The new year means it’s time for a new crop of inspiration. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite inspirational women to share what they are focusing on in their business and personal lives for 2018.
“2018 is going to be the year I concentrate on finding balance or at least getting closer to it. Last year, my work bucket was full, full, overflowing. My family bucket was also pretty full, but my social life/friend time and self-care buckets were basically empty. This year, I’m going to try and even those out a bit. That said, I can’t help but make work goals, and one is I’d love to bring some furniture I designed to market. A new house for my just-expanded family would be nice, too.”
“I am an avid goal-setter all year round, so my resolutions tend to be pretty simple. I usually do something work related and something personal. My work-related goal is to celebrate our team members’ birthdays this year. We don’t all work from the same office, so I’ll have to be a little more creative than just bringing in a cake to work on their birthday. And one of my personal goals is to not buy any new clothing, shoes or accessories for three months. I may make this a longer goal, but I’m starting off with three months to see how it goes. It’s not just about appreciating and using the things I already own (although that’s part of it, for sure), it’s also about spending a little less time shopping. I am usually a sucker for any sale email that hits my inbox, so I’m aiming to be more intentional in the future, and my first step is to just cut out the shopping for a little while.”
“Health and working out. When you run a company, it’s easy to put yourself last. Last year, that included my health, wellness and commitment to working out. But this year, no way. I’m making sure that my health is top priority and I’m going to be taking my son (my dog, Noah Wiley) on more hikes.
New projects: We are going to be launching WorkParty, a super-top-secret project we’ve been tight-lipped about at Create & Cultivate (coming soon and we’re geeking out!). I can’t wait to release it in to the world and see the response.
Giving back: We are also about to launch a scholarship program for C&C. We’re announcing it on the 9th of this month. It will enable us to continue to live one of the most important missions of Create & Cultivate—collaboration over competition, and to champion bad-ass women everywhere. Our time is right now.
Traveling: I got married last year and my husband David and I have yet to go on our honeymoon. But it’s planned, the time is blocked off. We’re heading out of town on an amazing trip to Italy, and I’ve committed to only one hour of emails per day. Ciao!“
“I aim to triple the revenue in our shop this year. I aim to surpass a million followers on @TheJungalow Instagram. I aim to take walking meetings and just be generally more active during the work day.”
“Assume everyone has the best intentions, follow my instincts faster and get off my phone. I am a first-time entrepreneur, which means I have never done any of this before and I’m learning as I go. That inexperience can lead me at times to rely on others that have more knowledge of whatever problem we are trying to tackle, or initiative we are trying to plan. What I have learned is when I have a gut instinct that keeps needling me, regardless of what those more experienced recommend, I need to go with that instinct quickly and not mull over it for days on end. It doesn’t always mean I make the right decision, but even failing fast can oftentimes be more valuable than a slow decision-making process.”
“To start dating again! So scared.
To become a better friend and foster the relationships I have. It’s hard with a growing business to remember to invest in personal relationships, but I am committed to doing just that this year.
To communicate openly, honestly and directly with everyone I interact with. So often it is easier to avoid confrontation and discuss problems with people that aren’t actually involved. This year, I’m going straight to the source.
To give myself credit for building a brand that is about to celebrate 10 years in business. Owning my own accomplishments is hard for me. I don’t like to seem like a braggart, but it’s time. It’s just time.”
“My goal in 2018 is to show love and care for my mind and body. We tend to put our mental and physical health last on the list. Showing care for my body means investing in her strength and longevity by feeding her well, gifting her movement and speaking to her lovingly. Showing care for my mental health means committing to positive thought flow and making time for rest, journaling, meditation, therapy and nurturing relationships.”