2015 was an incredible year of struggle, perseverance, failures, strength, hope, love, tears I could go on and on but I can’t keep looking back. I am welcoming 2016 with open arms and no fear. I am not sure if the five rounds of IVF last year finally caught up with me and made me completely psycho this past month or if it was a let down knowing I completed all of my IVF rounds and I was hanging up my lucky monitoring socks. I embraced the fact that I would not be going down the IVF cycling path again. It was bittersweet.
I needed to make a change for 2016 and focus on myself, my attitude, my health, my goals, my marriage, and my business. I was so distracted last year with what IVF entails and all the travel that honestly I barely kept it together. This year I am doing something that I have never done before, and that is taking the time to envision what I want out of life and setting goals. Yes, I have written down goals or thought of things that I wanted to accomplish in the past, but I haven’t made a real effort to structure my goal planning. I purchased the 2016 yearly Power Sheets from Lara Casey to help me navigate what I want out of life. I have also decided to limit my social media engagement for 2016 as a way of regaining focus and concentrating on the things that will enhance my life.
I love my simple 2016 Erin Condren Life Planner next to my Power Sheets. It’s classic style and easy planning layout will help me to plan out each month with goals that are meaningful. I made a video of how I kept track of my IVF cycles you can watch it HERE. If you don’t have a planner yet what are you waiting for? Save $10 by using my special discount link click HERE.
If you are part of my IVF Book Club (and if not you should join I just put up a new reading list for 2016), you will see a book on our list from last May called “Make It Happen” by Lara Casey. I am completely obsessed with this book because Lara is so transparent. THANK GOODNESS SOMEONE IS FINALLY REAL!! She told you about her fear, self-doubt, her eating disorder, how she was struggling in her marriage, infertility struggles, how she’s not perfect and so on. It was refreshing to read a book that wasn’t trying to pretend that everything is so wonderful. I felt like my life seemed more normal when I was reading her book. Not only did I feel more empowered but I learned that I don’t have to keep chasing perfect. I don’t have to do it all; I don’t have to keep worrying about how many “likes” my social media accounts get (how pathetic does that sound?), I can live on purpose, surrender my fears and end the chase for perfection because it doesn’t exist.
You can read all about the Power Sheets on Lara’s blog, but I wanted to give you a little overview and insight on how I am taking control of 2016. It’s hairy girls going through infertility and trying to keep your life together, act “normal” and not cry to the postman…..every day. Planning out your goals is not a quick project, it takes time and real in-depth focus to figure out what you want out of life. Maybe your goals have changed since going through IVF, or maybe you decided on a path that you thought you would never have considered before. Whatever your story take the time to spend it with yourself and tap into what makes you tick.
I am making some progress as you can see by my pink check marks above. These pages are very thought provoking so grab a cup of tea and get comfortable. It’s amazing how we rush through life and never just sit down and think about where we want to go in life. We just let life happen.
The comparison of everything is something that has crept into my life somehow over the past five years. I think it exploded when I started going through infertility treatments two years ago. I know it’s wrong, and it completely steals any joy or self-confidence I have. I have to keep reminding myself that God did not make us to compare ourselves or our unique journey with anyone else.
The best part of the Power Sheets is the fun stickers at the end of the first six months. I haven’t figured out how I am going to use them yet but I am thrilled that I have encouraging saying to keep me going. I will be updating my blog with the next six months of Power Sheets called Refresh this summer. Don’t forget to check out Lara’s blog she has an incredible Giveaway happening right now.
Have you decided to set goals this year? If so, comment below on one new goal that you have made for yourself. I love reading what you girls are up to and it helps inspire everyone.