Happy New Year!  I hope that 2013 is off to a great start for you so far!

So I did something a little different this year.  I actually made resolutions!  I am very goal-motivated but I don’t often make new year resolutions because come February I’m usually  kicking myself in the arse for slacking so soon into the year.  I just don’t need to put more pressure on myself than being a wife, mother, wedding planner, etc. already demands.  (I know this has something to do with being a perfectionist and I’m sure my parents are to blame. ;))   This year, however,  I decided that a bit more pressure – in a good way – is exactly what I need to shake things up.  I want to be a little uncomfortable and a little scared more than I want to be cozy and safe.  So I put pen to paper and wrote out goals for 2013.

Many of my resolutions are probably similar to yours: make healthier choices, spend more time with the people I love, give more to those who are less fortunate…
But this year I did something as an entrepreneur and business owner that I’ve never done before: I planned a weekend to get away, solely for the purpose of working on my professional goals for the year.  My business development coach recommended I do this, and it was by far the most valuable advice I’ve received in a long time.  I spent two days by the beach, in a gorgeous room overlooking the Pacific, with nothing planned other than to spend focused time goal-setting and working on this years business development plan.  And I wrote out resolutions and goals that definitely make me a little uncomfortable and nervous, but in a good way.

If you are an entrepreneur, I highly encourage you schedule in time to do the same – especially if you have a family.  So much of my time is spent caring for my family and my clients that I overlook myself in the equation, which ultimately serves no one.  I am excited about what I accomplished this past weekend and so ready to get to work and make things happen.

A few iPhone photos from my weekend:

He asked me if I wanted him to take my photo and I said no, I wanted to take his.  Legit ukulele player.

Working poolside under a cabana.  I love San Diego.

I always have mojitos at the beach.

 How can creative inspiration not ooze out of you with a view like this?!

Take a break.  Write out those goals.  Make it happen.