New Year for a New You: Day 2

I'm participating in Lisa Jacobs' "New Year for a New You" series for the next seven days. I'm excited to review my progress from 2016 and plan forward to have my best year yet! Won't you join me?

Welcome to Day 2 of Lisa Jacobs’ New Year for a New You series! I’m eating these prompts up with a spoon each day, and blogging my responses for the entire seven days!

If you’re just tuning in, check out yesterday’s post where I explain a bit about the seven-day review, why it means so much to me, and offer a peek at my responses so far.

Day 1 was all about appreciating all of the good in 2016 — accomplishments, favorite memories, and more!

Day 2 was a continuation of that review, reflecting on some of the tougher questions.

I'm participating in Lisa Jacobs' "New Year for a New You" series for the next seven days. I'm excited to review my progress from 2016 and plan forward to have my best year yet! Won't you join me?

Here are my answers for day 2:

>> What was time wasted this year?

  • Not delegating enough of my “busy work” — I spent a LOT of the early part of 2016 swamped by work that I could have delegated to my assistant, Candace. I’ve gotten better at recognizing when I’m caught up in busy work and then brainstorming ways to delegate those tasks, but I know I have more to let go of if I want my business to continue to grow.
  • Procrastinating on important tasks — I have a bad habit of only wanting to work when I’m feeling “inspired.” I tend to procrastinate on the big things by throwing myself into *ahem* busy work.
  • Rushing into projects and making mistakes — I have a tendency to just jump straight into big projects and not giving the pre-planning phase the attention it needs. This causes me to make mistakes that could have otherwise been avoided, and projects take longer in the long run due to my haste.

>> What was money wasted this year?

I was actually very good at making sure that I didn’t waste money this year. I carefully decided what courses, tools, and travel plans were worth the investment, and which ones could wait. That being said, if there’s anything that I wasted money on this year, it was eating out too much vs. cooking more meals at home.

>> What was the biggest challenge you faced this year?

Definitely keeping up with Boho Berry Paperie orders while still trying to maintain a consistent posting schedule on the blog and YouTube. I’ve  gradually gotten better at this, with the addition of new sticker machines and delegating some tasks to Candace, but one of my big goals in 2017 is to find more balance between time spent in the shop (my money-maker), and time spent serving my Tribe (my true passion).

>> If anything, what would you change about the way you handled that challenge?

I would have gotten in front of the problem sooner and worked farther ahead on content creation. Truly, my biggest hurdle was that I underestimated how popular my shop would be. Ever since my shop opening in May, I have been struggling to keep up, slowing things down (by promoting less) when I fell behind, and then scrambling to get blog posts and videos up in the midst of the chaos.

I’m looking forward to having a more solid (and realistic) plan in place for 2017!

>> Are you ending the year with any unfinished business?

Yes! Two main tasks that have been getting put off month after month are completing my blog redesign and implementing an email welcome sequence for new Tribe Members.  I want my website to be a bit easier to navigate, and I also want to create the best experience possible for the people that matter the most to me :)

>> Are there any outstanding goals you’d like to let go of?

Not really. All of my outstanding goals and projects are still relevant and important to me, and I plan to continue them into the first quarter of 2017. It’s time to set some serious intentions and get things DONE already!

>> What was your worst setback in 2016?

Definitely my health. I excelled in other areas but failed to get my health and fitness under control as I had planned. I had some solid attempts (Whole30, anyone?), but ultimately did not develop lasting good habits such as daily exercise and a healthy diet.

>> What bad habits or unhealthy patterns did you engage in that you’d like to give up once and for all?

  • Not eating when I should — I tend to wait to eat because “I’m too busy”, and then get ravishingly hungry and devour my entire pantry – or make a (bad Kara) trip to Taco Bell. This has to stop.
  • Staying up too late — With my husband being gone for a big chunk of the year, I fell into some funky sleeping patterns. Sometimes staying up until 2 or 3 in the morning when I knew full well that I needed my rest. I still woke bright and early each day (I’m hard-wired that way), so I would end up needing a nap mid-day to catch up on sleep. This caused me to be less productive overall.
  • Procrastination — Looking back on last year’s review, I realized that this bad habit was something that I wrote down then, too! I’m determined to get better at doing the important things in a timely manner from now on.

>> What or whom held you back this year? Did anything make you shrink into yourself or feel defensive about your dreams?

A lot of insecurity and feeling like I was not good enough held me back in the beginning of the year. I think this is something that all of us struggle with in one way or another. That “who am I to….” thought is so dangerous! I still have those feelings, but I’m getting a lot better at feeling the fear and going for it anyway!

>> How did you hold yourself back this year? What beliefs/ideas/excuses stopped you from pushing forward?

Kind of along the same lines as the answer above, but I held myself back by not believing that I was deserving of my success or feeling guilty about my success rather than embracing it.

That is why I’m in love with this review series! It helps me to take a step back and really assess where I’m at vs. where I want to be in the next year. What I am proud of, and what I still need to work on moving forward.

I'm participating in Lisa Jacobs' "New Year for a New You" series for the next seven days. I'm excited to review my progress from 2016 and plan forward to have my best year yet! Won't you join me?


That’s it for day 2! Thank you for joining me for this seven-day review! Be sure to check out Lisa’s post right here to get the prompts for day 3 :)

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Kara Benz
Kara Benz is the artist and author behind Boho Berry, where she inspires her readers to lead a more centered, fulfilled, and inspired life. Kara also runs a successful sticker shop on Etsy – Boho Berry Paperie.

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