My 2018 Intentions include staying present and minimizing overwhelm.

I love this time of year but I also hate it.

When the new year rolls around, it’s like our lives and businesses hit the reset button.  We can take a step back from our life and business and get a fresh perspective.

  • We can brainstorm about what we’d like to achieve in the upcoming year.
  • We can reflect at how the last year went and think about where we’d like to improve.
  • We can devise a (long) list of all the things that we want to accomplish in the days to come.

From one perspective this is all wonderful and exciting. There are just so many possibilities and we feel energized and ready to check off all the things!

Then on the other hand this can get pretty overwhelming. I’m a big dreamer and I’m also a big doer. I think we all have to be that way in order to run your own successful business. But what this beginning of the year planning can sometimes look like is a huge pile of overwhelm (with a cherry on top – of course).

I can’t be the only one saying to myself in 2018:

[  ] I will finally submit my podcast to iTunes.
[  ] I will start doing more videos for Facebook and my blog.
[  ] I will get back to using up each class credit on classpass.
[  ] I will re-do my kitchen. This will include tiling my own backsplash.
[  ] I will interview one new Sewing Boss per month.
[  ] I will blog at least once a week, every week.
[  ] I will host sewing retreats in the country every other month.
[  ] I will create a new jeans sewing class.
[  ] I will cook all my meals instead of eating out and ordering in.
[  ] I’ll start having classes at my studio each weeknight of the week.
[  ] I will find time to sew at my studio each and every day.
[  ] I’ll say yes to every interesting opportunity that comes my way.

Geez, just writing this list is making me tired.

When you’re starting out it’s super difficult to say no to anything that could turn into an awesome opportunity.

But the thing that I’ve learned over the years is that even with all the excitement and possibility that this time of year brings, If I don’t limit what I take on, I’m quickly feeling the weight of it all and not doing one damn thing from my giant list.

Yep – I’ll still probably be doing most of items on the list. But I’ll be doing them in my time.

I’m still a firm believer in setting goals and intentions, especially around the first of the year.  What is life if we’re not growing and bettering ourselves and our businesses?

But I WILL try to stop and smell the roses a bit more in my daily life.

And I will try to say no to at least one thing a  week. Happy New Year Sewing Bosses!

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