Y’all, I can’t believe it’s July 1. Already. Which means so many things: my birthday, our 4-year anniversary and the holidays are 4/5 months away. This second half of the year gets jammed pack for us because of everything I just mentioned but I love it. Now that I’ve shared the slight heart palpitation I’m having over today’s date, let me give y’all a quick life update.
- I turn 30 in August. I’m celebrating big because, well, I’m a Leo and over-the-top is just who I am as a person, lol. But to say I’m excited about hitting that milestone is an understatement. More on that later though–I’ll save this for its own blog post.
- I’m starting a podcast! I know, everyone has one, but I can’t tell y’all how many times I’ve been told I should either start a podcast or write a book. I chose the former and I’m launching it on my birthday. I’ll share it with y’all soon.
- I’ve taken up boxing. And, I’m obsessed. I’ve always had an interest in it but I told myself this year would be when I’d actually pursue it. I’ve been at it for about a month now and I look forward to the class every week. It has also made me stay dedicated to my workout routine–4 days a week (counting boxing).
Now, to the reason why you probably wanted to read this post in the first place: the 5 things I’m focused on to reset for the second half of the year that I encourage y’all to join me in doing.
- Revisit your “why.”
Earlier this year, I read “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek and it is still one of my favorite reads. One of my favorite quotes from the book is: “Very few people or companies can clearly articulate WHY they do WHAT they do. By WHY I mean your purpose, cause or belief – WHY does your company exist? WHY do you get out of bed every morning? And WHY should anyone care?” Whether it’s for your business, side gig or purpose, take some time this quarter to revisit your WHY, including your values, goals and action plans.
- Purge the dead weight, everywhere.
Every quarter, I purge my house and I’m always shocked about two things: (1) how much shit (excuse my language) we accumulate in just three months and, (2) how much better I feel letting go of anything I no longer need, use or want. Take this same approach with everything around you. I know you always hear about dropping people in your circle who aren’t serving you and while this is a good time to do that, too, also think about your habits, energy and time. Where are you investing a lot of energy that’s taking from your cup more than pouring into it? What are you dedicating your time to that isn’t pointing you in the right direction? What habits are hurting you instead of helping you? Think beyond who’s around you and think about WHAT you’re exposing your mind, body and soul to, WHERE you’re spending your time and HOW it’s enhancing your life.
- Redefine self-care.
There’s an entrepreneur named Myleik Teele who talks a lot about how we define self-care. Many people see it as bubble baths, wine and Netflix but it transcends the physical. Self-care can mean checking items off your to-do list that you’ve been putting off to help you focus on the next thing, catching up with a friend who your interactions with are typically limited to texting or Instagram messaging or enrolling in that course you keep talking about to help you take your career or passion to the next level. Rethink self-care–instead of seeing it only as a way to relax, see it as a way to prioritize yourself and as a way to make room for clarity and creativity.
- Choose efficiency over everything.
I’m a major multitasker, although these days, I think most people are. But I’m challenging myself to multitask better–meaning, integrating what I love and my goals even better than before. I bought a hammock 2 months ago and laying in it might be my favorite thing to do now. So, I’ve figured out how to do what I love while working. I can listen to a podcast while I’m in it or talk on the phone/FaceTime with a friend to catch up. I’m also taking more advantage of apps and lists to keep me efficient. I can’t tell y’all enough how much Google Keep has helped me get my life together. From making quick lists before running to Target, to using it to meal prep from my bed on Sunday mornings before grocery shopping, it has been a game changer. Anyways, choose efficiency and productivity over everything.
- Do the 1×3 rule: Set one goal and complete three action steps per day.
Lately, I’ve started writing down three tasks I’m going to complete for my blog each day and I make the time to complete each one, no matter how small. Some days, it’s taking photos for my Instagram account, other days it’s writing blog posts and, sometimes, it’s writing to another blogger to network. Regardless of what the goal is, set a minimum of three action steps that you’ll get done each day. Not only does this keep you consistent, but it will make you motivated to keep going.
- Live so you can create.
I shared on my Instagram account a few weeks ago a tweet I saw where a woman posted her mentor’s perspective on stepping away from the work to explore. Here’s what it said: “A couple of months ago, I told my mentor I didn’t have time to be social bc I was focused on writing/work & she hit me back with… ‘If you’re not present for your own life, what experiences are feeding your ability to create? What stories do you have to tell?’ Changed my life.” This resonated with me because sometimes we get so caught up in our work, side gigs, passion projects, etc., that we see taking time away as time lost or an opportunity for our competition to get out in front of us. But, we don’t realize the true value of pausing. I don’t have to drive the point home because I think the quote says it all but go explore, meet up with friends, have intimate and substantive conversations and watch how all of it inspires your own creations.
I would love to hear from y’all! What are some things you’re doing to reset for the second half of the year?