram.

I guess the first step in change is admitting that you have to change and as much as I would love to spend all my hours and days drafting and crafting ideas; however; I noticed that all that burning of the midnight oils has taken its toll on my creative process.

So a change is not only needed but greatly required.

This year will be a year of recharge physically and mentally. What’s the best way to do it?

Journaling of course!

Some journal via a digital format (smartphone, laptop, recordings, etc.) but the down side to that is that it keep us wired. The blue screen and soft electrical hum is ever present. Our eyes are glued to the screen and we often lose track of time.

Well not today! Starting today, I encourage all of us to turn off our notifications and turn on our brains. Log off and reconnect with yourself from the inside out. Let 2015 be the year that your mind and pen sync up on paper with these 6 recharge exercises to help use your journaling time to unplug from the world and recharge:

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Try at least of these exercises at least once a week. Take some time away from the world and reconnect with YOU!

This would be the time that I would encourage you to share your entries with me on Instagram…BUT, I won’t. Keep these entries to yourself and reference them as often as your replenish your own batteries.

Until next time, stay blessed and recharged!

TEOLOGO1

ENDURING MIND: 10 Things to Journal About This Month

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Good Morning Optimists and Happy Monday!

I decided in 205, I would change things up and switch my posting days. I will still post on Fridays but I changed my first day from Wednesday to Monday so I can share some inspiration early in the week!

I have some great content coming this month and this year for you all, so I hope that you stick around with me in 2015!

That being said, let’s kick off the new blog schedule with some journal inspiration!

Readers have asked me where I get the inspiration for my journal prompts? I seriously get inspired through my life and the things that I feel that I need the most. When I create my newsletter for the week, I follow the same format and I write down positive words that relate to the theme of the week and so forth.

This month, I thought about what the new month and the new year represents and it inspired a new monthly feature: 10 THINGS TO JOURNAL ABOUT THIS MONTH!

At the start of each month, I will share 10 inspirations and topics for us to fill our journal pages with.

This month is always about renewal, starting over, setting goals and growth; here are my journal inspirations for the month:

10Things1-31. Your Vision: What is your vision for 2015? What goals do you want to accomplish in this new year!

2. Hobbies to Try: What hobby have you always wanted to try? Reflect on a creative outlet that you want to try out in 2015.

3. Travel: Who doesn’t want to see the world? Draft a list of places you want to see in the new year and start saving those pennies :)

10Things4-54. Create a Wish List: This is the year that we start treating ourselves. Create a list of items and activities to treat yourself with in the new year.

5. Changes: Reflect on what changes mean for you this year? What changes do you anticipate? What changes do you dread? What changes are you planning on?

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6. Fear: What fear are you ready to get over this year? Recall where this fear came from  and how can you get over it?

7. A Childhood Friend: Go back down memory lane and think about a friend from your childhood. Are you still close? If not, what caused you to drift apart?

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8. Remembrance: Write a loved one who has passed on. Recall your favorite memory with them. Tell them how you’re doing on earth. Write a prayer in their memory.

9. Create a 2015 Bucket List: Draft your list of awesome for the year. What do you want to do, what do you want to try and what do you want to conquer? Make it happen in 2015!

10. Celebrate Your Success This Month: Whether you worked out for a full week, learned how to knit or went on a date, document as many successes as you can this month!

What will you feature in your journals this month? Share your journal inspirations in the comments below.

Until next time, stay blessed and inspired!

TEOLOGO1

 

ENDURING LIFE: Hello January and Hello 2015

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Good Morning Optimists!

Welcome to a new month and a NEW YEAR! I hope that everyone celebrated the wake of 2015 with love, joy and maybe a few sips of bubbly too.

Now that we have celebrated the launch of a new year, it is time to focus on some goals. I have been spending the last two weeks reflecting on my progress from 2014 and my goals for 2015.

One thing that I realized was that 2014 was a real year of learning and gaining experience. I went through a lot of trials and errors while developing, launching and relaunching projects. The overall outcomes of these endeavors have prepared me for new levels of greatness in 2015!

This is a year of manifestation and of course, more growth and development.

For the year, I have goals designated for myself, my marriage, my family, fiances and of course my business. I thought I would share a few from each category with you:

PERSONAL:

  • Get at more sleep. I would love to say, I will get 8 hours a day but I can’t, BUT I will say that I plan to get to bed by 10pm during the weekdays and by 11:30pm on the Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Drink more green tea and water
  • Treat myself every two weeks :)

MARRIAGE:

  • Pray for my husband and our marriage daily.
  • Write my husband a love letter once a week.

FAMILY: 

  • Incorporate more Family Date Nights into our routine
  • Read at least 30 mins daily with the kids.
  • Plan and go on a mini family vacation in June of 2015

FINANCES:

  • Save $3,000 this year!
  • Establish and Emergency Fund
  • Begin the house buying process!

BUSINESS: 

  • Write and publish my next book by March 2015
  • Draft and finalize my business plan, The Optimist Lounge.
  • Host 2 Optimist Lounge meetup/events this year.

This month, I am focusing hard on various aspects of my brand and continuing to educate myself on marketing and business. This month, I am working on

  1. My next book. I will spending the month brainstorming the content and the layout of my next book. I will also be creating a tracker and schedule for the start and completion of this book to keep me productive and organized.
  2. My business plan. My goal is to spend the first half of 2015 drafting my business plan for The Optimist Lounge then spending the last 6 months of the year working on being this vision to life.
  3. Finally, I am saving up for my first screen printing kit (I am VERY excited about this). The purchase of this kit will be a serious investment for my business and future projects. I will be creating a tracker for my saving on this as well.

In addition to my goals, I thought I would share my productivity essentials for the month:

MY PLANNER: 

I opted not to use the Passion Planner this month. I purchased this one back in October from Half Price Books for less then $10 and I decided that I will make the best of it. So far I am liking it. Space is limited but it serves a purpose. 
I opted not to use the Passion Planner this year. I purchased this one back in October from Half Price Books for less then $10 and I decided that I will make the best of it. So far I am liking it. Space is limited but it serves a purpose.

MY JOURNALS: 

My journal essentials for the month. My TOMS journal for personal reflection and my creative productivity journal for all my daily tasks!
My journal essentials for the month. My TOMS journal for personal reflection and my creative productivity journal for all my daily tasks!

MY BOOKS: 

My books for the month include a book about writing your first business plan, a book about time management for creatives and a book about mastering social media marketing in a week.
My books for the month include a book about writing your first business plan, a book about time management for creatives and a book about mastering social media marketing in a week.

Of course, I want to know what your goals are for 2015 and for the month of January. Do you know what you want to achieve in 2015 and this month?

If you have yet to set your goals or need some additional inspiration, click on the links below for special printables dedicated to goal setting,vision planning and my monthly goal setting worksheet too.

AIM 2015 Reflection Page

AIM 2015 Vision Page

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How do you plan to achieve in 2015? Share one of your yearly goals and this month’s goal in the comments below, on Facebook or my Instagram page (@the_enduringoptimist)

Until next time, Happy New Year, Optimists!

TEOLOGO1

 

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