Setting Some Goals For 2016

We are only one day into the new year so now is a good time to take care of replenishing essentials (replace the batteries in your fire alarms!) and set some goals for the year ahead.

I recently read an article on the importance of replacing your cosmetics, especially eye make-up, on a regular basis. I decided to stock up on some new products and after reading some great online reviews of L'Oreal's Voluminous Super Star mascara, I decided to try it along with the Infallible eyeliner and Brow Artist eyebrow pencil. But this isn't a product review. Along with buying this new make-up I decided to set some goals for myself in 2016. I've never been one for new year's resolutions but goals is something I can get behind. Making them public will also hold me accountable which is both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time.

My criteria was to keep the goal simple, attainable and something that I would genuinely want to do.

A few of my goals for 2016

  • Spend some time learning the proper application of make-up. I wear make-up almost everyday but I've never sat down and learned how to apply my foundation or how to use highlighter. I don't have a lot of time to get ready in the morning so I usually rush right through it. I'd like to take a weekend to educate myself, watch a few You-Tube videos and even visit a cosmetics counter to speak with an esthetician.

  • Flower arranging. I buy flowers almost every weekend at the farmers market and I always tell myself that one day I will be a master at arranging beautiful bouquets. This year will be that year! I'm very lucky to have a number of florists in my area that offer weekend classes. After that, it will be practice, practice, practice.

  • Make time for yoga. I started taking yoga classes a few years ago to help with some aches and pains and I have a great yoga video by Mandy Ingber (that's Jennifer Aniston's yoga teacher!) so I really have no excuse, other than I am usually busy with work, school and family. I need to carve out some time, even if it's only one hour a week to get my stretch on.

  • Design more. I have this nagging voice in the back of my mind telling me I should be designing more. I have always loved to draw and after taking a Photoshop class last year (as part of my required university courses), I find myself wishing I could spend more time designing. I have many dreams of creating things and starting my own company one day, why not make that 'one day' a day this year! I recently read a fantastic article on titled "What to include in your business plan" and it inspired me to pencil in some time (yes, I have a paper agenda) to write out a proper business plan to start my dreams in motion. 

I believe that the most important thing about making goals for oneself is to make sure they are attainable and that your don't overload yourself. You want to be set up for success as much as possible! I am sticking to these four items; make-up, flower arranging, yoga and designing, and I know that with a little rearranging of my schedule and some perseverance, I can see these things through in the next 364 days!

Are you setting any goals for 2016? Are resolutions more your thing? What dreams would you like to accomplish in the new year? Leave your thoughts below, I'd love to hear from you!