9 Tips to Make Your New Years Goals Happen

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We’re two weeks into 2015! How are your lovely New Years goals and plans going? Are you on your way to reaching your goals, or have you fallen off the wagon? It’s totally ok if you have. The beauty of falling off the wagon is that you can always get right back on. Jump on that hayride whenever you want.

Do what you can today, this week, right now.

9 Tips for Making Your New Years Goals Happen:

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2014 Reflections and 2015 Goals

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I don’t know why, but I get all kinds of jazzed up from planning my new year. One of my favorite parts of January is that it’s the time to reflect on the year that has passed, finish up on some things I might not have gotten to, and start dreaming up my plans and goals for the coming year.

For the past two years, I’ve used (and loved) Leonie Dawson’s Life and Business workbooks (aff link) to plan my goals for the year and good golly gosh, these workbooks are amazing. I plan to use them every single year for the foreseeable future because they WORK.  They’re a beautiful way to pin down your vision for the coming year and break it down into goals you can accomplish. 2014 was amazing and I owe a lot of it to these workbooks.

Some amazing things that happened in 2014:

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My New Years Letter to You

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Dear Friend,

2014 is a closed book and 2015 is a blank page, standing wide open. We’re moving on.

We’ve set goals, resolved to change our lives and our selves in one way or another, we’ve cast our wishes like lots. The holidays are over and now we begin the grunt work of making 2015 our best ever.

I hope this year is kind to you. I hope you find what you’re looking for, that you grow and stretch in amazing ways. I hope you learn to be gentler, kinder, more patience and optimistic. Whatever this year brings, I hope you meet it with joy and that you develop unshakable faith in the process of life. 

Remember, there is enough for everyone, including you. You can do amazing things. Remember that you have gifts that can make your life amazing as well as help those around you.

I hope that you never lose faith in yourself and that you accomplish all you’ve set out to do this year. If this year brings struggles, I hope you meet them with grace and an openness to the treasures those challenges have to offer. May you be surrounded by support, may your sense of humor never fail. I hope this year brings you immense joy and that your happiness is a light to those around you.

I believe that whoever you are are the close of this year is the best possible outcome of this year, what was always meant to happen. You will be in the perfect place to receive whatever wonders 2016 holds for you.

Have a wonderful 2015, my friend.

Love, McKella

 

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Winter Sleep

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What an odd winter this is.

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” plays on the radio, tiny Christmas lights twinkle in the twilight, but we’ve barely seen a snow flurry and until last week, I took my lunch hour walks in a tee shirt and capris.

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New Paintings and Prints! Winter Magic

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We don’t have snow yet (ok, we’ve seen a few flurries), but I am already in a Christmasey mood! I was itching to put up the tree and decorate my new place, but I valiantly held off until the day after Thanksgiving, and then when I got home from my family’s house on Friday morning, I immediately hauled out the decor and the tree and had everything set up before I’d even sat down.

Bring on the jingle bells, I’m ready!

So this year I decided to try to make some Christmasy art! I haven’t made much winter art at all, actually. There’s Winter’s Light, and a couple experiments with inky blizzard paintings, but for the most part my art tends toward spring and fall. In the winter, I’m usually so sluggish that I’m lucky if I can get off the couch to heat up canned soup for dinner, let alone climb two flights of stairs to my studio.

But I’m on the ball this year, and I’m pretty proud of these paintings. I’m still on my fox kick from autumn and included a snow fox in one of these paintings, and a white stag in the other. I included lots of texture, splatter painted snow, and Christmas lights on the trees! Lights are one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season, and I use lots of white lights and silver in my own Christmas decor. These pieces look great in my living room hanging by my tree until they find their new homes!

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