Remapping Goals and Avoiding Spare Tires

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Do you ever feel like a spare tire speedily rolling down the street at first but then slowing down and finally just collapsing?

Kind of like this one:

I think we all do at some point. We get an opportunity. You’re on fire. No one is stopping you. You might hit a few bumps here and there and get yelled at by a crazy ex, but you have the momentum. Eventually your tire makes a wrong turn, hits a dead-end or just loses control and you spin in circles. And just like that- you’re still. People who enjoy the momentum of spare tires don’t like being still. So what do you do?

Re-map out your goals.
I am very goal oriented. I like to know where I want to be in 5 years, 10 years and even 20 years. I have my goals on Pinterest boards, on an inspiration board above my work desk, tucked away in Chrome bookmarks and in old fashioned notebooks. I’m visual, obviously, and I need to be reminded! Because just like everyone else, I get distracted.

So every now and then, I’ll pull out my notebook and make a goal map. Yours could look differently. Mine has a place to write out professional and personal goals and if they are short or long term. I carry over on the next page and write out things I need to do to get shit done, literally. I like my goals to cover all aspects of my life: God, being a mother, DATING (why did I all caps that?) and my career. I will probably reference this a few times throughout the year and I might even re-remap in 6 months or so. It’s just nice to remind yourself where you are, where you want to be and how you’re getting there.

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Pro Tip: Have a glass of wine (or two) and put on a good playlist. The Red Wine Over Dinner Spotify playlist sounds insanely cheesy, but it is super sexy… I mean motivating!

Cheers,

Jordan

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T for International Women’s Day

Self empowering. Self educated. Self motivated. And, most importantly, self made. These are the qualities of today’s powerful and successful women, thanks to the path that amazing women of our past led for us.

These are just a handful of the many women that are the reason where most of us are today. They are women that rebelled, that stood up for what they believed in, that didn’t rely on anyone else but themselves for their own success. And with these women, you can’t spell out the word respect without singing R-E-S-P-E-C-T, you are able to (hopefully) prevent having a farm full of kids with a little magical pill and we don’t have to wear corsets and frills everyday and can now wear loser and more comfortable clothes. And to that, I am personally very thankful.

Without these women, we wouldn’t be able to put on a suit, go to work and kick ass. We wouldn’t be able to express our ideas and opinions, innovate and be R-E-S-P-E-C-T-ed by coworkers or employers. We wouldn’t have the powerful and successful women today to look up to.

It is so refreshing knowing that the success of these women came from their own dreams, visions and goals, and they didn’t rely on a man to get them where they are today. They started their careers early, they struggled, they went through the same grind most of are going through today, they’ve failed and they came out on top. If that doesn’t make you bust out “who runs the world, GIRLS” lyrics, I don’t know what will!

Now, to the women who led the way, thank you. To the women leading the way today, don’t stop. To the women going through the struggle,  power through.

Happy International Women’s Day.

 

XOXO,

Jordan, your fellow struggler.

Young & Fearless – Social Media Impulsivity

LeAnn Rimes “My boss just slammed me with a new project that is due in 2 hours.”

“My coworker is wearing his cheap cologne again…”

“I might still be drunk from last night.”

“Completely re-writing this proposal. Some people don’t know how to use a comma.”

Well, those aren’t has bad has LeAnn Rime’s social media rants that put her into rehab, but they are close! Generation Y is known to result to social media in the heat of a moment, opposed to calling a good friend or shooting a text to vent. And surprisingly enough, most of this takes place on Twitter, public Twitter profiles, where you follow industry leaders, your company handle, and possible future colleagues. Even better, they probably follow you! Use Twitter to make a name for yourself, get to know influential people in your industry, and allow them to get to know you!

Then you have Facebook. You don’t want random people emotionally invested in your struggle or your pursuit and you don’t want to necessarily decline friend requests from your favorite happy hour group. Yes, I’m saying it is okay to friend/accept friend requests from coworkers – if you do it right! Let me let you into my little secret… Facebook friends lists. Create a list for all of your coworkers that you become friends with and you can easily block that group from seeing certain things on your FB. You can even post a status update and hide it from that particular list. I have a ‘work folks’ list.

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So, tell your close friend sorry. You’ll be going to them to vent a lot more instead of venting to your following. 🙂

 

XOXO,

 

Jordan