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January 01, 2014

2014 New Year's Resolutions

It's New Year's Resolution time! To be totally honest… I’ve always thought of NYR’s as being wack and a total waste of time because I never can follow through with them and I hate disappointing/letting myself down with promises I couldn’t keep. I can’t remember the last time I’ve made any NYR’s for myself personally or for my business. This year I wanted to do something different – I want to make a change. I want to hold myself accountable for something. At the end of the year I want to be able to look back and reflect on all of the challenges, opportunities, or accomplishments I made throughout the year. I want to be able to say, “I tried” or “I did it!” I don’t want to drown myself in sorrows or “what if’s” this year. I plan to follow through with my NYR’s (goals) this year … because majority of them I dream about all of the time and sometimes lose sleep. Last year January 2013 I walked away from 9-5p job to enjoy my personal life with my family and to elevate my business to the next level. However, I feel as though I didn’t give a full 100% to either one of those goals and I did not push myself as much as I should have. Honestly speaking, I am afraid to face some of my goals but I feel as though – it’s time – to face those fears and stop taking life so serious and enjoy myself a little more. So here it goes …

My NYR (Personal Goals) List:


1. GET MARRIED! This is definitely #1 on my list –  April 22nd will be myself and Lamont’s 9th year together and we’ve been engaged for six years. Every time we get close to actually getting married a fear arises inside of me and I switch the date. Everyone that knows me (personally) teases us and doesn’t take me seriously anymore when I give them dates (and who can blame them), heck Lamont doesn’t even believe me anymore.  I brought this upon myself – I’m foreal this time ya’ll I’m getting married!




2. Spend More Time w/Family – Individual time … I spend more than enough time with both of my babies (my fiancĂ© and my daughter), but I want to be able to give the both of them more individual one on one time.

3. Take A Family Photo – Why don’t I have ANY family photos of all three of us? It’s 2014 there’s no reason for us not to have one : /


4. Make an Effort to Pick up my Phone and spend more time with (girl) friends.


5. Play Without Hesitation – I’m a neat freak and I cannot stand for things to be out of place, I want to be able to allow my house to get “messy” (not dirty) without screaming/yelling at the top of my lungs at my family about all the work I put into keeping it clean. It takes the fun out of everything when my family is having fun and I’m putting things back up neatly as they play – not cool – I don’t want to be “that girl” anymore.


6. Church – Make an effort to go to church more frequently and TIMELY.


7. Pay Tithes


8. Travel - I want to face my fear of airplanes, I think the last time I rode one I was only two years old.  So, of course I don’t remember… there are so many places I want to go, but my fear of riding a plane has been stopping me. Also, just for “fun” I want to take my daughter on a train and bus ride she is so fascinated with the both of them : )


9. Pay off my Student Loans – I owe 30k+ on student loans, I’m giving MYSELF THE SIDE-EYE with this one… I can’t even put into words how in the heck I could even get close to paying this off this year, but a girl can dream right?




10. Read More

11. Make Schedules (and stick to them!)


12. Cook More and Eat Out Less – At least 2-3 times a week (yikes!)


13. Eat & Drink Healthier


14. Slow Down on Cursing/Usage of Negative Words  - I know I probably won’t stop cold turkey, but I think I can work on better choosing my words : )


15. Volunteer More


16. Get A Privacy Fence – I’m tired of neighbors running across my yard or peeping out their windows at me and my family – we need our privacy! I want to be able to enjoy my backyard without the crowd.


17. Plant Flowers – I want a pretty yard to match my new Fence : )


18. Go to a Concert - I would love to see Tyrese perform live, but any concert would suffice!




19. Go to the Beach - Went to Marcos Island in March!

20. Go on a REAL Family Vacation


21. Romantic Getaway


22. Go to a Festival


23. Go to a Fashion Show


24. Go to a Kid’s Concert/Show


25. Watch LESS “Reality” TV


26. Get ALL FOUR Wisdom Teeth Pulled – I’ve been walking around with sore/achy gums ALL YEAR … I am sooooooo terrified about going to the Dentist and getting these teeth extracted. These teeth are causing a big ruckus in my mouth right now because they are so large! As they’re growing in they’re pushing all of my other teeth closer and closer together … and blah blah blah! They really need to be pulled out at this point… #JesusTakeTheWheel


27. Go Ice Skating


28. More Play Dates - Had 1 play date in January, 2 in February, 1 in March




29. Try EYELASHES and BLUSH – LOL! I know this one is kind of silly, but just blame my curiosity on Instagram.

30. Conquer a Fear


31. Cross ANYTHING off of my “Bucket List”


My NYR (Business Goals) List:


1. Complete My Website – I haven’t had an “official” website in over TWO YEARS! I’m not sure why I took down my website in the first place? I want to be able to direct my current/potential clients to an updated fully functional website VS. A blog. #POW I completed this goal 1/14/2014, what a great way to start of the new year!


2. Expand Eccentric Designs Product Base – I want to be MORE than “Just” a Graphic Designer. In addition to my custom stationery/graphic designs I also offer custom made Jewelry pieces, Handbags, Tutu Kits!




3. Create PRE-MADE Ready To Ship Party Packages or Small DIY Kits – This has always been a dream of mine and I plan to work diligently to get these into my shop!

4. More Instant Downloads – Bare with me on this one … I’m new to editable files, but once I figure it all out I plan to offer them to you and of course this will mean tremendous price drops for you : )




5. Get Eccentric Designs Products Into Local Boutiques – I want to offer some of my products locally in small boutiques, I’m not sure how to go about doing this but I’ll figure it out : /

6. Mobile Parties – It seems only natural for me to expand and start providing services in this area (heck I already do – kind of) … I plan to beef up my marketing for this service area – I’m sort of excited about it : )


7. Step Into the Wedding World – I’ve actually shared this idea with quite a few people, I would love to get more involved with the wedding world and create more stationery designs that make life easier for the – DIY Bride.


8. Patronize Local Businesses – Eat and Shop locally (plain and simple).


9. Meet and Greet – I want to meet at least TWO of my “FB” “professional” bestie/friends.


10. Attend (More) Social Networking Events – Locally/Long-Distance.


11. Update Social Networks Regularly – I have my months where I’m doing great and other’s not so great… I get so bored and distracted with constantly trying to update 6+ networks, but I pinky swear* I will do better this year!


12. More Coupons and/or Giveaways for Loyal Fans & Followers.


13. Vlog – I want to start vlogging on YouTube this year … I’m so nervous and afraid that my little country (southern) voice will run you away from my YouTube channel, but I’m ready to at least give it a “try”.




14. Share – Share my God given talent with you! I want to do more tutorials & crafts and share more behind the scene adventures with you.

15. Styled Shoots - I want to do more styled shoots on my own and maybe connect with other businesses, any takers out there?




16. Unplug – I want to be able to unplug from the Eccentric Designs (sometimes), to give myself time to recharge. I have plastered over all of my social networks/websites that my hours of operation are from 9am-3pm (Mon-Fri), but realistically they’re whenever I’m awake. I want to be able to step away from the computer without feeling guilty about answering an e-mail or finishing an order.

17. Say YES – I’ve mastered saying “NO” last year! Anytime someone has brought a challenge/idea to me I didn’t feel comfortable with doing … I’ve said, “Nope”, “No”, “Unfortunately, no…” … you get the point? It’s okay to say “no” sometimes, but not all the time. I want to push myself to do different things this year and face all challenges with a smile. I know I can do this!


As I accomplish things on my list(s) I will cross them out and include a date/update … I’m really excited to post this and keep you updated with my journey. Imagine how amazing it would be for me to be able to cross off every item on this list? I won’t beat myself up if I don’t but keep in mind the GOAL is to cross them ALL off and I’m ready!


Check back periodically to help keep me on track : )


xoxo,
Latisha 


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