that fits your life!
I’ve been journaling since I was about 12 years old. I would like to tell you a romantic story about how I picked up pen and paper on my own and started writing down poetic thoughts at a young age (if only 🙄). Here’s how it really went down. I got in trouble … at church #facepalm and had to sit by the pastor’s wife for a MONTH and take notes during the sermons.
To all of you who didn’t grow up in the south and familiar with calling all female adults by the name “Ms” – insert first name – … ie. Ms Terry, Ms Becky, Ms. Debbie (you get the picture)… this may sound a little overboard for the crime, but it ended up being one of the most life-preparing “oops” moments of my pre-teen life. Byproduct of this unfortunate 12-year old lapse in judgement : I’ve taken sermon notes ever since! Not to mention notes throughout high school and college. It taught me to write: my thoughts, my aha moments, cite books and articles so I can reference later, and so much more.
Last year as I worked to turn My Blueprint Year goal-setting process into an annual planner, I of course included lots of opportunities inside the book for journaling and reflection. I’m sure for many of you using this book (or another goal-setting/reflection tool) isn’t always easy! I don’t think writing, reflection and journaling comes naturally. But as I sat to prep my June goals and review May progress I saw right there on paper the importance of not only the journaling part .. but the journal itself!
Many of my goals in May read “made progress”.
Not many of them read “done”.
That can be super discouraging. I like seeing checkmarks not “…”s.
Luckily I didn’t stop at the review your nine goals part. Instead, I continued in my reflection to a section I call “Time to Celebrate | Things accomplished this month.” and I filled the entire section with things accomplished in May.
May was a month of checking off all the “…” items I listed as “made progress” in previous months!
Progress adds up, and if you stay focused on the things that matter, you’ll get there in time!
Whether you’re using the My Blueprint Year tool or not, I encourage you to take some time this month to sit down and reflect on how far you’ve cover these last five months as a whole. It’s great to focus month by month, but it’s also so cool to see how that little progress adds up with time and continued effort.
What is one way you stay the course when working on a big project that takes many months to accomplish?
"I have my cash flow plan beside me and I have been up sixty freaking percent this whole year simply by planning ahead for slow months and all the sudden the money is there. What! You are brilliant and I am so grateful for you and the way you love us and take care of our hearts and just are YOU! I sometimes feel like that 2nd grade kid who’s like, “Teacher! Look - I did my homework!”