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2nd January 2018

Today is day 793 of chocolate and chips (as in crisps as in chips).  I’ve sent Neil to the shops for vegetables and vitamins.  Hi.

I guess this is my 2018 resolutions post, but they only last for a week around here.  So lets  call them goals.

In this post I’m going to set out my goals and the tools I’m going to use to achieve them.  I hope the stuff I’m using is useful to you, too.

Space. I need it.  For instance, I’m writing to you from my kitchen table surrounded by my lunch and my coffee mug.  That’s fine.  But there’s also some Christmas decorations waiting to return to the loft, a stack of vinyl records, two lemon cakes, three notebooks and a giant Yankee candle ( Have you got that song in your head now?  Sorry, not sorry.  Maybe.)

My point is, this table is freaking crowded.  Kinda like my mind.  I need a clear out.

Which brings us to, time.

Time.  I need it.

In my twenties, I’d stay up all night.  Listen to music and write.

Now, not so much.  Isla goes to sleep and Neil and I try to go to bed at the same time, so we feel like more than just room-mates.

I used to think getting up with the birds was bullshit.

But now, I roll out of bed, get Isla out the door to school.  And then there’s three hours before I get in the car with one of my PAs and pick up Isla from school.

Time is weird.

Those three hours feel like five minutes.  And real talk time, I spend two of those hours farting around on the internet, and then I’m in the shower.

And so, new plan.

I’m going to get up before everyone else.  On Mondays, I’ll set intentions for the rest of the week.  And then, y’know, actually work through those intentions.

This year, the goals are:

Write a book.  No, really.  Take it week by week, day by day, sentence by sentence.  Get it drafted.

Read a lot.  Read through the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge.

Post on the blog regularly, but make it useful.  Maybe promote a little less, but make the posts so good that they speak for themselves.

This year, the tools are:

My notebooks, and Frank the Laptop.

My Slay Your Goals Planner –  I’ve decided that I love this thing.  Those weekly intentions?  They’ll be in the planner.  Like I said in my newsletter yesterday, The Slay Your Goals planner is like coffee with a really good life coach. If you’d like to slay your goals in 2018, snag a planner through this link, and I’ll receive a small commission from your purchase.

It’s more than 60 pages of exercises to plan your week, month and year. It’s already got me thinking and having fun.

And as an added bonus until January 5th, get the Goal Slaying Hacks eBook for FREE, with the Printable Slay Your Goals Planner.

And I also have plans for the blog.  Those plans include bookish giveaways and other ways I hope Gin & Lemonade will be fun and useful in 2018.

Happy New Year and please stay tuned.

What are your goals this year?  


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  • Reply thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany 2nd January 2018 at 6:09 pm

    My goal for this year is to be able to have a little conversation with someone in German. Nothing major, no deep political discussion or talks about life and death. Just a little, “Hi, nice weather we having. I like your shoes.” Wish me luck, as of right now I can only introduce myself and buy a bus ticket. Well, sometimes I get the correct bus ticket. I have a lot to learn.

    • Reply Lorna 2nd January 2018 at 7:06 pm

      Look at it this way, if you can get a bus ticket at least you can travel, ha! Good luck with it!

  • Reply FranL 2nd January 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Great goals. I posted my list a few days ago but I’m definitely adding some de-cluttering to the list:

  • Reply angelanoelauthor 7th January 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Having time (or capturing it like the bucking bronco it is) definitely sits on my 2018 list. I’m always sorting priorities and sometimes failing. I’m still figuring out what I want to create in 2018, only the notion of practicing empathy has crystalized. But I know there’s more than that–writing and reading goals, and challenging myself to think beyond the “truth as I know it today” will likely be a part of the year ahead for me.
    I love your idea of setting intentions for the week on Monday. It’s a great plan.

  • Reply josypheen 7th January 2018 at 5:39 pm

    You can totally slay those goals!

    We’ll all be hear to support you, and to read your book at the end of the year.

  • Reply fattymccupcakes 7th January 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Dude, samesies on the book thingie. We can do this!

    • Reply Lorna 7th January 2018 at 8:20 pm

      Yes we can.

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