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In a perfect world …
We would all wear smiles, genuine smiles

We would all help each other no matter what

There would be no broken hearts

There would be no outsiders 

There would be understanding and wisdom flowing 

There would be no regrets 

There would be acknowledgement of God at all times 

Eve would have never eaten the apple and convinced Adam to as well

We would be free of sin and anguish

We would have everything that we needed and wanted 

There would be no debt 

There would be no shortage of love 

There would be no wars

There would be no shortage of resources and givers 

There would be no drama and mess 

In a perfect world…

Goal Reboot

Half way through the year and I am feeling pretty amazing.  How are you feeling? I’ll wait…

So this is just a little check up or check in.  I am sure most of you set goals or resolutions this year and I just wanted to take some time to send some encouragement your way.  I have had my moments of giving up within these last six months.  One major thing that keeps me going is my purpose.  I was born for the things that I have been blessed to do such as write these posts, encourage others, build community, and help as many people as I can.  We are all here to serve others but there are different ways to serve and we have to find our own unique way of doing so.  So with all of that being said, I set some goals for this year and I have found a new boost of energy when achieving them.

At the beginning of the year I set my word for the year and it is PREPARE. I definitely feel like I am being prepared for some major things coming up and I have to daily remind myself that with preparation comes patience (impatient as hell), faith and belief.  I’m being tested in all of these right now everyday.  I choose to stay consistent in where God is leading me and take at least one step a day to my goals and dreams.

One major goal was to put more time into building my business and my brand.  I started really putting into practice the scripture “Faith without works is dead”.   I used to be that person that was like if I ask God for it that is all that I need to do to get it.  Foolishness, so not true at all.  I have really started putting in the work. Making sure that I am posting everyday, learning all that I can to make the business better and make it grow. I want Simply My Purpose to be one of the best Purpose coaching boutiques in the world. I have so many dreams and goals tied into this business and I can’t wait to see them all come together.

Another goal is to finish my degree. I have been putting this thing off so much because I don’t have a real reason other than I have times of laziness and I just don’t want to study for the two test that I need to take to complete the process. But recently I had a little bit of a scare when it came to not having my degree (details of that coming in a future post). Thanking God that it didn’t disrupt my next move. But I have set a date to take each test and I am studying for them and plan to have them completed by the middle of the third quarter of this year. Wish me luck !!!!

Another goal was to finish my weight loss challenge from last year. I wanted to lose 60 lbs by the end of 2016 and I made it to 50lbs. I had a few set backs but I am now 4 lbs away from my goal weight and decided to go another 10 lbs to get under 200lbs although I’m not sure about this skinny look on me. But I’m proud and happy all at the same time because I never thought that I would be disciplined enough to do any of this.

I also made a goal to live more, do more and spend more time with family and friends.  The living part has just recently taken off and I’m excited while I thought others were limiting me I realize that I was really limiting myself and I’m hear for the living.  I still don’t do a lot other than working a lot (I got these bills) but I recently just really got on my grind and it is all coming together and easing up.  Hanging with family and friends well I am definitely doing more of that and reaching out more.  I don’t want to be that introverted friend all of the time that’s never around.  So I have started hanging a little more and spending a little more time outside of my home.

Prayer and spending time with God was a major goal for me this year because I be slipping.  I make time with Him daily and I make sure that I am listening more than I am talking.  Building this relationship is the most important thing to me because I have had my doubts as to whether or not He is listening to me and moving around in my life.  But He has shown me over and over again that He is there and He has me covered.  So if I don’t do anything else throughout the day I make sure I give God His time.  What a difference it has made in my life, in my faith, in my relationships, within myself. Truly the best goal that I set for myself.

A couple of ways to get your mojo back with achieving these goals…

  1. Remember your “Why”. Why did you set this goal?  Do you still really want it?  On a scale of 1 to 10 where is it in your priority list? 
  2. Take a step toward the goal.  Just one small step will get you moving again.  JUST ONE!!!! 
  3. Reach out to someone close to you for encouragement and/or a kick in the butt to get moving. 

I have a challenge starting on June 18.  The challenge is called #doitwithpurpose.  For the next 30 days, I am challenging myself, you and everyone else to set one goal that you really want to get done now and post every day one step that you have taken to accomplish that one goal.  The goal for this challenge is to give you the boost that you need to accomplish your goals, to connect you with others that are doing the same thing and to build a community of encouragers.  I am so excited about this challenge.  So we get started on June 18 and with every post use the hashtag #doitwithpurpose and tag me also.  Comment and let me know if you are up for the challenge.

Do you need a reboot in achieving your goals for this year?  Have you fallen off and need some encouragement and guidance? Let me help you, get in touch with me.

Until next time, live simply but extraordinary.

Xoxo,

Zony 🙂

Change Happens…

You know the saying “When someone shows you who they are believe them” I hate that saying only because it makes the assumption that people cannot and will not ever change.  We as people are forever changing and evolving hence why we aren’t cave men any longer.  Granted there are those people out there that will not change because they are okay with where they are and what they are doing but the majority of the world in my opinion doesn’t want to be the same all of their life.  People have the right to change and not be confined to their pasts.  I believe in change because I am a prime example of change.  I am forever growing and changing.  I don’t make the same mistakes I used to.  I don’t walk the same path I did 5 or 6 years ago.  I am ever evolving and so are others.  Allow people the opportunity to grow and don’t write them off.  I am a sucker for restoration I learned this from one of my mentors a couple of years ago and when he broke it down to me it made so much sense.  People are allowed to apologize and grow from where they are.  Don’t keep throwing the past up in their face and don’t go looking for them always to disappoint you.

I truly believe in forgiveness there is no need in me holding a grudge and I used to be the QUEEN of holding a grudge but life is too short.  It is time for us to admit when we make a mistake, apologize, forgive, restore and keep going and growing.  When someone shows you who they are just know that they are forever changing and growing.  Be an encouragement to those that need it and don’t keep reminding them of their mistakes and wrong doings just love them and let them grow.   Change happens…

Just my thoughts…

Zony 🙂

Written Notes

Why do we take the time to be mad? It hit me that I just don’t want to waste the time being mad about anything any more. I have spent enough of my time being mad about so much and all it brought me were sleepless nights, unnecessary arguments that didn’t get me anywhere, a screw face at the time that I was mad which will contribute to my wrinkles at a later age, broken relationships or friendships, but most of that wasted time I could have been celebrating something, smiling about something, creating something, anything positive. Life happens we definitely cannot stop that but we can stop our reactions. If we take 2 seconds to catch ourselves and think about the best way to handle issues that arise other than just getting mad we would save so much time and keep the wrinkles away.

“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret— it only causes harm.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Setting Your Goals and Crushing Them

The general universal rule to setting goals is to set them SMART:  Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely.  This method is tried and true for most people in most instances.  However, I am different and using this method, only made goal setting more complicated for me.  One day I was reading Nicole Antionette’s blog and she had an exercise to help you set goals and I tried it. There were a lot of steps to her process. I liked some of it I and made it work for me.  In 2012, I started developing my own system of setting goals and it has been a real hit for me.  I have to be honest though, I have never completed 100% of my goals in any given year but I have gotten more done with the exercise I am about share than years before.  I am excited to finally have my system on paper and see it working for others.

I ultimately take this exercise to a vision board and I love how it comes together.  For a couple of years I tried to do the traditional vision board with the magazine clippings and it never worked for me.  It just really seemed all over the place and dysfunctional; in turn, my year would reflect that.

I am going to break the steps down for you and give you a little instruction on how to use the workbook so that you will be able to utilize it in the best way.

Step 1:  Reflection

I take some time to reflect on the past year. I think about all that I have accomplished and what I need to continue to work on. What I could have done differently and what I will take with me in the future. It gives you a chance to reassess the goals that you set.

Step 2:  Purpose Areas

Purpose areas are the main areas of your life that you want to set goals for such as career, health, love, family and so on.  Additionally, those areas are where you want to grow and build.  Within these areas, decide on 3 to 4 points of action for each one.

Step 3: Core Words

When you finish building your purpose areas, go back through them and come up with a core word for the year.  I like to set a word for my year to live up to and practice for everyday living. Over the years I have used growth, brave, consistent, for example.  This works so well for me – it’s amazing how seeing that word everyday reinforces your actions for the day.

For 2016 my word of focus has been “consistent”.  Each area of my board required me to be consistent with each task.  They weren’t tasks that just required me to do one thing one time but more of required daily tasks to get closer to my goal. I didn’t plan it that way but I am glad that it came together that way because I have been known to not follow through with things and this required me to.  As I reflect back on this year it has definitely been an overall good year with its sprinkle of not so good things.

Step 4: Feelings, Feelings, Feelings

How do you want to feel during the year?  This is one of my favorite steps.  When I am building my vision board, I will choose colors, stickers, scriptures, sayings and shapes that will reflect how I want to feel for the year.  Not only am I reinforcing my core word when I look at the vision board but I am reinforcing how I want every day to feel for the year.  Do I want to feel accomplished, happy, loved, creative…so many options.

Step 5: Vision Board Creation

Now the fun part. It is time to get creative and put together your vision board. There are so many ways you can do it. My suggestion is to make it easy to follow for you.  See below for some examples of different ways to put it together. Take some pieces from them but ultimately make it your own.

Now comes the good part, I am making this workbook available to you for free…Yep FREE!!!  I spent some time getting it like I wanted it and I have tested it on others and it has worked for them as well.  So I am excited for you to get it and get to work on your goals and dreams.  What are you waiting for?

Send me an email at hello@simplymypurpose.com and type “GOALS” in the subject line, hit send and I will get your workbook right to you.

Happy planning…send me pictures of your boards when you finished them and if you have any questions please feel free to reach out.  I am always willing to help.

Can’t wait to hear from you,

Zony 🙂

 

 

2016 Wrap Up

rollercoaster

My life has been a series of getting started but never finishing for so many reasons.  I didn’t have the money, I was bored, it didn’t look like I wanted, they didn’t fit into my plan, they were just too idk (insert something stupid there), but it was always something. This year I decided to create CONSISTENCY in my life. Life starts to happen more when you make a decision. I was tired of giving up and not pushing or fighting for what I wanted because it just didn’t seem right at the time or it didn’t look how I wanted it to look. Out of my 35 years of living, 2016 has been the best and the worst year of my life.

I got a full understanding of who I am and who I’m growing to be. I found out how strong I am and got a glimpse of how much stronger I am going to be. I got a good look at how I love and how deep it can get. I understand how resilient I am and how tough times in my life prepared me for this year. I’ve always seen people for who they are and I do my best not to judge them but this year gave me a better glimpse of who those around me are and who I want around me.  I’ve always had a relationship with God but at times I would definitely put Him on the back burner but this year has opened up another type of relationship with Him that I never want to lose and only want to get stronger.

I’ve said it before life is like a roller coaster that never ends but you have to decide what type of roller coaster you want to be on. You are the operator, you can speed it up or slow it down but you aren’t always going to know when the next hill, loop, spin, or drop is going to come, you can only prepare for as much as you can. 2016 has been one to write home about. I’m looking forward to 2017 because the future is brighter than ever and with all that I’ve learned about myself and seen the vision for this roller coaster is about to be the best ride yet. I’m holding on in some areas but I’m throwing my hands up and throwing caution to the wind in others. I’m getting prepared for this next round of dips, loops, spins, and drops and I’m excited about it. You know how you’re waiting in line to get on the roller coaster and the closer you get the more nervous you get…the butterflies are flipping in your stomach…that’s how I am right now and this time I’m more excited than I am scared. 2016 you were an emotional ride but I think that I am ready for 2017 and all that it has to offer.

What does your roller coaster look like?

I hope that you all are getting prepared for the 2017 roller coaster and I can’t wait to hear all about it.

Until next time live simply while doing it extraordinary.

Zony