Can you believe that 2015 is almost over? With only 10 days left until 2016 begins, I thought it would be nice to do a little recap of how the year went for me and what you can look forward to from Boho Berry in the new year!
After this post goes live, I’ll be taking a much-needed break to spend Christmas with Mark and the cutest dang 9-year-old you’ve ever seen! I’m looking forward to a week of cooking, baking, traditions, and adventures with the family. You won’t see me for my regular Friday post as it falls on Christmas day, but don’t worry! I’ll be back on Monday with my regularly scheduled programming :)
For now though, let’s get on with the good stuff, shall we?
I thought I’d do a little review of how my 16 Before 2016 list panned out. You remember that list, right? The one where I decided what loose ends I wanted to tie up in order to finish 2015 strong? Here’s a little run down for you:
16 BEFORE 2016:
>> 1. Complete & Publish My Coloring Book (postponed)
Unfortunately this one took a back seat to all of the other things that have kept me busy for the past few weeks. This will be my top priority in the new year though, so don’t count me out just yet ;)
>> 2. Host a Giveaway on the Blog (complete)
Check! It was SUCH a rewarding experience to host my first ever giveaway. Over 3,000 of you entered to win a Bullet Journal Supply Bundle, and I was flooded with so many positive comments that I couldn’t keep up with replying to them all!
Not only did I complete my first giveaway (congrats to Emma R. again, by the way), but I’m hosting a second giveaway to end the year with a bang! More details at the end of this post :)
>> 3. Join a Yoga Studio & Attend 3x / Week (complete… kind of)
I marked this one complete even though I didn’t join a yoga studio (yet). I have been doing Yoga 3x per week following along with Adrienne on YouTube and it has been great! I’m also going to be starting her 30 Days of Yoga challenge in January and I can’t wait!
>> 4. Weekend Getaway With Mark (complete)
Mark and I spent an awesome weekend in New Orleans last month. He was there for work, so it just seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to fly out there and mark this one off of my list. That trip was exactly what I needed to recharge my batteries and come back fresh and relaxed!
>> 5. Schedule & Perform a Year-End Review (complete)
I’ll be diving deeper into my year-end review here in a bit, but suffice it to say for now that this was a fun and enlightening process! :)
>> 6. Pitch Guest Posts to My “Top 3” (in progress)
While I haven’t submitted my posts yet, I have come up with some great ideas (with a little help from a friend) and I’m busy putting together my posts for submission.
>> 7. Create 5 New Malas for the Shop (in progress)
I have all of the supplies ordered that I will need, and I have a great plan for the new line of Malas that I’ll be introducing to the Boho Berry Shop in January. I can’t wait to share them with you!
>> 8. KonMari Books & Paperwork (in progress)
This will actually be marked off by the end of the week. I’ve already sorted through my books and donated a huge stack to the local library. I’ll be organizing my new book shelf this week and then tackling the stack of paperwork that is waiting for me in the office.
>> 9. Plan a Fun Family Trip Around Christmas (complete)
We’ll be hopping a train into NYC this week to show Bella the Big Apple for the first time… can’t wait!
>> 10. Get in that Gym Habit NOW (complete… kind of)
OK, so maybe I haven’t really made going to the gym into a habit quite yet, but it’s a work in progress. I’ll be adhering to a more strict 3x per week schedule at the beginning of the year, but for now I’m happy to report that I’ve gone at least once every week since making this list :)
>> 11. Get My Passport (in progress)
Appointment is set at the passport office… yay!
>> 12. KonMari Kitchen Cabinets & Pantry (postponed)
I might get to this before the end of the year but I kind of doubt it. It will definitely be a top priority in the coming months though!
>> 13. Create an Awesome Opt-In Freebie (in progress)
While it’s not quite ready yet, I am nearing completion on this “little” project. I’ve been wanting to provide a downloadable PDF guide for free to my Tribe members for some time now, and I can’t wait to share it with you very very soon!
>> 14. Pamper Myself – Day at the Spa! (postponed)
I know, I know… this one should have been the first one marked off my list, right? Well, I totally meant for it to be but I kept putting it off to work on my projects and well… it kind of just slipped away from me :( Soon, spa day… soon!
>> 15. Take an Adobe Illustrator Course (complete)
I found this awesome (free) Adobe Illustrator for Beginners course on YouTube! I learned SO much throughout this video series and I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn Illustrator :)
>> 16. Finish 2015 Strong! (complete)
Overall I would definitely say that I finished 2015 strong! I can’t thank Lisa Jacobs enough for presenting the idea for this challenge back in October! Having this list to guide me through the last couple of months was super motivating and I really feel like it helped me to finish 2015 in a way that I can be proud of.
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WRAPPING UP 2015:
If you follow me over on Instagram, you have probably seen my 2015 Year-End Review there already. I conducted this review back in November, following prompts from Lisa Jacobs’ Your Best Year 2016: A Productivity Workbook & Creative Business Planner.
I talked a bit about Your Best Year 2016 in my Why Fall is a Great Time for Review + Goal Setting post, and I just can’t sing it’s praises enough!
I have been working my way through this workbook and loving every minute of it! Lisa’s prompts are thought-provoking and insightful. Her teaching style is effortless and effective all at once.
My favorite part about Your Best Year 2016 is that Lisa realizes that your personal and business lives are not always separate. There is a lot of crossover between personal goals and business goals… and I love it!
Of course I had to take this exercise out of the workbook and create a spread for it in my Bullet Journal! I love the result! I can see at a glance what my successes and struggles were, and I have my “marching orders” going forward into 2016.
My favorite part was coming up with ways that I can improve and build upon my successes in 2015. All in all, I loved the year-end review process and you can bet that I’ll be making it a yearly event going forward!
YOUR BEST YEAR 2016 GIVEAWAY!
I’m so excited to announce that Lisa has been generous enough to offer not one, but THREE copies of Your Best Year 2016 as a giveaway to my readers! I’ve been itching to tell you about this for the past week and I’m so happy that the day has finally arrived!
So what do you have to do to enter?
Simply follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget below to be entered to win. Choose any one of the methods below for one entry, or go wild and complete all 5! It’s up to you :)
This giveaway is open to US residents only, and will run today (12/23/15) through December 29th, 2015.
* For complete disclosures and my giveaway policies, read more here.
* The 3 winners will be announced via Facebook and Instagram on December 30th, so stay tuned!
So tell me, how are you going to make 2016 Your Best Year Ever?
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